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McLeish Orlando Student Program

If you want to work with some of Canada’s most respected litigators, and have fun doing it, McLeish Orlando is a good fit for you!

McLeish Orlando is currently accepting applications for our 2017 Summer Program. Read more about the program below, or click here to submit your application in via email.

Program Overview

McLeish Orlando (MO) has been chosen as one of the most respected and successful personal injury law firms in the country – and our success starts with the best people.  We want our students to be part of the team from day one.  Our summer and articling students are truly an integral part of our litigation practice and are met with daily challenges and opportunities to learn from exceptional lawyers.

Transitioning from Law School to Law Firm

The lawyers challenge the students to draft motion materials, mediation and pre-trial memorandums, and more, but they also provide all the assistance and mentorship necessary to transition from life at law school to life in a law firm. The students are even encouraged to get out of the office and experience anything from mediations to examinations for discovery, to attend court, and are in regular contact with clients.

Downtime is important to us

We also take our downtime seriously! We regularly invite our students to networking and social events, the lawyers and students get together for drinks every Friday, and eat lunch together every day. Not to mention our firm social and the lawyers retreat…

Do you have what it takes?

At McLeish Orlando, our critically injured clients deserve the best legal counsel available and we take that responsibility seriously – and the level of representation our clients get tomorrow depends on the mentorship and training our students get today. Are you up to the challenge?

Meet our Current Students

Have questions for our Articling Students? Click on their name below to send them an email.

2016/2017 Articling Students

Bryan Sansom, Western University

Patrick Sinclair, Western University

Camelia Amiri, Queen’s University

 

Want to learn more?

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What do former students have to say?

“The experience I came away with from McLeish Orlando was invaluable. The student program at McLeish Orlando provides an opportunity to intensively learn the ins and outs of litigation from the people who do it best. I have little doubt that articling with McLeish Orlando was the best choice I could have made in order to jumpstart a career in litigation. Since working for the firm, I have moved back home to Calgary and can attest to the fact that McLeish Orlando’s nation-wide reputation in personal injury is unmatched. Articling for the firm has opened many doors for me and I could not be more grateful.”

 – Petrina Wallebeck, Associate, Cuming & Gillespie – McLeish Orlando Student 2012-2015

“Preparing for trial, arguing motions, attending mediations, representing clients at Examinations Under Oath, running an HTA trial, helping partners prepare for press conferences, attending networking galas; these are the experiences that you can expect as a student at McLeish Orlando. Aside from the unparalleled legal experience as a student, the firm is tight-knit and enjoy spending time with one another. Whether it’s spending an hour in the afternoon at the gym together, or enjoying Friday night cocktails, your colleagues become your friends – and working hard becomes a lot of fun!”

– Lindsay Charles, Associate, McLeish Orlando – McLeish Orlando Student 2012-2015

“What I liked most about being a student at McLeish Orlando was the immediate exposure to significant, interesting files. The lawyers and staff were also very welcoming, and made a sincere effort to involve me in the workings of the firm.”

– Will Keele, Associate, McLeish Orlando – McLeish Orlando Student

“I think what sets the student experience at McLeish Orlando apart from that at other firms is the hands on experience. The tasks we’re challenged with so early in our career and the support we get from the lawyers and staff really make working at MO a unique learning experience. I’ve been very fortunate to be on my feet in court, attend pre-trial conferences, mediations, and examinations for discovery, all of which was made possible by the guidance and mentorship we get from some of the country’s best lawyers.

However, the best part of the job is absolutely the firm culture and the people. The students are invited to events like the lawyers retreat, the firm summer social and even the MO Christmas party. We have lunch with the lawyers daily, and social drinks every Friday afternoon. My time at MO has been an unparalleled learning experience but it’s the people that make it such a great job.”

– Bryan Sansom, McLeish Orlando Student 2014-2017

“I summered at a big, multinational firm in 1L but felt like something was missing. I decided to participate in the 2L hiring process and was impressed with McLeish Orlando. I made the switch and it ended up being a great decision. After speaking with my colleagues about their summer experience, I realized that the exposure McLeish Orlando gives their students is leaps and bounds beyond other law firms. McLeish Orlando gives students the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects pertaining to a particular file, creating very well rounded students coming out of their second year of law school. I wanted to see how my work impacted clients and I knew that MO would give me that opportunity. Likewise, the culture of the firm is hard to turn down. It’s very fun and friendly with an open door policy. In the end, switching firms was the right choice.”

