Oatley Vigmond’s four newest partners all share a love of litigation. They’re also united by an appreciation for the mentorship and personal connections they’ve developed while at the firm.
When Ben Irantalab first joined at Oatley Vigmond as a summer student in 2013, the only thing he was certain about was that he wanted a career in litigation. His perspective broadened when an Oatley Vigmond partner invited him to join a meeting with a potential new client, a young hockey player who would never walk again. “It was there that I understood the important role that personal injury lawyers play in the lives of the severely injured, and it was then that I decided to become a personal injury lawyer,” recalls Irantalab. Without that partner’s invitation, and subsequent mentorship, Irantalab might never have had his realization about the unique way he could help people.
Irantalab isn’t the only new partner influenced by Oatley Vigmond’s commitment to helping young lawyers. It’s why Liane Brown has spent her entire career at the firm, starting as a summer student in 2011. “The partners supported my development from eager law student to competent lawyer,” she says. “I was given exceptional mentorship and the freedom and independence to run with various files. A mentor once told me never to copy another lawyer’s style,” Brown adds. “You have to find your own voice and way to do things. If you are not authentic, you won’t be persuasive. The most persuasive lawyers are the ones who are sincere.”
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