Canadian Lawyer

March 2021

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Page 16 of 43 15 that most impresses her. "I work with some of the finest minds in the world [in the] technology and life sciences spaces. And that is not something that an opera singer ever could have [imag- ined saying] 25 years ago." Grant says she connects with her tech and life sciences clients on a personal level by sharing an idealism and a drive to "change the world." Some of her life science clients are "literally trying to come up with a cure for cancer," and her tech clients "genuinely believe that they can provide a technological solution to some of the most pressing prob- lems that we have." While the pandemic has clearly accelerated the market for both health and tech, she cites improved client relationships as the key "silver lining" of COVID to her practice. "Now, we're on Zoom calls and I say, 'I'm really sorry, I'm going to have to take you off of video because I've got a ballet class going on behind me.' . . . I'm literally seeing people in their bedrooms, I'm seeing people in their dining rooms, I'm seeing people in their home offices, I'm hearing their dogs." Grant says that those conversations, even though they are personal, do result in her delivering better legal advice. This is because it opens up conversations about the broader context of her client's challenges beyond the specific legal question she is helping them to navigate. "It does mean that it makes me better able to provide tailored, more focused advice. . . . I'm now on the phone with a full human being. And that enables us to deepen our relationship." It's a deeper relationship, no doubt, that will keep her enthusiastic about the work she is doing even after the pandemic spotlight moves away from her clients. "Now, we're on Zoom calls and I say, 'I'm really sorry, I'm going to have to take you off of video because I've got a ballet class going on behind me.'" Proud member of the PIA Toronto | 1-866-685-3311 | Consultation Offices in: Barrie | Hamilton | Kitchener | St. Catharines | Sault Ste. Marie Lindsay's practice is dedicated exclusively to plaintiff 's personal injury and wrongful death cases. Lindsay is committed to delivering exceptional legal services to her clients throughout Ontario and has worked on a number of precedent-setting cases. Lindsay believes it is equally important to give back to the legal community and devotes time to educating the personal injury bar through various confer- ences and guides. We look forward to Lindsay's many years of continued success. MCLEISH ORLANDO WELCOMES A NEW PARTNER The partners of McLeish Orlando are proud to welcome Lindsay Charles to the partnership.

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