Legal Line is happy to congratulate the following very deserving individuals who were just elected as 2019 Law Society of Ontario Paralegal Benchers!
Robert Burd has been a licensed paralegal since 2008.
• He has been providing legal services since 1991
• Past president of the Licensed Paralegal Association
• Co-Founder of the Ontario Paralegal Association
• Bencher at the Law Society since 2010
In 2010 Robert became one of the first five paralegals to be elected to the Law Society. In 2018, he became Chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee. His current priorities include having a comprehensive study done on paralegal regulation and continues to promote and develop resources for licensees to improve their delivery of legal services.
Marian Lippa began her legal career in 1995 and since then has worked extensively in Corporate, Real Estate, Criminal, Civil Litigation, Provincial Offences, Highway Traffic and Landlord and Tenant Law.
She was formerly a Director of both the Paralegal Society of Ontario and the Ontario Paralegal Association and is still a member. She currently is part of the paralegal team at George Brown Professional Corporation, and continues to be a guest speaker at several different colleges and Law Society of Ontario Continuing Education programs.
Cathy Corsetti is Co-Founder and President of Corsetti Paralegal, where she practices Landlord and Tenant Board issues. She is currently Vice Chair of the LSO Access to Justice Committee and the Family Law Working Group. She works to continue to develop Paralegal Education and expand the scope of paralegal practice in Ontario.
Michelle Lomazzo has been a paralegal for 30 years, focusing on WSIB issues. In 2019 she was nominated for the Law Society Distinguished Paralegal Award. She is Founder and President of Lomazzo Worker’s Compensation Appeals Professional Corporation and was appointed Bilingual Paralegal Adjudicator with the Law Society Tribunal for the past 6 years.
While an Executive for 7 years at POINTTS™ (and now President) and ACLAiM, paralegal firms, Shelina Lalji also focused on advancing the paralegal profession and Access to Justice.
Shelina volunteers with the Aga Khan Council for Ontario, where she manages 400+ volunteers across Ontario who are dedicated to improving Quality of Life of the Ultra Poor. She develop policies, protocols and guidelines for the program and strategize and influence policies for poverty elimination.