2015 Rising Stars Award Winners


Rebecca Jones, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

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Rebecca Jones acts in complex, high-profile cases across professional-negligence, administrative-law and commercial-litigation practice areas. She acted for the defendant law firm in Trillium Motor World Ltd. v. General Motors of Canada Ltd. and Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, in which the plaintiff sought $750 million for about 200 unrenewed dealership agreeements during the financial crisis in 2008. She quickly becomes an expert in the legal and regulatory framework for each client’s business. She manages a heavy caseload of medical malpractice and other professional negligence files, as well as an extensive administrative-law practice. In her regulatory practice, she acts as defence counsel, prosecutor or independent legal counsel, depending on the tribunal. Rebecca chairs the firm’s pro bono committee and leads emergency stay applications for the Refugee Law Office.

Rebecca Kacaba, Aird & Berlis LLP

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Rebecca Kacaba is a partner in corporate finance with a recognized expertise in corporate and securities law and M&A. She recently represented Life Choices Natural Foods in a reverse take-over of GreenSpace Brands, a three-cornered amalgamation of a GreenSpace subsidiary and a $5.3-million private placement. She is corporate secretary of Falcon Oil & Gas, a Dublin-based company acquiring energy assets in Australia, South Africa and Hungary. During 2014 she coordinated legal teams in Canada, Romania and the Netherlands while acting for Transeastern Power Trust on its $23-million initial public offering and acquisition of three hydroelectric projects in Romania. The trust is one of the first public foreign-asset income trusts in Canada. Rebecca has served on the fundraising board of Boost Child Abuse Intervention and Prevention for the last four years.

Karima Kanani, Miller Thomson LLP

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Karima Kanani leads the corporate/commercial practice in the firm’s Ontario Health Industry Group. She has a specialty practice in the health and social service sector, advising on corporate governance, mergers, infrastructure and other matters. She has served as lead corporate counsel to several Ontario hospitals engaging in alternate-financing infrastructure projects valued at up to $600 million; a hospital in high-level negotiations with a municipality for a contentious land acquisition and development; a new forensic mental health hospital on its creation by government and land, asset and funding acquisition; and a hospital hosting a shared client-information management system with contracts involving two Ontario ministries and some 100 childservice organizations. She volunteers with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Research Ethics Board and the National Aga Khan Quality of Life of the Elderly project.

Eleni Kassaris, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Eleni Kassaris practises commercial litigation, focusing on employment, labour, human rights, privacy and general contract law, covering a wide range of industries. She has appeared at all levels of court in BC and before administrative bodies and tribunals. She provides strategic advice to many of the firm’s largest clients, including BMO Nesbitt Burns, CIBC, Kinder Morgan, Merck, Microsoft, Western Union and Shell Canada. She has provided transactional advice as employment counsel in relation to mergers and acquistions, business-loss claims, privacy matters, freedom of information, contractual disputes, human rights and employment standards. Eleni commits hundreds of non-billable hours to mentoring and training young students and lawyers and provides pro bono advice to organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs, Parkinson Society British Columbia and Special Olympics British Columbia.

Elisa K. Kearney, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

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Elisa Kearney practises competition law, including mergers, cartels, reviewable conduct, misleading advertising and deceptive marketing. She’s also expert on radiocommunications, telecommunications and broadcasting Acts. She has worked on numerous complex, cross-border and international files, often leading on Canadian matters. She has represented Google in numerous matters before the Competition Bureau, including the inquiry into whether Google has abused a dominant position in Internet search. Elisa represented National Energy Corporation, an intervener in abuse-of-dominance proceedings against Reliance Home Comfort and Direct Energy before the Competition Tribunal, and acted for the Commissioner of Competition in its high-stakes litigation against Visa’s and MasterCard’s merchant rules. Elisa is Co-chair of the International Antitrust Committee, American Bar Association and past Chair of the Foreign Investment Review Committee of the Canadian Bar Association.