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  • Mark Giavedoni Featured at the HLA Emerging Issues in Real Estate Seminar

    November 2, 2017
    Mark Giavedoni planned and participated in the Hamilton Law Association’s Emerging Issues in Real Estate seminar held at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.  Mark provided those attending the half day event with an Overview of Changes to Land Transfer Tax and New Non-Resident Speculation Tax.  He also moderated a panel consisting of fellow lawyers and representatives […]
  • Asif Lasani Appointed to OBA Audit Committee

    October 17, 2017
    Asif Lasani has been appointed to the audit committee of the Ontario Bar Association.  The Ontario Bar Association is an advocate for members of the legal profession with a mandate to promote fair justice systems, facilitate effective law reform and uphold equality in the legal profession.  Asif’s new role is in addition to his role […]
  • Asif Lasani joins Theatre Aquarius Board

    October 17, 2017
    Asif Lasani has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Theatre Aquarius.  Theatre Aquarius is a recognized leader in Canadian theatre.  It’s mission is to create outstanding, accessible live theatre that entertains, challenges and educates.
  • Mark Giavedoni Presenter at CCI Level 200 Directors Course

    October 14, 2017
    On October 14, Mark Giavedoni presented two seminar topics at the first day of the two part Level 200 Directors Course to be held by the Canadian Condominium Institute (Golden Horseshoe Chapter) in Burlington.  Mark spoke about Condominium Lien Rights and Alterations to Condominium Common Elements.  The seminar also included comment on the recent amendments […]
  • ESB Estate Practice Group Facilitates HLA Workshop

    October 13, 2017
    Members of the ESB Estate Practice Group will be assisting with facilitation of the discussion at the Hamilton Law Association Estates & Trusts Workshop to be held on October 26th.  Participants in the workshop will be looking at a given fact scenario from both the litigator’s and solicitor’s perspective.  John Kranjc participated in the planning […]
  • Sacha Babic Speaks at HLA Corporate Commercial Seminar

    October 12, 2017
    Sacha Babic spoke on the topic of “Drafting Shareholder Agreements” at the Hamilton Law Association’s Corporate Commercial Law Seminar.  This half day program was held at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.  David Howell was a member of the planning committee for this event.
  • Jordan Diacur speaks at OBA Program on Estate and Trust Documents

    October 5, 2017
    During the morning of October 5th  Jordan Diacur was one of the presenters at the OBA Trusts and Estates Law Section program on Preventing, Correcting and Navigating Errors in Estate and Trust Documents, which took place at the Twenty Toronto Street Conference Centre in Toronto. The program explored what to do if there is an […]
  • Andrea Hill speaks on Ethical Issues In Probate Matters

    September 29, 2017
    Andrea Hill was one of the speakers at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Practice Gems: Probate Essentials 2017 program.  The speakers provided those attending with practical advice and precedents to help navigate the probate and administration processes as efficiently as possible. Andrea’s presentation addressed Ethical Issues in Probate Matters.
  • Charlie Sherman President of HSC Alumni Association

    September 27, 2017
    Charlie Sherman is now President of the Hillfield Strathallan College Alumni Association.   The Alumni Association is dedicated to bringing the experience and success of HSC Alumni into the College to help achieve its goals of excellence, while honouring its traditions.
  • Sandra Stephenson welcomes Grandson

    September 5, 2017
    Congratulations to Sandra Stephenson on the birth of her first grandchild.  Grandson Emmett was born on August 31st.  Emmett and his parents live in BC.
  • Asif Lasani Hosts Commercial Litigation Group Dinner

    September 5, 2017
    Asif Lasani will be hosting the next Commercial Litigation Group Dinner to be held at Nique Restaurant on James Street North on October 5th.  The dinner is a chance for those lawyers practicing corporate and commercial litigation in the Hamilton area to enjoy an evening with old friends and make new ones.  Michael Bordin is […]
  • Three ESB Lawyers included in 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada

    August 23, 2017
    Congratulations to Michael Bordin, John F. Evans and Sandra Stephenson on their inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. Michael was recognized for his excellence in the areas of: Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law* *Michael was also recognized as the 2018 Hamilton Legal Malpractice Law Lawyer of […]
  • Karen Watters speaks to Waterloo Region Estate Practitioners

