Miller Thomson lawyer wins 2008 Rainmaker of the Year award

    WATERLOO, ON, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - Miller Thomson lawyer Lorelei Graham is
one of the recipients of the American based 2008 Rainmaker of the Year Award,
honored for her work in helping entrepreneurs with the launch of the firm's
MTech program.
    Graham, an Intellectual Property lawyer, received the award from
Originate, an online newsletter dedicated to business development for
attorneys, and Legal Sales and Services Organization (LSSO) an organization
focused on sales, services and quality issues in law firms and legal
    Winning in the 'Women Lawyer' category, Graham was lauded for her work in
leading the MTech (Miller Thomson Technology) team with its innovative
offering: a one-of-a-kind technology program addressing the needs of emerging
tech, agribusiness and biopharma companies. MTech provides companies with
comprehensive, pre-set legal services to protect intellectual property
    Judges were impressed by Graham's approach, "as a true entrepreneur by
carefully fashioning a set of services to directly address the needs of
emerging tech businesses, working with an effective team, enlisting strong
allies marketing outside the profession and cross-selling zealously."
    According to Graham, she learned her tenacity, determination and
persistence at home. Her parents owned a small manufacturing company and she
learned the importance of persisting in the face of disappointments.
    "We're proud of Lorelei and this award confirms her commitment to
clients," noted Ric Trafford, Miller Thomson Managing Partner, Southwestern
Ontario, for the Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and London offices.
    "Lorelei put a tremendous amount of time and effort into the launch and
success of MTech and is a very deserving recipient of this award," added
Anthony De Fazekas, MTech team member and Partner with Miller Thomson in

    With more than 60 lawyers in its southwestern offices, Miller Thomson
services clients in virtually all sectors of the economy in all aspects of
law, including: information and communication technology; bio-technology;
agribusiness; manufacturing; real estate; construction; financial and health
services; retail; hospitality; and, tourism.
    Miller Thomson LLP, established in 1957, is one of Canada's premier
full-service national law firms, with more than 430 lawyers working in offices
located in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, London, Kitchener-Waterloo,
Guelph, Markham and Montreal. The firm provides business law, advocacy and
personal legal services to Canadian and international corporations,
entrepreneurs, institutions, governments, individuals, charities and
not-for-profit corporations.

For further information:

For further information: Lorelei Graham, Miller Thomson LLP,, (519) 780-4650, or, 1-866-658-0092; Debb Ritchie,
Business Development Manager, Southwestern Ontario, at (519) 593-3260 or at

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