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Eight new associates for Lenczner Slaght

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 9:49 AM | By John Chunn

Lenczner Slaght announced that the following eight associates have joined the Toronto litigation firm: Sarah Bittman, Mitch Brown, Julia Flood, Samantha Hale, Adam Kanji, Jessica Kras, Jenn Power and Sahar Talebi.

“We are very excited that Sarah, Mitch, Julia, Samantha, Adam, Jessica, Jenn and Sahar have chosen to join us to launch their careers as counsel. They bring fresh ideas and energy that is vital to our success as a firm,” said managing partner, Tom Curry, in the firm’s press release. “I am looking forward to watching them develop into future leaders of the bar.”

Bittman’s practice includes complex commercial litigation, arbitration, regulatory proceedings and professional liability. She first developed her advocacy skills through extensive participation in the University of Toronto’s mooting program, where she received oral and written advocacy awards for both her own team and the teams she has coached. Prior to joining the firm, Bittman clerked for Justice Malcolm Rowe at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Brown’s practice covers a wide array of litigation matters. As a summer and articling student, he worked on complex commercial and professional liability matters, including multiple civil trials, application hearings and appeals. While in law school, he sat as the chair of the Dalhousie Student Union and competed in the Phillip C. Jessup Public International Law Moot, where he was awarded second place overall individual oralist in Canada.

Flood’s experience includes a wide range of commercial and professional liability matters. She continues to develop a broad litigation practice. She completed her JD at Osgoode Hall Law School in 2018. During her time at law school, Flood volunteered with Law in Action Within Schools, in the Criminal Law Division of Osgoode Hall’s community legal clinic, and as a peer mentor for first-year students.

Hale’s litigation practice covers a wide range of areas, including commercial disputes, professional liability and regulation, civil matters and public litigation. Before joining the firm, she sharpened her analytical skillset as a clerk for the judges of the Divisional Court and Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. She assisted the judges on a wide variety of administrative appeals, judicial reviews, class actions, civil trials and commercial matters.

Kanji is developing a broad litigation practice. Prior to joining Lenczner Slaght, he was a summer and articling student at the Constitutional Law Branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General. During his time as a student, he worked on cases before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as multiple matters before the Supreme Court of Canada. He received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he competed in the Wilson Moot and volunteered as a caseworker at the Community & Legal Aid Services Program.

Kras’ practice encompasses a broad range of litigation matters, including commercial litigation and professional liability. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she obtained both her JD and master’s degree in public policy. While at law school, Kras co-ordinated student volunteers at Pro Bono Ontario’s civil litigation clinic, served as president of Out in Law, and worked as an editor of the Indigenous Law Journal. Prior to joining Lenczner Slaght, Jessica worked as a summer student with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Crown Law Office – Civil Division.

Power practises in a broad range of areas, including commercial litigation, administrative law, professional responsibility and commercial arbitration. She has appeared before the provincial, Supreme and family courts of Nova Scotia as well as the provincial court of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. Prior to attending law school, Power served nine years as a naval warfare officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, achieving the rank of lieutenant (Navy).

Talebi’s litigation practice includes complex commercial and professional liability matters. She graduated with distinction from the University of Windsor’s Dual JD program, and was the recipient of several academic achievement and advocacy awards. As a lawyer who obtained a Canadian and an American law degree, she bridges the gap between both legal systems.