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: Paul-Erik Veel

Paul-Erik Veel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul-Erik Veel

Associate, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

Called to the bar in 2010

Paul-Erik Veel is a nerd and proud of it. He loved law school, where he spent day after day in the library immersed in legal theory. In the end, his hard work paid off: he graduated with the gold medal from the University of Toronto and went on to clerk for Justice Louise Charron at the Supreme Court.

After that, Veel, also known as Dash 
— a nickname bestowed on him during his undergrad by a pal on the McGill debate team — looked for a job that would allow him to continue his legal education outside the classroom. At Lenczner Slaght, one of Toronto’s top litigation boutiques, he found one: Veel works on cases across a range 
of practice areas, each one offering a new intellectual challenge. “If a case is black and white, it’s going to settle quickly,”
 he says. “So litigators spend most of their time in the grey area where both sides have a reasonable argument. Litigation affords 
a lot of space to think through interesting questions.”

In just four years since being called to the bar, he’s already served as counsel
 on homicides and a competition law trial. He also spearheaded a pro bono case that led to charges against two Toronto city councillors for violating elections law. But Veel’s favourite case is still his first: a successful challenge to exclude unconstitutionally obtained evidence from a perjury trial. A scholar at heart, he enjoyed the case because it reminded him of a “law school exam problem.”

These days, Veel gets to think up exam questions of his own: he’s an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s faculty of law. And his talent for teaching extends to his work at Lenczner Slaght, where he mentors articling students. “Paul-Erik’s experience in court has made him a role model. His mentoring is thoughtful, constructive and effective,” says Peter Griffin, the managing partner of the firm. Plus, it’s not hard to convince Veel to make time for students. “I like helping people find answers to tough questions.”


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