Joseph Ur
  • Title: Articling Student
  • Office: Toronto
  • Status: At the Firm
  • Law School: Queen’s University

 
Biography

Joseph just completed his JD at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law. He received the Queen’s Law Prize in Torts for 2014/15 and was a member of the Davies Corporate Securities Moot team in 2016. At law school, Joseph was actively involved in the past three Queen’s ‘Lawlapalooza’ charity concert events, and played guitar in the head-lining Class of 2017 band. Recently, Joseph spent the fall studying and travelling in Europe while on an exchange term at EBS Law School in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Prior to law school, Joseph received a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Dalhousie University, where he was captain of the Dalhousie Tigers Varsity Swim Team and a four-time Academic All-Canadian athlete. He represented Nova Scotia at the 2009 Canada Games and competed at the 2008 and 2012 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials.

Joe is an avid film buff, and in his spare time he likes to swim, cook, and watch soccer as a Chelsea FC and England supporter.


 



 
Assignments

My summer at McCarthy Tétrault was chock-full of practical advocacy experiences, during which I was able to learn a great deal in a very short period of time. I had the chance to work closely with partners and associates on a key client file, where I led portions of an expert witness meeting through my extensive medical research findings. I was also able to attend an examination for discovery on my own, and got to be involved in a fast paced corporate-espionage-style injunction order. The chance to take on real responsibility and get intimately involved in significant files made me feel like an integral part of the litigation process. Every lawyer I worked alongside was an excellent mentor, was always candid, and gave me transparent developmental feedback. This type of paying it forward at McCarthy Tétrault is imbedded in the firm’s culture, and the quality of the work opportunities is a testament to the strength and breadth of the firm’s student program.

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