Torkin Manes

Winter 2013

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Update NEW LAWYERS We are pleased to announce that the following lawyers have joined the firm. Andrew Wilder – Business Law & Corporate Finance Lisa R. Lifshitz – Business & Information Technology Alison Ronson – Business Law Adam Black – Family Law Joshua Ginsberg – Litigation Jonah Mayles – Tax & Trusts Seth Zuk – Real Estate ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS Loretta Merritt was presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contributions to the community in representing abuse survivors. Neil Abramson was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation. This makes Neil the only lawyer in Ontario engaged in private practise who is double-certified by the Law Society as a specialist in both civil litigation and health law. Sandra Astolfo became a certified specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Lisa Corrente has been elected as the Secretary-Treasurer of the National Health Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Lisa R. Lifshitz was selected to appear in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012 and The International Who's Who of Internet e-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers 2012 as one of the leading Internet, e-Commerce & Data Protection lawyers. Lisa co-authored a chapter on "Internet Law in Canada" in the American Bar Association's book Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, published August 2012. Laurie Pawlitza spoke at the Federation of Law Societies Conference in Vancouver in September and at the International Bar Association Conference in Dublin, Ireland on October 4. Peter Straszynski presented "Social Media in the Workplace" at the HRPA Annual Conference and Trade Show on February 3. Lorne Wolfson presented a paper to the National Judicial Institute on February 8. Lorne also published an article in the February 17 edition of The Lawyers Weekly. In addition, Lorne presented in the Osgoode Professional Development program on April 3 and the National Family Law Program on July 18. Lisa Corrente and Marco Falco were voted onto the Board of Directors of the Canadian Italian Advocates Organization ("CIAO"). Michael Hanley gave a presentation to the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario entitled "Don't Drop the Ball - How Small Mistakes Can Turn Into Big Problems" on March 7. Howard Burshtein addressed the Hospitalist Resident of Sunnybrook Hospital on March 29, providing them with an overview of Hospital-Physician contracts. David Golden and Lisa Corrente spoke at the Together We Care convention hosted annually by the Ontario Long-Term Care Association and the Ontario Retirement Communities Association. Zoe Kalmanson and Aaron English co-chaired "The Keys to the Successful Purchase of a Multi-Tenant Commercial Property", a half-day program on May 9 hosted by the Ontario Bar Association. David Chaiton has been appointed as a member of the Executive of the Insolvency Law sub-section of the Ontario Bar Association. David also has been appointed to the Executive of the Business Law sub-section of the OBA and as editor of the sub-section newsletter. Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi and Sonu Dhanju-Dhillon represented Torkin Manes LLP at a dinner for a delegation from The Government of Gujarat, India. Risa Awerbuck spoke at Advising Families with Special Needs on September 10. Linda Godel spoke on the pending Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act at the annual conference of the Ontario Nonprofit Network, Policy to Practice on September 27. Linda also partnered with Base Consulting and Management Inc. to present "How will the New Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act Affect your Governance?" on October 23. Ken Beallor presented "Unique Leasing Considerations for Franchisors and Franchisees" at the 2012 International Counsel of Shopping Centres Law Conference October 27 in Orlando, Florida. Lisa R. Lifshitz will be the Course Chair and will be speaking with cloud computing industry experts at LEXPERT's second annual "Cloud Computing: A Practical Approach" seminar on December 3. Violet French, Peter Straszynski and Tanisha Tulloch from Torkin Manes will also be participating. Lisa will also be speaking at the Federated Press' 7th Internet Law Course on "Online Privacy and Security" on December 12. Focus is published regularly by Torkin Manes LLP, Barristers & Solicitors. The contents are of a general nature, do not constitute legal advice, and are not intended to be a full and complete analysis of the topics. Before applying the concepts discussed in Focus, it is imperative that you consult your legal advisor. 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