Our Team

Director

Prof. Richard McLarenRichard H. McLaren is a Professor of Law at Western University. Professor McLaren has practical experience as a commercial lawyer, a labour and commercial arbitrator, mediator, and professional sports arbitrator. He is Counsel to McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP law firm in London, Ontario.

Professor McLaren joined the Faculty of Law in 1972 and was Associate Dean from 1979-82. His principle teaching research interests are in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Contracts, Debtor-Creditor Rights, Bankruptcy and Insolvency, Commercial and Business Law, and Sport and the Law.

He was a Canadian Co-Reporter and special consultant to the American Law Institute's Project on Transnational Insolvency in the three NAFTA countries. He is one of three Canadian academics who are members of the Insolvency Institute of Canada and is the only one who is a member of the American Academy of Commercial Finance Lawyers.

Appointments include: Higher Board of the Euro-Arab Arbitration System; International Court of Arbitration for Sport (which oversees the International Olympic Committee) for whom he was an on-site arbitrator at the 1998 and 2006 Winter Olympics in Nagano and Torino respectively; the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Athens, and Beijing respectively; and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. 

Major publications

Review Counsel

Philip King

Philip King is a corporate and commercial lawyer in London, Ontario. Philip also teaches Business Law at the Faculty of Law at Western University, the Ivey Business School, and the DAN Program in Management and Organizational Studies. As a student at Western University, Philip was awarded the gold medal in the combined Law and M.B.A. program. After working at a major Toronto corporate law firm, Philip returned to London to teach and practice business law. Philip has worked with some of Canada’s finest lawyers and businesspeople and has helped clients successfully complete dozens of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, private placements and public offerings. Philip has also sat on, and chaired, the boards of multiple business corporations and charitable organizations. 

Student Directors 

Brandon Pedersen

Brandon Pedersen

Brandon is currently in his second year of the JD program at Western Law. He earned his Bachelor of Arts with an Honours Specialization in Political Science from Western University. Prior to attending law school, Brandon spent time working as a junior golf instructor, and later as a parks maintenance labourer. During his first year at Western Law, he was a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic, a Student Ambassador, and a member of the Western Law Competitive Men’s Hockey team. Brandon competed in numerous advocacy competitions during his first year of law school, including the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition, the Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Client Consultation Competition, and the Dispute Resolution Clinic’s 1L Mediation Competition.

Karam PutrosKaram Putros

Karam is currently in his second year of the JD program at Western Law. He earned his Bachelor of Science with a major in Medical Science from Western University and Bachelor of Arts, Honours Business Administration (HBA) from Ivey Business School in 2016. Prior to attending law school, Karam worked as a Case Writer for the Ivey Business School and Management Consultant for the Burlington Economic Development Corporation. During his first year at Western Law, Karam was a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic and competed in numerous advocacy competitions, such as the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition and Legate & Associates Medical Malpractice Moot. Outside of work and school, Karam enjoys refereeing soccer and learning Mandarin.

Summer Caseworkers

Colleen NevisonColleen Nevison

Colleen is currently in her second year of the JD program at Western Law. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology at the University of Waterloo. Prior to attending law school, Colleen worked as a Research Assistant for the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Cooperative Education. During her first year at Western Law, Colleen volunteered with the Western Journal of Legal Studies. She competed in several advocacy competitions and was a finalist in the Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Client Consultation Competition and the Hicks Morley Labour Law Moot. When not working for the Clinic, Colleen enjoys golfing and running.

Zahra NaqviZahra Naqvi

Zahra is currently in her second year of the JD program at Western Law. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Honours Business Administration (HBA) from Ivey Business School in 2016. Prior to attending law school, Zahra worked as a Senior Legal Assistant, handling corporate and real estate files at a law firm in downtown London, Ontario. During her first year at Western Law, Zahra continued working as a Legal Assistant, and also worked on the METRAC project with Pro Bono Students Canada. Along with these activities, Zahra has been an active member of her community, acting as the Young Leader on the Board of John Howard Society, and advocating for youth employment as a Councillor on MP Peter Fragiskatos’s Youth Council. She has also been an active member of the law school community, competing in the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition, Hicks Morley Labour Law Moot and the Cherniak Cup Trial Advocacy competition, and acting as Treasurer of the Yearbook Committee.

Peter CharnvarnichborikarnPeter Charnvarnichborikarn

Peter is currently in his second year of the JD program at Western Law. He earned his Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts with majors in Political Science and History at McGill University. Prior to attending law school, Peter worked with RBC Wealth Management and volunteered with an elephant reserve in Northern Thailand. During his first year at Western Law, Peter was a Caseworker with the Western Business Law Clinic and a Staff Editor with the Western Journal of Legal Studies. He competed in numerous advocacy competitions and was a finalist in the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition.

Mentors

Our mentor lawyers dedicate pro bono hours to assist students in the analysis of legal issues and direct student research activities. We would like to thank the following firms for their generous assistance:


Please contact us if you would like to become a mentor.