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Polley Faith LLP is one of Toronto's most respected litigation firms. Founded by experienced trial lawyers Mark Polley and Andrew Faith, our firm is retained by Canada's premier companies, institutions and individuals to solve complex litigation problems. We are called on regularly by other top firms to lend our special expertise in high-stakes commercial, regulatory and criminal disputes. Polley Faith has earned the trust of its clients and peers by a firm culture obsessed with getting client-focused results in every case.

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Mark Polley Partner

Mark has a wide-range of litigation experience, acting for corporations and individuals in complex commercial litigation. Mark also represents institutional clients and individuals in defamation, securities, competition, franchise, administrative/regulatory, criminal and professional liability litigation.

Mark previously practiced in the litigation group of a top national firm and served as an Assistant Crown Attorney, where he gained extensive trial experience and provided advice to the police.

T: 416.365.1603
mpolley@polleyfaith.com

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Andrew Faith Partner

A Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, rated by Martindale-Hubbell as Preeminent in litigation, commercial law and regulatory law, and recognized as one of the top 50 trial lawyers in Canada by Benchmark Litigation, Andrew has extensive trial and appellate experience before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada

He is regularly chosen by nationally-recognized corporations, institutions and individuals to assist in complex commercial, regulatory and white-collar criminal litigation and appeals.

T: 416.365.1602
afaith@polleyfaith.com

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Harry Underwood Counsel

Harry is a senior trial counsel with great experience representing parties to a wide range of commercial disputes.

He has acted for some of the largest Canadian and international enterprises in some of their most difficult high-stakes cases.

T: 416.365.6446
hunderwood@polleyfaith.com

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Jeffrey Haylock Partner

Jeffrey is a partner at Polley Faith LLP and was called to the Ontario bar in 2012.

He completed his legal education at Dalhousie University, where he won several awards and published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of legal history and private international law, and at Queens' College, University of Cambridge. Before beginning his practice in corporate/commercial, civil and regulatory litigation, Jeffrey completed clerkships with the Hon. Justice Eleanor Dawson of the Federal Court of Appeal and the Hon. Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada.

T: 416.365.0404
jhaylock@polleyfaith.com

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Andrew Max Associate

Andrew Max is an experienced trial lawyer with a record of success. He has conducted dozens of trials and is trusted by public and private clients alike with commercial disputes, investigations, administrative and regulatory matters, judicial reviews, professional liability, insolvency litigation, and white-collar criminal litigation.

Named Prosecutor of the Year by the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, Andrew previously served as an Assistant Crown Attorney. He clerked for the judges of the Ontario Superior Court, focusing on the Commercial List and class actions.

Brookelyn Kirkham Associate

Brookelyn has a diverse litigation practice, advising and acting for institutional clients and individuals in professional regulatory, corporate-commercial, and civil disputes. Brookelyn was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016 and has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as in arbitrations and administrative tribunal proceedings.

Originally from rural Saskatchewan, Brookelyn completed the combined Juris Doctor and Master of Arts (International Affairs) program at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law and Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Before joining Polley Faith, Brookelyn articled with the central civil litigation office for the Government of Ontario and clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal.

T: 416.306.6451
bkirkham@polleyfaith.com

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Sandy Lockhart Associate

Sandy Lockhart received a J.D with honours from the University of Toronto where he was the silver medalist. During law school he won prizes in tax, tort, criminal, labour, and property law. Prior to joining Polley Faith he clerked with Justices Frankel and Tysoe of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and summered with a leading Canadian law firm.

Before law school Sandy swam on various Canadian National teams and was a national champion at the 2007 Canadian University Sport Championships.

Sandy was called to the Ontario Bar in 2017 and has appeared at all levels of courts in Ontario.

T: 416.306.6450
slockhart@polleyfaith.com

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Matthew Howe Associate

Matt is building a broad litigation practice. Prior to joining Polley Faith, he worked in barristers' chambers in London, England as a Harold G. Fox Scholar, and served as a law clerk to Justice Catherine Kane of the Federal Court of Canada. He completed his articles in the civil litigation office of Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.

Matt received his JD from the University of Toronto, and was called to the Ontario bar in 2017.

Emily Young Associate

Prior to joining Polley Faith as an associate, Emily summered at the firm and completed her articles at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, where she clerked for the Honourable J. Michal Fairburn, Associate Chief Justice of Ontario, the Honourable Kathryn Feldman, and the Honourable Benjamin Zarnett. She also served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada to the Honourable Andromache Karakatsanis.

Emily earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, graduating with distinction standing. While at law school, Emily volunteered as a student caseworker at Advocates for Injured Workers, served on the Senior Editorial Board of the Journal of Law & Equality, and mooted in the Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Law Moot and the National Labour Arbitration Competition. Emily was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2019. She is fluent in French.

Diane Shnier Associate

Before joining Polley Faith as an associate, Diane clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario for Associate Chief Justice Hoy and Justice Feldman, and at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Rowe.

Diane completed her legal education at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she graduated with distinction and won awards in contract law, health law, and mooting. Diane was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019.

Asli Eke Associate

Asli is building a broad litigation practice and has particular experience in securities litigation. Prior to joining Polley Faith, Asli summered and completed her articles with the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission, where she worked on a wide-range of litigation matters involving fraud, insider trading, registrant and reporting issuer misconduct, and quasi-criminal prosecution.

Asli completed the Juris Doctor program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law with distinction standing in her final year. During law school, she was a research assistant with a focus on international constitutional law.

