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:

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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
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

Precedent Setter Awards 2018: Ren Bucholz

Ren Bucholz

Associate, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
Called to the bar in 2011

Ren Bucholz works in the future
. Before you start protesting, consider his track record. He’s in the midst of defending the right Canadians have to parody companies online. And when a Toronto accountant was the victim of an online smear campaign, Bucholz helped win him $700,000 in damages. He’s also represented Google twice, once on a case that reached the Supreme Court of Canada. He is, quite simply, one of the country’s top technology litigators.

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He often confronts a unique challenge: explaining social media and the internet to judges. “I try to simplify the concepts,” says the 37-year-old associate at Paliare Roland. “Most of the people I appear before didn’t grow up with this technology.”

Bucholz, by contrast, has been submerged in tech his whole working life. During his undergrad, he interned in San Francisco at the Electronic Frontier Foundation — a non-profit that, through pro bono cases, defends civil liberties in the digital world. Upon graduation, he worked there for five years before he decided to become a lawyer. That led him, in 2007, to Osgoode Hall — and, nine years later, to Paliare Roland. Today, he lives in the West End with his wife, theatre professor Laura Levin, and life is busy taking their two young sons to rock climbing and swimming lessons.

His caseload never lets up, but neither does his cool demeanor. “He has a mature presence,” says Rob Centa, the firm’s managing partner. “He’s always calm.” Meanwhile, tech law never stops evolving. “I can rarely find a precedent that is clearly analogous to my case,” says Bucholz. “But getting decision-makers to do something novel is exciting.”

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

This story is from our Summer 2018 Issue.

Photography by Kayla Rocca, hair and makeup by Michelle Calleja, shot on location at the Assembly Chef’s Hall