Overview

Our student programs are flexible and allow you to gain exposure to a wide range of practice areas while exploring your own interests. We encourage students to reach out to lawyers in practice areas they would like to learn more about or with whom they are interested in working. You will receive interesting and practical hands-on experience in our diverse practice areas:

Litigation & Advocacy: You will be exposed to commercial litigation, insurance litigation, administrative law, insolvency, environmental law, family, wills & estates, immigration and aboriginal law.

Real Estate & Business Law:  You will be exposed to a mix of corporate and commercial law, taxation, real estate and employment & labour law.

We believe that our students should be involved in all facets of our practice. Our students are continuously challenged and will become involved in matters of increasing complexity and responsibility as their abilities develop.  Examples of assignments given to students include:

  • Handle your own small claims court files with supervision
  • Draft correspondence, pleadings, motion records, facta and research memos
  • Attend discoveries, mediations, pre-trials and hearings before courts and tribunals with our experienced lawyers
  • Assist with both corporate and real estate closings
  • Draft corporate contracts as well as director and shareholder resolutions

We treat summer and articling students similarly in terms of assignments and level of responsibility, except for the restrictions on rights of appearance before courts imposed by the Law Society.

Summer Student Program:  We try to match you with a lawyer in your chosen practice area in either our corporate/real estate or litigation practice areas as we feel the summer is too short for a formal rotation system. That said, we are flexible and allow you to seek out work in any and all areas of interest during your summer experience.

Articling Student Program:  We maintain a flexible individually-tailored rotation system in our two primary practice areas: litigation and business law.

Blaney McMurtry LLP is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.  Please contact our Human Resources department at 416-593-7221 to discuss any accommodation needs.

 Professional Development

We provide a comprehensive orientation during your first week with us as well as ongoing seminars which focus on both skills development and keeping abreast of legal developments across our practice areas. Examples of our seminar topics during your orientation and beyond include:

  • Small Claims Court Procedure & Advocacy
  • Expert Evidence for Litigators
  • Preparing For Your First Civil Trial
  • Basic Corporate Law
  • Strategic Legal Writing
  • Drafting and Uses of Boilerplate Clauses
 Mentoring

Blaneys is committed to your development as a professional. All students are teamed with a formal mentor. These are typically associates who still recall what it was like when they were in your shoes. Our mentoring program allows you to establish an ongoing relationship with a more experienced member of our firm. We also encourage you to build relationships and develop informal mentorships during your summer and articling experiences.

 Why Blaneys?

Why Choose Blaneys?

  • You will receive substantive hands-on assignments from day one
  • You can explore areas of interest from amongst our diverse practice areas
  • You will work in your own office with the same tools and support that are available to our associates
  • We offer a competitive salary and other benefits
  • We have an informal, collegial work culture; our lawyers are generally approachable and have open door policies

What Kind of Student Thrives at Blaneys?

  • You are committed to providing exceptional client service
  • You have an enthusiastic “can-do” attitude and are open to taking on new challenges to deepen your learning
  • You take ownership over your work – you treat assignments as if they were your own in terms of your responsiveness, attention to detail, follow-up and initiative in exploring creative ways to resolve our clients’ legal issues
  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit and understand that law is both a profession and a business
  Our Students

Benjamin Burgar

416-593-7221 ext. 4443

Benjamin received his J.D. from Western University. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University in Political Studies.

Benjamin placed first in the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition, and competed in the American Bar Association’s Regional Negotiation Competition in New England.  He was an executive member of  the Western Business Law Society, worked as a research assistant to Professor Michael Lynk, and was a first-year caseworker at Western Law’s Community Legal Services. He also worked as a legal caseworker at the Halifax Refugee Clinic and managed the Queen’s Alma Mater Society’s non-academic discipline system as the Judicial Affairs Director.

Benjamin enjoys travelling, skiing, yoga, and reading.

Jonathan Filippone

416-593-7221 ext. 4442

Jonathan graduated Cum Laude from the J.D. program at the University of Ottawa.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Global Management Studies from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

At the University of Ottawa, Jonathan worked as a teaching assistant for the Dispute Resolution Practicum and was a finalist at the 2016 Canadian Client Consultation Competition. He was also the Co-Founder and Treasurer of the university’s Italian Law Student Organization.

