Ari BlickerDirector, Student & Associate ProgramsAri is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s student program, including the recruitment, supervision and professional development of summer and articling students, and liaising with law schools. Ari also oversees the firm’s associate program, including career development, performance reviews, compensation, partnership admission and lateral recruitment. Prior to joining Aird & Berlis LLP, Ari was the Director of Student Programs at McCarthy Tetrault’s Toronto office. Prior to that, Ari practised corporate commercial law at McMillan from 1997 to 2002 and in-house at IBM from 2002 to 2007. Ari holds an LL.B. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (1995), and a B.A. (English Literature) from McGill University (1992). He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997. Ari enjoys singing, playing guitar and spending time with his family.Reena KotechaChair, Student Recruitment CommitteeReena practices in the area of business law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, shareholder agreements, share/asset purchase and sale transactions, corporate reorganizations and various types of commercial contracts. She acts for small and mid-size privately owned businesses, as well as larger, national and multinational clients.
Annie SkinnerStudent and Associate Co-ordinator Annie is involved in co-ordinating all stages of the recruitment process and the day-to-day management of the student and associate programs at Aird & Berlis LLP, including continuing legal education. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, she worked as a litigation legal assistant in insurance defence and personal injury law. A native of Toronto, Annie loves living and working downtown. She has Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from York University and, in her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, working out and spending time with friends and family.
Sherri AltshulerSherri Altshuler was a student and an associate with the firm prior to becoming a partner in 2011. She is a member of the firm's Corporate/Commercial and Corporate Finance Groups, focusing primarily on public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions and ongoing general corporate and commercial activities. She has experience with public offerings, private placement financings, foreign insurance company registrations and the formation and completion of qualifying transactions for companies established under the TSX Venture Exchange Capital Pool Program. Sherri loves to watch reality TV and bowls almost a perfect game on Wii Sports. When she can find the time, she also likes to practice yoga, cook, read historical fiction and plan her next vacation.
Christopher BerriganChris Berrigan was a summer student and articling student at the firm prior to returning as an associate. He is a member of the firm’s Corporate Finance Group and has experience with public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions and ongoing general corporate and commercial activities. Chris regularly advises a range of domestic and international clients, including companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, with an emphasis on early stage and emerging market issuers. Chris enjoys long walks to Kensington Market followed by cooking while listening to a podcast about economics, politics or current events.
Jody Johnson Jody is a Partner and practices in the area of municipal and land use planning law. Jody joined A&B in August 2008 after articling at the City of Windsor. Prior to attending law school Jody was a Municipal Advisor with the Sudbury Municipal Services Office of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Jody also spent 5 years as the CAO/Clerk of the Municipality of French River. Jody works predominantly in the area of municipal law, providing services to municipalities in the areas of council procedure and governance, Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, by-law drafting and enforcement, defending challenges to by-laws, municipal finance, property tax matters, expropriations and municipal election law. Jody's municipal finance experience includes matters relative to development charges, municipal capital facilities, budgeting, and capital/infrastructure project management. Jody is also a Sessional Instructor at Windsor Law School and Ryerson University, and the current Chair of the Cambridge Forums’ annual Planning and Development: The Emerging Leaders’ forum. Jody regularly contributes to various municipal publications and speaking engagements at various conferences in the field. In her spare time she enjoys baking and spending time with her husband and two children.Corrine KennedyCorrine was a summer student and articling student at the firm prior to returning as an associate in the Corporate/Commercial group. She became a partner in 2013. Her practice focuses on energy law, working with government agencies on legal issues associated with drafting, administering and interpreting various kinds of power purchase agreements and capacity contracts. In addition, she works with various local distribution companies in Ontario on corporate governance, contractual and conservation matters. Outside of her energy practice, Corrine advises private companies on commercial and contractual matters, including mergers and acquisitions. In her spare time, Corrine spends her time in traffic commuting back to Burlington, where she enjoys country living with her husband, gets exercise chasing after her two giggling toddlers, and is regularly bowled over by her overly affectionate boxer, Mosley. Andrew MagnusAndrew Magnus was a student and an associate with the firm prior to becoming a partner in 2016. He is a member of the firm's Corporate Finance Group, focusing primarily on public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and ongoing general corporate and commercial activities. In 2010, Andrew accepted a year-long secondment with a private equity fund in London, England and worked on a variety of transactions involving the acquisition and management of opportunistic real estate investments in the residential and hospitality sectors. In his free time, Andrew loves playing tennis and planning his next vacation, which Sherri then uses as a blueprint for her next vacation. Derek McCallumDerek is a partner and a member of the Real Estate Group and has a broad commercial real estate practice, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing transactions. Prior to returning to private practice and joining A&B, Derek was Senior Counsel, Real Estate & Site Operations for IBM Canada Limited, responsible for all legal aspects of a substantial Canadian real estate portfolio including office, retail, data centre and manufacturing assets. Prior to joining IBM, Derek practised for a number of years at another prominent Toronto law firm. As the parent to young children, Derek is quickly developing skills best suited to a short order cook and cabbie. In his free time, Derek attempts varied home improvement projects under the watchful eye of concerned neighbours.Pamela MiehlsPamela was a summer student and articling student at the firm prior to returning as an associate. She is now a partner in the Litigation Group. Pam has a broad commercial litigation practice that includes an emphasis on contractual disputes, long-term disability matters and libel law. She regularly appears as counsel on motions, applications, appeals and trials before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. In her spare time, Pamela enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, Isabella, and is an avid reader. She especially enjoys reading the classics such as Twilight and New Moon (no, she did not name her daughter after the main character – it was just a happy coincidence).David ReiterDavid is a partner in the litigation group. David came to Aird & Berlis after practicing criminal and quasi criminal law in partnership with his father for eight years. David has a varied practice which covers both quasi criminal matters and general civil litigation. He regularly appears as counsel on motions, applications, trials and appeals before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario superior Court of Justice, and the Ontario Court of Appeal. When not practicing law, David enjoys travelling with and generally spending any free time he has his time with his wife and kids (Abby and Max).
Mark van ZandvoortMark is a partner in the litigation group. He began his career at A&B as a summer student in 2008, and returned to article in 2009/10. He joined the firm as an associate in 2010, and became a partner in January, 2016. Mark’s corporate and commercial litigation practice covers a broad range of subject matter, including insolvency related disputes, fraud and negligence claims, and various other contractual disputes. Mark has developed a niche obtaining urgent injunctive relief, particularly in fraud cases. As a former student at A&B, Mark understands the importance of involving students in all aspects of a litigation file. He makes a point of ensuring that students attend examinations, mediations, motions, and trials, in addition to conducting research and drafting materials in support of these proceedings. Beyond the practice of law, Mark enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports of any kind, playing golf, and working in his yard.