Lexpert Names Heenan Blaikie Entertainment Lawyer Jim Russell as a Rising Star in the Legal Community

    TORONTO, Nov. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Lexpert magazine has named Jim Russell as
one of 2007's Rising Stars. The award pays tribute to the rising stars of the
Canadian legal community. It was presented at a gala dinner last night that
celebrated Canada's leading lawyers under 40 from law firms and in-house
    "I feel really honoured to have been selected and proud that my clients
and my firm nominated me," says Jim Russell, a partner and Entertainment
lawyer with Heenan Blaikie. His practice is focused on the motion picture,
television and entertainment industries. Russell is recognized as one of the
leading lawyers in the country in complex entertainment based financing
transactions, acting for companies such as Lionsgate Films, Robert Lantos'
Serendipity Point Films and the Royal Bank of Canada. "Given the boutique
nature of my practice, I thought I was a long shot for this award."
    Russell has spent his entire legal career with Heenan Blaikie, first as
an articling student and then as a partner and most recently as the
co-ordinator of the Corporate/Commercial practice in the Toronto office. He
has become a favourite with entertainment-industry clients and colleagues
alike for his hard work and passion for client service.
    "This award that seems to acknowledge past achievements and future
potential," says Russell. "To top it, I'd like to have a role in the success
of other people just beginning their practice with our firm. That would be
rewarding - I've always wanted to pass on to others what I have learned."

    Heenan Blaikie is one of Canada's top national law firms. We deliver
strategic legal advice and innovative business solutions under six broad
sectors: entertainment, labour and employment, litigation, business law, tax
and intellectual property. Founded in 1973, the firm is now more than 425
lawyers strong and still growing. Heenan Blaikie has nine offices in Ontario,
British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec.

For further information:

For further information: Karyn McLean, Marketing Director, Heenan
Blaikie, (416) 643-6863, F - (416) 360-8425, kmclean@heenan.ca

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