The student team at Whitelaw Twining is motivated and dynamic. Meet these talented professionals as they take early steps in their legal careers.

Carolina Albuquerque

Carolina is a summer student at Whitelaw Twining. She is currently enrolled in the law program at the University of Calgary. She is originally from Brazil, where she graduated and received her Bachelor of Laws in 2016. Since graduating, Carolina has worked with legal firms conducting legal research, drafting legal documents and accompanying clients to court appearances. She was also a member of the team of lawyers that acted directly on Brazil’s notorious case of judicial bankruptcy, the one from the third largest telecommunication company in Latin America.

In her spare time, she is involved in volunteers programs that provide support for women.

Carolina looks forward to gaining practical legal skills at Whitelaw and learn from her colleagues at Whitelaw Twining.

Lane Aman

Lane is a summer student at Whitelaw Twining’s Calgary office and is currently pursuing his JD at the University of Calgary. Lane completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Lethbridge, receiving his Bachelor of Management with great distinction in 2019. During his undergraduate years, he played two seasons with the Prairie Baseball Academy, contributing to two Canadian College Baseball Conference championships.

Prior to joining WT, Lane spent a summer working with Alberta Justice Crown Prosecution Services where he assisted prosecutors and conducted research on a wide range of criminal matters. Throughout law school Lane has been an active volunteer with Student Legal Assistance where he has represented individuals from the low-income community in Provincial Court. He has also been involved with the Business Venture Clinic assisting early-stage businesses with a range of legal matters.

Lane is excited to be a part of the growing Calgary team. He looks forward to gaining practical experience and legal skills at WT.

In his spare time, Lane enjoys staying active, cheering on the Blue Jays, and spending time with family and friends.

Annette Bronsch

Annette Bronsch is an articling student at Whitelaw Twining’s Vancouver Office. Annette originally joined Whitelaw as a junior legal assistant in Whitelaw’s plaintiff personal injury practice before attending law school in 2018 and later returning as a summer student in 2020.

Annette recently graduated with her JD from Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Prior to law school, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia where she received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and minor in Law and Society.

Throughout her time at law school, Annette volunteered with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, providing both civil and criminal advice and representation for low income clients. In her final semester of law school, Annette acted as a Judicial Intern at the Surrey Provincial Court. In this role, Annette gained valuable exposure to the inner workings of civil and criminal litigation, observed the nuances of effective advocacy, and provided legal research and support to judges.

In her spare time, Annette loves hiking, skiing, running, and generally being outdoors. She also enjoys listening to podcasts and reading suspense novels.

Nesta Chan

Nesta first joined Whitelaw Twining in 2020 as a summer articling student. She returns as an articled student after completing her Juris Doctor at the University of Calgary. She has an undergraduate background in psychology, business administration and human resources. Prior to attending law school, she worked at a boutique immigration law firm in Vancouver, frequently assisting clients with their immigration needs. Throughout law school, she actively volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and the Regional Animal Protection Society.

Nesta is excited to begin her legal career at Whitelaw Twining and looks forward to learning from the firm’s seasoned legal professionals.

In her spare time, Nesta enjoys running, baking/cooking and spending time with her dog, Mochi.

Phillip Cho

Philip joined the firm as a summer student in 2020 and is returning for his articles in 2021. Philip completed his JD at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, he received a BA from the University of British Columbia.

During his time at law school, Philip has worked on files with the Business Law Clinic, participated in a negotiation competition and was a volunteer editor for the University of Victoria’s peer-reviewed law journal Appeals: Review of Current Law and Law Reform. Philip also served as a representative of the Pan-Asian Law Society and was a member of Faculty of Law’s Softball Team. He strives to be an active member of charitable initiatives with a focus on immigrant and refugee youth.

Philip is excited to rejoin the collegial and dynamic team at Whitelaw Twining. He hopes to learn from his talented colleagues and further develop his advocacy skills.

In his spare time, Philip enjoys fast cars, golf and films of all genres. He is also an avid follower of soccer, baseball and Formula 1.

Isabella De Bortoli

Isabella received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminology and a Legal Studies certificate from Simon Fraser University in 2018, graduating with distinction. She is currently completing her Juris Doctor degree at Peter A. Allard School of Law. Throughout her academic career, Isabella has maintained an active role in the local legal communities by supporting Vancouver’s Downtown Community Court in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society, and volunteering with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program. More recently, she participated in the UBC Innocence Project clinical program. 

Isabella looks forward to acquiring new legal experience and continuing to develop her advocacy skills with Whitelaw Twining, in a diverse and supportive environment. 

In her spare time, Isabella enjoys exploring hiking trails, experimenting with new recipes and spending quality time with friends and family. 

TJ Garcha

TJ first joined Whitelaw Twining in 2020 as a summer articling student. He returns as an articled student after completing his Juris Doctor at Thompson Rivers University. He received a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction with a major in Business Economics and Law from the University of Alberta in 2017. Throughout law school, he volunteered as a blog writer for Pro Bono Students Canada and maintained the role of an executive on TRU Law’s Human Rights Club, serving as its Vice President from 2020-2021.

TJ is excited to begin his legal career in a collegial environment and looks forward to learning from Whitelaw Twining’s experienced and respected legal professionals.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, travelling and spending time with his family and friends.

George Ikonomou

George completed his law degree at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Throughout law school, he provided pro bono public services to the community in Exeter’s Legal Clinic, where he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award. He placed first in Dentons National Negotiation Competition and was Vice-President of the Greek & Greek-Cypriot Society. Before returning to Vancouver to complete his accreditation exams, he summered at an international law firm in London.

