Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: February 5, 2024 update

  • Chika Chiekwe (Halifax, NS) – corporate and commercial law primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities, general business law, and non-profit organizations.
  • Leah Good (Fredericton, NB) – family law and general litigation practice.
  • Michael Heikkinen (Moncton, NB) – construction litigation, estate litigation, and family law.
  • Marie-Pier Levesque – bilingual practice in corporate and commercial law.
  • Caroline McAvity (Saint John, NB) – corporate and commercial law.
  • Matt McEwen – litigation practice focusing on commercial litigation, insurance, and construction matters.
  • Thomas Munn (St. John’s, NL) – commercial transactions, corporate law, construction, and infrastructure law, with a focus on secured lending.

Cozen O’Connor

Cozen O’Connor has announced that Enzo Sallese, Steven I. Pearlstein, and Andrea Wong will join the firm’s North American real estate practice. They are the firm’s first real estate lawyers to be based in Canada. Together, the three attorneys bring some 75 years of corporate-level real estate experience, advising and representing commercial and industrial real estate clients in a range of major transactions, including asset acquisition, disposition and financing, commercial and residential real estate development, commercial leasing , loan restructurings, mortgage enforcement and administration, and secured transactions.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Nikolas Blanchette has joined the firm’s Montreal office as a partner and head of the real estate group. He is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience with expropriation, development and infrastructure, municipal taxation, environmental regulations, commercial leasing, regulatory and administrative issues, and municipal law.

The firm has also announced the appointment of Daniel Shapira as co-chair of the firm’s Canadian real estate services group. Shapira has considerable experience advising clients in real estate matters covering ‎property development, sales, acquisitions, joint ventures, ‎commercial leasing and financing transactions, ‎including ‎land development and construction loans, acquisition ‎facilities and operating facilities.‎

Harper Gray LLP

The firm has welcomed Kristina Davies as associate counsel with the firm’s commercial litigation group. She has over a decade of experience representing clients in complex litigation, including real estate and commercial leasing, shareholder, partnership, and general commercial disputes.

Lerners LLP

Lerners has announced that Nadia Jandali Chao has joined the firm’s Toronto office as a partner. Chao brings almost two decades of experience to the firm’s business law and specialty risk and insurance groups. In her new role, she will advise clients on data protection and privacy, risk management, and corporate governance matters.