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Smart & Biggar welcomes seven articling students in Ottawa and Toronto

Smart & Biggar is pleased to welcome seven new articling students. Jacob Green, Emily Miller, Isabelle St-Hilaire and Michael Sgro have joined the team in Ottawa, while Jahdiel Larraguibel, Chen Li and Eleanor Wilson join in Toronto. Many of these students are returning to the firm following terms at Smart & Biggar last year as summer students.

In each of our offices, we hire driven, ambitious, and team-oriented students with a clear passion for intellectual property law and a stellar academic record. In the upcoming year, our articling students will work directly with partners and associates on leading intellectual property files and cases from our high-profile roster of clients from around the world and across industries. They will gain experience in patents, trademarks, copyright and related litigation, and discover what it means to be at their best in an elite field of law.

Welcome back to each of them and all the best for an exciting year ahead.

Jacob Green, Ottawa

Jacob recently completed a dual Juris Doctor and BESc (Electrical) degree from the University of Western Ontario. During his legal studies, Jacob earned the top mark in International Protection of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Capstone.

Emily Miller, Ottawa

Emily recently completed her Juris Doctor at the University of British Columbia, where she also earned an M.Sc. in Chemistry in 2015. During her legal studies she received the Giroday Family Scholarship in Law.

Isabelle St-Hilaire, Ottawa

Isabelle completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa. Isabelle’s experience extends beyond legal studies into medical research having spent time as a summer student in a chemistry lab and in an environmental toxicology lab. During law school, she received the Gold Medal and the Georges-W.-Ainslie Memorial Prize for the highest standing in the JD program at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. 

Michael Sgro, Ottawa

Michael recently completed his Juris Doctor at the University of Toronto where he also received his Ph.D. in Chemistry. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, he was a recipient of three national, three provincial and two institutional awards for research, and eight institutional awards for academic achievement.

Jahdiel Larraguibel, Toronto

Jahdiel recently received his Juris Doctor from the Faculty of Law at Western University where he was a member of the Community Legal Services IP team, and was the president of the Western Intellectual Property Association. Jahdiel received the highest standing in Advanced Patent Law.

Chen Li, Toronto

Chen recently earned a J.D. from the University of Toronto. She has worked with the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, was an assistant editor with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, and has worked as a pro-bono extern for the Structural Genomics Consortium.

Eleanor Wilson, Toronto

Eleanor recently completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Toronto. Prior to studying law, she interned at Henkel in Germany through a DAAD RISE professional scholarship and obtained her M.S. from Northwestern University, where she performed and published research in nanotechnology.

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