Lavery is pleased to announce the arrival of Victoria Cohene, Fanny Poulin and Souad Berrada to the firm. Victoria Cohene – Senior AssociateVictoria Cohene joins the firm's Litigation group, specifically in Family Law, Personal Law and Estate Law. Her practice covers all matters relating to family, personal and estate law, in particular divorce, legal separation, separation of de facto couples, child custody, child and spousal support, partition of property, name changes, grandparents' rights of access to their grandchildren, institution of protective supervision, homologation of mandates and estate litigation. "I was fortunate to have begun my law career at Lavery, and after 5 years developing experience as an independent lawyer, I am excited to be rejoining the "Dream Team". I look forward to learning and collaborating with lawyers having such integrity, empathy, commitment and high standards, and know that I will also have the support of so many other dedicated and kind individuals." Fanny Poulin - AssociateFanny Poulin joins our Labour and Employment Law Group. She joined Lavery after completing her bar association internship at a private firm specializing in family law. "I'm very excited to join the Lavery team! What attracted me to the firm was the passion exhibited by my colleagues and the intellectual challenges that await me." Souad Berrada - ParalegalSouad Berrada joins our Business Law Group. She will provide her experience to our corporate law professionals by assisting in the drafting of legal documentation for corporate transactions. "I decided to join the Lavery team is because of the firm's strong reputation and the fact that it remains one of the most qualified firms in Canada. It is also a wonderful challenge that will undoubtedly allow me to grow and develop within a team of outstanding professionals."
Victoria Cohene Senior Associate
- Québec, 2013
- Ontario, 2018
Victoria Cohene is a member of the firm's Litigation group, specifically in Family Law, Personal Law and Estate Law. Her practice covers all matters relating to family, personal and estate law, in particular divorce, legal separation, separation of de facto couples, child custody, child and spousal support, partition of property, name changes, grandparents' rights of access to their grandchildren, institution of protective supervision, homologation of mandates and estate litigation.
Me Cohene defends and protects the rights and interests of her clients with passion and diligence. She takes a hands-on approach to all of her cases and offers her clients realistic advice. Every case is handled with the same standard of excellence, regardless of size. Me Cohene makes herself available to all of her clients and responds quickly to their needs and concerns. She advises her clients on contested issues and on the negotiation of out-of-court settlements, whether prior to the judicial process or as part of it. Over the years, Me Cohene has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has worked on cases of varying degrees of complexity, including international cases. She has also acquired valuable experience pleading before the courts, including the Court of Appeal.
During her law studies, Me Cohene did an internship at a legal information centre for seniors, during which she developed a marked interest in elder law, including the protection of vulnerable persons and the institution of protective supervision. She also received several awards, including the I.M.E Prize in commercial law, the Gerald S. Tritt, Q.C. Prize for the highest ranking in special contracts, the Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt Prize in corporate law and commercial law, and the Yoine Goldstein Prize in bankruptcy and insolvency.
Before becoming a lawyer, Me Cohene taught elementary and high school students. She has a strong understanding of children's needs and development, which serves her well in custody cases.
- B.C.L., LL.B., with great distinction, Dean's honour list, McGill University, 2009
- M.A., education, McGill University, 2006
- B.Ed., elementary, Dean's honour list, McGill University, 2002
Boards and Professional Affiliations
- Association des avocats et avocates en droit familial du Québec, Board member
- Pro Bono Québec, Selection Committee, Family Law
- Advisory committee for the project to improve the practice of law to increase the safety of female victims of domestic violence
- Young Bar of Montreal
- Lord Reading Society
- Éducaloi, legal workshop offered in high schools
- Certified mediator