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Articling Student - Joseph Gentile

Joseph Gentile

Joseph Gentile received his Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2019. While at law school, Joseph studied a diverse range of practice areas, with a particular emphasis on business law and civil litigation.

Prior to entering law school, Joseph received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University. While in business school, he focused on entrepreneurship studies and business strategy. A major component of his education involved close collaboration with businesses of all sizes to develop growth strategies and creative solutions to complex problems. In particular, Joseph would often leverage various social media platforms and data analytics to identify new sources of revenue, as well as areas requiring improvement. He was also frequently given the authority to redesign business operations to improve efficiency, which resulted in greater profits. In addition, he applied these strategies to an electronic components distributor that he worked for while in business school with similar success. For his creativity in these efforts, Joseph received the coveted Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from his school.

During law school, Joseph worked for a handful of law practices in Toronto in the areas of tort law, criminal law, and Indigenous law. In his final year of law school, Joseph worked with a large Indigenous law firm in Toronto on various projects, including the annotation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. His work directly improved the firm’s ability to produce better quality legal services that advance Indigenous rights throughout Canada.

Articling Student - Fern Opatowski

Fern Opatowski

Fern Opatowski received her Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa Law School in 2019, while also attending Osgoode Hall Law School on a letter of permission basis from 2018-2019. While at law school, Fern’s studies included a focus on Real Estate, Land Use Planning and Litigation.

Prior to entering law school, Fern received an Honours Bachelor degree in Sociology from York University, a Law Clerk diploma from Seneca College and her Global Professional Master of Laws (GP LL.M) degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law with a focus on Business Law. Prior to entering law school, Fern worked for 5 years as a Litigation Law Clerk at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, in addition to obtaining her real estate license which she currently holds with Re/Max and working in an Acquisitions and Development role at Percy Ellis Development & Construction.

As a Litigation Law Clerk, Fern was privileged to be the sole clerk on both a provincial and federal IP case. As a Law Clerk, Fern gained the valuable legal skills of drafting documents, pleadings, motions, and participating in discoveries, mediation and pre-trial. At Blakes, Fern was part of the E-Discovery team which allowed her to gain a deep insight into litigation trial and preparation.

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