As the Assistant Director of the Work Placement Office at the Law Practice Program (LPP), André is responsible for working with the Profession to identify work placements throughout Ontario, as well as developing and implementing the candidate preparation and support structures to ensure placements benefit both employers and candidates. In his role André develops and delivers a number of Professional Development sessions each year to assist candidates with application preparation, networking and outreach, in-placement success strategies and post-placement next steps. André is also a frequent panelist and guest speaker at law schools and legal conferences where he discusses the LPP and presents on topics related to career planning.
Prior to joining the LPP, André was the Director of Professional Development at Heenan Blaikie LLP. In this role, André was responsible for all aspects of the Toronto office’s associate and student programs, as well as managing the office’s orientation, continuing legal education, mentoring and review programs.
Following his legal studies, André was admitted to the New York State Bar and worked as an Associate with the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Upon returning to Toronto, André worked as a Recruitment Manager for Robert Half Legal and also served as the Director of Career Services at Osgoode Hall Law School where he utilized his knowledge and experience to advise law students on their career opportunities and job search strategies. Prior to attending law school, André held various positions with the Toronto offices of McMillan LLP and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.
Over the course of his career, André has gained a wealth of knowledge about the legal industry and has gained considerable experience both in the practice of law and in the professional development community generally.
*Updated May 16th, 2018