– Nick Todorovic, McLeish Orlando, Student 2014-2016

“The student experience at McLeish Orlando is unparalleled – as a summer and articling student, I had the chance to attend court every week, argued a Small Claims Court trial, and even helped prepare for a long trial. McLeish Orlando challenges their students with a lot of responsibility, but provides all the support and guidance you need to succeed.  A great part of the firm is also the collegial and inclusive culture. We have lunch with the lawyers every day, and drinks on Fridays. The students are always invited to the lawyers retreat and firm social as well, which was a great way to get to know my colleagues and mentors on a personal level. Being a part of the McLeish Orlando team was an amazing experience and one that will help me in my future practice.”

– Ian Perry, McLeish Orlando Student 2012-2014

“Having summered, articled, and worked as an associate at a large Bay Street firm, I can say that the hands on experience that students receive at McLeish Orlando is second to none.”

– Josh Nisker, Associate, McLeish Orlando

The Experience: Work Life at McLeish Orlando

We are a small/mid-sized boutique litigation firm with 14 lawyers guided by three Principal Partners – John McLeish, Dale Orlando, and Patrick Brown – who are regarded as three of the most respected lawyers in the country. Many of their Partners and Associates have spent years under their mentorship. This pedigree and firm structure gives students an unprecedented opportunity to learn from decades of experience.

Students at McLeish Orlando get unparalleled legal experience. Some of the recent tasks our students have been challenged with include:

  • Attend court
  • Draft memorandums for mediations, pre-trials, various research topics, etc.
  • Draft motion materials
  • Assist lawyers in preparing for trials
  • Run a Highway Traffic Act trial
  • Attend mediations and pre-trial conferences with our lawyers
  • Representing clients at Examinations Under Oath
  • Be in regular communication with clients
  • We are a small mid-sized boutique litigation firm with 14 lawyers divided among three Principal Partners – John McLeish, Dale Orlando, and Patrick Brown are three of the most respected lawyers in the country and many of their Partners and Associates have spent years under their mentorship. This pedigree and firm structure gives students an unprecedented opportunity to learn from decades of experience.
  • We take the ‘open-door policy’ to the next level – students are expected to be resourceful and solve problems but you are ALWAYS welcome to ask questions and seek counsel from lawyers. As long as John isn’t at the gym, even he’s available to talk law!
  • At the end of the day, what we do matters! See how your work can affect the lives of our clients by watching a few of our previous clients speak on our Testimonials page.

The Experience: Play at McLeish Orlando

Firm-Wide Social

Every summer, the entire firm gets together, cranks the music and enjoys everyone’s company over cocktails, games, and lots of laughs. This summer featured a catered, open-bar afternoon at Toronto’s Cabana Pool Bar. By the end of the night, it was obvious who could and could not dance!

Lawyers Retreat

The students are always invited to join the lawyers and participate in the annual lawyers retreat. Last summer, the retreat was hosted in cottage country. Paintball, wake-boarding, volleyball, and a pig roast were memorable features.

Social & Networking Events

Students are also included regularly at dinners, social/networking events throughout the summer. Not only are these events a lot of fun and a good excuse to get out of the office, they’re also a fantastic way to get better acquainted with the lawyers at our firm as well as other firms in the city/province. For example, McLeish Orlando is part of the Personal Injury Alliance, which is also comprised of Thomson Rogers and Oatley Vigmond.

Become Part of the Team

The application and hiring process for summer and articling students is governed by the guidelines set out by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

2017 Summer Program

The application deadline for the 2017 program is Monday, August 22, 2016. Click here to submit your application via email.

Student Committee

Looking for more information? Contact one of our Student Committee members:

Applications

2017 Summer Student Program:

Our deadlines for applications and schedule for interviews/offers, is guided by the rules set out by the LSUC

  • Applications due: Monday, August 22, 2016
  • Call day: Friday, October 28, 2015
  • In-firm interviews start Monday, November 7, 2016
  • Offers communicated on Thursday, November 10th, 2016

To apply via email click here.

2016/2017 Articling Program:

  • We are not currently accepting applications from external candidates for articling positions.

Interview: McLeish Orlando Associate Lindsay Charles

Why did you choose MO?

I went to law school with a few goals, 1) use my law degree to help people, 2) work in litigation, and 3) practise among the best in my industry. McLeish Orlando was a way I could achieve all three of my goals in a fun, social environment.

As a student, what did you like best about working at MO?

The best part about McLeish Orlando are the people who work here. Everyone is 100% committed to getting results for their clients and also care about you as an individual. When you want to come to work, you are inspired to do better work.

What was your best memory of summering/articling?

One of the most fun experiences as a student was going on the lawyers retreat. Between the wake surfing, the paintballing, and the dodge ball tournaments, it was really great hanging out with the lawyers and my fellow students in a fun environment.

What was your most interesting experience as a law student at MO?

One of my most interesting experiences as an articling student was preparing for trial with Patrick Brown and Josh Nisker. Being part of the trial preparation and seeing some of Canada’s best litigators in action was an unparalleled experience.

