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Cox & Palmer names seven new partners at four offices

Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 1:12 PM | By John Chunn


Cox & Palmer announced that Geoff Breen (Halifax), Cindy Cameron (Summerside, P.E.I.), Matt Dorreen (Halifax), Steve Forbes (Charlottetown), Richard Norman (Halifax), Nick Ouellette (Saint John) and Mohammad Ali Raza (Halifax) have been named partners.

“The invitation to partnership is a reflection of the leadership and commitment they have demonstrated to the firm and our clients, and of the esteem in which these lawyers are held by their colleagues. I am proud to have them as partners,” said George Cooper, chief executive officer.

According to the firm’s press release, Breen works with businesses to solve their employment and labour issues and commercial disputes. He helps businesses detect compliance gaps, manage complex human resources issues, navigate transactions and reorganizations and leads litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings.

Cameron’s practice is focused on litigation, including insurance and commercial litigation and family law. In her family law practice, she handles matters including cohabitation and marriage contracts, separation agreements, divorce, division of family property, spousal and child support, access to children and child protection matters.

Dorreen regularly acts for clients in all aspects of commercial real estate, financing, leasing and commercial transactions. He also advises clients in the areas of environmental and natural resources law, and he has acted for a wide variety of major producers, royalty companies and junior exploration companies in the mining sector.

Forbes has a practice focused on insurance defence, general litigation and municipal law. His experience includes advising on coverage and casualty matters, commercial disputes, construction disputes, personal injury and general litigation.

Norman’s practice consists largely of commercial, estate and insurance litigation. He also deals with disputes involving government actors, including constitutional challenges to legislation and government action. Other interest areas include maritime/admiralty law (including fisheries defence work), real property and defamation.

Ouellette’s practice focuses on financing transactions, private equity investments and corporate reorganizations. He represents clients on general corporate and governance issues, intellectual property matters and energy and natural resources files. In addition to his extensive legal experience, Ouellette worked for several years as a government policy adviser, an executive assistant and a legislative chief of staff.

Raza’s practice is focused on general corporate commercial advisory, transactional and regulatory work, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He has had the experience of working both in private practice and in-house in a number of jurisdictions in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.