Welcome to Friends Who Argue, a podcast for the litigation bar brought to you by The Advocates’ Society and hosted by our Young Advocates' and 10+ Standing Committees. Friends Who Argue features intimate conversations with advocates from across Canada, who will share stories from their journeys as advocates. As litigators, we live in an adversarial world but we all have one thing in common - we are officers of the court who are passionate about the profession of law and advocating for our clients. We hope you find these conversations informative, inspiring and most of all, entertaining.
Parenting in Law
As we begin another school year, Laura Gurr speaks to litigators Tamara Ramsey, Mark Flisfeder and Matt Huys about the challenges of maintaining a litigation practice as a parent - particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic - as well as tips and tricks for being productive while staying sane. We hope you find this candid conversation useful whether you are a litigator who is parenting or not.
Laura Gurr is a partner with Cohen Highley LLP and is a member of its management team. Laura is part of the multi-residential housing group and her practice focuses on condominium law, acting for condominium corporations, property managers, and developers in a broad range of litigation, operational and governance matters. Laura’s practices also include expropriations law, planning and zoning, property tax, and regulatory compliance issues. Laura is mom and step-mom to four children, ages 7 to 14. https://cohenhighley.com/our-team/gurr-laura/
Tamara Ramsey is a partner in Dale & Lessmann’s Litigation/Dispute Resolution Group. Tamara is a litigator with a diverse litigation practice, who focuses on corporate and commercial disputes, including trade-mark protection, contractual issues, shareholder disputes, estate disputes, complex torts, and termination of employment and consulting relationships. Tamara is mom to an 11-year-old son and stepmom to a 22-year-old stepdaughter. https://www.dalelessmann.com/bio/tamara-ramsey
Mark Flisfeder is counsel in our Litigation Group in Toronto. His practice is dedicated to health law and the representation of physicians. Marc has represented clients before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal, as well as before administrative bodies and tribunals. Mark's daughter is eight years old. https://www.mccarthy.ca/en/people/marc-flisfeder
Matt Huys is a partner with Osler LLP in Calgary, and a member of Osler's National Litigation Department and its energy (oil and gas), environmental, construction, and securities litigation teams. Matthew practices complex, high-stakes corporate litigation, with an emphasis on energy, construction, and securities disputes. Matt became a parent during the pandemic, and his son is now one. https://www.osler.com/en/team/matthew-huys
“Good Faith” Trilogy
Welcome to Season 2 of Friends Who Argue!
In our first episode of Season 2, litigators Cynthia Spry, Elisha Jamieson and Winston Gee discuss the Supreme Court of Canada's decisions in the "good faith" trilogy of recent decisions: David Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited (NS), 2020 SCC 26 ("Matthews"), C.M. Callow Inc. v. Zollinger, 2020 SCC 45 ("Callow"), and Wastech Services v. Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District, 2021 SCC 7 ("Wastech"). These cases build upon and clarify the doctrine of good faith contractual performance derived from the Court's landmark judgment in Bhasin v. Hyrnew, 2014 SCC 71.
Cynthia Spry is a litigator and partner at Babin Bessner Spry LLP, where she practices in the areas of class actions, shareholder disputes (including claims for oppression remedies), fraud, contractual disputes, insolvency issues, securities, resource litigation, defamation and executive employment law.
Elisha C. Jamieson-Davies is a partner at Hicks Morley. She represents both public and private sector clients in a variety of industries, and in many types of litigation including employment disputes, long-term disability claims, commercial disputes, restrictive covenant enforcement, class actions, and judicial reviews/appeals.
Winston Gee is an associate at Torys LLP. Winston’s practice focuses on litigation and dispute resolution in a variety of areas, with an emphasis on public and regulatory law, class actions, Indigenous matters, contractual disputes, insurance law, and the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Conducting Effective Remote Examinations with Lillian Pan
In this episode of Friends Who Argue, Daniel Baum, Partner in the litigation group at the Montréal office of Langlois chats with Lillian Pan, Q.C., a Partner practicing commercial litigation in the Calgary office of Dentons, about practical tips and tricks for optimizing remote examinations.
Daniel Baum is a litigator who acts on a variety of commercial and public law disputes, has experience before all levels of Quebec and federal courts (including the Supreme Court of Canada), who has taught written and oral advocacy at Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law.
Lillian Pan has over 30 years of experience in commercial litigation, and is a leading mentor, speaker and panelist who teaches trial advocacy at the University of Calgary. She is an Advocates Society Board Member and recently moderated Litigating from Home: Remote Examinations, a CPD program now available to members of The Advocates’ Society through the Free Member Resource Library here.
Want to read more? TAS’s Best Practices for Remote Hearings, drafted in partnership with the OBA, FOLA and OTLA, provide helpful guidelines for both virtual examinations and virtual hearings. Read the Best Practices (recently updated in Spring 2021), and see related resources, here.
In Conversation with Linda Rothstein: Trailblazer and Recipient of the 2021 Advocates’ Society Medal
Interview with Linda Rothstein, Trailblazer and Recipient of the 2021 Advocates’ Society Medal
This episode of Friends Who Argue features Michelle Alton, Tribunal General Counsel at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal in conversation with Linda Rothstein, founding partner at litigation boutique Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP, and Past President of The Advocates’ Society (TAS). Linda Rothstein is one of the leading counsel of her generation and her practice has evolved over her career to embrace important public and private law cases. In honour of her contributions to the profession and TAS, Linda has been named the recipient of the 2021 Advocates’ Society Medal which is the highest expression of esteem which the Society can convey to one of its members.
This episode is the first in a series of interviews to celebrate women advocates being produced by the Women in Law working group, part of the 10+ Standing Committee at the Advocates' Society.
Linda Rothstein - https://www.paliareroland.com/lawyers/details/linda-rothstein
R. v. Chouhan with Cate Martell and Janani Shanmuganathan
Join Jean-Simon Schoenholz of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP as he speaks to Cate Martell (@catemartell) and Janani Shanmuganathan (@_JananiS) about R. v. Chouhan, a recent appeal regarding the constitutionality of abolishing peremptory challenges in jury selection heard by the Supreme Court Canada.
Cate Martell (www.martelldefence.com) acted as co-counsel with Jill Presser to intervene on behalf of The Advocates’ Society, and Janani Shanmuganathan, partner at Goddard & Shanmuganathan (www.gsllp.ca), intervened on behalf of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto.
For more information about The Advocates' Society intervention in R. v. Chouhan go to https://www.advocates.ca/TAS/Advocacy_Pages/Advocacy_Pages/Select_Interventions.aspx
Business Development in the Time of COVID
In this episode of Friends Who Argue, hear about how business development has changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ian Breneman of Blakes chats with Gillian Hnatiw of Gillian Hnatiw & Co and Luisa Ritacca of Stockwoods LLP about how they have adapted their business development practices, and Reena Lalji, in-house counsel with BMO Financial, who shares her viewpoint from a client’s perspective.
Members of The Advocates’ Society have complimentary access to the Business Development for Litigators CPD series through the new member resource library. Visit https://www.advocates.ca/ and log in to see all of the great, new resources available with TAS membership.