1. Tell us about yourself! (Current occupation, family, pets, where you reside, etc.)
I am the outgoing OBA Business Law Section newsletter editor and incoming chair of the International Business Law Committee.
I work as an associate in the Corporate & Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York City. My practice focuses on mergers and acquisition transactions in the insurance industry, complex reinsurance transactions and insurance regulatory matters.
I began my career as a summer and articling student at a full-service firm in Toronto that had a strong insurance coverage practice, and subsequently counselled clients on cross-border corporate deals at the Toronto office of an international law firm. My current role marries the insurance and transactional experience I gained during my time practicing in Ontario.
I attended the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario for both my B.Sc. and J.D., and then received my LL.M. in International Business Law from American University in Washington, DC. I have always had an interest in cross-border matters – I interned at the World Bank on a foreign investment project, and during law school I served as the editor of the Canada-US Law Journal. My current practice involves deal work with domestic and international insurance company clients, including offshore reinsurers and captive insurers.
2. How long have you been involved with the OBA?
I have been involved with the OBA’s Business Law Section since 2016. I originally joined as a member-at-large, and most recently served as the newsletter editor. I will now be chairing the International Business Law Committee. I look forward to organizing programming on cross-border matters that I hope will be valuable to Ontario practitioners.
3. What has been your most valuable experience as part of the OBA Business Law Section?
Although I reside and work in the United States, I am still licensed in Ontario, and my involvement with the OBA’s Business Law Section allows me to stay on top of developments in Canadian law and to remain connected with my colleagues north of the border.