Our pension team just got a whole lot stronger
Three leading pension lawyers join Goldblatt Partners
Goldblatt Partners is delighted to welcome to the firm three leading pension lawyers: Susan Philpott, Simon Archer, and Clio Godkewitsch. They will join Doug Lefaive in the Toronto office and, together with Fiona Campbell in Ottawa, will significantly expand our pension practice.
“Landing these three top-notch pension lawyers enriches our overall labour and employment practice and adds significant depth and expertise to our already well-established pension practice” said managing partner, Steven Barrett. “We’re thrilled to welcome them to the firm.”
Called to the bar in 1990, Susan Philpott has already enjoyed a stellar legal career with particular expertise in pension and benefit issues — including litigation and regulatory proceedings — as well as bankruptcy and restructuring. She has been involved in major high-profile cases including the Air Canada insolvency and restructuring, the Nortel Networks Corporation and Target Canada insolvency proceedings, and the development of the National Hockey League players’ pension plans. She is also a former President of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.
Simon Archer, called to the bar in 2002, was lead researcher for the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions before joining a major law firm where he advised trade unions, retiree groups and boards of public and private sector pension and benefits plans. In 2016 he was appointed by the Ontario Minister of Finance to the Stakeholder Review Group on Solvency Funding Frameworks, and is a past member of the Executive Committee of Ontario Bar Association’s Pension Section. He has taught at Kings College London, the University of Western Ontario and Osgoode Hall Law School.
Clio Godkewitsch, also called to the bar in 2002, has represented individuals, unions, boards of trustees, and groups of employees and retirees in various tribunals and at all levels of the Ontario court on pension, employee benefit and employment matters. She was involved with the establishment of employee life and health trusts in Ontario’s education sector, and edited a leading industry pension and employee benefits publication for over 10 years. Clio is a frequent contributor to various publications and is a regular speaker at legal forums.
“My colleagues and I are excited to be embarking on this new chapter with Goldblatt Partners, and look forward to continuing to provide first-rate pension, benefits, employment and insolvency advice to trade unions and workers,” said Susan Philpott.
Welcome Sue, Simon and Clio!