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New leaders and partners at Borden Ladner Gervais

Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 1:16 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


Personnel changes at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) mean that there are now 19 new partners at the firm and new leaders of one of the firm’s working groups.

Richard H. Shaban and Jeffrey Vallis have been named as national co-chairs of the construction group.

Toronto-based Shaban has over 30 years of experience and has been involved in a number of large infrastructure projects, including public-private-partnership (P3) ventures. He is also skilled in project dispute resolution.

Vallis, who is in Calgary, leads the international construction projects focus group and practises construction litigation and arbitration. He primarily acts on behalf of owners, contractors, subcontractors, lenders and sureties in the infrastructure, industrial and commercial sectors.

“On behalf of all members of the firm, I wish to congratulate Jeff and Rick on their new leadership roles,” said Sean Weir, BLG’s national managing partner and CEO.

“Their combined background and expertise will continue to drive our leading construction practice and reputation as largest and best-ranked group in Canada.”

The new partners can be divided into two groups: those appointed to work on corporate and capital markets and specialized business law and those in specialized and commercial litigation.

The new corporate and business law partners are:
  • Kevin Bianchini, who handles tax in Montréal
  • Brandon Evenson, who does intellectual property (IP) in Toronto
  • Adrian Howard, who practises IP in Ottawa
  • Richard Manias, who has a commercial real estate practice in Toronto
  • Michael Saliken, who does securities, capital markets and public companies in Calgary
  • Paul S. Taylor, who handles commercial real estate in Calgary
  • Ryan Tomicic, who deals with securities, capital markets and public companies in Montreal
  • Xue Yan, who does commercial real estate in Toronto.

The new litigators are:
  • Kevin Barr, who does construction law in Calgary 
  • Loni da Costa, who handles commercial litigation in Calgary 
  • Kim Dullet, who practises health law in Ottawa 
  • James Fu, who has a labour and employment practice in Toronto 
  • Michael D. Grodinsky, who does labour and employment law in Montreal 
  • Graeme A. Hamilton, who has a commercial litigation practice in Toronto 
  • Krista M. Johanson, who does construction law in Vancouver 
  • Ian Mathany, who handles environmental, municipal, expropriation and regulatory matters in Toronto 
  • Anne Merminod, who does insurance and tort liability in Montréal 
  • Isaac Tang, who practises environmental, municipal, expropriation and regulatory law in Toronto 
  • Robert Wood, who does environmental, municipal, expropriation and regulatory law in Toronto. 

“The professionals promoted this year have not only demonstrated their exceptional legal talent and client service, but they are dedicated to providing innovative and efficient solutions that our trusted clients have come to expect of BLG,” said Alexander De Zordo, chair of the partnership board.

“This group of talented young partners will further strengthen the firm’s position in the Canadian legal market and contribute to BLG’s continued success for years to come.”