Professionals

JOHN P. ORMSTON
John is a former litigation partner from Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP who specializes in commercial litigation. John has extensive trial experience in a wide variety of commercial matters, including shareholder disputes, promissory notes, guarantees and mortgage underwriting. He has assisted with contributions to Corporate Liability, a journal focusing on corporate liability in civil, criminal and regulatory matters. He is a member of the Advocates' Society and of the Board of Governors of Wilfrid Laurier University.

Education

  • University of Western Ontario (LL.B., 1993)
  • Wilfrid Laurier University (B.B.A, 1989)  

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association


MICHAEL T.R. LIST

Michael’s practice focuses on providing corporate, commercial, intellectual property and general advice to businesses operating in the new economy, as well as providing general corporate advice to companies operating in the resource sector. He has served as a member of the board of directors of a number of Canadian and international companies, and recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of a multi-national computer hardware manufacturer. He brings practical business acumen to his work with clients in the software, financial services and resource industries.

Education

  • Queen’s University (LL.B., 1998)
  • Queen's University (B.A.H, 1994)  

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association


DENIS S. FRAWLEY

Denis is a former partner from Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, having practiced both in Toronto and in New York. Prior to joining Davies, Denis practiced with the private equity group at Dewey Ballantine LLP in New York. Denis practices in the areas of corporate, commercial and securities law, with an emphasis on advising businesses who require securities advice under both Canadian and U.S. law. Denis also has significant experience with negotiated acquisitions and secured and unsecured lending. He has experience with a variety of transactions, including securities offerings, purchases and sales of private businesses and divisions of public enterprises, joint ventures, intellectual property licensing and bank lending.

Denis also regularly advises clients with respect to complex manufacturing, licensing and distribution agreements, working with clients involved in healthcare products, consumer products and educational programs.

With respect to securities matters, Denis has advised clients with initial and subsequent U.S. securities offerings and periodic reporting requirements in Canada and in the U.S., most recently representing a medical device manufacturer on its U.S. IPO. He has advised clients on new corporate governance requirements imposed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and contributed material to Guy Lander's What is Sarbanes-Oxley? In 2002, Denis was a visiting lecturer at McGill University, where he led a business law seminar: "Venture Capital and the Technology Industry".

Education

  • McGill University (LL.B. and B.C.L., 1996)
  • University of Ottawa (B.Soc.Sc., 1992)

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • New York State Bar Association

Of Counsel

BARBARA HENDRICKSON

Barbara is a former partner of a major Canadian law firm who specializes in the securities and corporate finance areas. Specializes in the clean tech and exploration and mining industry. Her practice emphasizes corporate finance transactions, public and private offerings, Aboriginal issues, disclosure requirements, public and private M&A, and securities registration and compliance matters. Barbara's background includes in-house and private practice positions in British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Germany and as senior legal counsel with the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). While at the OSC Barbara was lead legal counsel on a Canadian Securities Administrators' Committee that was responsible for the development of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. She has extensive experience advising investment funds, REIT's mining/exploration companies, boards of directors and controlling shareholders on a variety of securities matters.

Barbara is BV® DistinguishedTM Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer review rating awarded to a lawyer for their legal skills and sense of ethics. She was previously ranked by Law Day Leading Practitioners as one of the top 2 in the top 11 Climate Change Lawyers in Canada and Barbara is a past recipient of the Women's Law Association President's Award, a prestigious award recognizing her substantial contribution and commitment to the promotion of women in law and as a leader in the legal profession.

Education

  • University of Calgary LLB 1982
  • University of Toronto LLM 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association, Chair of the Business Law Section Co-Chair of the Securities Committee
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), Board Member, Co-Chair of the PDAC Securities committee
  • Fellow of the Environmental Finance Committee University of Toronto School for the Environment

Associates


HEATHER R. WEIR
Heather has a diverse civil and commercial litigation practice with experience in contract, negligence, professional liability, health and employment matters spanning a wide range of clients and industries. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Heather was In-House Litigation Counsel at the Canadian Private Copying Collective, enforcing compliance with provisions of the Copyright Act and related tariffs. Heather articled, and spent three years as a litigation associate, with Bennett Jones in Toronto. Heather is an experienced advocate who regularly appears in both provincial and federal courts, mediations and other investigative and dispute resolution forums. Heather combines her law and business training to provide clients with practical advice in managing and resolving legal disputes.

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B. 2000)
  • Schulich School of Business (M.B.A. 2000)
  • University of Western Ontario (B.A. 1996)

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society

JAMES J. BRINK

James advises startup entrepreneurs and venture issuers (including TSX Venture and CNSX issuers), as well as established businesses. His legal practice focuses on the aspects of corporate, commercial and securities law that are critical to emerging and growth companies, including incorporations and reorganizations, employment and consulting contracts, non-disclosure agreements, shareholder agreements, software and IP licensing, purchases and sales of businesses, angel and venture financings, secured lending, and ongoing securities compliance.

In addition, James works closely with GreenSky Capital Inc., a corporate finance advisory firm and exempt market dealer affiliated with OLF, in planning and facilitating private equity and debt financings and exit events for entrepreneurs and companies with high growth potential.

James was called to the bar in 2008, after obtaining his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and articling with the firm in 2007. Before he joined the firm, James summered at Dale & Lessman LLP and worked as a research assistant to Professor Peer Zumbansen, Canada Research Chair in Transnational Economic Governance and Legal Theory, and his writing has been published in the Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy journal and the CCH Corporate Brief newsletter.

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 2007)
  • Redeemer University College (B.A., 2003)

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association



JOANNE COLLINS

Joanne joined Ormston List Frawley following her call to the Bar in 2014. She was previously a summer student at OLF and went on to complete her articles with a prominent criminal defence firm in Toronto. Joanne has a diverse practice representing corporations and individuals in all levels of court. As part of our litigation team Joanne practices in the areas of civil, corporate, and commercial litigation. Joanne is also part of our criminal defence team and represents individuals and corporations facing a variety of criminal and quasi-criminal charges, including individuals facing investigation and discipline by their professional regulator.

Education

  • University of Ottawa Law School (J.D., 2013)
  • University of Ottawa (M.A., 2009)
  • University of Guelph (B.A., 2008)

Professional Affiliations

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association
  • Toronto Lawyers’ Association
  • The Advocates’ Society


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