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Tara Hristov

Tara joined Emond Harnden as an Associate after completing her articles and two terms as a summer student with the firm. She was called to the bar in 2021. Tara practices in all areas of labour and employment law, including wrongful dismissal litigation, arbitration hearings, human rights matters, collective bargaining, employment standards compliance, contract and policy drafting, and privacy. She works with both provincially and federally regulated clients in the public and private sectors. Tara is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, with Cum Laude distinction. Tara also holds Joint Honors in Political Science…

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Noel Platte

Noel joined Emond Harnden as an Associate in 2021 after articling with the firm. Practicing in all areas of labour and employment law, Noel provides timely advice to both provincially and federally regulated employers. He assists clients with a variety of legal matters, including labour arbitration, civil litigation, collective bargaining, and drafting contracts and workplace policies. Noel graduated Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa’s English Common Law Program with an Option in Public Law. Prior to law school, he completed an Honours Specialization in Political Science from Huron University, graduating with distinction. He received numerous awards for academic excellence,…

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Nadine Rizk

Nadine joined Emond Harnden in 2021 after practicing exclusively in the area of civil litigation at a boutique litigation firm practising in Ottawa and Toronto. She received her Juris Doctor (Law) degree from the University of Ottawa French Common Law Program in 2017. Prior to studying law, Nadine studied in Fine Arts at York University completing a specialization in the Department of Theatre’s Acting Conservatory. Following her studies in law, Nadine was a candidate of the Programme de Pratique (Law Practice Program) and recipient of the Prix de l’avenir de la profession. Nadine went on to complete her articles with…

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Tess Brown

Tess is a Research Lawyer who provides support in both official languages to the firm’s other lawyers in all aspects of labour and employment law. Tess was called to the Bar in 2016. Prior to that, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Honours Bachelor of Social Science (Specialization in Political Science) from the University of Ottawa. She also completed her Juris Doctor through the University’s French Common Law Program. Tess completed her articles and began her legal career as an associate at a full-service firm in Ottawa, where she developed a broad-based litigation practice with a particular emphasis on…

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Patrick Twagirayezu

Patrick joined Emond Harnden as an Associate after completing his articles and working as a summer student with the firm. Fully bilingual, Patrick works with public and private sector clients in all aspects of labour and employment law, helping employers solve a wide variety of workplace issues. He also works in the areas of education law, civil litigation, privacy law, human rights law, administrative law and corporate governance. Patrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa French Common Law Program in 2019 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2020. During law school, Patrick was a teaching…

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Pascale Robillard

Pascale graduated Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa Programme de Droit Canadien in 2019, receiving a JD and a LL.L, She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2020 and to the Quebec Bar in 2021. Prior to attending law school, Pascale completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences with specialization in Psychology, History and Criminology at the University of Ottawa, graduating Cum Laude. Pascale joined Emond Harnden as an Associate after completing her articles with the firm. Before becoming part of the Emond Harnden team, she was a caseworker at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic for most…

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Spencer Knibutat

Spencer summered and articled with Emond Harnden before joining the firm as an Associate following his call to the Bar in 2020. Spencer practices in all areas of labour and employment law, providing support to a variety of provincially and federally regulated clients in both the public and private sectors. He has been involved in collective bargaining, drafting employment agreements and workplace policies, and preparing for termination actions, human rights matters, and arbitration hearings. In addition, Spencer practices in the areas of privacy and access to information law. In this capacity, he advises clients with respect to their obligations under…

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Marianne Abou-Hamad

Marianne graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Ottawa English Common Law Program in 2018 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019. Prior to attending law school, Marianne completed an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences with Specialization in Political Science at the University of Ottawa, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Marianne joined Emond Harnden as an Associate after completing her articles and a term as a summer student with the firm. Marianne practices in all areas of labour and employment law, and provides support to a variety of clients in both the public and private sectors, including federally…

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Marie-Michèle Pellerin-Auprix

Marie-Michèle is a Research Lawyer who provides support in both official languages to the other lawyers of the firm in all aspects of labour and employment law. Marie-Michèle was called to the Bar in 2014 and she articled at a national firm where she worked closely with the labour and employment group. Prior to joining the firm, she practiced at a management-side labour and employment law boutique in Ottawa. During that time, Marie-Michèle’s practice included providing advice and representation to employers in both the public and private sectors. Marie-Michèle has diverse experience with employment, labour, human rights and occupational health…

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Fabienne Lajoie

Fabienne is a graduate (cum laude) from the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa. She joined Emond Harnden in 2019, after completing her articling at a litigation firm. Prior to her law studies, Fabienne obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Magna cum laude) in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from the University of Ottawa. During her studies, she received several awards and scholarships recognizing her leadership. Perfectly bilingual, Fabienne practices in all areas of labour and employment law, with a particular interest in human rights, education and access to justice in French. Fabienne is a member of the…

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