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Allison Speigel Addressing Issues for Lawyers During the Lockdown – CPD

On April 16, 2020 Allison Speigel, partner at Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, co-chaired the Ontario Bar Association’s CPD entitled “Maintaining Your Litigation Practice in a Remote Work Environment”. Allison addressed issues that lawyers might be facing while working under lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Screenshot from The Canadian Bar Association website.

Watch the video here starting at 57’12.

Find out more about the OBA Civil Litigation Virtual Chat Series here.

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Dora Konomi’s Article on Attorney at Work, “How to Stay Productive While Working from Home: 10 Tips that Work for Me”

On April 24, 2020, Dora Konomi, an associate at Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, published a millennial lawyer’s list of working from home tactics. Check out some tips and insights that can make your experience of working from home more productive and pleasant. Amongst other things, Dora suggests creating a routine, getting dressed, and creating an inviting work environment.

Screenshot of Attorney at Work's website with Dora Konomi's article.

Find the full article here.

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Allison Speigel’s Open Letter to the Legal Profession & the Ministry of the Attorney General

On April 23, 2020, Allison Speigel, partner at Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, published an open letter to the legal profession and the Ministry of the Attorney General in Canadian Lawyer Magazine addressing the need for our civil justice system to change. Allison is asking anyone in the legal field to speak up and engage in the conversation. The system is not changing because we are not demanding change loudly enough.

Screenshot from the Canadian Lawyer website with Allison Speigel's letter.

Find the open letter here.

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Allison Speigel speaking at CPD Event – “Our Civil Justice System: Envisioning Innovation and Change”

On February 25, 2020, Allison Speigel, a partner at Speigel Nichols Fox LLP and an innovator in the legal field, spoke at continuing professional development event hosted by the Law Society of Ontario entitled “Our Civil Justice System: Envisioning Innovation and Change.” The event addressed current obstacles and issues that the civil justice system is facing. Our legal system is lagging behind, both in process and from a technological perspective. “Because we’ve always done it this way” is not an excuse for the legal professional to stay immune from emerging trends that have touched almost every industry. Allison, while respecting our system’s core values, emphasizes our civil justice system’s much needed metamorphosis.

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Allison Speigel Quoted on CTV News Article on the Difficulty of Collecting Judgment Debts

Allison Speigel, partner at Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, with experience in litigating civil fraud and collection-related claims, addresses some of the difficulties of collecting judgment debts. Allison highlights that legal problems do not end simply because a judgment creditor has won in court. One of the most uncomfortable truths is that many judgment debtors engage in fraud to avoid paying their debts.

Read the full article here.

Screenshot of CTV News website with article quoting Allison Speigel.

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Allison Speigel – Guest Speaker on NewsTalk1010 on the Challenges Around Collecting Debt

On December 12, 2019, Allison Speigel, partner at Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, was invited as a guest speaker on NewsTalk1010 to discuss the difficulties of collecting a judgment debt.

You can find the podcast here.

Screenshot of the Newstalk1010 website with Allison Speigel's interview.

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CIC Seminar

Jonathan Speigel and Rose Avarino will be speaking at the CIC Trade Debt Recovery through the Ontario Court System Seminar – please email or call 905-426-7929 to register

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Law Firm’s Interview

Running a successful business can lead to legal disputes. Imagine, your supplier, client, or competitor wrongs you (the “Harm”). No matter how hard you try to settle the Harm, the wrong-doer continues to dismiss your concerns, ignore you, or even worse, insult you. The Harm starts to eat at you: you think about it on the drive to work; you think about it at lunch; and when you get home at the end of a long day, you find yourself obsessing over it while brushing your teeth. It infuriates you. You decide that you need to take action. You decide to enforce your legal rights.

Litigation and alternative dispute resolution are stressful topics. To make the matters worse, how do you find a good lawyer? Maybe you ask  a friend for a referral. Maybe you scour the internet and find a blog posting related to your case written by a lawyer. However it happens, you settle on the name of a law firm or a lawyer. You schedule a meeting at the firm. You attend and find yourself sitting in a conference room surrounded by leather-bound books across the table from a lawyer.


So what happens next? It is time for you to interview your potential lawyer. Litigation is a battlefield. Is this the gladiator you want to send into war? Remember to ask the important questions.

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