Canadian Lawyer

September 2020

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TOP 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL SPECIAL REPORT 24 BUSINESS JULIE SOLOWAY Toronto Partner, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP Julie Soloway is a competition lawyer who goes out of her way to mentor and support her fellow women in the profession. She feels a sense of fulfillment when seeing her mentees take on responsibilities and advance to leadership roles. Having witnessed systemic biases and discrimination during her formative years, Soloway has since become a prominent figure in today's gender revolution and a passionate advocate for positive social change. She is the author of Leading the Way: Canadian Women in the Law, published by LexisNexis, which follows the journeys of 50 women lawyers in Canada. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, she has offered guidance to businesses struggling to navigate this period of uncertainty and legal complexity. She has advised a broad array of clients, including LVMH (Louis Vuitton), The Washington Group, Intact Financial Corporation, Digital Colony Partners and Kinder Morgan. For more than a decade, she has provided leadership to the American Bar Association's section of antitrust law. YOUNG INFLUENCERS NERISSA YAN Vancouver Associate, Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP As a native Mandarin speaker, Nerissa Yan works to deliver competent legal services while fulfilling the cultural and language needs of her large client base, which includes both domestic and international clients. Yan centres her practice on civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on complex disputes involving contracts, shareholders, creditor and debtor remedies, real estate, fraud and defamation. Recently, she has focused on the niche area of enforcing foreign judgments and arbitral awards in B.C. She has appeared before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, the Employment Standards Branch, and other administrative and professional regulatory bodies to litigate regulatory and professional disciplinary matters. She is also active in her community, serving as a volunteer lawyer at the Access Pro Bono legal clinic, contributing to the Centre for Asian Legal Studies blog for the University of British Columbia and acting as a guest panelist at local events involving the Chinese community and Chinese immigrants. YOUNG INFLUENCERS TALON REGENT Moose Jaw Lawyer, Regent Law Talon Regent is a lawyer who is known for his aptitude in legal technology. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced organizations to adapt to physical distancing protocols and to remotely conduct operations and deliver services, Regent assisted in making this transition smoother for many firms and companies. One of his recent projects is a virtual reality trial simulator, which seeks to help lawyers, law students and self-litigants practise their procedural and persuasive trial advocacy skills by offering them real-time feedback in an environment free of consequences. He also appears in classrooms to discuss with law school students and college students the latest technological tools available to the legal industry.

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