Johanne Auger

Johanne Auger is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Johanne directly using the contact details listed above.

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As the Partner in charge of BCF’s Trademark group, Johanne Auger supports businesses of all sizes in developing and supervising national and international trademark portfolios. Her global vision of issues, her excellent listening skills and her personalized approach help her develop protection strategies tailored to the realities and needs of each client, whether in Quebec, Canada or worldwide.

With more than 25 years of experience in trademark protection, intellectual property management and litigation, Johanne advises start-ups, SMEs and large companies operating in the technology, agri-food, pharmaceutical, tourism, cultural, finance, manufacturing, textiles and retail industries.

An excellent communicator eager to share her knowledge, Johanne regularly gives trademark lectures to various organizations in Europe, Asia and North and South America. She provides customized training to senior management and marketing teams from several companies. She has also been the Director of the intellectual property courses offered by McGill University and the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and has served on the Institute’s board of directors.

BCF Business Law

With more than 520 employees, including 270 professionals, BCF Business Law is the go-to firm for business leaders, growing companies, and well-established global enterprises that have chosen Québec and Canada as a stepping stone to growth and success.

Our commitment to our clients not only distinguishes us from the competition but has earned us recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies every year since 2007. Our insights into complex needs and growth aspirations make us an ideal partner for ambitious start-ups, well-established private and public companies, investment bankers, venture capital, and private equity firms. Our team knows how to bring together the right resources and connect the right partners to transform our clients’ dreams into viable and innovative businesses, while providing pragmatic and forward-looking solutions.

With its unwavering dedication to excellence, creativity, passion, authenticity, and generosity, our firm has earned the trust of organizations in all sectors of activity in Québec, in the rest of Canada, and around the world.

Maureen Berry

Maureen Berry is our exclusively recommended Estate Planning Law expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Maureen directly using the contact details listed above.

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Maureen Berry’s practice is focused on wills, estate planning, domestic and international trusts, private corporation taxation, and executive compensation. Maureen also advises charities and non-profit organizations. Working with Canadian and international families, firms, corporations and charitable organizations, she provides advice on all aspects of private client matters, including inter vivos trust and will planning, post-mortem planning, donation planning, as well as succession planning.

She is a leading expert in the fields of tax law and estate planning, having been recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Who’s Who Legal. Maureen was named one of the five “Most Highly Regarded Individuals – Worldwide” by Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal Canada in 2016.

As an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, she formerly taught Advanced Estate Planning for more than two decades. Maureen has previously taught both corporate tax and international tax at the University of Toronto and Western University, as well as Private Company Taxation at the Canadian Bar Association’s Tax Law for Lawyers intensive course.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Certified Specialist (Taxation Law) – Law Society of Upper Canada
  • LLM – Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • LLB – Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • B Comm, Accounting (Most Distinguished Graduate) – University of Saskatchewan

Memeberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Taxation, Trusts & Estates Group)
  • Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (Co-Chair, Tax Technical Committee; Member-at-large, STEP Toronto Board)
  • Estate Planning Council of Toronto
  • Canadian Tax Foundation

Firm Overview:

Our mission
At Fasken, our mission is to provide exceptional legal and strategic advice to our clients.
Our goal is to exceed their expectations.
We bring a practical, innovative and cost-effective approach to the practice of law.
We provide a collegial environment to attract and develop outstanding talent.
We care about our people, our clients, their business and the community.

Our vision

To be regarded by clients as preeminent in our practice and geographic areas of focus, and a firm where bright, talented, and collegial people want to work together.

Our values

Our clients interests are paramount

  • We put our clients first.
  • We deliver excellent and practical legal service.
  • We provide value.
  • We aspire to improve and innovate our service every day.
  • We adhere to the highest professional standards.
  • We work together to bring the best to our clients across different practices and geographies.

We are a place where bright, talented, and collegial people want to work together

  • We care about and respect one another.
  • We invest in our people by providing the tools and experiences necessary for professional growth.
  • We believe diversity and inclusion lead to better outcomes.

