News @ Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP - Toronto Criminal Law Firm

Megan Schwartzentruber appears on CTV News to discuss the latest criminal cases from the Supreme Court of Canada
Published: April 15, 2016

Megan Schwartzentruber, senior associate at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, appeared on CTV News on April 15, 2016 to discuss the Supreme Court of Canada's recent decisions in relation to the constitutionality of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offences (R. v. Lloyd, 2016 SCC 13) and the availability of enhanced credit for pre-sentence custody for indviduals with criminal records (R. v. Safarzadeh-Markhali, 2016 SCC 14).


Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP wishes to congratulate Jonathan Shime, Megan Schwartzentruber, Samuel Greene and Malini Vijaykumar on their performance at the Sopinka Cup
Published: March 14, 2016

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP wishes to congratulate Jonathan Shime, Megan Schwartzentruber, Samuel Greene and Malini Vijaykumar on their performance at the 2016 Sopinka Cup.

On March 12, 2016, University of Toronto Faculty of Law students Samuel Greene and Malini Vijaykumar finished in second place at the prestigious Sopinka Cup National Trial Advocacy Competition in Ottawa, Ontario. Mr. Greene and Ms. Vijaykumar were coached by Jonathan Shime and Megan Schwartzentruber of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP. Before competing at the national tournament, Mr. Greene and Ms. Vijaykumar won first place in their regional competition, the Arnup Cup. They are both fabulous advocates and will be a tremendous asset to the Bar.

The Sopinka Cup is hosted by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Advocates' Society, and is one of Canada's most prestigious bilingual moots. The tournament's trophy is named in honour of the late Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada.


Jonathan Shime and Megan Schwartzentruber join the Flip Your Wig for Justice campaign
Published: February 26, 2016

Jonathan Shime and Megan Schwartzentruber of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP recently participated in the 2016 Flip Your Wig for Justice campaign. The campaign, which began in 2013, seeks to raise awareness about access to justice issues in Ontario. Jonathan and Megan are committed social justice advocates and the firm congratulates them, and all of the Flip Your Wig participants, on their ongoing efforts to support this very worthwhile cause.

You may view Jonathan's video here and Megan's video here, produced by the Flip Your Wig campaign.


Amanda Ross joins the Recent Call Committee of the Criminal Lawyers' Association
Published: January 15, 2016

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP wishes to congratulate associate Amanda Ross on joining the Recent Call Committee of the Crimina Lawyers' Association for the 2015-2017 term.


Megan Schwartzentruber joins the Criminal Lawyers' Association's Women's Committee
Published: November 28, 2015

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP wishes to congratulate Megan Schwartzentruber, senior associate, on joining the Women's Committee of the Criminal Lawyers' Association for the 2015-2017 term.


Amanda Ross speaks to the Law Times about the constitutionality of the Truth in Sentencing Act
Published: November 23, 2015

Amanda Ross, an associate at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, spoke to the Law Times regarding the constitutionality of The Truth in Sentencing Act, following a successful constitutional challege to s. 719(3.1) of the Criminal Code.


Mark Sandler recieves the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal for his outstanding contributions to criminal justice
Published: November 01, 2015

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP wishes to congratulate its senior partner, Mark Sandler, on recieving the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal for his outstanding contributions to criminal justice on October 31, 2015.


Mark Sandler to receive the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal
Published: June 25, 2015

The firm is proud to recognize its senior partner, Mark Sandler, who will be this year’s recipient of the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal for his outstanding contributions to criminal justice. G. Arthur Martin was regarded as Canada’s greatest criminal advocate before he became a leading jurist with the Ontario Court of Appeal. The Award will be presented at the Criminal Lawyers’ Association Convention on October 31, 2015. The late Austin Cooper Q.C., the firm’s founding partner, is a past recipient of this prestigious Award.


Scott Bergman co-authors submissions on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association
Published: May 15, 2015

Scott Bergman, partner at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, co-authored submissions on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association regarding Bill S-7: Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act.


Megan Schwartzentruber speaks to The Lawyers Weekly about privilege's public safety exception
Published: April 28, 2015

Megan Schwartzentruber, an associate at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, was quoted in the May 1, 2015 issue of The Lawyers Weekly on the topic of the public safety exception to solicitor-client privilege.


The University of Toronto wins Arnup Cup
Published: April 23, 2015

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP wishes to congratulate the University of Toronto for winning the 2015 Arnup Cup trial moot.

The Arnup Cup is an annual trial advocacy competition for Ontario law schools, organized by The Advocates’ Society. The Cup bears the name of the Honourable John D. Arnup, O.C., Q.C., who for many years sat as a distinguished member of the Court of Appeal for Ontario following a career as one of Canada’s finest litigation counsel.