Prior to law school, Jonathan worked as a Global Trade Compliance Coordinator for a leading Canadian manufacturer of injection molding machinery. He also worked for his family’s business in the automotive repair industry.

Jonathan enjoys playing soccer, hockey, and travelling.

Dena Givari

416-593-7221 ext. 4445

Dena is a graduate of the J.D. program at Queen’s University Faculty of Law. Prior to Law school, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Statistics and obtained her Master of Science degree in Statistics.

 At Queen’s, Dena was an active member of the student body. In her first year she was voted to represent her peers in the Law Student Society as President of the Class of 2017. She also conducted research for Professor Joshua Karton in the field of International Commercial Arbitration. In her second year, she helped ensure a smooth transition for the incoming Queen’s Law class through her role as Events Chair on the 2015 Orientation Committee. In her last year, Dena represented Queen’s Law while on exchange at Hong Kong University and by participating in the ELSA trade law moot hosted by Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

Dena enjoys travelling, trying new food and meeting new people.

Zoe Hountalas

416-593-7221 ext. 4440

Zoe Hountalas received her J.D. from Queen’s Law School. Prior to law school, she earned her B.A. (Hons.), with high distinction, from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, majoring in Political Science and English.

At Queen’s, Zoe worked as a student caseworker at the Queen’s Correctional Law Clinic. During the summer of 2015, she obtained a certificate in International Business Law through the Queen’s University Global Law Program at Herstmonceaux Castle in England. She also spent a semester studying law on exchange in the Netherlands.  Zoe served as co-president of the Queen’s Corporate Law Club and event coordinator for the Human Rights Club. This past year, Zoe won a course prize in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Zoe enjoys playing hockey, travelling and trying new restaurants in the city.

Aaliyah Madadi

416-593-7221 ext. 4441

Aaliyah graduated from the Dual JD program at the University of Windsor and University of Detroit Mercy. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to law school, Aaliyah was a content marketer for several tech start-ups in Toronto.

At Detroit Mercy, Aaliyah won the Patrick A. Keenan Appellate Advocacy Moot Competition and was a member of both the Moot Court Board of Advocates and the Veteran’s Law Clinic. At Windsor, she was a caseworker at Windsor Community Legal Aid, and co-chaired the AskLawCommittee. She was selected to represent Windsor Law in the Davies Canadian Corporate Securities Moot Competition in Toronto.

In her spare time, Aaliyah enjoys travelling, yoga, snowboarding, and concerts.

Brad Morris
416-593-7221 ext. 4447

Brad received his J.D. from Queen’s University Faculty of Law, and his B.A. (Hons.), with distinction, from Western University.

Brad was an active member of the Queen’s Law community. In addition to dancing in the ‘Cabaret for a Cure’ & playing for the school’s hockey team, Brad served on the executive committee for both the Queen’s Law Rollerblade Club and the Queen’s Law Sports and Entertainment Club. Brad participated in various moots throughout his time at Queen’s and, together with his partner, won the 2015 Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada.  

Brad enjoys difficult puzzles, water aerobics, and spending time with family and friends.

Harrison Nemirov
416-593-7221 ext. 4446

Harrison received his J.D. from the University of Windsor. Prior to law school, he attended Queen's University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, majoring in psychology. 

At Windsor, Harrison worked as a research assistant studying a variety of topics including equitable remedies, contracts and labour law. He also ran tutorials on contract law for first year law students.

In his final year of law school, Harrison spent a semester abroad at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, where he studied international corporate and competition law. Back in Windsor, Harrison was awarded the Board of Governors' medal for achieving the highest academic standing in his graduating class.

An avid traveller, Harrison has visited more than 20 countries. He enjoys spending his spare time cooking and cheering for the Buffalo Bills.

 Summer Student Recruitment

Please note that Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be participating in this year’s OCI and Interview Week recruitment process. However, we are still planning to hire up to 7 summer students after the OCI recruitment process is completed.

Candidates can submit applications from November 10th, 2017 until November 15th, 2017 at midnight to Alva Orlando as follows:

Ms. Alva Orlando
Professional Development & Research Partner
studentrecruit@blaney.com

Summer student applications should include the following (please submit all of your application materials in one pdf document):

  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Copies of official undergraduate and law school transcripts
  • Names and contact information of 2 references (reference letters are not required but are welcome)
 Articling Student Recruitment

Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be participating in the 2018-2019 articling student recruitment process.

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