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Four new lawyers choose DS Lawyers Canada 

05 June 2023 - Canada 2 min read

DS Lawyers Canada is pleased to welcome four new lawyers to its offices in Montreal and Canada’s Capital.  

Nikoletta Marcolefas  

Nikoletta Marcolefas joins the Montreal Labour and Employment Law Group. She is a human resources enthusiast and is particularly interested in labour relations legislation, human rights issues, drafting employment contracts, and occupational health and safety.   

Ms. Marcolefas completed a bachelor’s degree in human resources management at Concordia University before studying law at the Université de Montréal and was called to the bar in 2023. Her practice will include research and drafting as well as representation in the courts.  

“The aspect that impresses me most at DS Lawyers is the team of professionals working there. I have the opportunity of working alongside lawyers that have an incredibly broad expertise across several different industries. The firm stands out due to its stellar know-how and excellence in the services it provides, which is very inspiring to be a part of.” 

Divya Patel  

Divya Patel joins the Corporate Law Group. She practices primarily in the areas of financing, commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate reorganizations. Due to her multi-jurisdictional practice, she is involved in all aspects of cross-border transactions.  

Ms. Patel also advises clients on the regulatory developments in the technology sector, since she is heavily involved in the fast-paced world of transformative technology such as blockchain, AI, and smart contracts.  

“At DS Lawyers, I am surrounded by seasoned lawyers who embody an entrepreneurial spirit and who are committed to advising their clients on various aspects of their business projects and growth across Canada and at an international level. I am proud to be joining a team whose aim is not only excellence in client service, but also in mentoring young lawyers and supporting them in their career development.” 

Canada’s Capital  

Jing (Catherine) Ou   

Jing (Catherine) Ou joins the Litigation Group. Ms. Ou is a Canadian lawyer qualified in both common law and civil law and is also an arbitrator on civil and commercial matters accredited by the Barreau du Québec. 

Ms. Ou practices primarily in the field of litigation and dispute resolution in civil, commercial, and private international law matters. With training in the legal traditions of Canada, Quebec, and China, Catherine provides professional legal services to clients of diverse backgrounds in French, English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.  

“To me, what joining DS Lawyers means, first and foremost, is joining a top-flight international team that allows me to put my strengths and skills to work for clients and provide the services they may need across multiple jurisdictions. I have the support of a generous team who apply stringent standards in the conduct of large-scale cases.” 

Melody Salib   

Melody Salib practises corporate law and dispute resolution with a particular interest in civil and administrative law. She articled at the SAAQ and has handled multiple cases involving compensation for bodily harm before administrative bodies. Her administrative law expertise goes beyond compensation for vehicle accidents, since she gained familiarity with labour grievances through a placement working as a registry officer at the FPSLREB. 

“I am very pleased to be joining the big DS Lawyers family, with its seasoned professionals who offer excellence in their services and provide leadership with a human touch. I am certain that the expertise I have developed in litigation, combined with the experience of the team at DS Lawyers, will serve the firm’s business clients well.”  

“We are delighted to welcome these four lawyers to our dynamic Canadian team,” said Richard Laramée, Chairman of the board of DS Lawyers Canada and managing partner of our Montreal office. “These lawyers not only contribute to building the foundation for the future growth of our firm, but also show that DS Lawyers is a prime destination for talented legal professionals seeking to grow in their careers.”  


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