We work hard together – collaboratively and efficiently

  • We are consultative and collaborative.
  • We are open with one another and share knowledge and information.
  • We are a partnership where each of us takes personal initiative and is accountable for the success of the firm and the growth of our business.

Our communities are better off because of us

  • We give back to our communities.

Maria Norka Zagazeta Garcia

Maria Norka Zagazeta Garcia is our exclusively recommended Immigration Law expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Maria directly using the contact details listed above.

Maria Garcia received her Bachelor in Science from the University of Toronto in June 2001 and obtained her J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan, USA in May 2004. Maria was called to the Florida Bar in April 2005 and practiced in Miami, Florida for a few years exclusively in the area of Immigration Law. Maria completed accreditation proceedings through the National Committee of Accreditation in Ottawa (NCA). Maria worked and articled in a leading Toronto Immigration law firm that provided Canadian and US immigration services to individuals and corporations. She co-founded Zagazeta Garcia LLP.

She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and Peel Law Association. Maria is also a member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association), Florida Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Firm Overview:

Zagazeta Garcia LLP has experienced family, Canadian and US immigration and real estate lawyers located in Mississauga, Ontario. Our firm provides affordable and effective legal services to clients in Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Toronto, GTA and surrounding areas.

We assist our clients in all aspects of family law, including but not limited to uncontested divorces, contested divorce, equalisation of property after marriage breakdown and child custody issues. We also provide US and Immigration law services ranging from family sponsorship, Work Permits, Labour Market Impact Assessments, Express Entry, Federal Court Appeals, TN Visas, E-1 and E-2 Treaty Trader and Treaty Trader Investor Visas. We will inform you of your rights, options and responsibilities with any legal matter that you may have. Our firm will effectively advocate for you.

The lawyers in our firm are also fluent in Spanish and provide Spanish speaking clients with the ability to discuss their legal issues in their native language without the necessity of a translator.

Barbara R.C. Doherty

Barbara Doherty is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in the Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Barbara directly using the contact details listed above.

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Barbara has a broad corporate/commercial practice with specialties in securities, capital markets, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. She is actively involved in dispute resolution, settling, and providing support in prosecuting litigious matters. She works with both Canadian and international clients.

Barbara has acted for issuers, controlling shareholders, independent committees, and registrants. She has experience with transactions relating to corporate acquisitions, divestitures, and reorganizations with securities, regulatory, competition, and Investment Canada implications.

Barbara has a wealth of experience in mergers and acquisitions. Barb’s strength is her ability to help clients plan, orchestrate, and successfully implement complex transactions within time-sensitive, regulated environments.

Barbara has acted on private placements and prospectus offerings for both foreign and domestic registrants and issuers including investment funds and government agencies. These offerings consist of various equity and debt instruments. She has also acted on exempt and non-exempt takeover bids for offerors, targets, controlling shareholders, and dealers.

Expertise

Education

  • JD, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1980
  • B.Ed, McGill University, 1970

Bar Admission

Ontario

Firm Overview:

For over 100 years, Gardiner Roberts has combined the benefits of a full-service law firm with the dexterity of a mid-sized one. Our focused, cross-disciplinary, one-team approach and commitment to understand your business joins our relevant expertise, immediacy and dedication to providing client-centric, hands-on service. 100% Canadian and fully independent, we offer a level of overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness that larger firms can’t touch. Resisting “cookie-cutter” law, Gardiner Roberts has built its name – one rewarding client relationship at a time.

Philip Lopatka

Philip Lopatka is our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Philip directly using the contact details listed above.

Philip has been a practising Lawyer since 2005, providing expertise, advice and legal services clients can trust in a cost-effective manner for over 16 years of practice.

