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Jul
31
2020

The Oklahoma Bar Association recommends Dora Konomi’s article

The Oklahoma Bar reshared and recommended Dora Konomi’s article, “How to Stay Productive While Working from Home:10 Tips That Work for Me”, initially published on Attorney at Work.

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

Dora, an associate with Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, can be reached at: dora@ontlaw.com

You can also find the original article here.

 

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Jul
27
2020

Allison Speigel quoted in “Justice and the pandemic: How Canada ranks” – the Lawyer’s Daily

Allison Speigel, partner with Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, is extensively quoted in Julius Melnitzer’s article, “Justice and the pandemic: How Canada ranks” for the Lawyer’s Daily. The article examines the courts’ response to the pandemic and the future of the civil justice system.

Screenshot of Lawyer's Daily website with Julius Melnitzer’s article, “Justice and the pandemic: How Canada ranks”

Allison also wrote an open letter to the legal profession and the Ministry of the Attorney General highlighting similar topics, which you can find here.

Read the full article here.

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Jun
08
2020

Susanne Balpataky’s Article: “COVID-19 – The Black Swan” on MBOT Magazine

Susanne Balpataky, as MBOT Chair 2020, wrote MBOT Magazine’s opening message for its spring 2020 edition. In a hopeful tone, Susanne reminds Mississauga’s thriving business community of their resilience and MBOT’s role in supporting them through this difficult time. In her message, Susanne also highlights that COVID-19 might have come unexpectedly, but we must remain positive that we will emerge stronger than ever.

Screenshot of Susanne's article in MBOT Magazine.

Read Susanne’s article here.

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May
20
2020

The Legalese Republished Dora Konomi’s Article

On May 14, 2020, the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association (the “HCLA”) republished Dora Konomi‘s article on “How to Stay Productive While Working from Home: 10 Things that Work for Me” in its spring Legalese. The Legalese is HCLA’s semi-annual newsletter showcasing the organization’s activities and highlighting its members’ work and contribution.

The cover page of The Legalese spring 2020 newsletter.

In this edition, you’ll also find Dora’s spotlight as a past scholarship winner of the 2017 Andromache Karakatsanis Award for outstanding academic achievement and involvement in the Greek community at large.

Find the Legalese here.

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Apr
24
2020

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

As a young associate who is constantly learning to navigate the law, I am living in a brave new world with no precedent to guide me. The courts are closed. Our physical office is semi-closed. My dedication to work and my desire to continue serving our clients, however, are unchanged and remain wide open. The question becomes: How to stay productive in these unpredictable and tumultuous times?

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

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Apr
23
2020

Allison Speigel’s Open Letter to the Legal Profession & the Ministry of the Attorney General: How Courts Can Step up to Save Drowning Civil Justice System

Our civil justice system was drowning before the COVID-19 crisis hit. It was being pushed under by the weight of our overly complicated rules; a scarcity of resources; and, perhaps most importantly, a lack of innovation and willingness to change. It costs far too much and takes far too long to litigate a claim. Most Ontarians have been priced out of accessing civil justice.

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

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Apr
15
2020

Susanne Balpataky Discusses the “Top 5 Things Employers Need to Know During COVID-19” – Podcast

On April 12, 2020, Susanne Balpataky, a partner at SNF and employment expert, appeared on the radio show, the Doralicious Show for Agape Greek Radio, which aired in Toronto on 1690AM and in Ottawa on 97.9FM. She and Dora Konomi, an associate of SNF and the host of the show, discussed legal considerations for employers during COVID-19, including issues surrounding the laying off of employees, the 75% wage subsidy, constructive dismissals, and much more.

Screenshot from Agape Greek Radio website.

You can find the podcast here.

If you have any questions please contact Susanne at susanne@ontlaw.com.

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Mar
23
2020

Susanne Balpataky Discusses “Employers & COVID-19”

On March 20, 2020, Susanne Balpataky, a partner at SNF and the Chair of the Mississauga Board of Trade, spoke on Sauga 960 AM with David Wojcik, the President of the Mississauga Board of Trade, about COVID-19 and the workplace.

A screenshot of MBOT's website showing the podcast.

Susanne, who practices employment law, discussed how the pandemic is affecting business owners and answered some of the legal questions with which many employers are now grappling.

You can find the podcast here.

If you are an employer or an employee who might need some direction during the COVID-19 crisis, please contact Susanne at: susanne@ontlaw.com

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Jan
10
2020

Allison Speigel’s The Globe and Mail Article on Taking Over the Family Business

In 2013, I was disenchanted with the legal profession and skeptical about the traditional legal model. There was so much that I wanted to do differently – for example, revamping billing practices and improving the work environment. Although I wanted to create an alternative law firm, I was not ready to hang out my own shingle. And thus began conversations with my father and uncle, two partners in a seven-lawyer law firm. I joined the firm with the understanding that I would be part of the firm’s succession plan.

Screenshot of The Globe and Mail website with Allison Speigel's article.

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Dec
21
2019

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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