2017 Rising Stars Award Winners


Nancy Hamzo, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Nancy Hamzo is a transactional lawyer at Baker & McKenzie LLP, focusing on cross-border M&A and corporate reorganizations. She represents multinational clients in a variety of industries with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. For example, Hamzo advised Baxter International when it separated its biopharmaceutical business from its medical products business to create Baxalta Incorporated. She is highly involved in a variety of community initiatives. She leads the Baker McKenzie Canadian team on establishing Women for Women International Canada, an organization that offers support, tools and access to life-changing skills to women. She also contributes her time to assisting Oxfam, an organization focused on alleviating poverty, with a variety of Canadian legal issues. She started Baker McKenzie Canada’s women’s networking initiative and continues to drive this initiative forward as co-chair with Stephanie Vaccari. She has focused on finding ways to enhance networking initiatives for lawyers within the firm and for clients externally.

Claire Hunter, Hunter Litigation Chambers

Claire Hunter has a broad civil litigation, public and administrative law and appellate practice. She appears regularly as counsel at both the trial and appellate level, including all levels of court in British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada, and before arbitration tribunals and administrative boards. She has broad experience working on complex commercial matters, including conducting internal investigations, and has appeared before regulators in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Hunter is Chair of Access Pro Bono, BC’s umbrella pro bono society. She previously chaired the CBA’s national Pro Bono Committee and is a member of the Law Society of BC’s Access to Legal Services Advisory Committee. She often acts as counsel pro bono, representing low-income clients in asylum, housing, benefits and family law matters as well as acting in important public law appeals.