Taschereau, Mathieu

BA (McGill), BCL/LLB (McGill), Law Society of Ontario

Mathieu Taschereau is an associate with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto. He has assisted on a range of corporate matters, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, shareholder activism and hostile takeovers.

Mr. Taschereau is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he teaches the Regulation of the Canadian Cannabis Industry course. He holds a Certificate in Cannabis Law and Regulation from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Meighen, Hugh

AB (Princeton), BCL/LLB (McGill), of the Bars of Ontario and New York

Hugh Meighen is a lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He has more than 10 years experience in dedicated arbitration counsel work. He has represented clients in high-value and complex international and domestic arbitrations in a range of industry sectors, including telecommunications, mining, construction, insurance, logistics, IT and real property, as well as under ad hoc and institutional rules including the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICDR, BCICAC, DIAC and ADRIC.

In 2021, Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration named him one of ten “Most Highly Regarded” partners under 45 in the Americas.

As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), Mr. Meighen has acted as a sole arbitrator in arbitrations involving procurement and real property disputes, as well as the discipline chair and appeals officer for certain sports associations.

In addition to articles and book chapters on arbitration, Mr. Meighen co-authored the Guide to the PCA Arbitration Rules, published by Oxford University Press, and is an adjunct professor of international commercial arbitration at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Prior to joining BLG, Mr. Meighen practiced for five years in London and Dubai in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. He was previously assistant legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, where he was the McGill Law fellow and supported arbitral tribunals presiding over international investment arbitrations.

McIsaac, Nicholas

BA (Hon)(Toronto), JD (Osgoode), Law Society of Ontario

Nicholas McIsaac is an associate at the Toronto office of Thorsteinssons. His practice focuses on corporate and international tax planning, regularly advising Canadian and foreign-based multi-national groups on a variety of matters, including financing, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and natural resource taxation. He is also experienced in handling tax controversy issues at both the federal and provincial levels.

Mr. McIsaac is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaching a course in the Taxation of Corporate Transactions.

Lam, Stephen

BASc (Electrical Engineering)(Waterloo), JD (Osgoode), of the Bar of Ontario

Stephen Lam practises intellectual property law with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, with a focus on obtaining and leveraging intellectual property rights. He regularly prepares and prosecutes patent applications for electrical, computer, and mechanical technology. He also prepares and prosecutes trademark applications.

Mr. Lam assists clients with commercializing intellectual property rights. He advises on intellectual property-related agreements and provides technical and strategic guidance on infringement issues. He is also experienced with freedom-to-operate (product clearance) projects.

Mr. Lam is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario. Prior to practising law, he worked for five years in both North America and Asia as an engineer at a large multi-national semiconductor company. He combines his extensive industry and intellectual property law experiences to assist clients, from start-ups to large high-technology companies, with evaluating technology and developing effective intellectual property portfolios.

Porter, Andrew

BA (Hon)(McGill), MA (McGill), JD (Osgoode), Law Society of Ontario

Andrew Porter is a partner at Lenczner Slaght LLP. His trial and appellate practice encompasses a range of general litigation, including commercial litigation, professional liability, and professional regulation. His clients regularly include corporations, shareholders, professionals as well as their regulatory bodies.

Mr. Porter has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada, at all levels of court in Ontario, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, and various administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Mr. Porter has represented his clients in contentious shareholder disputes, contractual interpretation applications, motions for injunctions  and as co-counsel in the defence of several class actions. He has developed experience in new and emerging technologies, including several cases involving crypto-currencies.

Mr. Porter has an interest in the intersection of civil and criminal quasi-criminal liability, and has successfully represented individuals charged with criminal offences, including by obtaining an acquittal at trial on the basis of multiple violations of the Charter.

Lau-Po-Hung, Karen

JD (Osgoode), Law Society of Ontario

Karen Lau-Po-Hung is a Criminal Defence Lawyer who practices in the Greater Toronto Area. She is a partner at Rusonik, O’Connor, Robbins, Ross, Gorham & Angelini, LLP, Canada’s largest criminal defence firm.

Ms. Lau-Po-Hung has focused her entire academic and professional career in Criminal Law. In university, she studied criminology and graduated with highest distinction. She continued in criminal law at Osgoode Hall Law School. During law school she worked closely with Toronto judges on a number of criminal court cases. She has a strong interest in cases where police have violated an individual’s rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.

Ms. Lau-Po-Hung has been counsel for all type of cases in the Ontario Court of Justice & Superior Court of Justice including charges of First Degree Murder, Second Degree Murder, Attempt Murder, Narcotic cases – Trafficking & Possessing for the Purpose, Firearms, Robbery, Sexual Assault, Domestic Assault, Dangerous Driving, Break and enter, etc.

Ms. Lau-Po-Hung has successfully negotiated withdrawals for all types of offences and has secured jury acquittals for various offences including First and Second Degree Murder.

Gamage, Nimali

BA (Windsor), LB (Ottawa), Certificate in Elder Law (Osgoode), Law Society of Ontario

Nimali Gamage joined Jan Goddard as an associate in 2002 and became partners in Goddard Gamage LLP in 2012. Ms. Gamage has practiced exclusively in the areas of estates, trusts and guardianship law since 2002 and has become a leader in Ontario in the niche area related to Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) benefits. She has had a long-held interest in issues relating to health, disability and aging.

