The Circuit: Precedent Setter Awards 2014


What: Precedent Setter Awards 2014
Where: Stratus Restaurant, 79 Wellington St. W.
When: June 11, 2014


Last week, more than 120 lawyers and guests packed into Stratus restaurant in Toronto to recognize this year’s Precedent Setter Award winners. Held atop the TD Tower in the downtown core, our annual event brought guests together to mingle and meet our winners, in their first 10 years of practice, are blazing new trails in the profession.

During the evening, Melissa Kluger, publisher and editor of Precedent, presented the winners with a framed version of their photographs from the magazine. Unique to this year, Kluger also handed out commemorative pins to this year’s crop of top lawyers and the past winners in attendance. To see Precedent Setters both old and new come together made the evening all the more special.

We’d also like to extend a big thank-you to our presenting sponsor RainMaker Group and our event sponsors the Cambridge Group of Clubs, Deloitte, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, and Harcourts.

Congratulations once again to all our winners:

Paul-Erik VeelPaul-Erik Veel
Associate, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
Read Paul-Erik’s profile

 

 

Alexi WoodAlexi Wood
Associate, Davis LLP
Read Alexi’s profile

 

 

Andrea GonsalvesAndrea Gonsalves
Partner, Stockwoods LLP Barristers
Read Andrea’s profile

 

 

Nikiforos IatrouNikiforos Iatrou
Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
Read Niki’s profile

 

 

Ronan LevyRonan Levy
Corporate Counsel, Cognition LLP
Read Ronan’s profile

 

 


Event photography by Yvonne Bambrick

Precedent Setter Awards 2014: Nikiforos Iatrou

Niki Iatrou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikiforos Iatrou

Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
Called to the bar in 2005

Thirty-six hours straight. That’s how long Niki Iatrou stayed awake, prepping materials for his first appearance before the federal Competition Tribunal. It was 2007, and Iatrou was a “baby junior” at WeirFoulds LLP. The firm had been retained by the Competition Bureau to seek a last-minute injunction against Labatt’s $200-million acquisition of Lakeport Brewing Co. He lost, but 18 months later, the Bureau offered him a two-year secondment in Ottawa. Incoming Commissioner Melanie Aitken wanted an aggressive young litigator. “Niki was someone with terrific common sense and very good intuition,” says Aitken. “He had wisdom beyond his years.”

When the Bureau launched its first full-fledged merger challenge in six years, Iatrou got the file. It was a gruelling year. At the month-long hearing, Iatrou argued that Tervita, owner of two hazardous-waste landfills in northeastern British Columbia, had launched a $6-million bid for a would- be rival to head off future competition. He and his equally junior co-counsel, Jonathan Hood, won. And then they won again on appeal, setting a legal precedent. “Niki didn’t just do an okay job,” says Aitken, now a partner with Bennett Jones LLP in Washington, D.C. “He did a spectacular job.”

Iatrou, who serves as the president of the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association, returned to WeirFoulds as a partner in 2012 and began building a competition law group. Now, he represents high-profile companies such as Kobo and eBay.

Last summer, Iatrou and his spouse had a baby girl. “It’s so much fun,” he says. “I’m a happier person, and that infects my spirit at work as much as it does at home.” Though he’s now unreachable between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. for family time, he still pulls his share of non-baby-related all-nighters. “I don’t have to be the smartest guy in the room, but I strive to be the hardest-working guy in the room,” he says. “I don’t take any of this for granted.”


Precedent Setter Award Winners

Don’t forget to read about our other spectacular winnersand have a look at our behind-the-scenes pics from the cover shoot.

 

 

 

 


Photography by Anya Chibis; Hair and makeup by Shawna Lee; Shot on location at Lightform, Toronto

Precedent Setter Awards 2014: Behind-the-scenes at our photo shoot

This April, we traveled to LightForm — a sleek, modern lighting outlet in Toronto — to shoot our fabulous 2014 Precedent Setter Award winners with photographer Anya Chibis. Throughout the day, we snapped these behind-the-scenes photos to capture the excitement and hard work that went into the issue:

 


Precedent Setter Award Winners

Check out the profiles of our spectacular 2014 Precedent Setter Award winners.

 

 

 

 


Photography by Anya Chibis; Hair and makeup by Shawna Lee; Shot on location at Lightform, Toronto

The Precedent Setter Awards 2014

Precedent Setter Award WinnersEvery 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.

The 2014 winners are a particularly inspiring mix of savvy litigators on a clear path to Bay Street success and game-changing rule breakers shaking up the establishment.

We’re proud to celebrate the kind of diversity that makes law such an exciting place to build a career. Here are the five lawyers to watch in 2014.

Here are the five lawyers to watch in 2014:

 

 


The Winners

Paul-Erik VeelPaul-Erik Veel
Associate, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
Read Paul-Erik’s profile

 

 

Alexi WoodAlexi Wood
Associate, Davis LLP
Read Alexi’s profile

 

 

Andrea GonsalvesAndrea Gonsalves
Partner, Stockwoods LLP Barristers
Read Andrea’s profile

 

 

Nikiforos IatrouNikiforos Iatrou
Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
Read Niki’s profile

 

 

Ronan LevyRonan Levy
Corporate Counsel, Cognition LLP
Read Ronan’s profile

 

 

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


The Judges

Rahool Agarwal, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Gerald Chan, Partner, Ruby Schiller Chan Hasan Barristers

Sandra Ka Hon Chu, Co-director of Research and Advocacy, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Stacie Glazman, Barrister & Solicitor and Chartered Business Valuator


Photography by Anya Chibis; Hair and makeup by Shawna Lee; Shot on location at Lightform, Toronto