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U.S. firm adds lawyers in Toronto, Vancouver

Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 10:57 AM | By John Chunn


Cozen O’Connor announced that it has taken a significant step forward in adding depth and breadth to its Canadian offices with the addition of a team of lawyers from Cassels and intends to continue building out its presence in Canada.

According to the firm’s press release, all four lawyers, Brigeeta Richdale, Shane Hardy, Peter Henein and Rebecca Sim, will practise in the Vancouver and Toronto offices of Cozen O’Connor. The new additions will further expand the firm’s North American intellectual property (IP), securities litigation, white-collar defence and investigations, product liability and commercial litigation practices.

Richdale, vice-chair of the firm’s white collar defence and investigations, and Hardy, chair of the Canadian IP practice group, are both joining as shareholders. Richdale and Sim will be based in Vancouver while Hardy and Henein will work from the Toronto office. Also, Henein is joining as a member of the firm and Sim is joining as an associate.

“Our clients have seen a dramatic uptick in international litigation and cross-border transactional activities, and we recognize the importance of having a strong local presence to best serve our clients’ needs,” Michael J. Heller, Cozen O’Connor’s executive chair and chief executive officer said in the news release. “Having already established a strong litigation practice in Canada, it was only natural to continue building out our presence. The key additions of Brigeeta, Shane, Peter, and Rebecca, demonstrates our continued commitment to add strength and experience to the Cozen O’Connor team and further enhances our abilities to work across the border.”

“When it comes to the protection of intellectual property, there are no borders. The addition of a highly recognized team well-versed in all aspects of intellectual property, including trademark, copyright, unfair competition, cybersecurity and data breaches, right of privacy, right of publicity, domain names, counterfeiting, and licensing, as well as all areas of intellectual property litigation is a significant bolster to our already robust practice,” said Camille M. Miller, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s IP practice.