Ryan Lapensee Associate

Before joining Polley Faith, Ryan was Litigation Counsel at the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission. As Litigation Counsel, Ryan investigated and prosecuted a wide-range of securities offences, including fraud, insider trading, misleading public disclosure, compliance failures, and registrant misconduct. Ryan also completed his articles at the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission.

Emily Fraser Associate

Prior to joining Polley Faith as an associate, Emily summered and articled with the firm. Emily obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, where she received distinction standing in her final year and won awards for her written advocacy. She also holds a Masters in English in the Field of Creative Writing. During law school, Emily worked at Downtown Legal Services in the Family Law Division, served as a Senior Editor of the Critical Analysis of Law journal and volunteered for a program providing free public legal education. Emily was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2021.

Flavia Zaka Articling Student

Flavia is an articling student at Polley Faith, where she summered both preceding years. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor. During law school, she was engaged as a caseworker at the Class Action Clinic, a research associate at the Centre for Cities, and was actively involved with the Canadian Environmental Law Association. Flavia mooted in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, which she currently coaches. She has received awards for her written advocacy.

Jeffrey Wang Articling Student

Jeffrey is an articling student at Polley Faith. He obtained his JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. While at law school, Jeffrey was a volunteer with the TransID Clinic, a clinic student at the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, and a mooter in the Callaghan Memorial Moot. Prior to law school, Jeffrey obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Linguistics, and Psychology at the University of Toronto, graduating with The Prince of Wales Silver Medal. He anticipates being called to the Ontario Bar in 2022.

Cori Goldberger Articling Student

Cori is an articling student at Polley Faith. She received her JD with Distinction from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she graduated as the gold medalist. During law school, Cori was a Division Leader at Downtown Legal Services and an Articles Editor for the University of Toronto Law Review. She won awards for her research paper in health law, and was the second-place oralist in the Callaghan moot. Prior to law school, Cori obtained her BA in Political Science from McGill University. Cori anticipates being called to the Ontario bar in 2022.

Tabir Malik Articling Student

Tabir is an articling student at Polley Faith and a recent graduate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. While at law school, she served as a research assistant, volunteered at Downtown Legal Services and the David Asper Centre, and mooted in the Winkler Class Actions Moot, the Arnup Cup, and the Sopinka Cup National Trial Advocacy Competition. Prior to law school, Tabir completed an undergraduate degree, specializing in Mathematics, from the University of Alberta. She anticipates being called to the Ontario bar in 2022.

Student Program

What Students do at Polley Faith

At Polley Faith, we are committed to developing our students into quality advocates capable of handling any type of case. Our students are exposed to a broad variety of practice areas, including commercial litigation, securities regulation, criminal and quasi-criminal law and various administrative hearings before tribunals and regulatory bodies. Summer students play an essential role on files, from researching legal issues to drafting pleadings and preparing for examinations, hearings and court attendances or trials.

Our students are also exposed to a variety of hands-on client facing experiences, from taking part in client interviews, communicating with clients regularly to obtain information and documents, and preparing clients for examinations for discoveries. They will also have the opportunity to appear on their own, where permitted, before the Ontario Court of Justice, various administrative tribunals and Small Claims Court. At Polley Faith, we aim to get students “on their feet” as soon as possible.

Student Program

Our summer student program begins with a formal orientation program, where students learn the basics of civil litigation, legal writing and legal research. We have a formal mentorship program under which each student is matched with an associate mentor who will act as a resource to the student throughout the summer/articling year, meet with the student regularly to review and discuss any issues with which the student requires help, and monitor the student’s workflow. We also support our students in establishing relationships with external mentors and legal organizations. At Polley Faith, there is no formal work assignment system; work is assigned on an individualized basis, to ensure each student has the opportunity to work on a variety of files with a variety of lawyers and clients. Polley Faith does its best to involve students in areas in which they express an interest, while ensuring that students have a broad range of experiences in different areas of law.

Students are integrated into the Polley Faith network through a variety of firm events, from escape rooms to Jays’ games to trivia. In addition, all of the firm’s lawyers and students get together for presentations on practice tips, lawyers often ask students to lunch, and impromptu after-work get-togethers are common.

How to Apply

Our selection process for summer students is guided by this key principle: we are looking for future litigation stars. You must be an ambitious, passionate advocate-in-training, willing to take risks and dive in head-first. You demonstrate professionalism, sound judgment and a positive attitude, and have high academic standards and a proven track record of success in the face of adversity.

We are committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the hiring process and at Polley Faith more generally. We recognize that we need to do more work to build an equitable and inclusive hiring process and workplace; we are proud to be moving in that direction with concrete action, including changing our approach to On-Campus Interviews to reduce unconscious bias in hiring and bolstering supports for students and lawyers from equity-seeking groups. We continue to prioritise recruiting, supporting, and retaining diverse candidates.

We are participating in the 2022 Summer Student Recruitment process. We will accept applications via the ViLawPortal and will follow the Law Society’s procedures. Please address applications to:

Mark Polley
Polley Faith LLP
77 King St. West, Suite 2110
TD North Tower
Toronto ON
M5K 2A1

Always Looking!

We are always looking for brilliant, energetic, born-to-argue litigators. An excellent academic record is required.

Polley Faith is an equal opportunity employer that strongly supports workplace diversity.


Send your resume and transcripts to careers@polleyfaith.com