Smart & Biggar welcomes six new associates in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver
Smart & Biggar is pleased to welcome six new lawyers to the firm, adding to the depth and breadth of our practice groups across Canada.
All of these new associates previously articled with the firm, and have been hired back following their call to the bar this summer. We are exceptionally proud of each of them for their academic and professional achievements, and look forward to the contributions they will make towards the firm and our tradition of delivering deep technical expertise and the highest quality advice to our clients across all areas of IP.
Matt Campbell joins the Vancouver office as an associate, splitting his time between litigation matters and patent prosecution, trade-mark opposition and expungement proceedings. Matt’s clients—which include companies in the bio-tech, pharmaceutical and chemical industries, as well as small tech start-ups—can trust that his background in chemistry gives him valuable insight into their businesses. Matt holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Simon Fraser University. Before commencing his legal studies, Matt taught general and organic chemistry at Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia. He completed his J.D. at Thompson Rivers University. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2018.
Iasha Chaudhry joins the Vancouver office as an associate in the life sciences practice group. Iasha earned a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in Cell Biology and Genetics and went on to complete a J.D. at Washburn University School of Law. During time spent in the U.S., Iasha worked in the IP group at the University of Washington’s technology transfer office. There, she expanded her experience to include U.S. patent and trademark practices. In law school, Iasha was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society and treasurer and vice president of the Asian American Law Students’ Association. She received and maintained a foundation scholarship and graduated with Dean’s honours, and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Iasha was called to the Washington State bar in 2014 and to the British Columbia bar in 2018.
Tierney GB Deluzio joins the Toronto office as an associate in the pharma litigation group. Tierney completed her B.Esc. in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, her M.ESc. in Biomaterials & Biochemical Engineering and her J.D. at the University of Western Ontario. During her legal studies she was the recipient of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association Prize in Criminal Law, and recognized for having the highest grade in the Intellectual Property, Information & Technology Area of Concentration. She was also awarded a writing prize for her paper titled “Regulating Tissue Engineering in Canada.” Tierney was also a research assistant to Professor Margaret Ann Wilkinson, Professor of Law and Director, Intellectual Property, Information and Technology at the University of Western Ontario. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2018.
Nora Labbancz joins the Ottawa office as an associate in trademarks. Nora completed her B.Sc. in Chemistry from McMaster University and her J.D. at Queen’s University. During her undergraduate studies Nora received two awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; the Undergraduate Student Research Award to pursue research in glacial sedimentology and the Collaborative Research and Training Experience Scholarship to pursue research in organic photochemistry. Additionally, Nora received the Hypercube Scholar Award for the presentation of her thesis titled, “Preparation of Silicone Elastomers via Boron-catalyzed Crosslinking.” She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2018.
Matthew Norton joins the Ottawa office as an associate in life sciences. Prior to entering law, Matthew obtained his Master’s degree and worked as a research technician in the fields of cellular biology and genome-wide RNA interference screening. During his legal studies at the University of Ottawa, Matthew graduated summa cum laude and on the Dean’s Honour List. He received several awards including the Daniel A. Artola Intellectual Property Award, the John E. Read Prize for Public International Law, the Corbin Estates Law Prize, the John A. Kavanagh Memorial Scholarship for Criminal Law and Procedure and a law school Entrance Scholarship. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2018.
Karl Qin joins the Toronto office as an associate in the electrical/mechanical patents & industrial design group. He completed his undergraduate degree in Engineering Sciences at the University of Toronto, where he also earned his J.D. in 2017. Prior to his legal studies he held a position as a research assistant in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto. During this time he co-authored a paper titled, “Juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia-associated mutation in Cbl promotes resistance to apoptosis via the Lyn-PI3K/AKT pathway.” Karl was called to the Ontario Bar in 2018.
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