2011 News

December 15, 2011 OBA President Paul Sweeny attended the swearings-in of Justice Clayton Conlan in Owen Sound on December 20th, Justice Michael McKelvey in Newmarket on December 21st and Justice Meredith Donohue in Brampton on December 22nd.


December 8, 2011 Andrea Hill assisted Hamilton-area Grade 11 and 12 Law students participating in a mock trial program run by the Hamilton Justice Education Network, a group of local lawyers, judges and educators. The mock trials were held at Hamilton’s John Sopinka Courthouse.


December 7, 2011 Paul Sweeny visited law associations across Ontario as part of the Ontario Bar Association President’s Tour. As part of each event, he moderated an accredited professionalism course, followed by a reception with the local bar. He will be in St. Catharines on December 7th, Oakville on December 13th and in Brantford on December 14th.


November 28, 2011 The Honourable Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada spoke at the 10th Annual Sopinka United Way Luncheon. Paul Sweeny is the Chair of the United Way’s Legal Division (Hamilton).


November 25, 2011 In November, Paul Sweeny attended the Canadian Bar Association’s Board of Directors meeting in Ottawa on November 24th and 25th. He also attended the swearing in of Justice Brian P. O’Marra on November 1st and the swearing in of five new Justices of the Peace on November 22nd in Toronto.


November 16, 2011 Michael Bordin co-chaired the Hamilton Law Association’s Technology Subcommittee program on MS Word for Lawyers on November 16th. Those attending the program learned shortcuts and tips for formatting and editing documents.


On November 11 and 12, Paul Sweeny attended the 31st Annual Civil Litigation Conference in Montebello, Quebec, where he spoke on the issue of director’s liability. The conference was hosted by the County of Carleton Law Association. Paul was in Windsor on November 16th to speak at the University of Windsor Law School at the Ontario Bar Association’s Life After Law Program. Following the program, Paul hosted a reception for Harvey Strosberg, the winner of the 2011 OBA Award in Civil Litigation.


November 1, 2011 We are also pleased to announce that, at the Sopinka luncheon, John Evans was awarded the John F. Evans Award of Community Distinction, a new annual award created by the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton that has been named after John to honour leadership and service to the community by a lawyer.


October 31st, 2011 Liza Sheard has prepared a case comment with respect to Smith Estate v. Rotstein, [2011] 106 O.R. (3d) 161 (C.A.), that appeared in Deadbeat, the newsletter of the OBA Trusts and Estates Section.


October 21st, 2011 Paul Sweeny spoke at the 2011 Fall Conference of the Thunder Bay Law Association on October 21st, 2011. Paul discussed the practices and procedures of the Divisional Court and moderate a judicial panel addressing expert witnesses and the new Rules of Civil Procedure.


October 17th, 2011 Paul Sweeny addressed attendees of the OBA Young Lawyers Division program on Excelling in the NCA Process and Beyond on October 17th, 2011.


October 5, 2011 Michael Bordin hosted the Hamilton Law Association’s Commercial Litigation Dinner at the Hamilton Club on October 5, 2011.


October 1st, 2011 John Evans has been recognized in the practice areas of Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Law.


October 1st, 2011 John Evans has was named as the Hamilton Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year for Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Legal Malpractice Law for 2012.


October 1st, 2011 Liza Sheard has been named in the practice areas of Legal Malpractice Law and Trusts and Estates.


October 1st, 2011 Paul Sweeny has been included for his expertise in the practice areas of Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Legal Malpractice Law.


October 1st, 2011 Michael Bordin has been named in the Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Legal Malpractice Law practice areas.


September 13, 2011 Paul Sweeny, the newly-minted President of the Ontario Bar Association, will be attending the Opening of the Courts of Ontario in Toronto on September 13, 2011 and the Call to the Bar Ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall on September 21, 2011. Paul will also be presiding over the OBA’s Fall Council Meeting in Picton, Ontario on September 24 and 25, 2011.


September 8, 2011 John Evans will be the guest speaker on the issue of building trusted client relationships at The Advocates’ Society’s Hamilton Mentoring Dinner on September 8, 2011 at the Hamilton Club.


September 8, 2011 Michael Bordin will be speaking on the issue of Commercial Litigation at the Hamilton Law Association’s Corporate Commercial Subcommittee meeting on September 8, 2011.


September 6, 2011 Liza Sheard was the cantor and soloist at the 53rd Annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King on September 6, 2011.


August 31, 2011 Paul Sweeny is now the President of the Ontario Bar Association. Paul has been a member of Council and the OBA Executive since 2002. The OBA is the “Voice of the Profession in Ontario.” It educates, advocates and provides opportunities for professional growth and development to its 17,000 members. As President, Paul pledges to invest time, energy and resources to address the public perception of lawyers. To view the OBA Press Release regarding Paul’s Presidency please click here.