    May 17, 2017
    Karen Watters was at the Kitchener Courthouse where she spoke to members of EPOWR (Estate Practitioners of Waterloo Region), a Practice Group of the Waterloo Region Law Association.   Karen’s presentation was on Contested Passings of Accounts.  
  • ESB Lawyers and John F. Evans Recommended by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    May 12, 2017
    Once again, Lexpert has named John F. Evans, Q.C., LSM as Consistently Recommended in both its Corporate Commercial Litigation and Professional Liability categories.  He is named as Repeatedly Recommended in the Litigation – Directors’ and Officers’ Liability category.  In each case,  John is the only Hamilton lawyer to receive this ranking. The Lexpert Directory also […]
  • It’s a Boy for Scott Beattie

    May 6, 2017
    Congratulations to Scott Beattie and his wife Lisa on the birth of their son Angus “Gus” Ryan Beattie (7 lbs, 12 oz) at 1:39 a.m. this morning.  Gus is a little brother for Declan, Rowan and Olive.
  • Adam Huff speaks at Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

    May 2, 2017
    Adam Huff was one of the speakers at the 31st Annual Joint Insurance Seminar held at the Hamilton Convention Center.  Adam’s presentation focused on Avoiding Error and Omission Negligence Claims Early in Practice. Adam articulated on the most common errors resulting in insurance claims (time management errors, communication errors and inadequacy of discovery facts), risk […]
  • ESB Lawyers Sponsors Grand Opening of the Hamilton Community Food Centre

    April 21, 2017
    ESB Lawyers LLP is pleased to be the sponsor for the Grand Opening of Hamilton’s Community Food Centre, located at 310 Limeridge Road West on Hamilton Mountain.  The Centre will provide access to fresh healthy food, programs to build skills and empower community members to live healthier lives. This is the eighth Community Food Centre […]
  • Shayna Beeksma gives birth to Baby Boy

    April 10, 2017
    Congratulations to Shayna Beeksma and her husband Jason on the birth of their son – Jesse Spencer Beeksma (8 lbs 14 oz) – at 5:26 this morning.  This is the first child for Shayna and Jason.
  • Shayna Beeksma stars in the role of witness at AS Court House Series in Hamilton

    March 22, 2017
    Shayna Beeksma participated in the Court House Series seminar present by The Advocates’ Society in Hamilton by playing the role of a witness under cross-examination on a breach of contract and inducing breach of contract case. The program is generally geared towards junior counsel and, this year, the focus was on demonstrating how to tell […]
  • Andrea Hill moderates lunchtime roundtable on Advancing into Partnership

    March 21, 2017
    Andrea Hill, a partner at ESB Lawyers LLP, moderated a lunch time roundtable discussion on advancing into partnership.  The program shared information on how associates can advance their careers through career plans, profile-building and mentoring.  The program was presented by the Hamilton Law Association, in association with The Law Society of Upper Canada, at the […]
  • Sacha Babic elected to Board of Directors for HHSF

    March 6, 2017
    Sacha Babic has been elected as a Director of the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.   Sacha is also a member of the HHSF’s Governance Committee. The Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation raises funds and manages donor gifts to support the needs of Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, McMaster Children’s Hospital, McMaster University Medical […]
  • ESB Lawyers sponsors Nelson Mandela Award at John Holland Awards

    March 1, 2017
    The 2017 John Holland Awards were presented on Saturday, February 25th at Liuna Station in Hamilton.  As they have every year since its inception, John F. Evans and ESB Lawyers LLP sponsored the Nelson Mandela Youth Award.  The criteria for the Mandela Award includes leadership and commitment to issues of social justice. At the dinner, […]
  • ESB Lawyers featured at HLA Commercial Litigation Seminar

    February 22, 2017
    ESB Lawyers was prominently featured at the Hamilton Law Association’s 12th Annual Current Issues in Commercial Litigation Seminar held at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.  Asif Lasani was the host for this morning program and Michael Bordin and Shayna Beeksma  provided those attending with insights on nuisance claims.  Topics covered included what constitutes a nuisance and […]
  • Andrea Hill talks about Powers of Attorney and Guardianship Matters

