Change in Leadership at Pallett Valo Guarantees an Exciting Future for the Firm

Published on: October 2017 | News

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO – October 17, 2017

John Russo has been appointed Managing Partner at Pallett Valo LLP effective immediately.

Mississauga’s largest business law firm has taken a significant step in its succession strategy by promoting Russo into the leadership role alongside years of knowledge and experience within the executive team.  This step is a confirmation that the firm’s long-term strategy  of grooming a new generation of lawyers that are poised to take over in various leadership positions within the firm, is working. With the support of the COO, Frances Wales, who has been with the firm for 15+ years, the firm is perfectly placed to enable the new executive team under the dynamic leadership and innovation of John Russo, ably supported by past Managing Partner Anne Kennedy acting as Deputy Managing Partner, to bring the firm into a new business reality.

Russo, who was called to the bar in Ontario in 1999, has made tremendous strides as a lawyer at the firm through his Commercial Litigation practice. He joined Pallett Valo in 1999 as a first year associate and gained management experience over the last few years through his involvement as litigation practice group head.  Russo was a board member of the United Way of Peel Region from 2011-2017 and in 2015 and 2016 held the position of Chair of the Board.

According to Russo, “During my years at Pallett Valo I have seen the firm grow and develop into the successful and well respected firm it is today through the hard work and commitment of the partners, associates and staff.  I am honoured that my partners have the trust and confidence in me to take on the role of managing partner and I am excited by the opportunity to lead Pallett Valo through the next few years.  We are growing in size and expertise and we look forward to playing an important role in the success of both our community and our clients.”

Anne Kennedy will support Russo by acting as Deputy Managing Partner during the next term, thus ensuring continuity and extensive experience.  According to Kennedy, “I am very proud of our firm, of our excellent lawyers and our staff.  Pallett Valo has recently confirmed its status as a top regional firm and is poised to build on that reputation.  With John’s leadership I know great things are ahead.”

Concluded Russo, “As we undergo an orderly transition internally, one thing that will never change is our commitment to providing outstanding service to our clients while ensuring that we remain compassionate corporate citizens to all around us within the markets we serve.”

About Pallett Valo LLP

Pallett Valo is the largest business law firm in Mississauga, whose roots in the community go back to 1948. The firm practices in the areas of: business law, commercial litigation, commercial real estate, construction, insolvency & corporate restructuring, employment & labour, and wills, estates, & trusts. The firm has 38 lawyers, including 13 partners, 25 associates and 47 support staff.  It was recently voted as a Top 10 Regional Law firm for the third time in three successive surveys sponsored by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.