“More experience. More defence. The best result.”
Henein Hutchison LLP defends individuals and corporate entities charged with criminal offences before all levels of court around the province and elsewhere in Canada. Our firm has been built on decades of collective experience in criminal litigation, both as defence counsel and Crown prosecutors.
Our firm has been involved in some of the most difficult and well known criminal cases in the country. We approach every case with the same uncompromising dedication to our client’s best interests. We pride ourselves on achieving the best possible result at the earliest stage of the proceedings.
“Cases don’t win themselves. Who you choose as your advocate matters. Litigate with confidence.”
Henein Hutchison LLP acts for and advises publicly-traded and closely-held companies and individuals on a wide range of civil litigation matters. Areas of focus include general commercial litigation, the oppression remedy, executive termination, pension entitlement disputes, defamation, estates, sexual battery claims, First Nations matters, and class actions for both plaintiffs and defendants. In appropriate cases we partner with leading subject-matter experts from other firms to build legal teams tailored to our clients’ needs.
We also team up with document review service providers to keep costs down on document-intensive files. Our focus is squarely on strategy and advocacy. We have the trial experience and expertise to deal with any advocacy challenges. Business and reputational interests are front and centre as we mount a tireless and effective case at trial or push to a quick and cost-effective resolution.
“You need to get to the truth and respond effectively to a crisis. We get you there.”
We provide what institutional leaders facing a crisis need most: timely strategic advice focused on the long-term best interests of the organization. We regularly conduct complex internal investigations and provide due diligence services for leading businesses and institutions, many of which are household names. We deliver thorough and targeted investigations in response to a range of circumstances that affect vital business interests.
The quality of our strategic advice, and our rigour, are matched only by our discretion. Our firm has been involved in some of the most difficult and well known criminal cases in the country. We approach every case with the same uncompromising dedication to our client’s best interests. We pride ourselves on achieving the best possible result at the earliest stage of the proceedings.
“When the stakes are high, you need experienced advocates fighting for you.”
Henein Hutchison LLP regularly defends and prosecutes cases before various professional bodies in diverse professional disciplines, including many of the regulated health professional bodies (doctors, dentists, pharmacists and nurses) as well as disciplinary bodies in the legal profession, including the Law Society of Ontario, the Justices of the Peace Review Council, and the Ontario Judicial Council. Our firm advises a number of companies and individuals operating in a range of regulated industries.
We offer compliance advice and representation regarding federal and provincial environmental, wildlife, health and safety, privacy, money laundering, FINTRAC and industry-specific regulatory compliance regimes. We assist our clients in understanding the relevant legal framework, creating compliant policy and avoiding costly penalties or litigation. We also act in any reviews and litigation before the courts.
“Unparalleled appellate experience.”
Henein Hutchison LLP is recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent appellate litigation firms. We maintain a large and varied appellate practice encompassing criminal, civil, and administrative appeals. Our team comprises experienced appellate lawyers recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada for Appellate Law and Criminal Defence. Collectively, the members of the firm have litigated hundreds of cases in the Court of Appeal for Ontario and dozens in the Supreme Court of Canada.
Our lawyers have successfully argued some of the most significant, precedent-setting cases in the country’s highest Court. We bring both intellectual depth and unparalleled practical know-how to our appellate work, and have earned the trust and respect of the courts at all levels.
Ms. Henein’s experience includes a wide range of complex litigation including criminal, quasi-criminal, regulatory as well as select civil litigation including class actions and commercial matters – representing individual, corporate and institutional clients both at the trial and appellate level. Ms. Henein has argued at all levels of court, frequently including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Henein has been counsel on numerous high profile cases.
Ms. Henein received her LL.B. in 1989 from Osgoode Hall Law School and her Masters in Law from Columbia University in 1991. She is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Criminal Law. Ms. Henein is the Past President of The Advocates’ Society (2010-2011). She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Law Commission of Ontario. She is one of the founders of the Court of Appeal’s Appellate Duty Counsel Program.
