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BLG adds partner, two counsels

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 @ 1:39 PM | By John Chunn

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) announced the addition of partner Robert Antenore and counsels Ira Parghi and Patrick Dolan.

Antenore joins the commercial real estate group and will be based in BLG’s Toronto office.

Antenore has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, including developments, investment transactions, complex leasing and title matters. The primary focus of his practice is commercial real estate lending, in which he has a sophisticated and high profile expertise.

“Robert’s depth of commercial real estate experience will further strengthen our team, allowing us to better serve our clients’ needs,” said David Whelan, national group head, specialized business law. “In addition to his wide experience in commercial real estate generally, he is an exceptionally strong and well known real estate lending lawyer and will be a significant complement to our commercial real estate group, both in Toronto and nationally.”

Before joining BLG, Antenore was associate general counsel at one of Canada’s “Big Five” banks.

Parghi will work with BLG’s health law and privacy and data protection groups. Parghi is based in BLG’s Toronto office and brings to the firm vast international experience advising on privacy and cybersecurity matters in the health care industry.

Parghi returned to BLG following significant roles as the first-ever corporate privacy officer for the largest non-profit hospital system in the United States, and as counsel in a global law firm based in San Francisco. She has advised clients on all aspects and stages of information privacy and cybersecurity incidents — from incident prevention to breach analysis, risk containment, incident reporting and regulatory investigations.

“The threat of privacy and cybersecurity breaches is a major concern for organizations everywhere, and our clients in the health care industry recognize that the best offence is a good defence. Ira is joining a team of exemplary professionals who work closely with clients to mitigate the related risks,” said Patrick Hawkins, national leader of BLG’s health law group. “Her international experience will be invaluable to our clients in helping them to develop first-in-class policies and frameworks, to ensure compliance and to respond to and manage incidents.”

Prior to joining BLG, Dolan was general counsel at a leading construction company, where he focused on large infrastructure projects. He has worked on many major projects across Canada, for example the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project in Toronto, the Champlain Bridge in Montréal and the Northeast Anthony Henday Drive highway project in Edmonton.

“Our clients will benefit from Patrick’s range of experience working on many of the country’s major infrastructure projects,”  said Frank Callaghan, national group head, corporate and capital markets. “Having been in the genenal counsel role he understands the needs of clients and the challenges they face.”