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NEWS LAST UPDATED MAY 25, 2015

May

May 25 - Welcome to the new Summer Students of 2015 - Karen Bernofsky, Mahdi Hussein, Melanie Jones, Shayan Kamalie, Victoria Mitrova, and Marla Rosenblatt-Worth to our Toronto office and Cassandra Khatchikian and Tiffany Santos to our Ottawa office. Watch this space for links to their bios when complete.

May 19 - Case Summary: Carneiro et al and Regional Municipality of Durham et al and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. lawyer Van Krkachovski, written by Peter Vlaar

May 15 - Access our 3 white paper handouts from the Sports Law Seminar:  Contributory Negligence - How to Successfully Defend.

May 11 - Big welcome to our newest lawyer Annette Uetecht-Bain, and again focus is Insurance Defence.

May 8 - Big welcome to our new law clerk Samantha Schwartz who will also be focused on Insurance Defence

May 7 - Big welcome to our new lawyer Miranda Serravalle who will be focused on Insurance Defence 

May 4 - Another featured case on Cirque du Soleil v Volvo - shows you can't file for dissolution and be immune from liability 

May 1 - The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently released the decision Jung v Cloverdale Mall Inc. where Michael Blinick successfully opposed a summary judgment motion and was awarded costs. Read Case Comment and access Case Decision

April

April 29 - CLC and Harmonie were well represented at the annual RIMS conference in New  Orleans April 26-29 

April 22 - David Elmaleh was quoted in an article in Lawyers' Weekly titled Judge spells out gun possession law rules

April 15 - MB was a Bronze sponsor for the 2015 WICC (women in Insurance Cancer Crusade) Ottawa Sugar Bush Breakfast which raised over $14000 for which all proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. 

April 13 - Catherine Korte was quoted in an article in Lawyers' Weekly titled Ontario provincial employees lose in clash over anonymity

April 10 - New article - Third-party Litigation Funding in Canada - by Howard Borlack and Ben Carino first published in the Corporate Disputes Magazine April-June edition.  

April 9 - New Article - No Man's Land - Cyberbullying and the Canadian Legal Landscape by Catherine Korte and Anthony Gatensby. First Presented at the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association's April Seminar

April 8 - Newest Student blog Home Stretch by Divya Khurana

April 1 - New articles: Case Comment: Iannarella v. Corbett  by Brittany Sherwood and Frank DelGiudice

March

March 16 - Newest student blog - A Wide Exposure to Litigation Disputes - by Garett Harper.

March 12 - Three new articles: What Landlords need to know about PIPEDA, Pets and Property Tax. Access article links here.

March 10 - Welcome to Sophia Souffront  - also licensed in Michigan, and passed NY Bar!

March 3 - Welcome to MB's newest litigation lawyer Adam Plenkiewicz - who is trilingual - in our Ottawa office

March 2 - Added article Altering the Litigation Landscape: Mary Carter Agreements and Stamatopoulos et al v. Harris by Van Krkachovski and Anthony Gatensby

February

February 25 - Newest articling student blog Professional Development – Starting Early by Anthony G.

February 25 - Article on Statute and Common Law: Reconciling PHIPA and the tort of Inclusion upon Seclusion by Catherine Korte & Anthony Gatensby

February 17 - Article on Class Action Certified for Truckers' Overtime Pay: Baroch v. Canada Cartage by Rory Barnable & Anthony Gatensby

February 13 - Pics available from MB's hosted bowling night for Northbridge.  See Photos

February 13 - Case Study on Electronic Custodial Care - Accident Benefits Law - Shawnoo v. Certas Direct Insurance Co by Michael Blinick & Eitan Kadouri 

February 12 - Patricia Lawson is presenting in the Advocates’ Society Courthouse Series in Ottawa, on Challenging Credibility. She will be doing a demonstration on how to cross-examine a sympathetic plaintiff.

February 11 - Hillel David was one of several counsel successful in the appeal by the plaintiff in Sanofi Pasteur Limited v UPS SCS, Inc. 2015 ONCA 88. The major issues on the appeal were the effect of an insurance covenant in a contract made between the plaintiff and one of the defendants (UPS) in a significant claim involving damage to vaccines stored in a temperature-controlled environment, and whether the defendants other than UPS, including Hilly's client, were entitled to take the benefit of the insurance covenant. Read full summary and link to decision.

