The Circuit: Precedent Setter Awards 2015


What: Precedent Setter Awards 2015
Where: Spin Toronto, 461 King St. W.
When: June 9, 2015


Last week, more than 150 lawyers and guests gathered to recognize this year’s Precedent Setter Award winners. Held at downtown ping-pong bar Spin Toronto (the same place where we held this year’s photo shoot), our annual event brought guests together to mingle and meet our winners, who, in their first 10 years of practice, are at the top of their game.

During the evening, Melissa Kluger, publisher and editor of Precedent, presented the winners with their award. This year, we decided to put a spin (no pun intended) on traditional awards and presented each winner with a ping-pong paddle featuring their photo from the magazine.

We’d like to extend a big thank-you to our presenting sponsor RainMaker Group and our event sponsors Laurel Hill Advisory Group, Alexa Translations, Flex Legal Network and the Project Gallery.

Congratulations once again to all our winners:

Aida Shahbazi

Aida Shahbazi
Senior Counsel, BMO Financial Group
Read Aida’s profile

Patric Senson

Patric Senson
Associate, Phillips Gill LLP
Read Patric’s profile

Omo Akintan

Omo Akintan
Counsel, City of Toronto
Read Omo’s profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Jonathan Saguil

Paul Jonathan Saguil
Counsel, TD Bank Financial Group
Read Paul’s profile

Jason Woycheshyn

Jason Woycheshyn
Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
Read Jason’s profile

Lisa Feldstein

Lisa Feldstein
Founder, Lisa Feldstein Law Office
Read Lisa’s profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Event photography by Yvonne Bambrick

Winners’ portraits by Jaime Hogge

The Precedent Setter Awards 2015

Every year, Precedent seeks out and celebrates the most outstanding lawyers in their first 10 years of practice who are excelling in their careers and contributing to our community with their ideas, work and achievements.

From a record number of nominations, six winners have risen to the top — six hardworking, trailblazing, communityminded lawyers who, in their first 10 years of practice, are already proving themselves to be the next leaders of the profession.

With all that trailblazing and hard work, we thought our winners deserved to have a little fun. So, for their victory photoshoot, we took them to play a few rounds at Toronto ping-pong bar Spin. Turns out, they are not only winners, but good sports as well.

May we proudly present the lawyers to watch in 2015.


The Winners

Aida Shahbazi

Aida Shahbazi
Senior Counsel, BMO Financial Group
Read Aida’s profile

Patric Senson

Patric Senson
Associate, Phillips Gill LLP
Read Patric’s profile

Omo Akintan

Omo Akintan
Counsel, City of Toronto
Read Omo’s profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Jonathan Saguil

Paul Jonathan Saguil
Counsel, TD Bank Financial Group
Read Paul’s profile

Jason Woycheshyn

Jason Woycheshyn
Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
Read Jason’s profile

Lisa Feldstein

Lisa Feldstein
Founder, Lisa Feldstein Law Office
Read Lisa’s profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Judges

Afshan Ali, Senior Counsel, CIBC

David Bronskill, Partner, Goodmans LLP

Shantona Chaudhury, Associate, Pape Barristers

Ryan Edmonds, Owner, Ryan Edmonds Workplace Counsel


Web bonus

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


Party photos

On June 9, lawyers and guests gathered to celebrate this year’s winners. Check out our party photos.


Photography by Jaime Hogge, Hair and makeup by Shawna Lee, Shot on location at Spin Toronto

Precedent Setter Awards 2015: Lisa Feldstein

Lisa Feldstein

Founder, Lisa Feldstein Law Office
Called to the bar in 2011
Law school: Osgoode Hall

Over an almond-milk iced coffee (she is a vegan, a fitness devotee and a wakeboarder who, even seated at a café, pulsates with healthy energy), Lisa Feldstein recalls how, as a Dykeman Dewhirst O’Brien LLP associate representing hospitals, she was approached twice by lawyers who wanted to refer a client to someone who understood the healthcare system. “I thought, ‘I can’t help them because it’s a conflict of interest, but I don’t know where to send them.’” Thus her solo practice was born — a new niche dubbed family health law that focuses on both reproductive law and how families interact with the health care system.

She is something of a wunderkind, even in a profession stacked high with overachievers. Called to the bar only four years ago, Feldstein has quickly established herself as a top family health law practitioner in Ontario, with a substantial social media presence. At 23, she became one of Osgoode Hall’s youngest course instructors. In 2014, her deliberately plain-English Family Health Law blog nabbed a “Clawbie” (Canadian Law Blog Award) for Best Practitioner. (Sample provocative post: “Will there be a new Dr. Kevorkian?”)

Lisa FeldsteinFeldstein, who met her husband Cory in Grade 3, is also an LGBTQ ally. And with nearly 1,000 followers on Twitter and 2,300-plus tweets under her belt, her advocacy on social media has brought clients through her door. “We were aware of Lisa’s engagement, both with an emerging and complex legal domain and the specific needs of LGBTQ people,” says Sarah Whyte, a parent Feldstein represented to formalize a sperm donor agreement and a second-parent adoption — Whyte’s family includes twin two-year-old girls and spouse Anna McCartney. “We were glad to have such an informed advocate helping us to navigate this shifty terrain.”

Working with clients from the LGBTQ community, especially on reproductive rights, stokes Feldstein’s advocacy.

“My practice has fuelled my interest,” she says, adding, “the legal system is outdated and fails to recognize the needs of the modern family.”


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

 

 


Photography by Jaime Hogge; Hair and makeup by Shawna Lee; Shot on location at Spin Toronto