Asher Honickman is a civil litigator practising in Toronto and the founder of Advocates for the Rule of Law. Asher developed a passion for law from an early age and his practice focuses on a wide variety of legal disputes. He has appeared and successfully represented his clients at all levels of court in Ontario, along with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.
Asher obtained his undergraduate degree from Huron College at the University of Western Ontario, where he was the recipient of numerous significant academic awards, along with the Gold Medal for his graduating class. He then attended law school at Queen’s University, where he was awarded the Course Prize in Public Law.
Asher has published scholarly articles in The Alberta Law Review, The Advocates’ Quarterly, The Advocates’ Journal, and Law Matters, along with shorter pieces in the National Post, the Toronto Star and the Huffington Post Canada. He has also appeared on AM 640, debating topical legal issues . In his spare time, Asher enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading and writing both fiction and non-fiction, playing guitar and piano, playing sports and traveling.
John Sikkema serves as in-house Legal Counsel for the ARPA Canada. In his role, John provides legal research for ARPA’s board and staff, conducts federal and provincial legal policy analysis, assists with court interventions and cases, and lobbies Members of Parliament, among other things. His work focuses on constitutional law. John studied Business and Political Science, completing Brock University’s combined honours program in 2011. He studied law at Queen’s and graduated in 2014. He articled at Keel Cottrelle LLP in Toronto. In 2017, John argued the first case to successfully use freedom of expression to broaden access to information from the executive branch of government (2017 ONSC 3285). John has also served as co-counsel for interveners in the Supreme Court of Canada and in the Court of Appeal in Ontario, B.C., and Nova Scotia. His writing has appeared in the National Post, Policy Options, Comment, Convivium, and the Christian Legal Journal.
Justin Anisman’s civil litigation practice at Mason Caplan Dizgun Roti LLP encompasses complex litigation files with an emphasis on subrogated property claims, the defense of lawyers in professional negligence lawsuits, commercial and contractual disputes and employment law matters for both employees and employers. He has extensive experience in the day to day handling of a large volume litigation practice and has appeared as counsel at many examinations for discovery, motions, mediations, arbitrations, trials and appeals.
Justin has appeared before various courts, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Provincial Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Justin obtained an honours undergraduate degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. He graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario in 2013 and was awarded the Margaret H. McNulty Prize for excellence.
While at UWO, taking on the role of Executive Editor, Justin helped found the faculty’s student-run legal journal: the UWO Journal of Legal Studies. As a caseworker for the law school’s legal clinic, Justin assisted London, Ontario residents with landlord and tenant disputes, criminal charges, and Storage and Liens Act claims. Throughout law school, Justin founded and ran Legal Eaze, an LSAT tutoring company, in which he tutored approximately 20 students of all ages over a period of three years — both privately and in groups.
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Justin was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2014. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Advocate’s Society.
David is a litigation associate at McCague Borlack LLP. David’s broad civil and criminal litigation practice involves defending both institutional and individual clients, with an emphasis on insurance defence, coverage disputes, and commercial matters. He has acted for professionals facing criminal or regulatory charges, including police officers, pharmacists, and veterinarians.
Appearing before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal, has given David experience beyond his years. Whether it be managing his own growing practice, or assisting senior counsel in defending catastrophic personal injury claims and complex disputes in the renewable energy sector, David uses his dynamic and creative talents to help clients resolve their legal issues effectively and efficiently.
When not in the courtroom, David is actively involved in community work. Some of David’s most meaningful leadership roles included coaching basketball at his alma mater, as well as chairing the alumni committee of the summer camp he attended as a child.
Alana M. Daley is a civil litigator practicing in Toronto. Prior to working in private practice, Alana completed her articles as a judicial law clerk for the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and then practiced commercial law in-house at a Canadian mission-critical security company. Alana obtained her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. She completed her law degree at Queen’s University where she was the recipient of course prizes in tort law, constitutional law and criminal procedure. She was awarded the Society of Upper Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Studies given to the top 15 graduating law students at Queen’s University. While in law school, Alana participated in the Willem C. Vis international commercial arbitration moot in Vienna, Austria. She was also involved in Pro Bono Student’s Canada and Legal Aid. She continues to be involved in Pro Bono Lawyers Ontario with the adult adoption project. She participates annually as an arbitrator with the Willem C. Vis Moot and the FDI Moot. In her spare time, Alana enjoys reading, wine and travelling.
Rachael holds a law degree from the University of Leicester (LL.B.) in the United Kingdom and her Masters of Law (LL.M.) from Osgoode Hall law school.
While in law school, Rachael founded, and served as President, to the University’s first Women in Law Society. She was also actively involved in both the mooting and negotiation league. Rachael spent time in the Mayor of Leicester’s office, where she helped to develop a public health strategy for the City and worked with the City Barrister on cases involving non-natural death and property issues.
Rachael has worked in a number of Federal political offices including for two Members of Parliament, the Federal Government House Leader, the Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and most recently, as Director of Policy to a Canadian Senator. Rachael has a strong interest in the development of legislation and the role of government.
An avid news follower, Rachael previously worked as a full time Correspondent and Commentator for a national Canadian news network where she covered stories related to law and issues of criminal justice.