2013 News

2013, John Evans, Liza Sheard, Paul Sweeny and Michael Bordin have been selected by their peers across Ontario for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® in the area of Legal Malpractice Law.


2013, John Evans, Paul Sweeny and Michael Bordin have been selected by their peers across Ontario for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation.


2013, Paul R. Sweeny received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.


2013, Liza Sheard has been selected by her peers across Ontario for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® in the practices of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Trusts and Estates.


2013, John Evans has been selected by his peers across Ontario for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® in the practices of Personal Injury Litigation and Trusts and Estates.


2013, Best Lawyers® has also designated Liza Sheard as Lawyer of the Year 2013 for the Hamilton region in the practice of Trusts & Estates.


2013, Best Lawyers® has also designated John Evans as Lawyer of the Year 2013 for the Hamilton region in the practice of Personal Injury Litigation.


2013, Best Lawyers® has also designated Michael Bordin as Lawyer of the Year 2013 for the Hamilton region in the practice of Corporate & Commercial Litigation.


November 20, 2013 The United Way Sopinka Luncheon was held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the Sheraton Hotel in Hamilton. Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis agreed to speak. This was a golden opportunity to meet a recent appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada who can be expected to have a hand in shaping justice in Canada for a good many years.


October 3, 2013 Paul Sweeny hosted the HLA Commercial Litigation Practice Group Dinner held at the Hamilton Club on October 3rd.


September 24, 2013 Liza Sheard was a speaker at the De-Escalating the Family Feud OBA Estates and Trusts Section Program in Toronto on September 24th.


September 19, 2013 Liza Sheard presented at the OBA program “Probate Essentials” in Toronto on September 19th.


September 17, 2013 The Ontario Bar Association has announced that John Evans is to receive the OBA Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation. This is a recent award and John Evans joins Earl Cherniak, David Scott, Bryan Finlay, Tom Heintzman and few others. The Gala Dinner will be held at the new Ritz Carlton in Toronto on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Mark your calendars.


September 12, 2013 Andrea Hill Spoke on advocacy and did an advocacy demonstration at the HLA’s “Practical Tips for the Courtroom: for Articling Students and New Lawyers” seminar on September 12th. Scott Beattie spoke on basic procedures for articling students in the Court at the same seminar.


August 25, 2013 We are pleased to announce that Karen C. Watters has joined ESB Lawyers. She will continue her litigation practice in commercial litigation and estate litigation. She will also focus on professional negligence litigation. Karen received her J.D. from Queen’s University Faculty of Law and was called to the Bar in 2011. She articled and practised with Lazier Hickey LLP prior to joining our firm. Welcome Karen!


August 25, 2013 Liza Sheard was a guest on “Heirs + Omissions”, a Cable 14 program on law and estates. Liza spoke about the family dynamics of will challenges and power of attorney litigation as well as remedies through the courts and mediation.


July 2013 Aleksandar (Sacha) Babic, Mark R. Giavedoni, Asif Lasani, and F. Charles Sherman have joined ESB Lawyers and will continue their business and property law practices.


June 3, 2013 On June 3, 2013 in Toronto Liza Sheard delivered a paper on “Mediating the Estate Dispute: the Process, the Pitfalls, the Opportunities” at the Managing, Mediating and Litigating Estate Disputes seminar, Osgoode Hall Law School, Professional Development/CLE.


May 13, 2013 On May 14th, 2013 Michael Bordin chaired and Liza Sheard acted as facilitator at the Hamilton Law Association’s Professionalism Session at the Sheraton in Hamilton. To view the flyer or to register, please click here.


April 30, 2013 On April 30th, 2013, Andrea Hill and Megan Nicholls assisted Hamilton-area Grade 11 and 12 Law students in a mock trial run by the Hamilton Justice Education Network, a group of local lawyers, judges and educators.


March 27, 2013 On March 27th Paul Sweeny spoke to the Hamilton Law Association New Lawyers Sub-Committee about the Ontario Bar Association, a branch of the Canadian Bar Association. On May 30th, Paul will be bringing greetings from the Ontario Bar Association to the members of the Hamilton Law Association at their Annual Meeting.


March 26, 2013 On March 26th Paul Sweeny acted as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association, as an intervener, when the Court heard appeals in the Hryniak v. Mauldin (Hyrniak was heard by the Court of Appeal at the same time as a companion case to the Combined and Bruno Appliances v. Mauldin cases dealing with summary judgment in Ontario.


February 28, 2013 Andrea Hill demonstrated clear and concise oral advocacy at The Advocates’ Society’s 2013 Hamilton Court House Series “Getting to the Point” on February 28, 2013.


February 27, 2013 On February 27, 2013, Michael Bordin co-chaired and Paul Sweeny spoke on Guidelines for Appeals at the Hamilton Law Association’s “The 8th Annual Current Issues in Commercial Litigation Seminar”.


February 15-19, 2013 Following a cross-country tour of CBA Council meetings to meet voters, Paul Sweeny made his final pitch to voters at the CBA Mid-Winter Meeting at Mont Tremblant on February 15 and 16, 2013. Voting starts February 19, 2013 and the new 2nd Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association will be announced on March 21, 2013.


February 14, 2013 On February 14, 2013 Liza Sheard was a presenter and co-chair, together with Sandra Stephenson, at the Hamilton Law Association’s 11th Annual Estates and Trusts Seminar at the Sheraton Hotel.


February 7, 2013 Paul Sweeny participated in the launch of the OBA Why I? communications campaign at the OBA Institute on February 7, 2013.


February 7, 2013 Scott Beattie, as a member of the Hamilton Law Association’s “New Lawyers’ Subcommittee”, hosted their semi-annual new lawyers’ pub night at Slainte Irish Pub on February 7, 2013.


February 7, 2013 Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP received the Rising Star Award as part of the Spirit of Community Awards at the United Way Celebration on February 7, 2013. The award was received for conducting the firm’s first United Way campaign. The same evening, the United Way Legal Committee, being chaired by Paul Sweeny, and of which John Evans is a founding member, received the McMaster University Leadership Giving Award.


February 5, 2013 Michael Bordin chaired The Hamilton Law Association’s “Avoiding Real Estate Fraud” on February 5, 2013


January 1, 2013 We are pleased to welcome Sandra Stephenson to the firm as a partner. Sandra will be heading up our new Business Law and Trusts and Estates Division.