Prior to joining Goddard Gamage LLP, Ms. Gamage worked with the Walkerton Commission of Inquiry for former Associate Chief Justice Dennis O’Connor.

Ms. Gamage’s practice at Goddard Gamage includes both litigation and solicitor’s work and has a special focus on guardianship, power of attorney issues, elder law, estate planning, estate litigation and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) issues. She has extensive experience assisting families with disabled loved ones with their estate planning, litigation regarding mental capacity issues, and guardianship and ODSP advice. She also has significant experience representing persons whose capacity is being questioned by others, whether they are involved in litigation, doing their own estate planning, or need advice about ODSP legal issues. Ms. Gamage enjoys practising in this focussed area of law as it combines her legal expertise and excellent communication skills with her ability to empathize with her clients.

Ms. Gamage is recognized in “The Best Lawyers in Canada” (2014-2022) in the field of Trusts and Estates. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Hoffstein Prize, an award from the Ontario Bar Association Trusts and Estates group that recognizes excellence in the field of Trusts and Estates law. In 2009, she was selected and continues to be a member of the Estates Subcommittee of the Civil Rules Committee for the Province of Ontario. In 2017, she was instrumental in creating the Rule 7 Subcommittee of the Civil Rules Committee which aims to improve the Rules of Civil Procedure for parties under disability. Ms. Gamage is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience and is frequently asked to chair and present papers at programs for the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Ontario, Cambridge Forums, and Osgoode Law School Professional Development. She also frequently provides education in her areas of expertise to other professionals at various law firms, financial institutions, and community organizations.

Johnson, Lisa

BA (Hon)(Waterloo). JD (Osgoode), Law Society of Ontario

Lisa Johnson is an associate at Kastner Lam LLP. She practices in criminal defence.

Prior to joining Kastner Lam, Ms. Johnson was an associate at a well-respected and very busy criminal defence firm in downtown Toronto.  She has appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, and has drafted materials for all levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ms. Johnson has an undergraduate degree in Honours English – Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo and worked in arts and entertainment as a publicist, writer, editor, and music booker before turning to the law.  She earned her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, where she also worked for the Osgoode Hall Innocence Project, drafting a leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, investigating cases of alleged wrongful convictions, and filing applications to the Minister of Justice for post-conviction review.  Ms. Johnson was also honoured to work with Professor Alan Young as a Research Assistant.  She was selected to represent Osgoode Hall at the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association Cup, and participated in the Criminal Law Intensive Program where she completed a placement working in appellate law at the Crown Law Office – Criminal.

Ms. Johnson volunteered her time generously, including as an Osgoode Hall Ambassador, as well as for the Transnational Human Rights Review, Community & Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP), OutLaws, the Entertainment & Sports Law Association, Osgoode Peer Support Centre, Out on Bay St., and Flip Your Wig For Justice.  She is currently a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) and sits on the CLA Women’s Committee.

A fierce advocate, tenacious litigator, and persuasive negotiator, Ms. Johnson often secures positive outcomes for clients, such as acquittals, withdrawals of charges, bail releases on consent, and favourable sentences.  She is passionate about her clients’ rights and about equality, diversity, and inclusivity.

Atkinson, Aaron

Aaron Atkinson is a partner with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in Toronto. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism, capital markets and securities, and corporate governance. He works with Canadian and international businesses, underwriters and investors spanning a wide range of industry sectors – including mining, life sciences and financial services.

Mr. Atkinson has advised on some of the country’s most high ­profile domestic and cross­-border transactions, including contested matters such as unsolicited takeover bids and proxy contests, as well as financing transactions, negotiated acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Well versed in corporate governance, he is regularly called upon to advise boards and board special committees on transactional matters as well as internal investigations and complex governance issues.

Mr. Atkinson previously taught Corporate Finance and M&A for eight years at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and has served as a lecturer in the Corporate Remedies LLM course at Osgoode Hall Law School. He also taught “Mergers and Acquisitions: Emerging Strategies and Regulatory Issues” for the Intensive Course in Canadian Securities Law and Practice, part of Osgoode’s Professional Development Program.

Weinstein, Seth

BA (Western), LLB (Osgoode), of the Law Society of Ontario

Seth Weinstein has an advocacy practice focused on criminal and regulatory trials, appearing before all levels of court in Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. He represents individual and corporate clients on a wide variety of criminal charges, including homicides, sexual assault. fraud, drinking and driving offences and offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. He has also served as a per diem Crown Attorney.

Mr. Weinstein also represents individuals in professional discipline matters and assists individuals and corporations being investigated or charged under a variety of regulatory statutes, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Environmental Protection Act

He has extensive international expertise in extradition and mutual legal assistance matters and has been counsel in some of the leading cases in that area. He is also the co-author of “Prosecuting and Defending Extradition Cases: A Practitioner’s Handbook.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Weinstein served as a Director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association for four years. Prior to being elected Director, he served for seven years as co-editor of For the Defence, the publication for the Criminal Lawyers’ Association.

He is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates Society and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. Since 2018, Mr. Weinstein has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in Canada © for his work in the area of criminal defence.

Mr. Weinstein has chaired or been a panelist at multiple continuing legal education programs on a wide variety of criminal law related topics. He is the author of a number of papers on criminal law issues as well as co-author of “Corporate Criminal Liability: Principals and Principles” in The Controlling Mind – Exercising Legal Control: Its Obligations and Liabilities, ed. Barry Lipson, Carswell. 2012.