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Blaney McMurtry bolsters team with addition of eight associates

Monday, October 15, 2018 @ 12:31 PM | By John Chunn

Blaney McMurtry LLP announced that Benjamin Burgar, Jonathan Fillipone, Dena Givari, Zoe Hontoulas, Shayan Kamalie, Jonathan Mor, Anthony Gatensby and Harrison Nemirov have joined the Toronto firm as associates.

In Burgar’s developing insurance litigation practice he acts on behalf of insurers on a range of matters, including professional negligence, life and disability claims, product liability, property damage and personal injury.

Burgar regularly appears in the Superior Court of Justice and has successfully argued numerous motions. He has also assisted senior counsel with lengthy and complex trials and appeals.

He graduated from Queen’s University in 2013 with a B.A. in political science and received his juris doctorate from Western University in 2017.

Fillipone’s corporate law practice concentrates on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.

He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ryerson University in 2013 and his juris doctorate from the University of Ottawa in 2017.

Givari is developing a general corporate and intellectual property law practice. Her legal education focused on cross-border business transactions. She took part in the international John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition on WTO law and completed a portion of her degree at Hong Kong University, where she studied the intersection of international trade agreements, government and business.

She has a bachelor’s degree in biology (honours) from the University of Guelph earned in 2011 and followed that with a master’s in applied statistics at Guelph in 2013. In 2017 she received her JD from Queen’s.

Hontoulas’ practice focuses on personal injury, product liability, occupier’s liability and professional negligence.

She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto (2014) and received her juris doctorate in 2017 at Queen’s.

At Queen’s, Hontoulas was awarded a Course Prize in alternative dispute resolution. She was a caseworker at Queen’s Prison Law Clinic, providing legal representation to inmates and representing their interests at disciplinary and parole board hearings.

Kamalie is developing a broad practice in the areas of insurance and commercial litigation. He has experience in complex property and business interruption claims, construction defect claims, subrogated claims, defamation claims and directors’ and officers’ liability.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Kamalie was a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces, where he participated in challenging field exercises and simulations. His military experience enhanced his ability to think strategically and exercise sound judgment under pressure.

He received a B.A. in criminology in 2013 from York University and his JD from the University of Ottawa in 2016.

Mor is a member of the corporate and commercial practice group, specializing in the area of business immigration law. Practising in Canada and the United States, Mor has handled complex immigration matters for corporate clients of every size, from multinational companies with established affiliates all over the world, to small partnerships, sole proprietors and professionals.

He has a bachelor’s degree earned at Western in 2008 and received his juris doctorate in 2011 from Western New England School of Law.

Gatensby’s primary practice involves providing his clients with insurance coverage opinions and representation in coverage-related litigation. He has considerable experience in the complexities raised by cross-jurisdictional issues, particularly in the context of automobile liability and cargo losses.

In addition to his work in insurance coverage, Gatensby maintains a broad civil litigation and advisory practice on a wealth of matters. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as a number of tribunals, including the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

Called to the bar in 2015, Gatensby joins Blaneys after articling and working at a prominent litigation boutique in Toronto and having spent a summer as a law student at a Crown Attorney’s Office.

In his developing insurance coverage practice, Nemirov provides insurers with advice on a diverse range of policies, including commercial general liability, professional errors and omissions, property, directors’ and officers’ liability and cybersecurity policies.

Nemirov completed his JD at the University of Windsor where he was awarded the Board of Governor’s Medal for finishing at the top of his class.