February 9 - Read white paper Cyber and Privacy Risks - presented by Catherine Korte at OIAA Provincial Conference - includes current case studies 

February 6 - Catherine Korte, is featured in Canadian Underwriter's article OIAA speaker explains how Ontario civil law on privacy affect cyber liability exposure.

February 3 - Michael Kennedy is quoted in an article titled 'Real risk' required for stay on judgement in Lawyers' Weekly page 9/10

February 2 - Newest Student Blog - Life is a Marathon - by Ben C.

February 2 - Ottawa participated in a Poker Tournament where all proceeds go to winner's choice of charity's - our Shannon Moore won!  $5000 goes to Sick Kids Foundation - see Photos.

January

January 29 - Ontario Court of Appeal releases decision regarding Communications between Counsel and Expert Witnesses - read Laurie Murphy's full article with link to full decision.

January 21 - New Case Study Article written re: Bad Faith Claims and Bifurcation after Bhasin v. Hrynew: An Insurance Perspective by Rory Barnable and Alyssa Caverson - published by Toronto Law Journal 

January 19 - A great time was had by those attending MB's ever popular 'Christmas in January' event.  Photos are now available online in our Photo Album.

January 14 - Newest student blog In-between Files - gives an insight into firm social events by Michael V.

January 13 - Recent case law released concerning when policies must respond in actions involving rented or leased vehicles - case update by Anthony

January 9 - We are pleased to announce our newest partners in the firm --  Michael Blinick, Anita Dutt, Adam Grant and Michael Kennedy.   Congratulations! 

January 6 - MB is proud to be voted as Canadian Lawyer's Top 10 Insurance Defence Boutiques. "Great solicitors and the service is very good", says one fellow Bay Streeter.

January 5 - Newest articling student blog by Irina A New Year & halfway point check-in

January 5 - Welcome to our newest lawyer in the Toronto Office, Matthew Malcolm, practicing civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance defence.

December

December 17 - Collectively, all of the firms taking part in the Daily Bread Food Bank endeavour collected a total of $206,218 - MB collected $2,779 doing the Pie in the Face contest - see video.

December 16 - Newest Student blog Top 5 Articling Experiences by Sarah B. 

December 6 - Newest Articling Student Blog from Anthony - Networking for new lawyers

December 1 - Newest Articling Student Blog from Josh - Entering the Workforce – A Whole New Learning Experience

November

November 18 - MB welcomes newest lawyer - Justin J. Robinson - focused on Insurance and Commercial Litigation. Read his full bio.

November 17 - Newest Articling Student Blog from Brittany - Coming out the Other Side: In-Firms from a Different Perspective

November 12 - Newest Articling Student Blog from Peter - Final Words: Judge's Perception

November 7 - Newest Articling Student Blog from Sean - From Sweatpants to Suits: Transferrable Law School Skills

October

October 29 - Newest Articling Student Blog from Brittany - Settled!

October 16 - Newest Articling Student Blog from Sam - What Can Come With Change! Summer vs. Articling

October 9 - Newest Articling Student Blog from Divya - Mediation and the “Good Faith” Game Changer

October 6 - Newest Articling Student Blog from Irena - Celebrating Milestones

October 2 - MB's Baseball team photos are up. PHOTOS

September

September 23 - Photos are up for the Amazing Race Toronto Digital Scavenger Hunt & closing cocktail party -  PHOTOS - Start & Finish & Team pics

September 21 - CLC Executive Golf Day, The Club at Bond Head, Bond Head, ON - Photos published

September 19 - Howard Borlack is quoted in an article by Canadian Underwriters - Occupiers' liability laws 'not really devised for a shooter situation' 

September 17 - Newest Articling Student Blog from Garett - Take Advantage of the quiet moments

September 9 - Newest Articling Student Blog from Ben - Student-At-Law: The Goal this Year

September - 5 - Read our Regional Expansion Strategy in response to client demand arising from trends developing regionally throughout the province.

