Congratulations to the following lawyers elected to the 2022-2023 OBA Section Executives

 

Interested in learning more about our 2L Summer Program?

Join Myriah Graves, Director of Professional Development, on Wednesday June 15th, as we open our doors virtually to 2L law students,  Register today and find out what makes Fogler, Rubinoff LLP such a great place to work.

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Foglers takes pride in recruiting, supporting, and fostering the careers of women lawyers.

In honour of International Women’s Day, weare thrilled to announce the creation of our women@foglers mentorship program, spearheaded by Teodora Prpa and Hailey Abramsky, two young and driven female lawyers at our firm.

women@foglers is an internal program designed to cultivate our firm’s female talent by maximizing career development through guidance, support and one-to-one mentoring.

We are saddened to inform you that our friend and colleague Bill Perks, passed away on Christmas Day. 

Bill Perks and Suzanne Hanson merged their boutique tax firm known as Perks & Hanson with Fogler Rubinoff’s Tax, Wills and Estates Department on September 1, 2008.  Bill has continued to be an active member of the firm during his semi-retirement in recent years. 

Bill obtained his accounting degree in 1974 and was called to the Ontario bar in 1976.  He was well known by tax professionals, enhanced Fogler Rubinoff’s reputation within the legal and accounting professions, and had a great passion for golf.  His intelligence, sense of humour, and wisdom will be sadly missed by his many colleagues, clients and friends.  He was an excellent lawyer who mentored and provided guidance to many lawyers in our firm.

Foglers was successful on behalf of our client, a car dealership, in bringing an application under s.24(2) of Charter to challenge the validity of a search warrant and to exclude the evidence gathered thereunder. 

The team included, Justin Jakubiak, Martine Garland, Adam Varro and Paniz Rahdari.

We are pleased to announce that Hensel Barristers and Fogler, Rubinoff LLP will be practising in association commencing July 1, 2021 and merging by January 2022. Hensel Barristers has an established reputation of working with Indigenous peoples across Canada to advance and protect their Indigenous rights, cultures, territories and laws.

Katherine Hensel, the founder and principal lawyer at Hensel Barristers, is a seasoned litigator and consistently recommended lawyer in the 2021 Canadian Legal LEXPERT™ Directory in Indigenous Law. A citizen of the Secwepemc Nation, Katherine has built a diverse practice providing advice and acting in disputes concerning the assertion of Indigenous and treaty rights, the duty to consult, commercial matters, public inquiries (including British Columbia’s Missing and Murdered Women’s Inquiry, as counsel for the Native Women’s Association of Canada), child welfare matters, and select criminal cases. Katherine is the recipient of a number of awards for her innovative and passionate advocacy for human rights and the advancement of social justice, including the Minaake Award for Human Rights and Advocacy from the Native Women’s Resource Centre and the Arleen Goss Young Advocates Award from the Advocates Society.

Joining Foglers with Katherine will be associates Ruth Ambros and Lauren Winkler. Together, they will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience acting for Indigenous peoples.

“The merger of Hensel Barristers with Foglers brings added depth and expertise to our Indigenous Law practice,” says Gary Kissack, Chair, Indigenous Law Group. “Katherine and her team will become integral members of our firm’s Indigenous Law Group and key contributors to our team’s continued growth and success acting on behalf of Indigenous peoples across Canada.”

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David Levangie and Bonnie Fish were successful before the Veterans Review and Appeal Board on behalf of Captain Kimberly Fawcett.

After a 15 year legal odyssey, the Veteran’s Appeal Board released its decision granting full compensation to our client, Captain Kimberly Fawcett, for her injuries.

According to David Levangie, Capt. Fawcett’s lawyer through years of appeals and grievances:

“This has been such a long, hard-fought ordeal. She should never have had to have this fight because this was an institution that her poor family basically devoted their lives to. I think she felt a bit betrayed by the institution, and I think she fought as long and hard as she did because, not only did she need the financial compensation, but she felt there really was an injustice here,”

This decision was featured in the National Post article Soldier who lost her baby and a leg in horrific crash on duty wins 15-year battle with military.  

It’s no secret to anyone that 2020 was a very difficult year. We have all had to face new – and in many cases – very important challenges, both in our professional and personal lives. In a year that was like no other, we are however thankful for the loyalty of our clients, the support of our fellow professional community and the dedication of our people.

As the enormity of the pandemic became apparent, we looked to provide our clients with clarity in the face of confusion.  To break through the clutter, members of our team produced over 100 COVID-19 resources providing timely analysis of the business and legal challenges faced by our clients and broader community.  We learned to pivot our practice remotely and this flexibility allowed us to find new ways to connect with and serve our clients in more efficient ways. In a year marked by distance, we fostered a sense of community and recognized the importance of coming together in ways that honour the diversity of ideas and experiences, and to learn from each other.

The start of 2021 has already been unpredictable, with continued concerns around the spread of COVID-19 variants, delays in the roll out of the vaccine, and like many we all wondering whether we are at the beginning of the end of the pandemic or the end of the beginning.  Despite this uncertainty, the new year signals an opportunity to reaffirm our commitments and look ahead. In recent months we’ve built upon our collective strengths and welcomed new lawyers to our Insolvency, Corporate Finance, Real Estate, Tax & Wills and Estates, Securities and Litigation teams to help scale up and support our clients. We continue to invest in our technology and our people; and we are optimistic that the sense of community which has prevailed throughout the pandemic will continue.

COVID-19 has cancelled many things, but it can’t cancel kindness. Throughout it all we’ve been inspired by the stories of innovation, selflessness, and resilience we’ve heard from our clients, colleagues, and in our wider community with frontline and essential workers. I speak for everyone at Foglers when I say that we are entering the new year with a renewed sense of hope as we all work together to chart a path forward.

Michael Slan

Managing Partner
Fogler, Rubinoff LLP

On the podcast Law Firm ILN-telligence, host Lindsay Griffiths interviews Michael Slan to discuss discuss the importance of  communication in this time of pandemic, why deep cuts may not be the best cuts, and what leadership looks like in the face of market downturns and global lockdowns.

Tune into the ILN-telligence podcast episode here: