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The landscape is changing for charities & other not-for-profit organizations
Governance of charities and other not-for-profit corporations has become a hot topic of late. Until very recently, the Saskatchewan Non-profit Corporations Act, 1995 (SKA) was the most modern corporate statute applicable to these types of corporations enacted in Canada. That unique distinction has changed with the passage of new corporate governance legislation at the federal level and provincially in Ontario... Read more
Linda J. Godel
Collins Barrow NPO Alert, December 2010

Torkin Manes lawyers quoted in Globe and Mail investing articles
Lawyers from Torkin Manes' Business Law Group were quoted several times in a series of articles that appeared on the Globe and Mail's website in November, 2010. The series dealt with exit strategies - ways in which business owners can move on from running their own companies.

Allan Bronstein was quoted in two articles on going public as an exit strategy and Matthew Tevlin was quoted in an article on Employee Stock Option Plans. Both were quoted in another article on selling the company.

All four articles are available online at:

Value Series: Part One
IPOs lose their appeal in unpredictable market

Value Series: Part One
IPO or no? Going public has its downsides

Value Series: Part Five
Leave your company in good hands

Value Series: Part Seven
Sell the business, sail into retirement

BILL 168 - Is your workplace prepared?
On December 15, 2009, Bill 168 received Royal Assent. The amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act ("OHSA") introduced by Bill 168 will come into force on June 15, 2010. At that time, every workplace in Ontario will be required to have violence and harassment policies and programs in place... Read more
Thomas Stefanik and Lisa Corrente
TLOMA Today, April 2010

Ford hit with class-action lawsuit after backing out of 100s of job offers
An Ontario Court has certified a class-action lawsuit against Ford Motor Company that alleges the automaker reneged on job offers at its plant in Oakville, Ont...
Read more..

Canadian HR Reporter - March 8, 2010 - Thomas Stefanik

Frustration of contracts frustrating for HR
Employment Law Today
Peter Straszynski - January 11, 2010

Jury awards dentist's family $3.1-million in bar death case
In November, Barbara MacFarlane obtained a Jury award in excess of $3 million for the widow and sons of a dentist who suffered fatal head injuries when a fight erupted outside a Bar. The case illustrates the responsibility the hospitality industry has in dealing with its customers. The jury apportioned liability 35% to the tavern, 35% to its operator, 15% to its bouncer, and 15% to the victim.

Globe and Mail, December 1, 2009.

The Milton Canadian Champion, December 4, 2009.

The Orillia Packet & Times, December 2, 2009.

The Barrie Examiner, December 2, 2009.

Midland Free Press, December 2, 2009.

Expect the unexpected with Mary Carter agreements
The Lawyers Weekly
Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi - August 21, 2009

Defer tax by the freeze method
This article by Jim Middlemiss in the Small Business section of the National Post quotes Torkin Manes' tax lawyer Marc Weisman on the topic of estate freezes to minimize capital gains tax.
Defer tax by the freeze method - August 4, 2009 - Download PDF

When push comes to shove
Canadian Employment Law Today - Lisa Corrente - June 2009

Throwing a party? Don't throw away safety
Employment Law today
Peter Straszynski - November 18, 2009

Separating couples face uncertain times
The Lawyers Weekly - Jodi Kovitz - February 2009

Business in Canada: Employment law considerations
Bioenergy Magazine - Peter C. Straszynski - November 2008

Falsely accused employee gets $2.1 million
Canadian HR Reporter - Peter Straszynski - July 2008

Building a facility: Regulatory issues
Bioenergy Magazine - Leonard D. Rodness - May 2008

Federal Government provides "eco" benefits to producers
Bioenergy Magazine - Allan S. Bronstein - December/January 2008

Federal government stiffens penalties to increase transparency in lobbying
Bioenergy Magazine - Linda J. Godel - August/September 2007


Linda J. Godel - Osgoode Professional Development, October 2011
Torkin Manes lawyer Linda Godel will present "The Practical Impact of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act 2010 Ontario (ONCA)," at Osgoode Hall's Professional Development CLE, The Intensive Short Course on Legal and Risk Management for Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations on October 5-6, 2011.

Torkin Manes' associates help the homeless
For the week of May 29 - June 2, the associates of Torkin Manes are heading out onto the streets of Toronto to help the homeless. Through the Canadian Jewish humanitarian and relief organization Ve'ahavta, teams of associates are loading vans with food and clothing and going out on shifts from 6:00 pm to midnight, delivering aid to homeless people throughout the city.The firm's Associates Committee wanted to undertake a charitable initiative in which all associates could become involved to carry on Torkin Manes' tradition of community support.

Jason Wang of Torkin Manes' Litigation Group commented on behalf of the firm's Associates Committee: "The associates wanted to undertake an initiative that was consistent with the firm's values and rich history of giving back to the community. We chose this organization and this project because they help the people that we see where we work downtown, no matter what their race, colour, or creed." The firm's partnership is donating the operating funds for the week that the associates are staffing the Ve'ahavta outreach van. See more...

June 17, 2011 Lawyers Weekly Events

June 1, 2011 Financial Post Torkin Manes associates help the homeless

June 1, 2011 Sources Torkin Manes' Associates Take to the Streets to Help the Homeless

Laurie Pawlitza honoured for contribution to legal profession
The Women's Law Association of Ontario will present its 2011 President's Award to Laurie Pawlitza, Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a partner in Torkin Manes' Family Law Group. The Association announced that Laurie, who is seeking re-election as a Bencher to serve a second term as Treasurer, is receiving the award "in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the legal profession and, in particular, for her significant role in promoting the interests of women lawyers in Ontario."

The award will be presented at the Association's 2011 Annual Awards Dinner on June 7.

Landslide win for Torkin Manes partner in Law Society of Upper Canada elections
Torkin Manes partner Laurie Pawlitza was re-elected as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the body that governs the legal profession in Ontario. Laurie, who is a partner in Torkin Manes' Family Law Group, sought re-election to serve a second term as Treasurer, which is the highest elected official of the Law Society. She received the one of the highest number of votes in the election.

Jeffrey Alpert - Panel Discussion, April 15, 2011
Torkin Manes lawyer Jeffrey Alpert participated in a panel discussion on "Factoring in Canada" at the Annual Conference of the International Factoring Association in Washington, DC on April 15, 2011.

Linda J. Godel - Governance Forum, February 2, 2011
Torkin Manes lawyer Linda Godel will participate in a panel discussion on "The Perils and Pitfalls of Board Governance" at the Management Advisory Service Governance Forum: Connecting Boards, Staff and Volunteers, on February 2, 2011.

Jeffrey I. Cohen - Panel Discussion - January 31, 2011
Torkin Manes managing partner Jeffrey Cohen will be a member of a panel of M & A experts discussing how deals are negotiated and executed in this ever changing market, at "Privately Speaking - Mergers & Acquisitions," hosted by Deloitte & Touche LLP at The Carlu on January 31, 2011.

Torkin Manes Wins Award for Family Legal Health Program
When staff at Torkin Manes LLP are looking for lawyers Duncan Embury or Lisa Corrente and they're told, "Oh, they're at the hospital," no one gets alarmed. Duncan and Lisa are known throughout the firm for their work heading Torkin Manes' involvement with The Family Legal Health Program at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.

Run by Pro Bono Law Ontario in partnership with SickKids, the program is a free legal service for patients and families referred by clinical staff. Through an on-site triage lawyer, the program offers legal assistance with issues that affect a child's health or a family's capacity to care for their sick child. The triage lawyer can call on outside law firms for matters beyond quick advice or filling out forms. Jointly with McMillan LLP, Torkin Manes has been involved from the outset, helping Pro Bono Law Ontario and the hospital set up the arrangement and working with clinical staff at the hospital. Now their efforts have been recognized with a Lexpert 2010 Zenith Pro Bono Award, which they will receive at a gala celebration in Toronto on September 28, 2010.

Since Torkin Manes became involved with the program, more than a dozen of its lawyers have been involved with a wide range of cases, including:

  • Obtaining continuation of long-term disability benefits for the mother of a severely ill child, allowing the mother to remain at her daughter's bedside

  • Persuading an employer to change its workplace practices by which a child's illness was being exacerbated through airborne pollutants brought home on her father's clothing

  • Assisting a mother in obtaining death benefits following the tragic death of her daughter

  • Advising a disabled employee (who continues to receive treatment as an adult patient) on improvements to be made in her workplace so that she may continue to perform her job

  • Representing a family dealing with living conditions that are adversely affecting their ill child

    But Torkin Manes' involvement isn't restricted to the pro bono cases it handles. Lisa Corrente, a partner in the firm's Labour Relations & Employment Group, says her work on the program's Systemic Issues Working Group is very rewarding: "Helping health practitioners identify legal problems and advocate for legal change in fields that affect family health--where else would you be able to do that?" SickKids clinical staff learns to identify legal issues early, so such issues can be resolved before they have an impact on a family's capacity to manage their child's care. The Family Legal Health Program also uses legal advocacy to effect change in public policy and legislation on behalf of its patient population.

    Lisa Corrente elected as Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Health Law Section
    Lisa Corrente, a partner in Torkin Manes' Litigation Department, has been elected as Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Health Law Section for the 2010-2011 year. The OBA's Health Law Section is comprised of lawyers in private practice, government agencies, regulatory bodies and in-house counsel. The Section holds education sessions for its members and advocates on health law issues.

    As a member of Torkin Manes' multidisciplinary Health Law Group, Lisa contributes her expertise on legal issues affecting employers and professionals in the health care sector. The Health Law Group covers the spectrum of legal needs faced by regulated health professionals, hospitals, long-term care and retirement facilities, and private health care practices. Lawyers in our Health Law Group come from all areas of the firm, including Corporate/Commercial, Tax, Labour Relations and Employment, Family Law, and Real Estate.

    South Asian Generation Next Magazine interviews Torkin Manes Lawyer "Unifying all South Asian groups--Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi, President of SABA & partner at Torkin Manes LLP" proclaimed the headline in South Asian Generation Next Magazine. Sudevi, a partner in Torkin Manes' Insurance Defence Group, was recently elected president of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA), a network of more than 200 South Asian lawyers in law firms around the GTA. The article notes that Sudevi made partner after only six years at "one of the most prestigious law firms on Bay Street."

    Torkin Manes lawyer to head The Law Society of Upper Canada
    Congratulations to Torkin Manes partner Laurie Pawlitza on her election as Treasurer for The Law Society of Upper Canada. Laurie is the third woman to be elected to the Law Society's most senior elected position since the Society was founded in 1797. She will now chair Convocation, which is the Law Society's Board of Directors. The Law Society is the governing body for Ontario's 42,000 lawyers and 2,900 paralegals, setting standards of practice and regulating the profession. More...

    Torkin Manes lawyer to head South Asian Bar Association
    Congratulations to Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi, a partner in Torkin Manes' Insurance Defence Group, who has just been elected as president of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto. SABA is the GTA's premier legal organization dedicated to promoting the objectives of South Asian members of the legal profession, serving as a networking forum, an advocacy group and an employment resource. Its membership includes lawyers from large and small law firms, sole practitioners, government agencies and departments, non-profit organizations, and corporations, as well as members of the judiciary, academics and law students.

    Standing room only at Torkin Manes' news conference
    On March 3, most of Toronto's TV and radio stations as well as print media attended a news conference at the firm, called at the request of a client in a very high profile case. The client, who has received many requests for interviews from the media, wanted to make a statement about her case with the support of her lawyer.

    Media feature Torkin Manes
    View media coverage of Torkin Manes' press conference.

    Windsor Star
    Canwest Global
    City TV
    Toronto Sun

    Torkin Manes' gift to The Building Osgoode Campaign
    In keeping with our belief in contributing to the success of and building relationships within our community, Torkin Manes has contributed $100,000 to Osgoode Hall Law School, which will enable it to establish the Torkin Manes Classroom. Recognizing that our success and achievement are attributable in large measure to our law school education, we are proud to be able to give back and participate in the future success of Osgoode Hall Law School. To read the article, click here.

    Top Lawyers Named
    Congratulations to the following Torkin Manes lawyers who have each been named a "Best Lawyer" by their peers in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada.

    Ron Manes - Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation
    Laurie Pawlitza - Family Law
    Max Shafir - Construction Law
    Sidney Troister - Real Estate Law
    Lorne Wolfson - Family Law

    Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding lawyers by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

    SickKids program adds lawyers to family support programs
    The launch of the Family Legal Health Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in November culminates months of work on both committees and cases. This program, organized by Pro Bono Law Ontario and co-sponsored by Torkin Manes LLP, is intended to help families with legal issues that relate to having a sick child.

    Duncan Embury and Lisa Corrente serve on the program's Steering Committee and Lisa is also on another committee studying potential long-term legal changes to benefit sick children. Our firm has already handled several cases for the program, such as workplace accommodations, estates matters, and reinstatement of benefits.

    Read the November 13, 2009 Globe and Mail article HERE.

    Linda Godel Speaks on Governance in a Changing World
    Linda Godel, leader of Torkin Manes' Not-for-Profit and Charities Group, was part of a recent panel sponsored by Base Consulting and Management Inc. and Royal Bank of Canada.

    Linda told the audience of executives from non-profit and professional associations that governance matters and non-profit organizations need to be more aware of how they are governed and their governance tools.

    Torkin Manes Charity Golf Tournament - The Final Round
    This year marked our final Torkin Manes Charity Golf Tournament. Held on June 11, at Silver Lakes Golf & Country Club, our tournament was another tremendous success. Over the 11 years we held this event, the extraordinary enthusiasm and support of our clients and friends made our tournament an honour to host and enabled us to donate more than $300,000 to SickKids Foundation.

    As we continue with other charitable endeavours, we extend to all of our participants, our heartfelt gratitude for your generous support of our tournament and the Foundation over the years.

    The International Alliance of Law Firms

    Darryl Mann, commercial litigation partner of Torkin Manes has been elected as President of the International Alliance of Law Firms. The Alliance is a network of select law firms which provide counsel and legal services to member firms, enabling them to provide their clients with access to legal services and counsel worldwide.

    Torkin Manes, a founding member of the Alliance, along with more than 50 member firms located in major economic and geographical centres in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Rim and able to provide swift and effective local counsel in their jurisdictions.

    Clients looking to enter a foreign marketplace or to become involved with foreign parties face unique challenges and require local legal counsel who can offer the specialized knowledge and expertise to guide them through the challenges and issues encountered in a foreign jurisdiction.

    In Memory of Philip R. Christo

    Sidney Troister receives highest honour

    We congratulate our partner and friend Sidney H. Troister on being awarded the 2008 Law Society Medal on June 5, 2008. The award is the highest honour bestowed by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and recognizes Sid's dedication and contribution to the Bar of Ontario and the profession, as practitioner, counsel, arbitrator, mediator, author and teacher.

    It is even more appreciated that with this same commitment and passion Sid has contributed so significantly to the success and culture of our firm.


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