The 2017 Precedent Setter Awards

 

Staircase at the Aga Khan MuseumWant to know how to spot a first-rate lawyer? Well, there are three easy giveaways. One, they’ve mastered their field of law, with a track record to prove it. Two, they offer time to organizations that help the community. And three, they can’t help but look fierce against the crisp, awe-inspiring backdrop of the Aga Khan Museum.

Okay, so maybe the judges of this year’s Precedent Setter Awards didn’t consider that last one in their deliberations. But the first two were definitely on their minds. See below to meet six outstanding lawyers, all in their first 10 years of practice, looking pretty damn determined at one of Toronto’s architectural wonders.

 

 

 


The Winners

Konata Lake

Konata Lake
Associate, Torys LLP
Read Konata’s profile

Clara Pham

Clara Pham
Director of Tax, Restaurant Brands International Corporation
Read Clara’s profile

Justin Safeyeni

Justin Safayeni
Associate, Stockwoods LLP
Read Justin’s profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaneka Taylor

Shaneka Taylor
Associate, Boghosian + Allen LLP
Read Shaneka’s profile

Glenford Jameson

Glenford Jameson
Principal, G. S. Jameson & Company
Read Glenford’s profile

Emily Lam

Emily Lam
Partner, Greenwood Lam LLP
Read Emily’s profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Judges

Katherine Hensel, Founder, Hensel Barristers

Leila Rafi, Partner, McMillan LLP

Paul Jonathan Saguil, Associate VP, TD Bank

Brendan Wong, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


Behind-the-scenes photos

Check out the behind-the-scenes photos from the photo shoot with the winners!

017 Precedent Setter Awards - Behind-the-scenes photo shoot


Precedent Summer 2017 IssueThis story is from our Summer 2017 issue.

 

 

 


Photography by Lorne Bridgman, hair and makeup by Shawna Lee, shot on location at the Aga Khan Museum.

Precedent Setter Awards 2017: Emily Lam

Emily Lam

Partner, Greenwood Lam LLP
Called to the bar in 2008

Emily Lam was facing one of the hardest cases of her career. It was 2014, and a young man had been charged with sexual assault. He had lost his job and become a pariah in his community. But Lam believed he was innocent. At the time, she was working as a defence lawyer at Rosen Naster LLP. It took Lam three years of tireless work to bring the case before the Ontario Superior Court. But it paid off: her client was acquitted and got his life back.

Emily LamOne of her greatest assets as a defence lawyer is the ability to empathize with her clients. “There were periods in my life when even I could have ended up with a criminal record,” reflects the 37-year-old, a daughter of Hong Kong immigrants, who went to school in Tuxedo Court, a low-income area in Scarborough. Though she never turned to crime, others in her neighbourhood did out of desperation. To Lam, the fact that she never fell in with the wrong crowd is simply a matter of luck.

Last year, Lam teamed up with her close friend, criminal lawyer Jessyca Greenwood, to launch Greenwood Lam LLP. “Emily gives so much thought to every case,” says Greenwood. “She’s skilled at dealing with the Crown. If there’s common ground, she’ll find it.”

Lam is always busy. She recently had a second child with her husband, Christian Vernon, an in-house lawyer with the grocery chain Metro, and still kept in touch with Greenwood about certain cases while on mat leave. She also volunteers at the Massey Centre for Women and mentors lawyers. “Young women in this profession, especially racialized women, generally don’t feel they have support from women. I want to be a guiding pillar.”


Don’t forget to read about our other amazing winners.


Photography by Lorne Bridgman, hair and makeup by Shawna Lee, shot on location at the Aga Khan Museum.