Ms. Henein is a frequent lecturer. She was an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she was co-chair of the Masters of Law Program. She frequently lectures at the Law Society of Ontario, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association, Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the National Judicial Institute in numerous areas including trial advocacy, evidence, appellate advocacy and substantive criminal law. Ms. Henein recently delivered the prestigious Bernard Cohn Memorial Lecture at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.
Ms. Henein is co-editor of Martin’s Criminal Code, Martin’s Annual Criminal Practice, and Martin’s Related Criminal Statutes. She is the Associate Editor of the Canadian Criminal Cases.
Ms. Henein has been selected by her peers to be included in the 2010 list of Best Lawyers in Canada with the specialty of Criminal Defence. Ms. Henein is the recipient of the 2013 Laura Legge Award and has repeatedly been named one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In 2017, Ms. Henein was the recipient of The Law Society Medal for outstanding service to the administration of justice.
Scott Hutchison is a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP. His practice includes complex civil, criminal, regulatory and constitutional litigation, with a particular interest in white collar crime and appellate advocacy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada for Appellate Law and Criminal Defence and for in Chambers Canada in Dispute Resolution. He was appointed by the Attorney General and the Law Foundation of Ontario to the province’s Class Proceedings Committee.
His recent practice has included advising in relation to the defence of complex class actions, advising clients caught up in business crime investigations, and representing individuals and entities in serious criminal cases at all levels of court. He has argued numerous criminal and civil appeals and trials, including hundreds of matters in the Ontario Court of Appeal and more than two dozen cases in the Supreme Court of Canada. He appears regularly before senior professional discipline tribunals, the Ontario Securities Commission and similar tribunals.
Prior to forming Henein Hutchison LLP, Scott was a partner at a top 10 litigation boutique in downtown Toronto, from 2005 to 2012.
From 1989 to 2005, Scott was counsel at the Crown Law Office-Criminal (Ontario) where he represented the Crown at all levels of court, including hundreds of appearances in the Court of Appeal and numerous appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada.
He is the author of a number of frequently cited legal texts, including Search and Seizure Law in Canada (Carswell); Hutchison’s Search Warrant Manual, 2015 (Carswell); Computer Crime in Canada (with Robert Davis); The Law of Traffic Offences (3d ed.) (2011, Carswell) and is a contributing author of McWilliams Canadian Criminal Evidence (4th) (Canada Law Book).
Scott is a member of the faculty of the National Criminal Law Program. He is one of the Co-Chairs of the Osgoode Professional Development Program National Symposium on Search and Seizure Law in Canada. He is a popular speaker on a variety of legal topics. Scott writes and teaches extensively and was a member of the adjunct faculty of Queen’s University Law School where he taught Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy from 2005 to 2013. From 2006 to 2008 he also taught Advanced Evidence at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of The Advocates’ Society, Criminal Lawyers’ Association, and the International Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law.
Danielle is a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP. The focus of her practice is litigation and investigations. Danielle’s litigation experience includes defending individuals and corporations charged with criminal, regulatory and disciplinary infractions at trial and on appeal. She has been counsel on a number of high-profile, serious and complex cases. Danielle has appeared at all levels of Court in Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to her criminal and quasi-criminal defence practice, Danielle also takes on select civil matters.
Danielle is a trusted investigator with experience investigating sensitive matters for companies, organizations, and institutions. Frequently these mandates include allegations of wrongdoing related to regulatory non-compliance, fraud, and/or physical and sexual violence. Danielle has significant expertise in the area of police misconduct and culture having served as senior counsel to the Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch on the Independent Police Oversight Review.
Danielle is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including recently the Lexpert Rising Star award in 2019 and Best Lawyer recognition for Criminal Defence in 2021 and 2022. She is a frequent speaker and educator at The National Criminal Law Conference, Law Society of Ontario, The Advocates’ Society, and Criminal Lawyers’ Association and various law schools across the country.
Danielle is also the co-author of the cited textbook “Sentencing: Principles and Practice” and the co-host of the legal podcast “The Lawyers Lounge”, published by Emond.
Danielle was born and raised in Kanata, Ontario. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts at the University of Toronto and her LLB at Dalhousie University.
Matthew Gourlay is a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP. He practises primarily in criminal and regulatory law, at both the trial and appellate level. He appears regularly in the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. His appellate work encompasses criminal, regulatory, and civil matters. He also prosecutes and defends cases before a variety of professional disciplinary tribunals in Ontario. He is vice-chair of the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program, providing assistance to unrepresented litigants in the Ontario Court of Appeal.
He is co-author of Modern Criminal Evidence (Emond, 2021) and Charter Remedies in Criminal Cases: A Practitioner’s Handbook (Emond, 2019), and legal editor of the Canadian Criminal Cases.
Matthew graduated as gold medalist from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2008. He then served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada from 2008 to 2009. He has practised with Henein Hutchison LLP since 2010.
Matthew grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and holds an M.A. in English and American literature from New York University.
He is a member of The Advocates’ Society and Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA). Matthew is also an active member of CLA’s Litigation Committee.
Christine Mainville is a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP. She represents clients in criminal, extradition and regulatory proceedings, in both English and French. Christine has argued at all levels of court in both Ontario and Quebec, as well as in the Supreme Court of Canada. She serves as pro bono duty counsel in the Court of Appeal, and has represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Criminal Lawyers’ Association in several interventions before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She has experience with Customs Act offences; Elections Act offences; Extradition Act proceedings; national security matters; privilege issues; and search warrants and production orders. Christine also acted as senior counsel to the Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch in the Independent Street Checks Review, and as co-counsel on the Nova Scotia Parsons Independent Review. She also acted as lead representative of an association participant in the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry, and as co-counsel to a participant in the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP in 2011, Christine practiced criminal law in Montreal and was a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada. She completed her law degree at McGill University where she was the recipient of a number of distinctions including the Brett Code Prize in Criminal Law and the Johnston Gold Medal, awarded for academic standing and contribution to the Faculty and the community. She also completed a master’s degree in Comparative Criminal Law at the Université de Paris I (Panthéon – Sorbonne), and a Bachelor’s in Criminology at the University of Ottawa.
Christine was called to the Québec Bar in 2007 and the bar of Ontario in 2011. She has lectured to judges and justices of the peace in both Ontario and Quebec, as well as to police officers and fellow lawyers.
While practising in Montreal, she was a board member of the Québec Elizabeth Fry Society, and a member of the advisory board of Innocence McGill. She is currently a Director (Toronto Region) of Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) and sits on several CLA committees including the Legislation Committee, the Gale Moot Cup Committee, the Communications and Media Relations Committee, and the Fall Conference Committee. She is a member of The Advocates’ Society and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She is also involved in a volunteer capacity with the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide. She is fluently bilingual.
Alex Smith is a civil litigator and a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP. His practice encompasses civil and regulatory proceedings in a variety of areas, including complex commercial disputes and oppression remedy matters, class actions, and trust and estate litigation. Alex also has experience in a wide range of tort matters, ranging from defamation to financial fraud to sexual assault. In addition to civil and regulatory matters, Alex regularly conducts internal investigations for boards of directors and general counsel into everything from whistleblower complaints to CEO conduct. He also defends people who are being investigated. Before joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Alex practiced in the litigation group at a full service law firm in Toronto, where he frequently appeared for corporate and individual clients before various courts and administrative tribunals.
Alex is a contributing author to The Law of Climate Change in Canada, which was awarded the Walter Owen Book Prize from the Foundation for Legal Research. He has published on civil procedure, civil liberties, defamation, energy and environmental law issues and lectures regularly at various Ontario law schools.
Alex graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2008, where he was an editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Before law school, he completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph. D. in English Literature from Columbia University.
A native of Toronto, Alex is the Chair of the Senate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and a Director of the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.
Ewa is a civil litigator and a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP. She practices in civil litigation, public and administrative law, appellate advocacy, and estates disputes. As a skilled advocate with excellent judgment, Ewa knows how to handle sensitive and high stakes matters. She has appeared on leading cases at all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and the Federal Court. Ewa was a Partner at a national law firm where she represented both institutions and individuals in difficult and sensitive disputes and was the Co-Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Group. She also served as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella of the Supreme Court of Canada. Ewa is respected by her peers and her clients for her ability to resolve issues and get to the heart of a matter. She has received numerous awards and recognitions. Ewa is recognized in 2022 edition (since 2020) of Best Lawyers Canada (Appellate Practice) and in 2022 (Admin & Public Law), she is also recognized in 2021 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation and in 2021 as a Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40. Ewa also received recognition in 2021 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Estate & Personal Tax Planning).
Ewa is extremely committed to contributing to the legal profession. She is an active member of The Advocates’ Society and is a member of the Education and 10+ Standing Committees. She enjoys speaking and teaching on current legal issues and advocacy related topics. As an adjunct professor at the Osgoode Faculty of Law, Ewa relates her practical experience on constitutional litigation. She is also dedicated to mentoring lawyers and articling students.
Ewa believes in the importance of using her legal skills to advance legal issues for those with less economic means. She has acted as pro bono counsel both for public interest groups and individuals on issues of importance, including on the interpretation of Henson Trusts for persons with disabilities and how sealing orders affect those who are vulnerable.
Jennifer (Jenny) Brevorka is a nimble courtroom advocate and skilled negotiator. As counsel at Henein Hutchison LLP she practices civil and criminal law. Her practice often involves officials or executives accused of wrongdoing by their employer, the government, or regulatory agencies.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Jenny successfully litigated business disputes in venues across the United States and represented clients facing federal and state criminal investigations. As a partner of a Houston, Texas trial boutique firm, Jenny served as a member of more than ten trial teams during her eight-year tenure. Her American litigation experience included multi-defendant criminal trials, a bench trial before the Delaware Court of Chancery, criminal trials with questions of international law, multi-party arbitrations, and appeals before Texas courts.
Jenny is a Yale College graduate and a magna cum laude graduate from Duke Law School where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif. After law school, Jenny clerked for a United States District Court judge in Virginia and later, a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to law school, Jenny obtained a master’s degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and worked as a newspaper reporter in North Carolina. Jenny is licensed to practice law in Ontario, New York, Texas, Florida, and North Carolina (inactive).
Brian Studniberg is counsel at Henein Hutchison LLP where his practice focuses on civil and appellate litigation. An experienced commercial controversy and tax disputes lawyer, Brian has been called to the bars of Ontario and Massachusetts. Brian received his J.D./M.B.A. at the University of Toronto where he was the Gerald W. Schwartz Bronze Medallist and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Brian worked for a leading U.S. law firm in Boston and, before that, worked at a litigation boutique affiliated with one of the Big Four advisory firms in Toronto. For more than a decade, Brian has represented parties in complex commercial and tax litigation, including director’s liability cases, shareholder disputes, contests over eligibility for registered charity status, battles over aggressive tax planning, and commercial transactions gone awry.
A heterodox thinker, Brian relishes finding new ways to tackle intractable problems and to bring lasting resolution to challenging legal situations. Brian is the author of dozens of articles on legal topics, with commentary addressing tax matters, commercial transactions, and constitutional law. Recent publications address de facto directorships, the recognition of foreign legal orders in Canada, and information exchange under international fiscal agreements. Brian is also the co-author of a leading monograph on tax administration in Canada. Current writing projects include the scope of public authority liability in Canada and understanding the nature of tax avoidance prohibited under Canadian law.
Brian is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, The Advocates’ Society, and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.
Maya Borooah is an associate at Henein Hutchison LLP, where her practice focuses on criminal and regulatory litigation, as well as internal investigations. She has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as before the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Maya clerked for the Alberta Court of Appeal, and articled at a top labour and civil litigation firm in Toronto. Maya received her JD from the University of Ottawa, where she graduated second in the English Common Law class and received a number of distinctions, including the Osgoode Society Prize for Canadian Legal History, and the BLG Professional Excellence Award. While at law school, Maya was a division leader in the Criminal Division of the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic, where she represented low income clients in a variety of criminal matters. As a BLG Research Fellow, Maya supported the development of international guidelines regarding the exclusion of refugees on the basis of international criminal conduct, and worked on a number of interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers.
