The Circuit: Precedent Setter Awards 2018

Precedent Setter Awards 2018


What: Precedent Setter Awards 2018
Where: The Spoke Club, 600 King St. W.
When: June 20, 2018


Our annual cocktail party to celebrate our Precedent Setter Award winners is always a memorable moment.

This June, more than 100 lawyers and guests gathered at the Spoke Club to honour this year’s winners. The event brought the legal community together to mingle with the six winners, all of whom, in their first 10 years of practice, have emerged as leaders in law.

“Every year, we receive many nominations for the Precedent Setter Awards,” said Precedent’s publisher and editor Melissa Kluger, in her remarks at the event. “We look for lawyers who’ve done outstanding legal work and been active members of their communities. This year’s winners are exceptional examples of just that.”

Congratulations again to all our winners:

Ren Bucholz-icon

Ren Bucholz
Associate, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
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Marianne Salih-icon

Marianne Salih
Associate, Edward H. Royle & Partners LLP
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Daniel Naymark icon

Daniel Naymark
Principal, Naymark Law
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Atrisha Lewis icon

Atrisha Lewis
Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
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Mariam Moktar-icon

Mariam Moktar
Associate, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
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Ron Podolny-icon

Ron Podolny
Partner, Rochon Genova LLP
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We’d also like to thank the sponsors of the 2018 Precedent Setter Awards.

Presenting sponsor
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RainMaker Group

 

 

Event sponsors:

5ive15ifteen Photo Brattle logo Laurel HillRyerson LPPLawyers Financial Osgoode Professional Development

 


Event photography by 5ive15ifteen Studio

Winners’ portraits by Kayla Rocca

The Circuit: Precedent Setter Awards 2017

Precedent Setter Awards 2017


What: Precedent Setter Awards 2017
Where: The Spoke Club, 600 King St. W.
When: June 13, 2017


No event brings us as much pleasure as our annual celebration of the winners of the Precedent Setter Awards.

More than 120 lawyers and guests came out to the Spoke Club in downtown Toronto to honour this year’s winners. It’s a chance for the legal community in Toronto to congratulate and mingle with all six winners, who, in their first 10 years of practice, are doing cutting-edge legal work and improving the profession.

And this year’s celebration was particularly special, as 2017 marks an important milestone for the magazine: its 10th anniversary. “When I look back on the past decade, I’m most proud of nights like this,” said Precedent’s publisher and editor Melissa Kluger, in her remarks at the event, “when we celebrate law’s true trailblazers, who reflect the diverse fabric of the profession.”

Congratulations again to all our winners:

Konata Lake

Konata Lake
Associate, Torys LLP
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Clara Pham

Clara Pham
Director of Tax, Restaurant Brands International Corporation
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Justin Safeyeni

Justin Safayeni
Associate, Stockwoods LLP
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Shaneka Taylor

Shaneka Taylor
Associate, Boghosian + Allen LLP
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Glenford Jameson

Glenford Jameson
Principal, G. S. Jameson & Company
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Emily Lam

Emily Lam
Partner, Greenwood Lam LLP
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We’d also like to thank the sponsors of the 2017 Precedent Setter Awards.

Presenting sponsor
:
RainMaker Group

 

 

Event sponsors:

5ive15ifteen Photo Irwin LawLaurel HillRyerson LPPLawyers Financial Osgoode Professional Development

 

 

 

 


Event photography by 5ive15ifteen Studio

Winners’ portraits by Lorne Bridgman

Exhibit A: Bay Street’s hiring slump slows

In the immediate wake of the economic downturn, the slump was in clear view. Across Bay Street, law firms hired back fewer and fewer articling students as first-year associates. Yet, in recent years, the bleeding has stopped.

Let’s go back to 2010. In that year, according to hiring data Precedent tracks each year, the largest 16 law offices in Toronto hired back 224 students. And by 2013 that number had fallen to 204. But in the last two years, that number has barely moved, settling at 200 this year — a historical low, yet also a sign of stability.

“At this point, just not having a decline is a good thing,” says Gene Roberts, a director at the lawyer-staffing firm Robert Half Legal. “It shows firms are becoming more stable.” His optimism is further fuelled by a recent survey, published by Robert Half, which shows that nearly one-third of Canadian lawyers expect their firms to “slightly” increase entry-level hiring in the next year. “I think things will remain steady, or punch up a bit.”

For mid-level associates, meanwhile, the job market is particularly healthy, says Adam Lepofsky, president of the legal recruiting firm RainMaker Group. “No one’s going crazy, but we’ve seen more hiring in the past six months than we did the last five or six years.”

Still, experts agree that a first-year hiring boom — or a return to pre-recession numbers — is unlikely in the short term. For one thing, large firms still have less work than they did a decade ago, says Chris Williams, co-owner at Branion Williams Legal Recruiting. “There don’t seem to be as many deals happening. We’re still hurting from the recession,” he says. “There’s less work trickling down to associates. And obviously you’re not going to hire as many students if you don’t have the work to sustain them.”

The post-recession law firm is also a less reactionary machine, says Lepofsky. So even if business soars, he says, firms might not go on a hiring spree, knowing that the market could turn at any moment, forcing them to purge lawyers. “Firms realize they have to be prepared for the ups and the downs.”

Even if major growth is not on the horizon, three years of consistent hiring of new calls is impressive, says Lepofsky. “This is still a very dicey economy,” he explains. “It’s amazing to see firms, in this climate, continue to hire and train lawyers.” The establishment of a new hiring equilibrium, he adds, shows that firms have adapted to the new market. “Firms are smart. They evolve and fine-tune themselves so that, like other organizations, they’ll stay profitable.”


Exclusive Precedent research shows how the number of articling students hired back at Toronto’s largest law offices has changed in five years:

Firm

Total Hirebacks 2010

2015

Osler 29 18
Blakes 26 20
McCarthys 18 15
BLG 17 17 =
Torys 15 20
Department of Justice 14 3
Stikemans 13 13 =
Faskens 13 12
Bennett Jones 12 11
Gowlings 12 9
Norton Rose (previously Ogilvy Renault) 11 12
Davies 10 11
Cassels 10 8
Goodmans 9 13
McMillan 8 7
Dentons (previously FMC) 7 11
Total 224 200

Cover of the Fall 2015 Issue of PrecedentThis story is from our Fall 2015 issue.