On October 2, 2019, Jaime Cardy, editor of the Privacy and Access to Information Law Section, interviewed Avi Sharabi, chair of the Section Executive and an associate at Stieber Berlach LLP, over coffees in downtown Toronto.
Tell us a little bit about you:
1. Starting with the basics: What is your name and where did you grow up?
My name is Avi Sharabi and I grew up in Thornhill, Ontario.
2. What and where did you study before going to law school?
Science (Human Biology and Psychology) at the University of Toronto.
3. Where did you go to law school and why or how did you choose that school?
I went law school at the University of Toronto, because it was close to home.
Moving on to your career:
4. What type of law do you practice?
I practice civil litigation, part of which includes privacy litigation. My practice also involves insurance coverage and litigation, including cyber insurance, which has a privacy component.
5. How did you come to work in this field?
I ended up in this field because of the firm where I articled at (Nicholl Paskell-Mede, which merged with Clyde & Co). I’ve been working in litigation boutiques or departments ever since. One thing I really like about my practice is the variety in the subject matter.
6. Name a lawyer who has had the greatest impact on your career, either directly, or through their own work and the impression it made on you.
My articling principal, Susan Guzzo, who is a senior counsel at Clyde & Co. She spent a lot of time mentoring me during my first few years of practice to show me how to run files and carry myself as a lawyer.