The Circuit: Precedent Setter Awards 2016

What: Precedent Setter Awards 2016
Where: The Spoke Club, 600 King St. W.
When: June 20, 2016

It’s always one of Precedent’s proudest moments — our annual event to celebrate the winners of the Precedent Setter Awards.

And last week, more than 120 lawyers and guests gathered came out to the Spoke Club in downtown Toronto to honour this year’s winners. It’s the sole chance for the legal community in Toronto to congratulate and mingle with all six winners, who, in their first 10 years of practice, are remaking the profession for the better.

“Each year, we receive so many nominations for this award,” said Precedent’s publisher and editor Melissa Kluger. “And from those nominations, we look for lawyers who’ve done outstanding legal work and been active members of their community.”

This year’s winners definitely delivered: they all boast wicked-smart legal minds that have thrust their careers into overdrive.

Congratulations again to all our winners:

Lawyer Tanya Walker of Walker Law Professional Corporation

Tanya Walker
Founder, Walker Law Professional Corporation
Read Tanya’s profile

Lawyer Solomon Friedman of Edelson Clifford D'Angelo Friedman Barristers LLP

Solomon Friedman
Partner, Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman Barristers LLP
Read Solomon’s profile

Lawyer Peter Aprile of Counter Tax Law

Peter Aprile
Founder, Counter Tax Lawyers
Read Peter’s profile









Lawyer Jacqueline Swaisland of Lorne Waldman Professional Corporation

Jacqueline Swaisland
Associate, Lorne Waldman Professional Corporation
Read Jacqueline’s profile

Lawyer Suhuyini Abudalai of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Suhuyini Abudulai Associate, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Read Suhuyini’s profile

Lawyer Sunil Gurmukh of the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Sunil Gurmukh
Counsel, Ontario Human Rights Commission
Read Sunil’s profile









We’d like to extend a big thank-you to our presenting sponsor RainMaker Group and our event sponsors Clear Concept, Deloitte and Laurel Hill Advisory Group.

Event photography by Yvonne Bambrick

Winners’ portraits by Ian Patterson

Precedent Setter Awards 2016: Solomon Friedman

Solomon Friedman

Partner, Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman Barristers LLP
Called to the bar in 2010

To Solomon Friedman, firing a gun is a way to relax. He took up long-range rifle shooting at 19 years of age, shortly after marrying, having twins and moving to Israel to study Talmudic Law. “It’s like meditation,” he explains. “When shooting, you have to be aware of every movement in your body, down to each breath. That’s very freeing.”

He kept it up through law school, the birth of his third child and his Supreme Court clerkship under Justice Morris Fish. The shooting range is still a weekend haunt for Friedman, now a 30-year-old partner at Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman Barristers LLP, Ottawa’s top criminal firm. But it’s more than his version of a spa weekend: his knowledge of firearms has helped him land clients.

Solomon Friedman, LawyerHow? When gun owners get in legal trouble — for, say, not locking up their firearms properly — they call Friedman. His reputation snowballed and he’s now the go-to expert on firearms law in Canada.

Case in point: in 2013, when the National Firearms Association wanted to challenge the three-year mandatory minimum sentence for possessing a restricted firearm, it hired Friedman. He successfully argued the case before the Supreme Court, which found the mandatory sentence unconstitutional.

Friedman is also a regular talking head on CBC and CTV. Such notoriety has helped him secure major murder and terrorism files. His firm’s founder, Michael Edelson, sees in Friedman a future legal titan. “He will ultimately be the leader here. He will become me.”

Now divorced, Friedman shares custody of his three children with his ex-wife. “I don’t sleep a lot,” he says. But he loves his cases — well, some more than others. “When the police find 20 kilos of coke in your client’s house and you’re trying to get it excluded, there’s no question who owns the cocaine. But sometimes I have clients I truly believe are innocent. That’s the most gratifying.”

Precedent Setter Awards 2016Don’t forget to read about our other amazing winners.



Photography by Ian Patterson, hair and makeup by Jessica Haisinger, shot on location at Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie.

The Circuit: Criminal Lawyers’ Association 2014 Past Presidents Gala

Precedent was on the scene at the Criminal Lawyers’ Association 2014 Past Presidents Gala 

Where: The Ritz-Carlton
When: October 29, 2014
Question: What’s the worst present you’ve ever received? 

A client gave me cologne that was possibly worn by my great, great grandfather.” 
Solomon Friedman, Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman Barristers LLP 

“A pet goat.”
Jennifer Murdock, Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman Barristers LLP 

“A hairless cat.”
Vincent Clifford, Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman Barristers LLP 

“Solomon Friedman gave me the Dexter doll.”
Giuseppe Cipriano, Edelson Clifford D’Angelo Friedman Barristers LLP  


“I gave someone a carton of sardines.”
Alison Craig, Lockyer Campbell Posner Barristers & Solicitors  


“My sister once gave me a cat calendar.”
Brian Eberdt, Lockyer Campbell Posner Barristers & Solicitors



“A lava lamp.”
Marie Henein, Henein Hutchison LLP 


“I can’t think of a bad gift — any gift is a good gift.”
Brian Greenspan, Greenspan Humphrey Lavine 



“I’m just gracious when I receive any gift.”
Adam Weisberg, Weisberg Law  


“A green bowl, as a wedding gift, that looked like a vagina.”
Lisa Pomerant, Barrister and Solicitor 



“An oil painting of my Newfoundland dog.”
Justice Todd Ducharme


“An ugly tie, for Christmas.”
Richard Stephenson, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP