2018 Zenith Award Winners
Litigator Sandev Purewal practises in the areas of personal injury as well as disability insurance and products liability litigation. He is certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation and is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors. He is the former President and Director of the Brain Injury Association of Peel & Halton and has been actively involved in other community activities, such as leading the “Helmets on Kids” project in Peel, which provides free bicycle helmets to children in need.
In addition to maintaining his employment and labour practice, as Managing Partner of DLA Piper’s Toronto office Michael Richards is responsible for business planning, recruitment, budgeting and high-level strategic decisions while overseeing 140 personnel. Since his 2016 appointment, the office has seen substantial growth from 44 lawyers to more than 70. Richards has represented clients before various levels of court, before administrative tribunals, at arbitrations, in mediation and at other negotiations, including collective bargaining. He performs pro bono legal work through Pro Bono Ontario for the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario and Innocence Canada.
Corporate Finance & Securities
Michelle Roth is the founder and Chair of Goodmans’ LLP`s Seniors Housing division and President and CEO of SenbridGe, a division of the firm focused on healthcare and aging. Roth provides strategic ongoing and transaction-specific advice to organizations and handles a diverse range of M&A transactions that involve healthcare assets. With specialized expertise in CMHC-backed debt financing, all levels of healthcare regulation and industry mapping for transactional purposes, Roth played an integral role in the formation and subsequent financings of many of Canada’s largest seniors living and healthcare delivery providers. Roth has been a board member of the Royal Conservatory of Music and The Hospital for Sick Children’s Executive Cabinet.
As Schultz Frost LLP’s Co-managing Partner, Kadey Schultz has built an insurance litigation and consulting firm focusing on commercial and personal injury, dispute resolution and corporate training. She is counsel on an application for leave to the Supreme Court of Canada in Aviva v. Dittman, which could completely change the scope of coverage for no-fault automobile insurance in Ontario. Committed to lifelong learning, Schultz is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Windsor and is midway through completing the Certified Risk Management designation at the University of Toronto. Schultz is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.
Corporate Commercial Law
Kristina Shaw is a member of Miller Thomson LLP’s Business Law group, acting for entrepreneurs, companies and financial institutions, and advising on a range of business law matters, including acquisitions, divestitures, equity and debt financings, joint ventures and other business structures. Shaw has acted as lead counsel on a number of large M&A transactions, and she also works in the firm’s social impact practice on various mergers and acquisitions in the not-for-profit sector. Shaw is a past Chair of Miller Thomson’s Women’s Leadership Initiative and is involved in a number of charities, focusing recently on children’s healthcare.