First held in 1988, the Arnup Cup has increased in prominence over the years. Teams from each of Ontario’s law schools participate in trials held in a Toronto courtroom and presided over by judges of the Superior Court of Justice.

This year's University of Toronto team was coached by Jonathan Shime (partner) and Megan Schwartzentruber (associate) of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP. Congratulations!


Megan Schwartzentruber assists in drafting the Criminal Lawyers' Association's submissions on proposed legislative changes in the area of police record checks
Published: April 19, 2015

Megan Schwartzentruber assisted in the drafting of the Criminal Lawyers' Association's written submissions to the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services in relation to proposed legislative changes in the area of police record checks.

The full text of the submissions can be viewed here: http://www.criminallawyers.ca/pdf/CLApolicerecordschecksubmissions412015.pdf


Scott Bergman to lecture at Toronto Police Service 2015 International Financial Crimes Investigators Conference
Published: February 23, 2015

Scott Bergman, partner at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, will be lecturing at the upcoming Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit 2015 International Financial Crimes Investigators Conference.


Scott Bergman scheduled to lecture on search warrants at the Law Society of Upper Canada
Published: February 07, 2015

Scott Bergman, partner at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, is scheduled to lecture at the Law Society of Upper Canada's continuing professional development seminar, "The Complete Guide to Search Warrants" on February 28, 2015.


Scott Bergman is reappointed to Legal Aid Ontario's Criminal Law Advisory Committee
Published: February 03, 2015

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP would like to congratulate partner Scott Bergman on his reappointment to Legal Aid Ontario's Criminal Law Advisory Committee.


Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP congratulates Ferhan Javed on his appointment to the Ontario Court of Justice
Published: January 21, 2015

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP wishes to congratulate Ferhan Javed on his recent appointment as a judge to the Ontario Court of Justice - Brampton. Justice Javed articled with the firm in 2001-2002 and maintained an exceptional criminal practice in Ontario. He will be an excellent addition to the bench.


Jonathan Shime and Amanda Ross to appear at the Supreme Court of Canada
Published: November 25, 2014

Jonathan Shime and Amanda Ross of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP will be appearing at the Supreme Court of Canada on December 8, 2014 as counsel for the interveners, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, and the Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lute contre le SIDA in the case R. v. Wilcox.


Jonathan Shime lectures at the Ontario Court of Justice Toronto Regional Seminar
Published: October 14, 2014

On October 14, 2014, Jonathan Shime lectured at the Ontarior Court of Justice Regional Seminar for judges on the topic of sexual assault.


Scott Bergman appears on CTV News to discuss Magnotta murder trial
Published: September 28, 2014

Scott Bergman, partner at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, appeared on CTV News to discuss some of the legal issues that the ongoing Luka Magnotta murder trial will face.

You can watch Scott's appearance here: http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=453230.


Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman welcomes Ben ElzingaCheng for the 2014-2015 articling term
Published: August 05, 2014

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP is pleased to welcome Ben ElzingaCheng to the firm for the 2014-2015 articling term. Ben is a welcome addition to the firm!


Jonathan Shime presents at the Advocates' Society's spring Effective Pre-Trial Preparation conference
Published: May 31, 2014

Jonathan Shime, partner at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman, presented at this weekend's Effective Pre-Trial Preparation conference at the the Advocate Society on the topic of preliminary inquiry preparation and strategy.


Scott Bergman of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman lectures on "The Essentials of Evidence"
Published: May 09, 2014

On May 9, 2014, Scott Bergman, partner at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, lectured on "The Essentials of Evidence" as part of the Canadian Bar Associaton's Criminal Law Academy webinar series. His presentation focused on the current status of character evidence rules in the criminal courts.


Amanda Ross of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman guest lectures at the Toronto Police College on the investigation of non-disclosure of HV
Published: May 08, 2014

On May 8, 2014, associate Amanda Ross was a guest lecturer at the Toronto Police College on the topic of police investigation of non-disclosure of HIV, and the interplay between HIV and the criminal law since the Supreme Court of Canada's recent decisions in R. v.  Mabior, 2012 SCC 47 and R. v. D.C., 2012 SCC 48.


Mark Sandler of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman presents to the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario
Published: April 10, 2014

Mark Sandler, partner at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, presented on April 10, 2014 to the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario in Niagara-on-the-Falls, Ontario on the topic of "Responding to Complaints before the Justices of the Peace Review Council".