    February 9, 2017
    Andrea Hill was one of the speakers who took part in a presentation on Powers of Attorney during the Hamilton Law Association’s 15th Annual Estates & Trusts Seminar held at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.  Topics included: solicitor and litigator perspectives, removal of a POA, guardianship applications, capacity assessment and the Public Guardian and Trustee perspective.
  • John Evans Chairs N2N Capital Campaign for Community Food Centre

    January 25, 2017
    At the urging of Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Terry Cooke, President of the Hamilton Community Foundation, John Evans accepted the challenge to chair Neighbour to Neighbour’s (N2N) Capital Campaign to build Hamilton’s first Community Food Centre. The new Community Food Centre will be located at the old Fortino’s store at 310 Limeridge Road West, east […]
  • Babic & Lasani speak to the Corporate Practitioners of Waterloo Region

    November 24, 2016
    Sacha Babic and Asif Lasani spoke to CPOWR (Corporate Practitioners of Waterloo Region), a practice group of the Waterloo Region Law Association.  Their presentation was entitled “Make USA Great Again:  A primer on unanimous shareholders’ agreements and the pitfalls of not having one.”
  • National Post Columnist Highlights Michael Bordin’s Recent Court Victory

    November 8, 2016
    After hearing evidence during two weeks of trial in May 2016, on September 22nd, Justice Kim Carpenter-Gunn of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled in favor of Michael Bordin‘s client, Randy Flemming in his claim against the Ontario Provincial Police. National Post columnist Christie Blatchford featured Michael’s victory in her column on October 10th. […]
  • Mark Giavedoni Plans Real Estate Program for HLA

    November 3, 2016
    Mark Giavedoni was a member of the Planning Committee which put together the Hamilton Law Association presentation on Emerging Issues in Real Estate which took place at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.  Topics included The Impact of Recent Planning Act Amendments and What’s New in Power of Sale.
  • United Way Sopinka Luncheon on November 23rd

    November 1, 2016
    We hope you will join us at the 15th Annual Sopinka United Way Luncheon to be held at the Hamilton Convention Centre on November 23rd, starting at 11:30 a.m.  This year’s guest speaker will be The Honourable Madam Justice Suzanne Cote of the Supreme Court of Canada. The John F. Evans Award for Community Distinction […]
  • ESB Lawyers LLP Celebrates 25 Years

    November 1, 2016
    In May 1991 John Evans left his father’s law firm, hired a young lawyer just graduating from law school (The Honourable Paul R. Sweeny), and started his own law firm specializing in civil litigation.  Over the years that small firm has grown and developed a reputation for excellence. That firm is now known as ESB […]
  • ESB Lawyers and Staff participate in Ti-Cats Huddles & Heels

    October 20, 2016
    Nine lawyers and staff from ESB Lawyers enjoyed a night of football fun at Tim Horton’s Field when they took part in 2016 Huddles & Heels women’s football clinic.  Though the rainy weather meant they did not get to strut their stuff on the field, they did learn about the game of football and take […]
  • Three Lawyers Included in Best Lawyers’ 2017 Directory

    October 14, 2016
    Once again, three of our lawyers will be included in the 2017 Best Lawyers in Canada Directory.   They have received the following recognition: Michael Bordin:   Bet-the-Company Litigation; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law John F. Evans:  Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law; Personal Injury Litigation; Product Liability Law John F. Evans: 2017 Lawyer […]
  • Andrea Hill speaks on Social Media and Marketing

    October 6, 2016
    Andrea Hill spoke to those attending the Hamilton Law Association Corporate Commercial Law Seminar about using Social Media to Market Your Legal Practice. David Howell was one of the lawyers involved in organizing this seminar, which was held at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.
  • Andrea Hill speaks at LSUC Practice Gems Program

    September 20, 2016
    Andrea Hill spoke to program participants regarding “Interpretation Issues that Arise During the Probate Process” as part of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Practice Gems:  Probate Essentials 2016 program.  This program provided information to help lawyers navigate the probate application process with a emphasis on effectively anticipating and addressing complications.
  • Andrea Hill speaks to Scotia McLeod Clients

    September 14, 2016
    Andrea Hill spoke with a group of Scotia McLeod clients regarding what they can do to avoid estate litigation. Andrea’s practice focuses on estate litigation, commercial litigation and the defence of professional negligence claims.
  • ESB Lawyers LLP Welcomes John Kranjc

