Michael Bryant, the former Ontario attorney-general whose political prospects suffered after a late-night car collision that killed a Toronto cyclist, is leaving Norton Rose Canada LLP.
Mr. Bryant is now listed on his LinkedIn page as the owner and operator of Humilitus Group Ltd., and as a visiting professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.
He joined the former Ogilvy Renault LLP as a senior adviser two year ago, and was said to be focusing on aboriginal issues and natural resources.
The firm says that Mr. Bryant left as of Dec. 31, but remains available to work with the firm and its clients as an independent consultant.
New bosses at Stikemans, Faskens
Key offices of two major law firms have new managing partners. Jay Kellerman takes over as managing partner for Stikeman Elliott’s Toronto office, succeeding the long-serving Rod Barrett.
“He has done a fantastic job,” Mr. Kellerman said of Mr. Barrett, who steered the firm’s headquarters for 12 years and now returns full time to his practice.
Mr. Kellerman, who leads the firm’s global mining group and carries a Mandarin version of his business card for prospective Chinese investors, said he does not plan any major departures in strategy. He will continue to work on his practice, but now for half of his time.
He hopes to apply the lessons from the success of the firm’s mining group by “taking those tools and skills and assisting now on a broader level, across the office.”
Meanwhile, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP announced that Éric Bédard is taking over as managing partner for the Quebec region. He succeeds Claude Auger, the managing partner since 2003, who returns to his tax law practice.
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