Jonathan Shime of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP presents to the Prosecutors' Network on the topic of civility in advocacy
Published: March 28, 2014

On March 28, 2014, Jonathan Shime of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP presented on the topic of civility in advocacy to the Prosecutor's Network at the Advocates' Society in Toronto, Ontario. The presentation focused on the impact of the Law Society of Upper Canada's Appellate Tribunal recent decision in Law Society of Upper Canada v. Joseph Peter Paul Groia, 2013 ONLSAP 0041.

The Prosecutors' Network is an organization made up of Prosecutors from administrative agencies in disciplinary bodies in Toronto, inlcuding the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), the Investment Industry Regulatory Organizaiton of Canada (IIROOC), the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA), the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, among others.

More information on the Groia decision can be found here.

More information on the Advocates' Society can be found here.

 


Supreme Court of Canada releases decision in R. v. Hutchinson
Published: March 07, 2014

On March 7, 2014, the Supreme Court released its decision in R. v. Hutchinson, 2014 SCC 19. Mr. Hutchinson had engaged in consensual sexual activity with his partner, who insisted that he use a condom in order to prevent conception. Unknown to her, Mr. Hutchinson poked holes in his condom and his partner became pregnant. Mr. Hutchinson was convicted of sexual assault. The Supreme Court upheld Mr. Hutchinson's conviction.

The main issue before the Supreme Court was whether condom sabotage resulted in there being no “voluntary agreement by the complainant to engage in the sexual activity in question” under s. 273.1(1) of the Criminal Code, or whether the condom sabotage constituted fraud under s. 265(3)(c), with the result that no consent was obtained. In upholding Mr. Hutchinson's conviction, the majority of the Court held that voluntary agreement to the sexual activity in question in s. 273.1(1) means that the complainant must subjectively agree to the specific physical act itself, its sexual nature and the specific identity of the partner. The“sexual activity in question” does not include conditions or qualities of the physical act, such as birth control measures or the presence of sexually transmitted diseases. In this case, the “sexual activity in question” was sexual intercourse and the complainant voluntarily agreed to it.

On the question of whether Mr. Hutchinson's partner's agreement to the “sexual activity in question” was vitiated by fraud, the Court found that the dishonesty was evident and admitted. The only remaining issue was thus whether there was a sufficient deprivation to establish fraud. In this case, there was - where a complainant has chosen not to become pregnant, deceptions that expose her to an increased risk of becoming pregnant may constitute a sufficiently serious deprivation to vitiate consent under s. 265(3)(c). Finally, the Court held that this application of “fraud” under s. 265(3)(c) is consistent with Charter values of equality and autonomy, while recognizing that not every deception that induces consent should be criminalized. In this case, there was thus no consent by reason of fraud, pursuant to s. 265(3)(c).

Jonathan Shime and Wayne Cunningham of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, along with Ryan Peck, acted as counsel for the interveners, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario.

The full decision of the Supreme Court can be found here.   


Jonathan Shime of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP appears on CTV News to discuss R. v. Hutchinson
Published: March 07, 2014

Jonathan Shime, partner at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, and counsel to the interveners, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario, in the case of R. v. Hutchinson, 2014 SCC 19, appeared on CTV News to discuss the significance of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision with respect to sexual activity, consent, and fraud.

You can watch Mr. Shime's interview here.


Scott Bergman of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP co-chairs "Litigating a Smarter Charter" Criminal Justice Program
Published: February 08, 2014

On February 8, 2014, Scott Bergman, partner at Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP, co-chaired the Ontario Bar Association's Criminal Justice Program - Litigating a Smarter Charter. The program was attended by Crown and defence counsel, and featured program presentations by esteemed members of the bar and the judiciary. Congratulations to Scott on a job well done!


Scott Bergman co-chairing "Litigating a Smarter Charter" (Ontario Bar Association)
Published: January 14, 2014

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP is pleased to announce that on Saturday, February 8, 2014, Scott Bergman will be co-chairing the Ontaro Bar Association's 2014 program, "Litigating a Smarter Charter." The program has been accredited for 2.25 professionalism hours and 4.25 substantive hours by the LSUC, and is open for registration at oba.org/institute2014. Please see below for further details about the program:

Litigating the rights enshrined in the Charter has become increasingly more complicated and yet, more important than ever before. The admission or exclusion of a single piece of evidence during a criminal trial is often a game changer.

How best should counsel approach a Charter argument? When should they make it? What are some of the most significant cases in the Charter world and what has happened recently in Charter case law? What's next? Some of the most experienced and well respected members of the judiciary and criminal bar will answer these questions and more.

