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Two new partners join Wishart Law firm

Paul Cassan and Steven Shoemaker will serve alongside Managing Partner Orlando Rosa and Senior Partner Gord Acton

Two familiar faces are joining Sault Ste. Marie's Wishart Law Firm LLP as partners, the firm announced today in a news release. 

Paul Cassan and Steven Shoemaker, both whom work at Wishart, are joining as new partners, working alongside Managing Partner Orlando Rosa and Senior Partner Gord Acton.

Cassan was called to the bar in 1997 and primarily practices in the areas of Municipal Law and Labour and Employment law. 

Shoemaker was called to the bar in New York state in 2006 and was admitted to the bar in Ontario in 2010. He practices primarily in commercial law and litigation matters, including corporate and commercial transactions for the purchase and sale of businesses, insurance litigation and labour relations hearings and arbitration matters.

“Our firm is committed to our clients and representing their interests to the best of our ability providing the best legal advice in a timely manner,” said Rosa. “Both Paul and Steve have demonstrated that they have the ‘right stuff’ and will be able to achieve this goal. We are excited about the firm’s future and its enhanced ability to represent clients not only in Sault Ste Marie but throughout Ontario.”

The full release is as follows: 

Longstanding Sault Ste. Marie-based Wishart Law Firm LLP is pleased to announce Paul Cassan and Steven Shoemaker as the newest partners for the full-service firm. Cassan and Shoemaker will serve alongside Managing Partner Orlando Rosa and Senior Partner Gord Acton.  

“Our firm is committed to our clients and representing their interests to the best of our ability providing the best legal advice in a timely manner,” said Rosa. “Both Paul and Steve have demonstrated that they have the ‘right stuff’ and will be able to achieve this goal. We are excited about the firm’s future and its enhanced ability to represent clients not only in Sault Ste Marie but throughout Ontario.”  

“The Practice of law and the delivery of legal services will be a challenge in the future given the advent of technology and the digital world,” said Acton. “Paul and Steve have both embraced technology as a tool to improve the delivery of legal service to our clientele.”  

Paul Cassan was called to the bar in 1997 and has been with Wishart Law for 23 years. He primarily practices in the areas of Municipal Law and Labour and Employment law. Paul represents employers in Sault Ste Marie and Northern Ontario in arbitration and court proceedings. He is well versed in all aspects of employment law including conducting workplace investigations.  Paul also provides advice to many Municipal Councils throughout the province providing advice and training on an array of municipal issues.  

Steven Shoemaker was called to the bar in New York state in 2006 and was admitted to the bar in Ontario in 2010. He has been with Wishart Law for 11 years.  Steven practices primarily in commercial law and litigation matters, including corporate and commercial transactions for the purchase and sale of businesses, insurance litigation and labour relations hearings and arbitration matters.  

The admission of Paul and Steve as partners is exciting. With 8 lawyers and 20 dedicated support staff, Wishart Law Firm is not only the largest firm in the City of Sault Ste Marie, but it is known throughout Ontario as a firm that is fiercely loyal to its clientele delivering highly competent legal service in many different areas of law. At the same time, Wishart Law Firm is heavily involved in promoting the Community in its participation in supporting charities and educational institutions.    

Paul and Steve are committed to carrying Wishart Law Firm’s tradition of serving and contributing to bettering the community going forward.  

Paul and Steve, together with the Wishart team, are committed to meeting the high standards that Gord and Orlando have created.  Together, Wishart Law’s partners will see the firm continue its legacy.