Prior to attending law school, Maya worked as a criminal law and victim services Policy Analyst at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Honours) from McMaster University, and Master of Arts in Political Science from York University.
Maya grew up in Toronto, and is currently a member of Criminal Lawyers’ Association and The Advocates’ Society. She has also volunteered as a Regional Advocate for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.
Eleni Loutas is a civil litigation associate at Henein Hutchison LLP.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Eleni clerked for the Honourable Justice Brian O’Ferrall of the Alberta Court of Appeal. She further articled and worked at a prominent litigation firm in Edmonton, where she appeared before all levels of court in Alberta. Eleni received her JD from the University of Ottawa, cum laude, in 2015. During law school, she volunteered with the Elizabeth Fry Society and the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program.
Before attending law school, she received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Alberta and completed a Masters in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory at McMaster University. Eleni grew up in Edmonton and is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and The Advocates’ Society.
Kelsey is an associate at Henein Hutchison LLP, where her practice focuses on criminal and regulatory litigation with a particular emphasis on search and seizure issues. She is a contributing author of Hutchison’s Search Warrant Manual and the firm’s lead editorial researcher on issues related to section 8 of the Charter. In addition, Kelsey has participated as a faculty instructor for the Osgoode Professional Development Annual Intensive Course on Drafting and Reviewing Search Warrants.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Kelsey completed her articles as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She also worked as a summer student at a full-service law firm in Stratford, Ontario.
Kelsey obtained her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Ottawa. During law school, she was the Executive Editor of the Ottawa Law Review. She participated in the Mediation Competition for Effective Lawyer-Client Relations and Teamwork, where she and her teammate placed first. She also interned for a criminal defence firm in Ottawa, worked for the University of Ottawa’s Legal Writing Academy, and volunteered for the University of Ottawa’s Social Justice Caucus. Prior to attending law school, Kelsey earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in International Development and Biology, with distinction, from the University of Guelph.
Kelsey grew up outside of Dublin, Ontario. She is a member of Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Ontario Bar Association and The Advocates’ Society.
David is a civil litigation associate at Henein Hutchison LLP and handles all manner of contract, employment, and tort-related disputes.
Before joining Henein Hutchison LLP in May 2019, David was an associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins, where his practice focused on complex commercial litigation and class actions. While there, David also devoted substantial time to pro bono work, particularly criminal-appellate matters.
David received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2016. At Michigan, David was a student attorney in the Criminal Appellate Practice clinic and a senior judge in the Legal Practice Program, advising first-year students on legal research and writing.
Prior to law school, David earned a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Political Science from DePaul University and was selected Most Outstanding Senior by the political science faculty. David grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a member of The Advocates’ Society and the Canadian Bar Association.
Carly is an associate at Henein Hutchison LLP, where her practice focuses on criminal, regulatory, and related civil proceedings.
Carly received her J.D. from Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in 2018. She participated in the Gale Moot, a constitutional criminal appellate moot, and received the J.D.S. Tory Prize for Advocacy based on her performance. During law school, Carly dedicated much of her time to community service, volunteering at several public interest organizations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and co-founding a non-profit legal organization. In addition to receiving numerous distinctions in law school, Carly was named a Wesbrook Scholar and an HSBC Emerging Leader based on her academic achievement, leadership, public service, and involvement in community activities.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Carly completed her summer articles with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, and her articles with the B.C. Prosecution Service in Surrey, BC. Carly also served as Judicial Law Clerk for six judges of the British Columbia Supreme Court.
Prior to law school, Carly earned her B.A. (Hons) from the University of British Columbia in Political Science.
Carly grew up in Calgary and is a member of The Advocates’ Society and Criminal Lawyers’ Association.
Daniella Murynka is an associate at Henein Hutchison LLP. Her practice focuses on civil, regulatory, and appellate proceedings.