    August 7, 2016
    We are pleased to announce that John V. Kranjc has joined ESB Lawyers as counsel. John was a part of the firm currently known as Keesmaat Partners for over thirty years.   However, due to the pending retirement of his partners, John has elected to continue his litigation practice, which focuses on civil and commercial litigation, […]
  • Asif Lasani Graduates from ITAW

    July 21, 2016
    Congratulations to Asif Lasani who completed the week long Osgoode Hall Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop on July 16th.   Asif describes the experience as “Seven days of intense, challenging and rewarding advocacy drills and workshops that, without a doubt, have made me a better litigator.” This is ‘Canada’s preeminent trial advocacy skills program.’  The […]
  • John Evans teaches at ITAW

    July 14, 2016
    As he has for many years, John Evans once again assisted at the 37th Annual Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop by acting as a guest instructor.
  • Andrea Hill elected to OBA Trusts & Estates Law Executive

    June 28, 2016
    Andrea M. Hill has been elected to the Ontario Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Law Section Executive as a Member-at-Large for 2016-2017.  
  • Lexpert recognizes John F. Evans as Leading Practitioner

    June 21, 2016
    Lexpert has once again named John F. Evans, Q.C., LSM as a leading practitioner in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2016). Consistently Recommended:  Litigation – Corporate Commercial; Professional Liability Repeatedly Recommended:  Litigation – Directors & Officers Liability; Litigation – Product Liability
  • ESB Lawyers LLP welcomes Alexandra Del Bel Belluz LL.B.

    June 20, 2016
    The partners and associates of ESB Lawyers are pleased to announce that, after articling with this firm and being called to the Bar on June 17, 2016, Alexandra (Alex) Del Bel Belluz has joined the firm.  
  • Scott Beattie Elected to OBA Board of Directors

    June 7, 2016
    Congratulations to Scott Beattie who has been elected to the 2016/2017 Ontario Bar Association’s Board of Directors as the Regional Director for the Central South Region.  Scott’s one year term begins in August 2016. The OBA Board of Directors consists of 17 elected members, including the Executive, who meet on a monthly basis to advise […]
  • Congratulations to Michael Bordin – New President of the HLA

    June 3, 2016
    On June 2nd Michael Bordin was literally “crowned” as the newest President of the Hamilton Law Association during it’s Annual General Meeting held at The Hamilton Club. The AGM also marked the commencement of  Mark Giavedoni’s third term as a Trustee of the Association. We are proud that Michael and Mark are continuing the ESB […]
  • Mark Giavedoni participates in HLA Professionalism Session

    May 31, 2016
    Mark Giavedoni was part of a panel presenting and discussing several scenarios for “The Client Meeting” at the Hamilton Law Association’s half day Professionalism Session held at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.
  • Andrea Hill speaks at Halton County Law Association Estates & Family Law Seminar

    May 6, 2016
    Andrea Hill was one of the panelists involved in a discussion of common fact scenarios dealing with the intersection of trusts and family law at the Halton County Law Association’s Estates & Family Law Seminar held at the Oakville Golf Club.
  • David Howell Speaks at OTLA Conference on Running a Personal Injury Law Practice

    April 8, 2016
    Running a Successful Personal Injury Practice was a first of its kind practice management conference held by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.  The day long conference featured panels and presentations on how to navigate the intricacies of practicing law.  ESB business lawyer David Howell was one of the panelists providing practical information to attendees regarding […]
  • Karen Watters speaks at HLA Program on Practice Management

    March 22, 2016
    Karen Watters was one of the speakers at the Hamilton Law Association program on Practice Management. The program focused on minimizing business interruptions and Practice Management Reviews. Karen spoke about preparing for a Practice Management Review. The Practice Management Review program was implemented by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007 as a resource […]
  • Shayna Beeksma Coaches team from Cathedral High School in OBA Mock Trials

    March 9, 2016
    On March 9th students from local high schools took part in competitive mock trials organized by the Ontario Justice Education Network in conjunction with the Ontario Bar Association.  Shayna Beeksma was one of the volunteer coaches for the team from Cathedral High School.  Unfortunately, despite winning both of their preliminary rounds, the team did not […]
  • Michael Bordin participates in The Advocates’ Society 2016 Hamilton Courthouse Series

