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Smart & Biggar adds seven lawyers in three offices

Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 12:15 PM | By John Chunn


Smart & Biggar has added seven new lawyers to the firm, adding to the depth and breadth of its practice groups across Canada.

All of these new associates previously articled with the firm and have been hired back following their call to the bar this summer.

Matt Campbell joins the Vancouver office, splitting his time between litigation matters and patent prosecution, trademark opposition and expungement proceedings. Campbell’s clients — which include companies in the biotech, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, as well as small tech startups — can trust that his background in chemistry gives him valuable insight into their businesses. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Simon Fraser University.

Iasha Chaudry also will be based in Vancouver, working with the life sciences practice group. She earned a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in cell biology and genetics and went on to complete a JD at Washburn University School of Law. During time spent in the U.S., Chaudry worked in the IP group at the University of Washington’s technology transfer office. There, she expanded her experience to include U.S. patent and trademark practices.

Tierney GB Deluzio and Karl A. Qin are new associates in the Toronto office.

Deluzio will work with the pharma litigation group. She completed her B. Eng. in chemical and biochemical engineering, her M. Eng. in biomaterials and biochemical engineering and her JD at Western University. During her legal studies she was the recipient of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association Prize in Criminal Law.

Qin will work in the electrical/mechanical patents and industrial design group. He completed his undergraduate degree in engineering sciences at the University of Toronto, where he also earned his JD in 2017. Prior to his legal studies he held a position as a research assistant in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto.

Aleksandra (Sasha) Gracia, Matthew Norton and Nora Labbancz are new associates in Ottawa.

Gracia’s practice focuses on securing patent protection for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and other inventions in life sciences. She brings deep technical expertise in biochemistry, microbiology and immunology to her work with clients in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. She also works in the area of pharmaceutical regulatory law, providing strategic advice both during and after patent prosecution for pharmaceuticals and biologics.
Gracia received her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and microbiology from the University of Victoria.

Norton joins as an associate in life sciences. Prior to entering law, Norton obtained his master’s degree and worked as a research technician in the fields of cellular biology and genome-wide RNA interference screening. During his legal studies at the University of Ottawa, he graduated summa cum laude and on the Dean’s Honour List.

Labbancz is an associate in the trademarks group. She provides strategic counselling and IP services to clients throughout the trademark lifecycle, including clearance, prosecution, opposition and enforcement.
In addition to representing clients before the Canadian Trademark Opposition Board, she also performs trademark clearance searches and provides availability opinions, prepares and files trademark applications and prosecutes trademark applications before the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.