Daniella received her J.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Toronto, where she was twice awarded the Patricia Julia Myhal scholarship for excellence in legal writing. While in law school, Daniella also studied at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, founded by the Georgetown University Law Center, in London, England. In 2020, Daniella received an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where she worked as a research assistant to Janet Halley, Royall Professor of Law.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Daniella clerked for the Honourable Justice John B. Laskin of the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Honourable Justice Alan S. Diner of the Federal Court, where she received the Justice Edmond Blanchard “Law Clerk of the Year” Award. Before that, she practiced at a boutique Toronto firm in the areas of civil litigation and regulatory law, and articled at a full-service firm in Calgary, where she is originally from.
Daniella has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and magazines; curates the blog Judges Writing Well, a collection of skillful judicial writing; and has taught Legal Research & Writing at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law as an adjunct professor. Her current research interests include statutory interpretation, legal writing, and the rule of law.
Brandon is an associate at Henein Hutchison LLP. His practice focuses on criminal, regulatory, and appellate litigation.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Brandon clerked for the Honourable Justice Michael Moldaver of the Supreme Court of Canada and two justices of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. He also articled and practiced as an associate at a national full-service firm.
Brandon holds a JD from Queen’s University and an LLM (First Class) from Cambridge University, which he attended as a Paul Martin Sr. Scholar. As a law student, Brandon graduated with the Dean’s Silver Scholar Award for attaining the second-highest standing in his final year. He also received a number of other awards for academic performance, including course prizes in evidence, international economic law, tort law, and legal philosophy. Brandon was also an active mooter: in his second year, he competed in the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition on World Trade Organization law, where his team placed second and he was named the top oralist of the worldwide grand finals; in his third year, he and his partner finished as the second-place pair at the Laskin, a national constitutional and administrative law moot.
Brandon is a member of The Advocates’ Society, Toronto Lawyers Association, and Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA), and is an active member of CLA’s Recent Call Committee.
Sarah Strban is an associate at Henein Hutchison LLP, where her practice focuses on criminal, regulatory, and related civil proceedings.
Sarah received her J.D. from the University of Toronto. At law school, Sarah worked in the Criminal Division of the University of Toronto Legal Aid Clinic, where she represented low income clients on a variety of criminal matters. Sarah also competed in the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, winning the national title and representing team Canada at the international rounds.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Sarah articled with a top criminal defence firm in Toronto. She previously summered at a full-service firm in civil litigation, and as a research fellow with the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, where she researched police discipline procedures in support of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University. She grew up in Waterloo, Ontario, and is a member of Criminal Lawyers’ Association.
Jessica Proskos is an associate at Henein Hutchison LLP, where her practice focuses on criminal and regulatory litigation.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Jessica worked as an associate at a high-volume criminal defence practice in Toronto. She completed her articles as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the Central West Region.
Jessica received her J.D. from the University of Windsor, where she graduated as Valedictorian. She completed an internship at the International Criminal Court (Appeals Chamber) in the Netherlands after receiving a Social Justice Fellowship. Following that, Jessica participated in the International Criminal Court Moot where her team advanced to the international round. She also worked as a Research Assistant to distinguished professors, in addition to the Community Legal Aid Clinic where she represented low-income clients on a variety of criminal matters.
Jessica obtained her undergraduate degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa, graduating magna cum laude. She grew up in Cobourg, Ontario and is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA), Hellenic Canadian Lawyers Association, The Advocates’ Society, and the Toronto Lawyers Association. Jessica is an active member of CLA’s Recent Call Committee and is a mentor at the Women and the Law Mentorship Program for University of Windsor Faculty of Law.
Meghan is an associate at Henein Hutchison LLP whose practice focuses on a broad range of civil and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP, Meghan clerked for the Honourable Justice Anne Mactavish of the Federal Court of Appeal. Before that, Meghan summered with the Crown Law Office – Civil of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, and worked with the Justice Department of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne drafting legislation.
Meghan holds both J.D. and B.C.L. degrees from McGill University. They also competed in the Out on Bay Moot Court Competition, where their team placed first. During law school, Meghan was a Senior Editor on the McGill Law Journal, a Teaching Assistant to the first-year Extra-Contractual Obligations/Torts class, and sat on the McGill Law Faculty Council.