    March 2, 2016
    Michael Bordin was one of the faculty at The Advocates’ Society 2016 Hamilton Courthouse Series held at the John Sopinka Courthouse.  The topic of this year’s presentation was ‘Discovery Skills Win At Trial.’  Participants learned how to effectively conduct an examination for discovery and then successfully use the discovery transcript at trial. ESB alumni Justice […]
  • Michael Bordin Co-Chairs Current Issues in Commercial Litigation Law Seminar

    February 24, 2016
    Michael Bordin was one of the co-chairs for the Hamilton Law Association’s 11th Annual Current Issues in Commercial Litigation Law Seminar held at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel.
  • Sandra Stephenson participates in Women’s Forum

    February 24, 2016
    Sandra Stephenson was one of three community leaders who participated in a panel discussion at the women’s forum and networking event held at The Hamilton Club.  These monthly forums arranged by Strategic Choice International provide an opportunity for high profile women in the community to meet and network.  They take place at the Hamilton Club […]
  • Sandra Stephenson speaks at 14th Annual HLA Estates & Trusts Seminar

    February 11, 2016
    Sandra Stephenson was one of the panelists speaking on “Conflicts of Interest” at the Hamilton Law Association’s 14th Annual Estates & Trust Seminar held at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel. Topics covered included joint retainers; estate planning when acting for a number of shareholders in the corporation; acting for spouses in a marital breakdown/ equalization claims/ […]
  • Vote for ESB Lawyers in Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s ranking of Top 10 Law Boutiques

    February 8, 2016
    ESB Lawyers/ Evans Sweeny Bordin LLP is proud to have been included in Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s shortlist for the Top 10 Litigation and Corporate Law Boutiques. Evans Sweeny Bordin is the only Hamilton law firm included in the nominees. We invite you to go to the link at to vote for Evans Sweeny Bordin. […]
  • ESB Lawyers sponsors Nelson Mandela Award at Holland Awards

    February 6, 2016
    As they have since its inception, John F. Evans and ESB Lawyers LLP sponsored the Nelson Mandela Youth Award at this year’s annual Rev. John C. Holland Awards dinner.  At the dinner  Shayna Beeksma presented the award to high school student Chanelle Thomas. Chanelle is a Grade 12 student at St. Thomas More high school.  […]
  • Karen Watters Co-chairs HLA Advocacy Skills Workshop

    January 28, 2016
    Karen Watters co-chaired the Hamilton Law Association’s 3rd Annual Advocacy Skills Workshop held at the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton. ESB alumni Justice Paul R. Sweeny was one of the speakers at this event.  He spoke about what he has learned during his first year as a judge.
  • Charles Sherman speaks at Corporate Commercial Roundtable

    January 26, 2016
    Charlie Sherman led the discussion at the Hamilton Law Association’s Corporate Commercial Roundtable Session “Minding Your Minute Books.”   Topics ranged from what is a Minute Book and why do we keep minute books to preparing annual resolutions and remediating deficiencies.  Various practice management issues were also discussed.
  • David Howell Mentors Young Lawyers at HLA Mentoring Evening

    January 21, 2016
    David Howell was one of the mentors at the Hamilton Law Association’s Mentoring Evening organized by the New Lawyers’ Subcommittee.  The event was held at Mills Hardware in downtown Hamilton. The concept is that mentors sit at tables with about 4 mentees and have a free ranging discussion on various topics.  At set times during […]
  • Shayna Beeksma joins ESB Lawyers LLP

    January 18, 2016
    The Partners and Associates of ESB Lawyers LLP are pleased to announce that Shayna A. Beeksma (B.A., J.D.) has joined us to continue her civil litigation practice.
  • David Howell Participates in Federal Government Pre-budget Consultation

    January 13, 2016
    David Howell was one of the community members who participated in and made submissions at the Federal Government’s pre-budget consultation meeting, which was held in the Officer’s Mess at the Maj. John Weir Foote VC Armouries in Hamilton.
  • Andrea Hill co-chairs Workshop on Business Development for Women Lawyers

    January 12, 2016
    Andrea M. Hill co-chaired the Hamilton Law Association’s workshop on Business Development for Women Lawyers. Andrea spoke on business development strategies and personal branding.


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