September 2 - Welcome to Fabrice Gouriou, who joins MB as an Associate, working out of our Ottawa office. Fabrice is bilingual and represents clients in both English and French.

September 2 - First Articling Student Blog from new 2014 Students - Time to Start Articling! - includes word origins for Articling by Sarah B.

August 2014

August 25 - Final Summer Student Blog before the changing of the guards to articling students. In the Blink of an Eye: First Day vs. Last Day by Leona Kung

August 21 - Photos now available for the Wawanesa Patio Party for the summer of 2014 - Photos

August 21 - Newest Summer Student Blog by Michael - Looking Back at a Memorable Summer

August 20 - 4th Annual Articling Students Head Start Program at the Toronto Lawyers Association dated August 27 - MB's David Elmaleh will be speaking - topic What they didn't teach you in law school: practical advice for successful articles.

August 19  - Photos Available now for MB's Mug Day - Another 20 Events for 20 Years Celebration!

August 15 - Newest Summer Student Blog by Navid - Why I chose MB as "my" firm - title says it all :)

August 15 - Congrats to the 2014 Summer Students, Alex Robineau, Aryeh Samuel, Bogdan Miscevic, Carol-Anne Wyseman, Christine Lau, Leona Kung, Michael Greco and Navid Ghahraei for completing a successful summer term and they all will be joining us next year as articling students.

August 13 - Congrats to MB's Softball team for winning their 1st round of playoffs - Semi's are next week!

August 5 - Welcome to Patricia A. Lawson, who joins MB as a Partner, working out of our Ottawa office. Patricia is a member of both the Ontario and Quebec bar and enjoys practicing in both provinces.

August 6 - Congratulations to the MB softball team for finishing third in their regular season last night  by winning both games of a double header.  The team will be playing next week in the first round of the playoffs.   

July 2014

July 29 - Hilly David published an article in the Advocates Quarterly entitled, “Subrogation: Carriage and Control of the Action and Independent Settlement of the Subrogated Claim, Vol 43 Advocates Quarterly 13 (subscription required).   visit our article database.

July 28 - Welcome to MB's newest law clerks, Linda Dib in Toronto and Jaime Lapos in Kitchener.

July 25 - Newest Summer Student Blog by Alex Robineau titled More than just a "Suit" going on a field trip 

July 21 - Welcome to MB's newest lawyer John Reiterowski, who will be focusing on Insurance Defence and Subrogation 

July 10 - Newest Summer Student Blog by Aryeh Samuel titled Murder on Bay Street! 

July 16 - Welcome to MB's newest Associate Lawyer, Stephanie Sales, who is focused on civil litigation and Subrogation 

July 10 - Newest Summer Student Blog by Bogdan Miscevic titled This is Sparta!!! Details the procedure and excitement of getting new assignments.

July 10 - MB's Michael Kennedy is quoted in the June 27 edition of Lawyer's Weekly article Pay-first, dispute-later regulations for accident benefits limited (NOTE: you need a subscription to read the article). 

July 4 - Newest Summer Student Blog - by Christine Lau - Comparing Reality to the TV Show Suits

June 2014

June 27 - Newest Summer Student Blog - by Leona Kung - Discoveries, Mediation, and Time Management

June 20 - Newest Summer Law Student Blog by Michael Greco - The Glory of Law: A Dream Revised

June 17 - Welcome a new associate that started recently  Eric Boate!

June 13 - In honour of our 20th Anniversary, we are planning 20 Events to commemorate each of our 20 years to be held over the next eight months. The 'kick-off event is coming up on June 17th. Read about our 20 Events for 20 Years.

June 11 - Newest Summer Law Student' Blog by Navid Ghahraei - First two weeks, so far so great! 

June 9 - Our Summer Students are here! Who went to school in New York City? Who taught English in Nicaragua? Who did a term in France? Read all in our Student Bios.

June 6 - Newest Students' Blog - An amazing articling year, coming to an end  - lists each Student's Best of's.

June 2 - Welcome to Eitan Kadouri and Michael Wade who started with the firm this week as Associate Lawyers - see their profiles for full details.