Anything else you think speaks to the unique environment/experience here at MO?

One of the most unique aspects of McLeish Orlando is the guidance you are given by the senior partners at the firm. Whether it is learning the best tips for getting a trial date at assignment court, or attending your first discovery, John, Dale, Pat, Rikin, Kate, Sal and Alison are the first to offer you advice!

How was the MO student experience different from that of your colleagues at other firms?

The difference between corporate Bay Street firms and McLeish Orlando is the responsibility that you are given as a student. You are treated as a junior associate. The amount of trust the lawyers put in you is terrifying, and encouraging at the same time. It’s a huge sense of accomplishment when you win a contested motion or an HTA trial!

Interview: McLeish Orlando Student Nick Todorovic

Why did you choose MO?

During my first year of law school I summered at a big, multinational firm and although it was a great experience, I felt that there was something missing which led me to participate in Toronto OCIs. After my interview with MO, I knew that I would be given a high level of responsibility and experience to civil litigation that I wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. I wanted to see how my work impacted clients and I knew that MO would give me that opportunity. Likewise, the culture of the firm is hard to turn down. It’s very fun and friendly with an open door policy. In the end, switching firms was the right choice.

What did you like best about working at MO?

The best parts about working at MO are the high level of responsibility and the vast amount of experience that students have access to. Working at MO will allow students to gain a high level of exposure to civil litigation; first, by drafting legal documents such as motions, orders and affidavits; and second, by attending trials, motions, discoveries and mediations to gain a better understanding of how those drafted legal documents apply to the big picture.

What was your best memory of summering/articling?

One of the best memories of summering at MO was when the firm went paint balling. One of the games was lawyers versus students in capture the flag. It was great to see everyone in a different social context although at the same time it’s pretty terrifying seeing a partner charging towards you while you’re defending the flag. Needless to say, in the end the lawyers won. MO has a great social environment with a strong “work hard, play hard” mentality.

What was your most interesting experience as a law student at MO?

The most interesting experience I had working at MO was attending motions court where a judge challenged me on a motion and order that I drafted. Having the opportunity to defend my work in the face of a skeptical judge and a room full of on looking lawyers was an amazing learning experience for my first court appearance.

Anything else you think speaks to the unique environment/experience here at MO?

One of the most unique aspects of MO is the sheer amount of client interaction. A student will see how their work directly impacts a client and follow the file through it’s litigious steps. Not many firms give that level of exposure to their students.

How was the MO student experience different from that of your colleagues at other firms?

After speaking with my colleagues regarding their summer experience, I realized that the exposure MO gives their students is leaps and bounds beyond other law firms. MO gives students the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects pertaining to a particular file, creating very well rounded students coming out of their second year of law school.

Interview: McLeish Orlando Associate Will Keele

Why did you choose MO?

I knew I wanted to be in court. I asked around and was told that the fields where I would have the best chances of doing that were criminal law, family law, and personal injury. I chose personal injury and looked into which firms were well respected in the field. McLeish Orlando stood out as a leader in personal injury litigation. I got this impression from the reported case decisions, the number of texts authored by, and CLEs chaired by John, Dale and Pat, and recommendations of lawyers/judges.

What did you like best about working at MO?

Immediate exposure to significant, interesting files. Very welcoming lawyers and staff, who made sure to involve me in the workings of the firm.

What was your best memory of summering/articling?

It’s hard to pick one; getting first endorsement on a contested motion, seeing my name on a reported decision for the first time, being included in the lawyers retreat.

What was your most interesting experience as a law student at MO?

Working to prepare and attending a discovery (with Rikin) in a police shooting case

How did your experience as an MO student prepare you for practice?

The first summer really prepared me for the rest of law school. When I went back and took civil procedure, I knew what a motion record was, and why someone would bring a motion. I knew how to draft one. The experience working in the summer of L1 gave me context to understand the importance of some of the dry procedural stuff that I would learn in later years.

Anything else you think speaks to the unique environment/experience here at MO?

As a 22-year-old first year law student, I was allowed to prepare motion materials, help lawyers with preparing files for discovery, mediations, pre-trials, asked how I thought the firm could be improved. The opportunities McLeish Orlando gives you as a student are endless.

How was the MO student experience different from that of your colleagues at other firms?

I was in court way more often, on good files. I attended far more discoveries, mediations, pre-trials than my friends at larger, national law firms.

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McLeish Orlando is a Toronto personal injury law firm representing people who have been seriously injured and family members who have lost a loved one through the negligence of others. McLeish Orlando is a recognized leader within wrongful death and personal injury law. We represent people who have suffered brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and serious orthopaedic injuries. We strive for a fair settlement and the best possible results for our clients.

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