George is excited to be fully immersed and be part of the Whitelaw Twining team. He is eager to gain hands-on, practical experience while honing his advocacy skills.

In his spare time, George enjoys playing beach volleyball at Spanish Banks, travelling, and reminiscing stories of growing up in the family restaurant business.

Aman Kang

Aman Kang is an articling student at Whitelaw Twining’s Vancouver Office. He joined Whitelaw as a summer student in 2020. He completed his Juris Doctor degree at Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law. Prior to attending law school, Aman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Psychology and a Legal Studies certificate from Simon Fraser University. Aman has also completed his Investments Funds Certificate from the Canadian Securities Institute.

During law school, Aman was the vice president of the newly founded Criminal Law club and participated in the Human Rights club, TRU Oral Advocacy club, and took part in an Environmental Negotiation at UBC.

Aman looks forward to continuing to gain hands-on, practical experience while honing his advocacy and problem-solving skills.

In his spare time, Aman enjoys travelling, playing basketball, lifting weights, and playing video games.

Patrick Kurek

Patrick is entering his third year at Thompson Rivers University. Prior to attending law school, Patrick received a Bachelors of Commerce degree, majoring in Finance and Marketing from the University of Northern British Columbia. Patrick strives to be an active member of the community participating in a number charitable initiatives, clubs and dedicating time to youth sports. During his time at law school he has participated in the Sports Law & Entertainment club, Business Law club, Golf club and Basketball club. Patrick was a member of the 2019 TRU Hooplaw team that won 1st place and hopes to have the opportunity to defend that title this coming fall!

Patrick is excited to join a collegial, enthusiastic environment where he has the opportunity to gain practical hands on experience. He looks forward to having the chance to work closely with the many skilled and dedicated lawyers at the firm.

 In his spare time Patrick enjoys staying active, he regularly plays golf, basketball and focuses on physical fitness. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family, and embraces new experiences through travel.

Jackson Li

Jackson received his English Honours degree from the University of British Columbia and currently studies at the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. During law school, he worked with Pro Bono Students Canada and the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program to provide legal assistance to the local community. He also worked at the Department of Justice for one academic term, where he conducted research, drafted legal documents and submissions, and fostered his interest in litigation.
 


Jackson looks forward to learning from Whitelaw Twining’s experienced lawyers and staff and taking part in its cohesive team environment.
  


In his spare time, Jackson enjoys exercising, playing video games, and spending time with his friends.

Sam Macdonald

Sam is a summer student at Whitelaw Twining and is set to receive his JD from Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in 2022. Prior to law school, Sam received his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Quest University in 2019.

During his time at law school, Sam has enjoyed working with others and has gained an appreciation for the law. In his second year, Sam was selected for the Dean’s List and competed in the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot where he placed third for overall oralist and third for written submissions at nationals.

Sam is excited to begin his legal career at Whitelaw Twining and looks forward to gaining experience in the firm’s wide variety of practice areas.

In his spare time, Sam enjoys spending time with friends, playing sports, and taking his dogs on the North Shore trails.

Ali Sarhill

Ali is a summer student at Whitelaw Twining’s Calgary office. He is currently pursuing his JD at the University of Calgary and is expected to graduate in 2022. Prior to law school, he completed his Bachelor of Business Commerce at the University of Windsor in 2018. Ali has had a number of experiences that strengthened his passion for advocacy. These include helping newcomer families integrate into Canadian society, competing in negotiation and trial competitions, and volunteering with Pro bono Canada to assist low-income Canadians in accessing legal services.

Ali is eager to gain practical experience and develop his advocacy skills from his talented colleagues at Whitelaw Twining.

In his spare time, Ali enjoys cooking from different cuisines, exploring local restaurants, playing table tennis, and spending time with his friends.

Jill Wiberg

Jill received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 2019 and has completed her second year of law school at Thompson Rivers University.  At law school,  Jill has worked on projects with Pro Bono Students Canada, and participated in a number of negotiations and moots with the Oral Advocacy Club.  Jill is actively involved with her community, coaching children and creating youth sport programming. 
 
Jill is excited to learn alongside the Whitelaw Twining team and gain practical experiences while working through her summer rotations.
 
In her spare time, Jill enjoys spending time on the golf course, skiing, going to spin class and looks forward to enjoying her first summer in Vancouver.

Matthew Wong

Matt is currently completing his JD at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, he received a BA from the University of Calgary in 2019 and a BSc from the University of British Columbia in 2013.

At law school, Matt competed in the 2021 Jessup International Law Moot, in which his team reached advanced international rounds and won national awards for top overall and top respondent written submissions. He volunteered as a summer clinician with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program. In his first year of law school, Matt won a school-wide trial competition hosted by a national law firm. He was also a caseworker with UCalgary’s Student Legal Assistance clinic, making frequent appearances in Calgary court on behalf of clients.

Matt looks forward to developing practical lawyering skills and nurturing his passion for advocacy at Whitelaw Twining. He is keen to be exposed to the firm’s numerous areas of litigation, particularly commercial litigation.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing the guitar, brewing specialty coffee, collecting sneakers, and trying new restaurants.

Brett Layton

Brett is an articling student who joined Whitelaw Twining in 2021. He recently completed his JD at The University of Calgary Faculty of Law. Prior to attending law school, Brett completed his undergraduate studies at Mount Royal University, where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration. During Brett’s studies, he played basketball for The University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. Throughout law school, Brett volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada in the Family Law Duty Counsel project. In doing so, Brett gained experience working with clients and being in the court room.

Brett is excited to be a contributing member of the Whitelaw Twining team in Calgary, and he looks forward to learning from his experienced colleagues as he embarks on his legal caree

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