2015 Rising Stars Award Winners


Allyson Fischer, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

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Allyson Fischer combines outstanding legal skills with a practical approach to litigation, representing clients in complex, high-stakes disputes. During a major strike at Coca-Cola in 2013 she led a legal team in obtaining a province-wide injunction to control blockading at several locations. During the Vale mining strike she obtained an injunction limiting picketers; and she was recently retained as lead counsel by the Globe and Mail to advise on contingency planning and coordinate injunction proceedings in a labour dispute. She also successfully enforced a departed employee’s fiduciary duties, obtaining a significant damage award even though he did not solicit clients. Allyson helped establish a litigation training session for approximately 50 of the firm’s associates and she is Co-chair of the 2016 Corporate State Summit conference on women in business.

Robert Fonn, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

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Robert Fonn’s practice focuses on corporate finance and M&A mandates for a broad range of public and private companies, investment dealers and private equity and venture capital investors across diverse industries (including technology, media, financial services and real estate). He also advises on securities compliance and corporate governance matters and counsels corporations in all aspects of corporate and commercial activity, including listings and dealings with provincial securities commissions. He is frequently retained on northbound cross-border corporate-finance and M&A mandates, such as: representing Innodata in its acquisition of MediaMiser; and Kaufman Financial Group on various Canadian acquisitions. Robert has judged the annual Davies Corporate/Securities Law Moot for many years and he is a longstanding leader in the Shaw Festival’s largest annual fundraising event, the Shaw Boxing Evening.