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
Maria-Christina Christodoulou
416-593-1221 ext. 3098

Maria received her J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, she earned a B.A. (Hons.) with distinction from the University of Toronto, majoring in Ethics, Society and Law, and Philosophy.

During her undergraduate degree, Maria was Editor-in-Chief of the Pre-Law Society’s journal. At law school, Maria was an assistant editor for the Law Review, volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada, and was selected to compete in the Donald G.H. Bowman National Tax Moot. She also received an academic excellence award for highest standing in her first year Public Law class. 

In her spare time, Maria enjoys travelling, trying new restaurants, and cooking.

Pejman (PJ) Esfandiari
416-593-1221 ext. 3073

PJ is a graduate of the JD/MBA program at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. 

At law school, PJ competed in the Davies’ Annual Corporate/Securities Moot, as well as the Donald G.H. Bowman Tax Moot. He held executive roles in several student government organizations, including the Legal and Literary Society, the JD/MBA Students’ Association, the Osgoode Business Law Society, the Osgoode Mooting Society, and the Osgoode Society for Corporate Governance. PJ was also a client recruiter and caseworker in the Osgoode Venture Capital Clinic.

PJ obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from York University. As an undergraduate student, PJ worked in several industries, including the retail, banking, and fitness industries.

PJ is a fan of basketball, hot yoga, and podcasts/audiobooks.  

Alex Fernet Brochu
416-593-1221 ext. 3099

Alex is a graduate of the J.D. program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montreal in Psychology. 

During her first year at UBC, Alex worked as a case worker for the Law Students' Legal Advice Clinic. By her second year, she acted as a supervisor at the Clinic and was responsible for training new caseworkers. During her second year, she also ran her first two criminal trials. 

Prior to law school, Alex worked as an intern at an institute specializing in the psychology of personality disorder. She completed a summer term at the Harvard University in the Psychology program.

Alex enjoys long distance running, reading novels and experimenting with baking. 

Nicholas Reynolds
416-593-1221 ext. 3077

Nicholas received his LL.M., J.D., M.A., and B.A. from the University of Toronto. 

During his legal studies, he worked as a research and teaching assistant, a caseworker at Downtown Legal Services’ Tenant Housing Division, an editor for the Law Review and was also selected as a Junior Fellow at Massey College, U of T’s graduate college. His work has been featured in a number of industry and academic publications, including the Journal of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, the Canadian Business Law Journal, and the Canadian Class Action Review (forthcoming). 

An avid fan of Toronto sports teams, Nicholas also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Andrae Shaw
416-593-1221 ext. 3076

Andrae is a graduate of the J.D. program at Osgoode Hall law school. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society from York University. Prior to law school, Andrae worked as a Practice Management Associate at OntarioMD Inc. where he assisted physicians in converting their offices to Electronic Medical Records. 

At law school, Andrae won the Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Prize in Business Associations for attaining the highest standing in his section. He participated in the Lerner's Cup Moot and won the top appellant's award for his section. 

Andrae worked as a leader in the criminal division of Osgoode’s Community and Legal Aid Clinic. As a division leader, Andrae gained valuable experience representing clients charged with criminal summary offenses at the Ontario Court of Justice, as well as appearing for simple adjournments, peace bond hearings, and sentencing hearings.

In his spare time, Andrae enjoys learning about new technology, watching trivia shows, and playing track and field sports. 

Matthew Tapia
416-593-1221 ext. 3074

Matthew graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Canadian and American Dual JD Program at the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Criminology. 

At Detroit Mercy, Matthew served as a junior member and the Editor-in-Chief for the Law Review. He was a member of the Moot Court Board and was successful in several competitions, including the 2018 Transactional LawMeet Competition, where he advanced to the Nationals, and the New York City Bar Association’s National Moot Competition, where he won an award for Best Brief (Factum). At Windsor, Matthew served as the Chief Electoral Officer and Chair of the Students’ Law Society (SLS), and was an active member of the SLS throughout law school.

Matthew enjoys all things sports as well as spending time with family and friends.  

Matthew Wilks
416-593-1221 ext. 3071

Matthew received his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Law & Society from York University, where he graduated summa cum laude.

At law school, Matthew worked as a Dean’s Fellow for Professor Angela Swan’s first-year Contract Law class, putting together mentoring sessions to help new law students acclimate to their studies. Matthew also volunteered at the access-to-justice initiative JusticeNet and completed the Sports Law Program at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. Upon graduating from Osgoode, Matthew received the Dean’s Letter Recognizing Cumulative Overall Excellence for cumulative academic standing placing within the top 8% of Osgoode’s graduating class.

Prior to law school, Matthew worked in the City of Markham’s Recreation Services as a supervisor and developed a passion for mentoring youth. He enjoys reading comics, Haruki Murakami novels, and watching the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 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 will be able to submit applications from Friday, November 9th, 2018 until Wednesday, November 14th at midnight.

Details of our recruitment process will be posted on our website in the fall.

 Articling Student Recruitment

Blaney McMurtry LLP will not be participating in the 2019-2020 articling student recruitment process.

Key Contact
ALTERNATE CONTACT
Janice McLaren
Co-ordinator - Professional Development
EMAIL | 416-593-7221 ext.2222
DISCLAIMER

Thank you for your interest in contacting us by email.

Please be aware that contacting us via e-mail does not mean that the firm is acting for the sender of the e-mail. People do not become clients unless and until the firm agrees to act and that representation will be confirmed in a retainer agreement or retainer letter, in accordance with our usual policies. Unless you are an existing client, no information provided in an e-mail will be considered confidential. We ask that you do not send us specific questions on any matter until you receive confirmation that we are able to represent you.