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Lori Hall

Lori Hall
Partner, Gowling WLG
Intellectual Property & Technology


Lori Hall is a partner in Gowling WLG's Hamilton office and a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Group.

Distinguished among the world's top trademark professionals by the World Trademark Review, Lori focuses her practice exclusively in the area of trademark prosecution. Over the course of her 14-year career, she has helped countless clients - from small startups to multi-billion-dollar corporations - protect and maximize their brands at home and abroad. She also routinely assists foreign IP firms in obtaining protection for their clients' trademarks in Canada.

A sought-after thought leader in her field, Lori is the author of the trademark prosecution section of LexisNexis Practice Advisor, one of Canada's premier legal resources.

When asked about her approach towards the “business of law” side of the practice, Lori said “I learned very early on that there is a lot more to running a successful practice than doing good legal work. My approach has always been, “how can I make your life easier today”. “What problem can I solve for you to get you home earlier”. I want my clients to feel better having had that conversation with me.”

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LORI’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO LEXIS PRACTICE ADVISOR® INCLUDE:


Lexis Practice Advisor® Free Practice Note

Download a free copy of Trademark Examination that explains the trademark examination process in Canada. It sets out the various steps involved, which includes filing the application, and the search by a trademark examiner once the application is filed. It also discusses office actions and responses, in which the examiner reviews the application to ensure all requirements have been met and discusses notice of third-party rights and consent to registration. It also provides information on amendments that may be made to applications, voluntary withdrawal and abandonment, and extensions of time. Last, it discusses the final office action, appeal of the registrar’s decision, advertisement and registration fees.

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Ned Levitt

Edward (Ned) Levitt
Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP
Commercial


Edward (Ned) Levitt is one of Canada's leading authorities in franchising and distribution law. He has represented some of the world's foremost franchises and provides legal services to Canadian and International clients on all aspects of Canadian franchise law. Additionally, from 2000-2007, he was General Counsel to the Canadian Franchise Association.

When asked about Ned’s way of handling current challenges, he said “The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a very difficult time for everyone, myself included.  However, I have always survived through difficult times and even discovered opportunities to grow professionally and as a human being in unexpected ways”

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NED’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO LEXIS PRACTICE ADVISOR® INCLUDE:


Lexis Practice Advisor® Free Practice Note

Download a free copy of the COVID-19 Crisis and Franchisors that examines the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic on franchises and looks at how the crisis has affected both franchisors and franchisees. It discusses what franchisors should be considering during this time and the changes they should be making to their systems. The practice note also provides some of the tools that are available to the franchisor and franchisees to restructure and get ready for the turnaround including informal settlements with suppliers; negotiations with customers to settle/defer accounts; robust and fully integrated financial modelling to determine cash flow requirements, and formal proposals to creditors.

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Kathryn Hendrikx

Kathryn Hendrikx
Founder, Hendrikx Family Law
Family Law


Kathryn focuses her practice on exclusively family law. She has trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Collaborative Family Law methods. She has a passion for family law and focuses her efforts on efficient settlements. She helps families during difficult transitions with issues of custody and access of children, parenting plans, high-conflict separations, child support, spousal support, property division, pension division and separation agreements. Kathryn was appointed a Dispute Resolution Officer for the Superior Court of Justice in 2015.

Between her practice and time sitting as a DRO, Kathryn began to see the undeniable gap in the legal profession’s ability to best serve the public. So, Kathryn teamed up with a team of self-professed nerds and got to work on a solution. Online Divorce Forms is the result of what happens when parties seek to modernize courts processes with a self-represented litigant in mind. Kathryn presented Online Divorce Forms at the prestigious Stanford Law School Codex Event on February 14, 2019. Kathryn and Online Divorce Forms were honored with the 2019 Precedent Magazine Innovation Award.

"The practice of law is changing and evolving before our very eyes. The old processes are not efficient and there has been a movement to modernize and integrate technology. I believe that we are at cross-roads in time where legal technology is sophisticated enough to enhance the legal experience."

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KATHRYN’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO LEXIS PRACTICE ADVISOR® INCLUDE:


Lexis Practice Advisor® Free Practice Note

Download a free copy of Encumbrance and Disposition that identifies the encumbrance and disposition of the matrimonial home, including restrictions on dealings with the matrimonial home and instances where the matrimonial home is sold after separation but prior to the resolution of issues between the parties.

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Harleen Khanijoun

Harleen Khanijoun
Associate, Gowling + WLG
Intellectual Property & Technology


Harleen Khanijoun is an Intellectual Property lawyer and trademark agent at the Canadian-led multinational firm of Gowling WLG. In managing domestic and international portfolios, Harleen focuses her practice on helping clients strategically plan and protect their intellectual property, globally. Dual qualified in New York and Ontario, Harleen also holds an honours in biomedical engineering degree and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto.

"Understanding my clients has been important for me in approaching the business of law. This involves initiating, developing, and maintaining multiple client relationships, and particularly focusing on making sure my clients feel their needs are met."

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HARLEEN’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO LEXIS PRACTICE ADVISOR INCLUDE:


Lexis Practice Advisor® Free Practice Note

Download a free copy of Common Objections by Trademark Examiners that outlines some of the common objections (including those based on absolute grounds and based on formalities) raised by Examiners during trademark examination.

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Sachin Persaud

Sachin Persaud
Partner, Boghosian + Allen LLP
Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Sachin Persaud is a lawyer with Boghosian + Allen LLP. He specializes in municipal and public entity law. He is preferred counsel of the Province of Ontario, upper and lower tier municipalities across the province, police boards, school boards and various other public entities.

"Resolving disputes in our civil courts is a long and arduos process. As counsel, I attempt to temper clients expectations regarding the expediency of the process and discuss the realties of the costs associated with ongoing litigation."

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SACHIN’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO LEXIS PRACTICE ADVISOR INCLUDE:


Lexis Practice Advisor® Free Practice Note

Download a free copy of Trials: Introduction to Trial Preparation that provides a practical introduction to trial preparation and includes discussion on solidifying the theory of the case, offers to settle, expert reports, Evidence Act notices and requests to admit.

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Ian Hull & Suzana Popovic-Montag

Ian Hull & Suzana Popovic-Montag
Hull & Hull LLP
Wills, Trusts & Estates (Ontario)


Ian M. Hull co-founded Hull & Hull with his father, Rodney Hull, in 1998. Ian maintains a mediation practice through Hull Estate Mediation Inc. and is a lecturer at the Ontario Bar Admission Course. Ian is also the author of numerous articles and has written four books on estate law issues.

Suzana Popovic-Montag is the Managing Partner of Hull & Hull LLP. She practices exclusively in the areas of estates, trusts, capacity and fiduciary litigation. She also advises on new trends and emerging issues, as well as the content coverage and organization.

"Managing the business side of the law is always a difficult struggle for lawyers. The tension between maintaining excellence on the one hand and, at the same time, cost effective efficiency with your clients, is always present."

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IAN’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO LEXIS PRACTICE ADVISOR INCLUDE:


Lexis Practice Advisor® Free Practice Note

Download a free copy of Will Challenge Checklist from Lexis Practice Advisor® which outlines the estate litigation process with various tasks to be performed so as to manage the file efficiently.

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