July 14, 2011 The Osgoode Hall Law School has been providing the week-long Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop for young lawyers for over thirty years. The program directors, Garry Watson and Trevor Farrow, have enlisted John F. Evans as a one-day guest instructor since the program’s inception. This year John’s coaching day was focused on opening and closing addresses.


June 21 and 22, 2011 Paul Sweeny was be one of the counsel to appear on behalf of the OBA as a Friend of the Court when a five judge panel of the Court of Appeal hears five appeals dealing with the proper interpretation of the amendments to Rule 20 – the summary judgment rule.


June 14, 2011 Andrea Hill was a panelist at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s program, ‘Conflicts of Interest in Your Civil Litigation Practice’. Andrea discussed the conflicts generated by a lawyer’s own interests, financial or otherwise.


June 9, 2011 Here at Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP, we are excited about the launch of our new web site. It can be found at our existing address: www.esblawyers.com.


June 6, 2011 Michael Bordin was appointed to the executive of the Hamilton Law Association. He will act as the Chairperson of the Continuing Professional Development Committee.


May 31, 2011 We welcome Taniya Coomarasamy, a law student who will be working with us over the summer. Taniya is a third year law student at the University of Ottawa, a dedicated volunteer and an Indian Classical Dancer.


May 15, 2011 On May 15, 2011, lawyers from Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP attended the annual Fanconi Fundraising Dinner. Our firm was pleased to be a Platinum level sponsor for this event that raised approximately $70,000.00 to fund research in Canada into an effective treatment and, ultimately, a cure for Fanconi anemia.


May 4, 2011 John Evans received the Edward J. Orzel Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy from the Hamilton Law Association.


April 27, 2011 Michael Bordin, co-chaired the Hamilton Law Association’s Technology Subcommittee at a lunchtime program called, ‘The Mobile Lawyer’. Topics included: practice by smartphone; apps and tethering; GPS for the mobile lawyer; and smartphone comparisons.


April 14, 2011 April 14, 2011 was Law Day, an event organized by the Canadian Bar Association to celebrate the anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. On Law Day, Andrea Hill and Scott Beattie assisted Hamilton-area Grade 11 and 12 Law students who participated in a mock trial program run by the Hamilton Justice Education Network, a group of local lawyers, judges and educators.


April 12, 2011 Andrea Hill was a panelist at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s program, ‘Conflicts of Interest in Your Civil Litigation Practice’. Andrea discussed the conflicts generated by a lawyer’s own interests, financial or otherwise.


April 7, 2011 Liza Sheard spoke to VON volunteers about how advance planning can avoid Estate Litigation. March 30, 2011 In the 5th Annual Personal Injury Bar Charity Hockey Challenge, Shane van Engen and Scott Beattie, as members of the Hamilton York Street Bulldogs, became Grand Champions. Seven teams from Toronto fell to the only team from Hamilton. The NHL should finally take note of Hamilton as a legitimate hockey market. Over $50,000.00 was raised for ‘Shoot for a Cure’, a Canadian spinal research organization.


March 2, 2011 Andrea Hill presented a paper about the often discussed but little understood, joint ventures at the Hamilton Law Association’s 6th Annual Current Issues in Commercial Litigation Seminar. Andrea’s remarks shed light on what a joint venture is and what rights and remedies are available to those who venture jointly. Michael Bordin Co-Chaired the Commercial Litigation Seminar. Michael was instrumental in bringing the much esteemed Thomas Heintzman, Q.C. as keynote speaker.


February 17, 2011 Shane van Engen presented Case Comments on Costs Awards in Estate Litigation which was well received at the Hamilton Law Association’s 9th Annual Estates & Trusts Seminar. In particular, Shane provided case comments on: Smith Estate, Kaptyn Estate, and Binkley Estate v. Lang. Liza Sheard Co-Chaired this popular and successful program.


February 3, 2011 Paul Sweeny was recognized at the United Way Campaign Touchdown & Spirit of Community Awards as the Legal Chair within the 2010 Hamilton Campaign Cabinet. Paul and John Evans were instrumental in helping Hamilton lawyers reach a target of over $200,000 in contributions to the United way.


February 2011 John Evans was recognized by Martindale-Hubbell for having received M.H.’s top AV rating for 25 years. John and the firm received a plaque at the 15th Annual John C. Holland Awards in recognition of their long-standing support of the Hamilton Black History Committee.


January 28th, 2011 Paul Sweeny attended the Call to the Bar ceremony at Roy Thomson Hall on behalf of the Ontario Bar Association. The Law Society of Upper Canada Treasurer, Laurie Pawlitza, presided over a ceremony that included enthusiastic cheers, whistles and even air horns for some of the newly-minted lawyers. In her speech, the Treasurer spoke of credibility, passion and resilience and encouraged the new lawyers to join legal organizations, such as the Ontario Bar Association.