Read about some of our past student’s experiences of their time at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Associate Lawyer Jeremy Herman
Jeremy Herman, Associate
“Over my time with Samfiru Tumarkin LLP (“STLaw”), I have transitioned from Articling Student to Lawyer. My experience as a student equipped me with the requisite skills, confidence, and understanding of how to run a legal practice, which entails much more than just a solid understanding of the law. Mutual respect, collegiality amongst colleagues, and with other members of the legal profession, are core values at STLaw. This is the firm to quickly develop into a well-rounded and respected advocate.”


“I summered and articled with the firm, prior to joining the firm as an Associate. I loved the program as I felt like it prepared me for success as a lawyer with ST. As a student I was given ample opportunity to develop my legal drafting, client management and oral advocacy skills. Moreover, the dynamic, fast-paced environment allowed me to develop some of the softer skills that have proven imperative in my practice as a lawyer. Lastly, the firm’s culture is fantastic. Everyone from Partners, Associates and support staff are always available to help students find success in their roles and to help them develop into fantastic lawyers.” Associate Lawyer Teilen Celentano
Teilen Celentano, Associate


Associate Lawyer Adrienne Wensel
Adrienne Wensel, Associate
“I was so thrilled to accept an offer to return to ST Law as an associate. The highlight of my articles was the real experience in litigation I gained. Beyond typical legal research and drafting, I was actively involved and responsible for running aspects of files. For example, I represented clients at small claims settlement conferences, conducted a direct examination at a BCSC trial, and even ran my own 2-day small claims trial!  As an added bonus, the environment is genuinely warm and sociable, making it a fun and enjoyable workplace.”


“During my articling I learned to practice employment law and litigation and discovered my love for it. The day-to-day work was meaningful, fast paced, and with direct impact on the clients’ lives. It was an optimal setting to learn the law, how to work on a file from beginning to end, and how to confidently make decisions. It was inspiring to be part of a firm that had a vision and passion for litigation and client service, with an energy that was contagious.

At the end of ten months of drafting, strategy meetings, and attendances at hearings, mediations, discoveries, and client interactions, the transfer of knowledge was transformative. It was rewarding to be part of a firm with an overwhelming collegial and entrepreneurial spirit. I took ownership of my work and I felt valued.

As part of a boutique law firm, I was able to specialize and to learn the business side of a legal practice and at the end of my term I knew that employment law advocacy was my calling.”

Partner Lumi Pungea
Lumi Pungea, Partner


Associate Lawyer Travis Carpenter
Travis Carpenter, Associate
“My experience as an Articling Student at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP was unparalleled. The simultaneous levels of autonomy and unwavering support that I received as a student helped me to foster the confidence required to be an effective advocate for my clients – right out of the gate. During my time as an articling student with ST Law, I was afforded the opportunity to work on some of my own files, and I even had many solo appearances before the Ontario Superior Court. My experience was invaluable in molding me into the lawyer I am today. Additionally, the firm culture is one to be celebrated. The levels of collegiality and respect exemplified at this firm have made it the best place that I have ever worked.”


“ST Law is the place to be for any student aspiring to succeed in the field of litigation. A dynamic and fast-paced firm, with a friendly, energetic and brilliant team of lawyers, paralegals and support staff, ST Law is a firm where students are provided all the support and resources they need to successfully transition into the legal profession. My time as an Articling Student with ST Law proved incredibly valuable. In addition to drafting and research, students have every opportunity to be actively involved in each stage of the litigation process, from client intake and management to settlement negotiation and trial. Thanks to ST Law’s student program, I have developed the competency and confidence needed to succeed as an employment lawyer, and you can too!” Associate James Hickey
James Hickey, Associate
Associate Lawyer Sephton A. Leibbrandt
Sephton A. Leibbrandt, Associate
“Articling with Samfiru Tumarkin LLP was an immersive and rewarding experience that allowed me to begin my legal career with confidence and zeal. Through exposure to a wide variety of assignments combined with frequent opportunities to participate in every stage of the litigation process, I was equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective advocate and lawyer. Samfiru Tumarkin offers a uniquely challenging articling environment where students are encouraged to hone their craft and achieve their maximum potential. Hard-work, dedication, and perseverance are expected, but never unnoticed. The firm grants an extraordinary degree of trust and autonomy to students – trust which demands exceptional responsibility, time-management, and attention to detail – facilitating a comprehensive introduction to the practice of law at a litigation-intensive national firm. However, what truly sets Samfiru Tumarkin apart is the shared commitment of every lawyer and staff member to foster a lively, collegial, and welcoming work environment based upon mutual trust and respect. For anyone who is passionate about advocacy and intent on marshalling their intellect to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, I wholeheartedly believe Samfiru Tumarkin is the place for you. ”

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