The emphasis will be on the practical with a fact scenario, panels, papers and much more. Join us as we identify the ways in which Crown and defence cousnel can ensure their litigation of the Charter is much, much smarter.


Supreme Court of Canada releases decision in R. v. Bedford
Published: December 20, 2013

On December 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the case of R. v. Bedford, 2013 SCC 72. The unanimous judgment was written by the Right Honourable Madam Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, and held that several provisions in the Criminal Code relating to prostitution were inconsistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms such that they infringe the s. 7 rights of prostitutes by depriving them of security of the person in a manner that is not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.

Jonathan Shime and Megan Schwartzentruber of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP acted as counsel, along with Renée Lang, for the interveners the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario.

The full decision from the Supreme Court can be found here.


Ontario Justice Education Newtork Charter Challenge Finalists
Published: December 05, 2013

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP wishes to offer their congratulations to the 2013 finalists of the the Ontario Justice Education Network's (OJEN/ROEJ) annual Charter Challenge. Amanda Ross assisted in judging the finalist factums in the competition this year, and on behalf of the firm would like to congratulate all of the students on their excellent and very impressive legal research and writing  skills.

The finalists this year are:

Appellant: Noctuam Law Firm from Humberview Secondary School in Bolton

Respondent: Carranza P. and Collins R. from Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga

The OJEN / ROEJ’ s justice education initiatives provide youth throughout Ontario with a first positive experience with the justice system.  Each year, over 200,000 youth take part in their justice education programs or use their educational resources.  For more information visit www.ojen.ca. More information about the Charter Challenge can be found at: http://www.ojen.ca/Charter.

Once again, congratulations to Humberview Secondary School and Cawthra Park Secondary School, and best of luck in the upcoming oral argument before the Ontario Court of Appeal!


Jonathan Shime and Wayne Cunningham appear at Supreme Court of Canada
Published: November 08, 2013

Jonathan Shime and Wayne Cunningham of Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada today to represent the intervenor parties (Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario) in the case of R. v. Hutchinson.

The Supreme Court's decision is pending.


Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP is saddened to announce the passing of Austin Cooper, Q.C.
Published: September 27, 2013

Our firm is very saddened to announce the passing of its founding member and leader, Austin Cooper, Q.C. Austin was a passionate and celebrated lawyer, who was justly regarded as one of the finest criminal lawyers this country has ever seen and "The Dean of the Criminal Bar". He was well known for his integrity, impeccable judgment and civility. He brought tremendous dignity to the criminal bar.

Austin practiced for 60 years, first as a sole practitioner, and ultimately with the firm of Cooper, Sandler, Shime and Bergman LLP. His contributions to the Canadian public and the legal community were widely recognized, most recently when the Law Society of Upper Canada bestowed an honourary Doctorate of Laws upon him. He was also the recipient of the G. Arthur Martin Medal, the Criminal Lawyers Association's highest honour, the Advocates’ Society Medal for his mastery of the art of advocacy and countless other awards. Austin was a strong believer in the right of all people, regardless of their background or income, to have a zealous defence to criminal allegations. He defended many indigent people pro bono and strongly advocated for the introduction of legal aid in Ontario. He also defended the first murder case under the new Legal Aid Plan.

But Austin was much more than a brilliant lawyer. He was a wonderful person, who remained the paragon of humility and modesty despite his remarkable accomplishments. He was remarkably kind and gentle, always offering his advice, encouragement and a kind word. Over the course of his lengthy career, he shared his knowledge and acted as a mentor for innumerable criminal lawyers, many of whom have become leaders of the Bar themselves thanks to his mentorship. He taught all of us how to be zealous advocates for our clients while maintaining the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. His example serves as an inspiration to us all. He will be sorely missed every day.   


Jonathan Shime is invited to speak at the Association of Law Officers of the Crown/Government of Ontario Educational Conference
Published: September 24, 2013

Jonathan Shime has been invited to speak at the Association of Law Officers of the Crown/Government of Ontario Educational Conference on the topic of Civility on November 19, 2013.


Jonathan Shime receives James Kreppner Award
Published: September 24, 2013

Cooper, Sandler, Shime and Bergman LLP wishes to congratulate Jonathan Shime for receiving the James Kreppner Award on September 23, 2013.

The Kreppner Awards were established by the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario in 2010 to recognize unparalleled achievement in advocating on behalf of or bettering the lives of people living with HIV or people co-infected with HIV and Hepatitis C.


Jonathan Shime speaks at the Crown Law Office Criminal Fall Conference
Published: September 19, 2013

On September 19, 2013, Jonathan Shime spoke at the Crown Law Office Criminal Fall Office Conference on the topic of sexual assault law.


Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP welcomes new articling student
Published: August 31, 2013

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP is pleased to welcome Fanny Létourneau-Hudon to the firm for the 2013-2014 articling term.


Austin M. Cooper, Q.C. receives Honourary Doctorate of Laws from the Law Society of Upper Canada
Published: August 15, 2013

Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP is pleased to announce that on August 15, 2013, Austin M. Cooper, Q.C. was granted an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from the Law Society of Upper Canada in recognition of his outstanding contribution to society and the practice of criminal law.


Megan Schwartzentruber presents at Legal Aid Lunch and Learn on Criminal Records
Published: August 09, 2013

On August 9, 2013, Megan Schwartzentruber was the presenter for the Legal Aid Lunch and Learn for duty counsel on the topic of Beyond Criminal Records: the real effects of peace bonds, discharges and diversions on employment. 


Mark Sandler serves as Faculty Member, National Criminal Law Program
Published: July 31, 2013

In July 2013, Mark Sandler served as a faculty member at the National Criminal Law Programme for the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.


Jonathan Shime published in the Criminal Lawyers' Association Newsletter
Published: June 30, 2013

Jonathan Shime's paper, "The Prosecution of HIV Non-Disclosure", was published in  Vol. 34, No. 2 of "For the Defence", the Criminal Lawyers’ Association Newsletter.


Amanda Ross joins Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP as an associate
Published: June 21, 2013

The Partners at Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP are pleased to announce that Amanda Ross has joined our firm as an Associate effective June 21, 2013. Amanda is a welcome addition to the firm.


Jonathan Shime and Megan Schwartzentruber represent the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario at the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Bedford
Published: June 13, 2013

On June 13, 2013, Jonathan Shime and Megan Schwartzentruber represented the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario at the Supreme Court of Canada as intervenors in the case of R. v. Bedford.

The Supreme Court's decision is pending.


Jonathan Shime speaks at the 6-Minute Criminal Lawyer Series
Published: April 20, 2013

On April 20, 2013, Jonathan Shime spoke at the 6-Minute Criminal Lawyer Series on the topic of Non-Disclosure of HIV.


Jonathan Shime teaches sex assault investigators' course at the Police College of Ontario
Published: April 18, 2013

Jonathan Shime acted as a guest instructor for the sex assault investigators' course at the Police College of Ontario on January 14, 2013, February 14, 2013 and April 18, 2013.


Mark Sandler serves as Co-Chair at the Second Biennial Symposium on Expert Forensic Evidence in Criminal Proceedings
Published: October 31, 2012

In October 2012, Mark Sandler served as Co-Chair for the Second Biennial Symposium on Expert Forensic Evidence in Criminal Proceedings - Osgoode Hall Law School and the Centre for Forensic Science and Medicine, Univerty of Toronto Programme.


Wayne Cunningham joins Cooper, Sandler, Shime & Bergman LLP as an associate
Published: July 24, 2012

The Partners at Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP are pleased to announce that Wayne Cunningham has joined our firm as an Associate effective July 2012. Wayne is a welcome addition to the firm.


Scott Bergman Becomes Partner at Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP
Published: November 01, 2011

COOPER, SANDLER SHIME & BERGMAN LLP, (formerly Cooper & Sandler LLP) is proud to announce the admission of SCOTT BERGMAN as a partner to the firm.


Mark J. Sandler Re-Elected as Bencher
Published: March 16, 2011

My past two terms as an elected Bencher have been challenging and rewarding. I have worked very hard as a Bencher: for example, in 2010 alone, I was engaged in Bencher work on 111 days. I believe that my experience as a Bencher (particularly as Chair of the Appeal Panel, Chair of the Tribunals Committee and Chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario), and as a small firm practitioner, appellate and trial litigator, adjudicator, former professor and community volunteer will enable me to better serve the legal profession  and the public. I would welcome your support.


New Associate Joins Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP
Published: August 20, 2010

The Partners at Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP are pleased to announce that Jennifer Strate has joined our firm as an Associate effective July 26th, 2010.  Jennifer is a welcome addition to the firm.


New Associate Joins at Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP
Published: June 16, 2010

The Partners at Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP are pleased to announce that Megan Schwartzentruber has joined the firm as an Associate effective June 16, 2010.  She is a welcome addition to our firm.


Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP is Now LLP
Published: November 06, 2009

Effective August 24, 2009 Cooper & Sandler has become a limited liability partnership (“LLP”), as permitted by the Partnerships Act and the Law Society Act and is now known as “Cooper, Sandler Shime & Bergman LLP” (the “Firm”).