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22 November 20223 minute read

Breanna Needham named a 2022 Lexpert Rising Star

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is pleased to announce that Breanna Needham from the firm's Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations ‎group in the Toronto office has been named a ‎‎2022 Lexpert Rising Star.‎

Breanna has a successful commercial litigation practice with a focus on civil fraud matters. She has extensive experience with ‎investigations, injunctions, extraordinary remedies, and asset recovery proceedings. Breanna manages a wide range of complex and highly sensitive matters which require her to navigate ‎delicate and time-sensitive situations with both counsel and clients.‎ Breanna has a deep respect for the value of team work and ‎peer learning, and has played an important role in shaping the development of students and ‎junior associates. ‎

Breanna regularly comments, speaks, writes, and creates content on topics related to equity, diversity and inclusion in the legal ‎profession, with a focus on gender equity and issues which affect the queer community. She uses her social media presence to engage with a large online audience on a variety of issues, from equity to mentoring, with a focus on an intersectional approach that acknowledges systemic discrimination in the ‎legal profession.

‎"Breanna is an exemplary litigator who excels at her practice‎‎." said Robert Seidel, K.C., ‎Canada Managing Partner. “What makes Breanna truly exceptional and deserving of this recognition is the respect and authenticity with which she treats her colleagues and the value she places on team work when resolving complex matters for clients. Within a few years since joining the firm she has become an integral member of the litigation group, a point of reference for our up-and-coming lawyers and a well-regarded litigator by clients and colleagues alike.”

“I am stoked to have been both nominated for this award and recognized along with such a talented group of people. I am grateful for my colleagues at DLA Piper who have stepped up not only as mentors, but as sponsors, to promote my career advancement. The team’s ongoing and enthusiastic support of my commitment to authenticity and advocating for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the legal community and beyond is also foundational. No one attains success alone or on their own; I am fortunate to be surrounded by so many committed and exceptional professionals.”

Chosen by an ‎advisory board comprised of distinguished leaders in the legal community, Lexpert Rising ‎Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 ‎celebrates outstanding young lawyers in Canada who have ‎demonstrated professional ‎excellence, effective leadership, and commitment to their communities.‎

Winners of the 2022 Lexpert Rising Stars were ‎recognized at an awards gala on November 22, 2022 at Toronto's Liberty Grand and will be featured in ‎the November/December issue of Lexpert magazine.