Philip’s practice has concentrated on:

  • Commercial Matters –  Contract preparation and negotiation, commercial transactions, business purchases and sales;
  • Corporate Matters – Corporate purchases and sales, unanimous shareholders agreements and corporate restructuring, and corporate re-organisations;
  • Real Estate Matters-  Residential, commercial and construction contracts and transactions;
  • Wills and Estate Planning Matters – Wills, enduring power of attorneys etc.;
  • Probate and Estate Administration Matters;
  • Employment Law Matters;
  • Civil Litigation in his areas of practice.

Philip has a diverse clientele with an expansive range of legal transactions, documentation, issues and disputes, and in part due to the breadth of his practice, he is fortunate to have had the time and opportunity to forge long lasting relationships with many of his clients.

Philip has also seen the Laws and practice of Law evolve, and he continues to strive to provide expertise, advice and service his clients can trust that is cost-effective, and this challenge has also helped to make the practice of Law engaging and enjoyable throughout his 16 years of practice.

When Philip is not at work he likes to spend time with his friends and family enjoying the fun and variety of activities that Edmonton has to offer.

Education:

University of Alberta – LL.B. – 2004

From time to time we get asked why Philip has a LL.B. and not a J.D. In Canada the LL.B. and J.D. are equivalent, and when Philip graduated in 2004, the University of Alberta Faculty of Law granted  the LL.B. designation. Several years after Philip graduated, the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, amongst many other Canadian Universities, changed the designation they provided from the LL.B. to the J.D., and Philip has chosen to keep his LL.B.

We also from time to time we get asked why Philip does not have an undergraduate degree before he obtained his LL.B., and that is because Philip was accepted into the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta early before he had finished obtaining his Bachelor in Science degree, and chose to pursue his legal career as soon as he could.

Firm Overview:

We are an Edmonton law firm with over 16 years of providing experience, advice and service our clients can trust to a wide variety of clients in different stages of their respective lives, businesses and industries.

We provide legal services for commercial matters, business law matters, corporate matters, real estate matters, wills and estate planning matters, probate and estate administration matters, employment matters, and civil litigation services.

We offer flexible legal services from full retainers to limited retainers, and flexible fees arrangements including flat fee services, hourly rate services, and contingency fee services.

We offer remote and video conference meetings with a variety of service providers, can be contacted by phone, text, email, fax, or via instant message all available through our website.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Philip Lopatka and Lopatka Law in Canada (streetinsider.com)

Zeitoon Vaezzadeh

Zeitoon Vaezzadeh is our exclusively recommended Personal Injury Law expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Zeitoon directly using the contact details listed above.

Starting her legal career at a prominent insurance defence firm, Zeitoon gained invaluable experience defending cases for insurance companies. She brings her in depth understanding of the institutional policies of insurance companies and their settlement strategies to Naimark Law.

Zeitoon Vaezzadeh has successfully advocated on behalf of clients at all Court levels, and remains committed, to providing timely top-tier client service. Her varied practice is dedicated to serving personal injury victims, wrongfully terminated employees, contractors, short-term and long-term disability applicants, as well as product liability, defamation and commercial clients. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of York University, Zeitoon obtained her law degree at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Firm Overview:

All of the lawyers at Naimark Law Firm previously defended insurance companies before switching sides and the founder of the firm, Ryan Naimark did so for 20 years. Our previous experience has provided us with the unique tools to ensure that you get the maximum compensation which you deserve.

As a result of our experience defending insurance companies for so many years, we have unique insight into the inner workings of the insurance claim process and we know how to build a case from the outset to maximise your fair compensation. In essence, we know how insurance companies think and operate and we know what they need to see and hear to justify paying you an optimal and fair settlement.

Personal Injury Law:

All of the lawyers at Naimark Law Firm previously defended insurance companies before switching sides and the founder of the firm, Ryan Naimark did so for 20 years. As a result of our experience defending insurance companies for so many years, Naimark Law Firm has unique insight into the inner workings of the insurance claim process and he knows how to build a case from the outset to maximise your fair compensation. In essence, we know how insurance companies think and operate and we know what they need to see and hear to justify paying you an optimal and fair settlement.