Mississauga, ON – January 6, 2011 – The partners at Pallett Valo LLP, Mississauga’s largest business law firm, have appointed Anne Kennedy as managing partner, effective January 1, 2011.
In fact, this will be Ms. Kennedy’s second term as managing partner; her first term was 1997 to 2000. Ms. Kennedy takes over as managing partner from Anna Esposito, who served from 2005 to 2010.
Ms. Esposito, a certified specialist in construction law, will continue as head of the firm’s Construction Law group. Ms. Kennedy heads Pallett Valo’s Commercial Litigation practice and was called to the Bar in 1982.
Pallett Valo is the largest business law firm in Peel Region. The firm traces its roots to the establishment of Pallett & Pallett in 1948. Today, the firm has 11 partners, including five women partners. In a time when the legal profession is struggling to keep women in private practice, of Pallett Valo’s 29 lawyers, 15 are women.
"I am looking forward to helping Pallett Valo become the pre-eminent business law firm in Peel Region. We have been gaining momentum toward achieving this goal since 2005," said Ms. Kennedy.
Concrete steps that Pallett Valo has taken include: hosting an annual Business Law Summit on a broad range of business law issues; sponsoring "In Business," a business show on Rogers Cable 10 Mississauga; and becoming more focused on marketing and supporting the local business community in the region.
Equally important, Pallett Valo has a long history of leadership, volunteerism, and giving back to the community. Specifically:
Commercial litigation partner Bobby Sachdeva was honoured in November 2010 with the "Male Lawyer of the Year" award by the Toronto Chapter of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA).
Wills and Estates lawyer Bonnie Yagar was honoured as an Outstanding Volunteer in Mississauga in June 2010. In fact, Ms. Yagar has had an award named after her: the Bonnie Yagar Award for Outstanding Volunteerism will recognize women for volunteering with Community Living Mississauga and at least two other community organizations.
In April 2009, partner Ray Mikkola was presented with the Long Service Medal by Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley for his 15-year involvement with the Last Post Fund. The Last Post Fund gives impoverished Canadian war veterans the dignified funerals that they deserve when they die. Mr. Mikkola was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Forces.
For many years, Pallett Valo has sponsored an annual golf tournament to raise money for ALS that afflicted the firm’s founding partner Sid Valo, who died on Christmas Eve 2008.
Many of the lawyers from Pallett Valo contribute their time as directors for community-based, not-for-profit organizations.