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From the Water Cooler to the Courtroom: The Professionalism Panel

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 1.0
65 minutes
Jennifer Arrigo
Dominique Hussey
Atrisha Lewis
Sean May
Karen Perron
Mike Winward
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
65 minutes
$119.00 plus tax
Civil Litigation Updated Conference

Sean May, Dominique Hussey, Atrisha Lewis, Vicky Ringuette, Karen Perron, and Mike Winward present From the Water Cooler to the Courtroom: The Professionalism Panel. Topics the panelists discuss the panel:

  • Mentoring the young lawyers and getting them to see/perceive the

value of networking and in-person relationships.

  • Technological/electronic competence of lawyer.

  • The death of advocacy due to Zoom.

  • Should SCC judges be bilingual and what is the impact of that on

Aboriginal participation in SCC proceedings?

  • Province wide court delays.


Jennifer Arrigo

Jennifer Arrigo was called to the bar in 2002. She worked in private practice for almost 10 years before moving to be in-house litigation counsel at Intact Insurance more than 8 years ago. Jennifer’s insurance defence practice involves all types of property and casualty claims with a wide range of file complexities. While in private practice, Jennifer focussed on both defence and plaintiff side personal injury work, as well as commercial, construction and mortgage litigation. Jennifer was sworn in as a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court in August 2019. Outside the office, Jennifer remains committed to trying to carve out one night a week to play in the Kanata Symphony Orchestra despite the best efforts of her husband and three boys to monopolize her time.

Dominique Hussey Vice-President

Atrisha Lewis

Sean May

Sean May graduated from the University of Ottawa law school in 1989. He is from Ottawa and growing up in the city gives him knowledge and experience he is able to use in his trial work. On March 30, 1989, the day after being called to the bar, Sean opened his law practice working exclusively in the area of criminal law. He is Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Criminal Law. Sean has practiced Criminal Law exclusively since 1989. He has represented clients in every level of Court, conducted many jury trials and often represented people in extremely serious cases. Since 2015, Sean May is proud to have been joined in practice by firm partner Kate Irwin.

Karen Perron

Karen Perron is a Partner in the Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation and encompasses banking litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation and directors’ and officers’ liability. She is fully bilingual and has appeared before numerous courts in Ontario including in complex commercial disputes before the Commercial List sittings in Toronto. Karen regularly volunteers at Pro Bono Ontario’s Law Help Centre in the Ottawa courthouse. She also enjoys being active in the legal community, including in her role as the 2nd Vice-President of the Ontario Bar Association.

Mike Winward President

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