Before law school, Meghan earned a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, in Journalism from Concordia University and worked as a journalist for a national publication in Montreal. They grew up in Vancouver and Ottawa. Meghan is a member of The Advocates’ Society and the Canadian Bar Association.
Tara is an associate in the criminal practice of Henein Hutchison LLP. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2020. She was recognized at graduation for completing more than 2000 hours of pro bono work, including with Harvard’s Prison Legal Assistance Project, Housing Law Clinic, and International Human Rights Clinic. Tara also conducted research for the Criminal Justice Policy Program. Her individual or co-written work has been published by the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics; OnLabor blog; Law and Political Economy Project; and Oxford Handbook of Economic and Social Rights (forthcoming).
During summers, she worked at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, the Bronx Defenders, and a workers’ rights firm. Following law school, Tara worked at the same nationally recognized workers’ rights firm in Boston.
Prior to law school, Tara worked for a public health program in Toronto. She received her B.A. in English – Cultural Studies from McGill University in 2016, graduating with multiple honours, including the Shakespeare Gold Medal.
Tara is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, The Advocates’ Society, and Armenian Bar Association.
Rose Yanco is the Director of Talent and Professional Development at Henein Hutchison LLP. She is committed to professional development, best human resources practices, diversity and inclusion, mentoring, coaching, and developing top legal talent. Rose ensures that the firm builds and optimizes effective policies, procedures, and programming to support the full talent life cycle of students and associates. She is a strategic and results-oriented leader with 15 years of professional development expertise and extensive management and recruitment experience.
Rose is a lawyer licensed in the Province of Ontario and has practiced in the areas of civil litigation and child welfare protection. After leaving the practice of law, Rose entered the world of Professional Development in the legal industry and was responsible for leading the planning, development, delivery, and continuous improvement of innovative and award-winning professional development programs across Canada. Rose was the Director of Education at The Advocates’ Society where she oversaw the national curriculum and instituted advocacy programs. Rose also worked as the Executive Director of The Law Office Management Association and managed the operations of the organization while serving legal management professionals.
Rose is a strong believer in the fearless pursuit of excellence. She not only promotes professional development to others but is personally committed to lifelong learning. Among completion of many continuing education courses, she also holds Certificates in Executive Leadership, Adult Training and Development, and Litigation, Dispute Resolution and the Administration of Justice.
Rose is a member of National Association for Law Placement, Law Society of Ontario, Professional Development Consortium, The Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL), and is an active member of I4PL’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Brigitte is the Director of Finance and Administration at Henein Hutchison LLP and her responsibilities include Finance, Technology, Human Resources and Operations.
She is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant and has been a senior finance leader for over 15 years with a breadth of experience in multiple industries including different professional services companies.
Brigitte is on the Board of Directors and the Vice President of The Law Office Management Association (TLOMA) and a member of the CFO Leadership Council. She has previously served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for a non-for-profit agency called Alternatives for Youth for six years.
On June 11, 2019 Marie Henein retired as the chair of the Pro Bono Inmate Appeals Program (“PIAP”) after twenty years of service. The PIAP provides free, unpaid, experienced, duty counsel services to unrepresented and incarcerated appellants who have been denied Legal Aid funding on their criminal appeals to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Marie founded the program in 1999 along with Justice Marc Rosenberg and Justice Allison Wheeler, and remained its driving force since its inception. The program has frequently been lauded by the judiciary for its invaluable contribution to the administration of justice in Ontario by providing 36 days of pro bono assistance in both Toronto, Kingston and via Video-Conference to otherwise unrepresented appellants.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution, PIAP honoured Marie by creating the Marie Henein Prize in Access to Justice, which will be given to an outstanding student in the Community Legal Aid and Services Program (“CLASP”), the student-run legal aid clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School. Marie was a student at CLASP where she started her now storied career representing the criminally accused.
PIAP is proud to announce Ian Smith as the new chair of the program. You can read more about the ongoing work of the PIAP here. Henein Hutchison LLP will continue its longstanding support of the program through ongoing pro bono services provided by partners Matt Gourlay, Christine Mainville and Danielle Robitaille.
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