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

2015 Precedent Setter Awards: Patric Senson

Patric Senson

Associate, Phillips Gill LLP
Called to the bar in 2012
Law school: University of Toronto

In 2006, at 37, Patric Senson decided to re-boot a successful career in science journalism that began with a master’s in microbiology and led to working as a producer at CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks. While Senson enjoyed the intellectual challenge of explaining complex concepts to a wide audience, the material lacked a human element. So he headed to law school. “I wanted to get to a place where I was using the same skill set, but doing so in a way where I could see a day-to-day impact,” he says. “For me, it’s really about the people.”

Since graduating from the University of Toronto’s law faculty in 2011, Senson has developed a civil litigation practice at Phillips Gill that draws on his communication skills and his ability to connect with clients. He is particularly passionate about working with society’s most vulnerable. Through Ontario’s Office of the Children’s Lawyer, for example, he often represents minors in custody and child protection cases.

http://www.jaimehogge.comSenson recently appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in a case that gave the RCMP the right to collective bargaining. And he’s part of a team that’s suing the Canadian government on behalf of former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr, on the basis that the state did nothing to prevent, and was thus complicit in, his confinement and torture. “This is a case about how Canada treats its own young people,” he says. “Our government has sprung to the defence of child soldiers in other circumstances and yet, in this case, have abandoned this child.”

Senson is satisfied with where his career jumps have taken him. Reflecting, after a vacation in Mexico with his husband of three years, he can see the day-to-day impact he has on his clients, especially the vulnerable LGBTQ youth he comes across through his work with the OCL. “I’m open about my sexuality,” he says. “It allows them to see that being a gay man does not automatically mean you can’t have a successful happy life.”


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