Congratulations Adithi and Hamza

June 2022

Witten LLP is pleased to welcome our 2021-2022 articling students, Adithi Raghuveer and Hamza Tariq, as associates in 2022.

Witten LLP is proud of our lawyers that give back to our community!

April 30, 2022

Witten LLP is proud to foster and encourage empathetic volunteering by our lawyers. Their efforts help create caring, collaborative, and compassionate communities. Thank you Rachel Abel and all Witten LLP lawyers who have chosen to put their empathy into action to build communities where people feel happier, healthier, and more welcome. #NVW2022 #EmpathyInAction #AccessToJustice

It’s really easy to volunteer remotely. The flexibility of the volunteer time also helped me volunteer more consistently

Congratulations David Hiebert and Steve Shafir!

April 6, 2022

Witten LLP congratulates David Hiebert and Steve Shafir, who have been designated Queen’s Counsel. The Queen’s Counsel designation recognizes lawyers in Alberta who are leaders in the legal profession and in their communities.

The Queen’s Counsel committee selects a select number of lawyers in our province each year who exhibit sound intellectual ability, professional qualities including honesty, integrity and respect of the profession and who have made contributions to the profession, their communities and to the administration of justice.

David J. Hiebert, Q.C. is a commercial lawyer and helps clients with commercial transactions and contracts. He is also the Past President of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.

Steven M. Shafir, Q.C. is a member of the Alberta and Nunavut bars.  He practices primarily in debt realization and enforcement, and is a regular attendee in Masters’ Chambers throughout the Province of Alberta.  Steve is invested in his community and sits on numerous boards. More information about Steve is available in his bio, here.

Congratulations David and Steve!

Seven Witten lawyers included in the 2022 Canadian Lexpert Directory

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, includes profiles of leading practitioners across Canada in more than 60 practice areas and leading law firms in more than 40 practice areas. Congratulations to the following lawyers for their inclusion on this list:

Garry Appelt Q.C. - Aboriginal Law

Catherine Farnell - Property Development

Keltie Lambert - Aboriginal Law

Ellery Lew - Franchise Law (Franchisee and Franchisor)

Sharon Ohayon - Property Leasing

Howard J. Sniderman Q.C. - Property Leasing

Ronald A. Sorokin - Property Development & Property Leasing

Congratulations Ron!

March 3, 2022

Please join us in congratulating Ron Sorokin on his appointment as a Law Society of Alberta Bencher. Ron comes to his new position with a wealth of legal and community experience.

Condominium Law Update

February 24, 2022

Join our partner, John Frame, as he shares his condominium law expertise as a panelist for the upcoming LESA program about Condominium Property Law.

May the Enforcement Be with You

February 17, 2022

Join our lawyers, Steve Shafir and Andrea Steen, as they lead a primer on the law of judgment enforcement in Alberta for the upcoming LESA program on May 4, 2022.

Witten is proud to sponsor Free Play for Kids (Free Footie)

February 11, 2022

Witten is proud to sponsor Free Play for Kids (Free Footie).

The mission of Free Play for Kids “is to provide marginalized kids with the opportunity to play in a safe, accessible, and inclusive environment at no cost to them or their families—because when kids are empowered through play, their families, their schools, and their communities are empowered as well.” Currently Free Play for Kids provides support for over 4,000 children in the City of Edmonton. Most of these kids are refugees, newcomers, or Indigenous youth, and the schools supported by this organization are highly social vulnerable schools in our city. The program provides totally free after-school care for these vulnerable populations by allowing them to participate in team sports (be it soccer, football, hockey or basketball), year round. It provides the participants with access to mentorship, positive role models, a team atmosphere, friendship, commitment, and fun. This results in better grades, better attendance in school, and better behaviour overall. As eloquently stated by Free Play: “free play is not the end goal; it is simply our incentive to create change.”

Check out a video of Witten's Free Footie team here!

Join us in the fight to STOP DIABETES for good!

February 3, 2022

Witten LLP is pleased to be the Law Industry Sponsor for the Alberta Diabetes Foundation (ADF) “Leading the Way Industry Challenge”. The ADF strategically funds cutting edge diabetes research in Alberta in its focus to create a world without diabetes.  The Industry Challenge is meant to engage local Alberta industry to help find a cure for Diabetes. All funds raised stay in Alberta and are invested in critical Alberta based diabetes research including beta cell regeneration, anti-rejection islet cell transplantation, nano medicine, T2 diabetes prevention, and more.

At Witten, we recognize the importance of giving back to the communities we serve and we support our partners and employees in their efforts in that regard.  Among our core values are excellence and innovation, and the cutting edge diabetes research for which the ADF provides funding exemplifies these traits.  Witten is proud to be a long-time supportive partner of the ADF and by the end of 2022, our combined financial contributions will have exceeded $50,000.

We invite you to join the Witten team in its fundraising efforts (https://www.canadahelps.org/me/nsaPjCzu) and also challenge all Alberta Law Firms to meet or beat the fundraising efforts of the Witten Team!  As part of its “48 Hours to STOP DIABETES” commitment, Witten will be hosting the webathon from 1:00 to 2:00pm on February 10, 2022. We hope to see you rise up to this challenge and will happily highlight your pledges at the webathon.

“Diabetes is everywhere – in every industry and every business sector. It is time to STOP DIABETES for good.”

Commercial Litigation Fundamentals

January 27, 2022

Join Keltie Lambert, as she shares her litigation expertise as chair for the Legal Education Society of Alberta’s upcoming Commercial Litigation Fundamentals program.

Welcome to our newest partners!

January 1, 2022
 
Witten LLP is pleased to welcome Justine Mageau and Ada Tang as its newest partners. Congratulations Justine and Ada!

Congratulations Andrea!

December 15, 2021

Congratulations to Andrea Steen who was recently admitted to the Nunavut Bar! Andrea becomes the second lawyer in our office to be called in Nunavut.  She is also a member of the Alberta and NWT bar.

Witten LLP recognized as one of Canada's Best Law Firms

November 16, 2021

Witten LLP is pleased to announce that it has been named as one of Canada's Best Law Firms 2022 in The Globe and Mail's report on business.

The Globe and Mail partnered with Statista to determine Canada’s Best Law Firms based on recommendations from lawyers and clients. This list reflect the 200 firms that received the highest number of recommendations from others in their field.

This award celebrates Witten LLP’s commitment to providing excellent services to clients.

Witten Lawyers participating as LESA faculty

Join Witten LLP lawyers over the coming months as they share their expertise. 

The following Witten LLP lawyers are proud to be faculty in Legal Education Society of Alberta seminars:

Coralie Mohr and Steve Shafir – Foreclosures Beyond the Basics

Andrea SteenCivil Procedure for Legal Support Staff

John FrameCondominium Law Update 

 

Congratulations New Associates

Witten LLP is pleased to welcome our 2020-2021 articling students, Leigh AchesonEmma-Lee KramerSpencer Marks and Brendon Shabani, as associates, following their respective calls to the bar in September 2021. Please join us in congratulating Leigh, Emma-Lee, Spencer, and Brendon.

 

 

12 Witten LLP Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers™ List

 

Witten LLP is proud of our reputation and the lawyers who work at our firm.  Year after year our lawyers are recognized as the best in the industry as ranked by our peers.  Congratulations to the following lawyers who were named to the “Best Lawyers" list in 2022:

In addition, congratulations to Ron Sorokin for being named Lawyer of the Year 2022 in Commercial Leasing Law!