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
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: Ron Podolny

Ron Podolny

Partner, Rochon Genova LLP
Called to the bar in 2009

Two years after he was called to the bar, Ron Podolny joined McCarthys as an associate, with a focus on class-action defence. But he envied lawyers on the opposite side. “I felt like they were having more fun,” he says. The plaintiff-side litigators built cases from scratch. They had to figure out what went wrong and craft novel arguments. “The process seemed fascinating.”

Ron Podolny

He decided to make a change. Three years later, he joined Siskinds LLP, a plaintiff-side class-action firm. He spearheaded lawsuits in areas like securities, price fixing and product liability. Best of all, the work was creative. “Ron has a keen analytical mind,” says Paul Steep, a partner at McCarthys who once worked alongside Podolny but now battles him in court. “He can take in a lot of case-law and marshal it into an argument.”

Podolny, now 36, sees class actions as a way to make justice accessible. He has represented beekeepers against big agribusiness and everyday investors against banks. “Not many people can afford a lawyer on a billable basis,” says Podolny. “Without class actions, a lot of wrongs would never be remedied.”

Podolny and his wife, Shari Bai-Podolny, a staff physician at CAMH, are classical-music buffs. He sat for six years on the Young Leadership Committee of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He’s also an adjunct law professor at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall.

In March, he moved to Rochon Genova. He’s now representing the shareholders of an engineering firm that allegedly misrepresented parts of its securities disclosure. “To make this vocation meaningful,” he says, “every lawyer must combine their skill set with their idealism.”

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