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Obiter | A Podcast from McKenzie Lake Lawyers
41 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Episode 6 - Advancing Access to Justice - Talking Class Actions and Creativity with Partner Sabrina Lombardi
In this episode, co-hosts Patrick Clancy and Nusaiba Al-Azem are joined by Class Action Lawyer Sabrina Lombardi.The three talk all about Class Actions as a tool for advocating for justice, discuss details related to the Grenville Christian College Class Proceedings and what getting creative with life outside of the courtroom looks like for Sabrina.
35 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Episode 5 - Part 2 - Family Law Then and Now with Alf Mamo
In this episode, Alf Mamo describes the considerations shaping family law in 2021. Joined by co-hosts Pat Clancy and Erin Fisher, the three lawyers discuss how COVID-19 has impacted family law cases, what we can learn from these developments, and the future of family law including the use of artificial intelligence and social sciences. Since the family is the hub of our society says Alf, family law is at the forefront of emerging changes. Alf describes the changes and complexities of gender issues, trauma, vaccinations and above all the importance of prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of the children. Alf also discusses his life outside of family law, describing his pastime as a “wannabe artist”, his love for old movies, and his pride for his children.
35 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Episode 5 - Part 1 - Family Law Then and Now: A Conversation with Alf Mamo
DescriptionCo-hosts Erin Fisher and Patrick Clancy are joined by prominent Family Lawyer Alfred Mamo. Alf was called to the bar in 1972 and has had an incredible career across several sectors of the legal profession. Spanning almost 5 decades, Alf has kept a steadfast commitment to the protection of children’s rights and safety from representing young offenders to acting for children's aid societies. Pat, Erin, and Alf discuss his childhood in post-war Malta, his family’s immigration to Canada and his journey to becoming an esteemed mediator and arbitrator of high conflict family law cases and a Fellow at the American College of Trial Lawyers. Developments that have shaped the practice of family law throughout his storied career are discussed including one of his most notable past cases involving an in-the-news pastor and why this case is more relevant today than you would think.
32 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Episode 4 - Dan So is no Textbook Lawyer
Co-hosts Melissa Won and Patrick Clancy talk with Dan So - Franchise and Trademark Lawyer, Author, Pianist, CBC TV consultant, Father and master of travelling light. Dan shares his career aspirations and career path, advice for young lawyers on writing, communications and his favorite quality in a client. We are introduced to his cat Patty, his quirky little car and a number of other stories related to his life and franchising that make Dan no Textbook lawyer.
29 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Episode 3 - From the Big Apple to the Forest City. A Candid Conversation with Louis DelSignore
Join hosts Melissa Won and Patrick Clancy as they sit down with Personal Injury lawyer Louis DelSignore to talk big career moves and being true to yourself in the practice of law. Louis is a plaintiff personal injury lawyer at McKenzie Lake, he has a steadfast commitment to the wellbeing of his clients, ensuring that they feel supported, understood, and well represented. In addition to personal injury law, Louis practices Equine Law. Ten years ago, Louis made the big jump from his home in New York City to London, Ontario. He discusses this transition and how he brings a little slice of the Big Apple to his life in London. In his free time, Louis is an equestrian show jumper, skier, and cook. He believes that filling your life with things you enjoy and taking time for yourself so you don’t get lost in your practice is key. Throughout his fascinating career, Louis has come to understand the importance of mindfulness – to be aware of strengths and weaknesses not only in his clients’ cases, but also in himself. He is also dedicated to embracing his true self and sharing that with his clients and colleagues. To see more from Louis, visit our website or follow him on Instagram at @LouisLawjr
20 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Episode 2 - Take the brief and be an advocate. Sitting down with John McNair
Join co-hosts Melissa Won and Patrick Clancy for a discussion with John McNair, a commercial litigator with over 35 years of experience, head of the firm’s litigation department, and former managing partner of McKenzie Lake Lawyers. John shares tales from his time as an international prosecutor in the Middle East and other interesting moments from his long, storied career. John started out in criminal law on the defence side. He later became a Federal prosecutor working in narcotics. and a whole range of federal statutory prosecutions for a number of years. After practicing for 18 years, John took an opportunity to work in Bosnia with the Office of the High Representative–the sovereign legal authority in Bosnia. This led to his role as an international prosecutor in Iraq working with a team of British detectives directing investigations of police corruption. Learn how these exciting experiences contributed to John’s unique background and skillset.
3 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Episode 0 - Introduction to Obiter Podcast
33 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Episode 1 - Running the course with Managing Partner and Triathlete Michael Peerless
Co-hosts Melissa Won and Patrick Clancy sit down with Mike Peerless: managing partner: pioneer in Canadian class action proceedings, class action department lead, and triathlete.From an articling student to issuing the first class proceeding in Canada only a year later, to the Dow Corning Gel breast implant $30 million settlement, Mike hit the ground running. He would go on to obtain numerous settlements for Canadians harmed by drug and medical companies and government action, writing the playbook for class actions in the process. Ultimately, Mike notes, class actions allow regular people to “level the playing field against a massive corporate defendant that has unlimited money to fight.”Years of inflicting “maximum havoc” on big corporations left Mike little time to care for himself. While his wife was training for a marathon he went on a practice run. Six weeks later he ran the Chicago marathon. He wasn’t fast, but he’d discovered a love of running. Since then, he has completed another 20 standalone marathons including New York and Boston and 11 Ironman Triathlons. Learn the meaning behind Mike’s Twitter handle @piratemike911, what he says is the biggest challenge with managing a law firm, and how he approaches his role as managing partner
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