Competitors poach lawyers from Heenan Blaikie amid law giant’s turmoil

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Competitors are beginning to snap up lawyers from beleaguered law firm Heenan Blaikie as questions grow louder about the organization’s future.

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On Wednesday Fasken Martineau LLP announced that it has hired three lawyers who are currently listed on Heenan Blaikie’s website as working out of its Ottawa office.

Sébastien Lorquet, Judith Parisien and Marie-Andrée Richard will all join the firm’s labour, employment and human rights group in Ottawa. Claire Vachon, whom Heenan Blaikie previously listed as a member of its Toronto office, will also join Fasken Martineau in Ottawa.

The exodus from Heenan Blaikie comes as the firm works on what founding partner Norman Bacal earlier this week called a “major restructuring in the near future.”

It’s unclear exactly what options are on the table as partners at the firm have remained tight-lipped as to what they have in mind.

Meanwhile reports of mass departures from the firm’s Ottawa office continue to emerge. On Wednesday the Globe and Mail, citing an unnamed person referred to only as “an Ottawa legal source,” said that all of its Ottawa lawyers are planning to leave the firm.

That comes after a report in the Financial Post that said seven of the firm’s 30 Ottawa lawyers were planning to leave the firm.

Mr. Bacal promised, in a statement sent to OBJ earlier this week, promised there would be no service disruptions for clients during the restructuring.

Organizations: Fasken Martineau, Globe and Mail, Financial Post

Geographic location: Ottawa, Toronto

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