Great Place, Great People

Canadian Lawyer’s Legal Workplaces Survey

From articling student to partner and Head of Commercial Real Estate in 10 years

Steven Pordage joined the firm in 2012 as an articling student and has been a member of its real estate practice since September 2013. In January 2022 Steven was made partner and Head of Commercial Real Estate.

Steven Pordage

From my first day as a summer student, the firm really showed a commitment to my growth and development. I received a tremendous amount of support from everyone at the firm. The lawyers were all, without exception, extremely generous with their time and very knowledgeable. Administrative staff was always incredibly kind and patient with me. The marketing group has always been supportive in helping me increase my profile. Pallett Valo has worked with me since my first day to try and achieve my career goals. It was not just about increasing my legal acumen, but really taking control of what I wanted and helping me get there. Now, as I have taken on more of a leadership role, I see that it was not just something that happened organically. There is a concerted effort and a lot of hard work that goes into developing people at the firm. I feel very fortunate that I was able to start my career at Pallett Valo and, if all goes well, I hope to finish it here as well.

Steven Pordage, Head of Commercial Real Estate
  • B.A. (Hons.), University of Toronto (2009)
  • J.D., Queen’s University Faculty of Law (2012)
  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2013

What our former students have to say

Saghi Khalili

At Pallett Valo, I’ve had the opportunity to do complex and meaningful work that touches upon various aspects of the law, while learning from lawyers and staff who are always willing to help and who are committed to my growth. The supportive mentorship, feedback process, and culture of collegiality at the firm have made this an ideal place to start my career.

Saghi Khalili
  • Lawyer, Commercial Real Estate
Cassie Wasserman

Articling at Pallett Valo has given me the chance to work with and learn from many lawyers in a variety of areas of law, and through them I have been given interesting and meaningful work. The environment at Pallett Valo has allowed me to feel comfortable and supported, all of which has made my time here an incredibly rewarding experience.

Cassie Wasserman
  • Lawyer, Business Law

What our students have to say

Ashley Landesman

As an Articling Student at Pallett Valo LLP, I have gained invaluable experience in every practice area at the firm. Ever since I started my legal career here as a Summer Student, I have felt welcome by the lawyers and staff, who have encouraged and supported my development and growth. The firm culture is one of collegiality, dedication to our clients, and strong work ethic. This team is exceptional and down-to-earth. I am fortunate to be learning from the amazing minds here, who are always patient with me and willing to impart their knowledge and guidance. I have been exposed to quality work and entrusted with responsibility over key elements of client files. This firm successfully strikes the balance between hard work and comradery. It is the best place to work!

Ashley Landesman
Gagandeep Singh

My experience at Pallett Valo has been nothing short of amazing. The Pallett Valo student program truly gives you the ability to explore all areas of the law and engage in meaningful work with exceptional lawyers. Students are exposed to a wide range of practice areas and the lawyers and staff are always willing to answer any questions students may have. I felt like everyone that I worked with was genuinely invested in my professional development. The people at Pallett Valo truly set it apart and I feel fortunate enough to have started my legal career here.

Gagandeep Singh