Like many law students in Ontario, I completed my Articles of law in private practice. In fact, I completed my Articles with Andriessen & Associates over ten years ago, the time when Gwen Stefani dropped her debut solo album and I spent many car rides home singing along to Hollaback Girl!
What I loved about my Articles in private practice was the variety of work and the clients I met. No two days were ever the same and I walked in every day prepared for the unexpected.
After I completed my Articles, I was given a wonderful opportunity to work as Legal Counsel for Intact Financial Corporation. My days of working on a variety of matters with multiple clients in private practice suddenly became focused to areas of law relevant to Intact, who was my only client.
Acting as in-house counsel gave me invaluable insight into the operations of a company and how to construct legal advice in a business manner. This approach has served me well in my other in-house roles with Universal Music Canada and American Express, and I’m thrilled to be able to bring this back with me to Andriessen & Associates. After all, we are business lawyers and we are here to serve and help you meet your business needs.
As I come back to the Firm after a decade of in-house roles, there is a sweetness I enjoy having come full circle. I have enjoyed meeting our clients that I have had the opportunity to work with since my return earlier this year. And for those of you that I have not yet had the opportunity to meet, I look forward to meeting you and working with you to bring you solutions that add value to you and your business.
Michelle Eames LLB, LLM