Professional Profile

Eve Wahn has been an Ontario lawyer since 1987.  Her early experience as a lawyer was with the Department of Justice (Canada). Eve acted for department clients in an advisory capacity and later took cases before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Federal Court of Canada. Twelve of these cases were reported in a 2 year period.  She then worked at Oslers (Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt), one of Toronto, Canada’s leading law firms, where she gained experience in financing, asset securitization and restructuring of businesses.

Since opening her solo law firm in Toronto in 1997, Eve has represented numerous individuals and businesses, from early stage to fully integrated national and multinational organizations.  She specializes in providing cost effective and business savvy legal advice to clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, software and consumer products sectors and industries.

Eve received her Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) (J.D.)  from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University in 1980.  She was called to the Ontario Bar in April, 1987.

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Eve Wahn offers a wealth of experience and legal expertise.  She has acted in different contexts, having worked in government, at a large international downtown Toronto law firm, and as an external “in-house” lawyer.  In addition, like many of her clients, Eve is an entrepreneur and understands risk.  She brings that approach to her clients, along with her in-depth knowledge and extensive experience in corporate law and commercial transactions.

Eve provides business oriented legal advice in a dedicated and cost effective manner.  She drafts agreements in a style that is clear and easy to follow, and seeks to provide strategies and the appropriate level of advice for the size of a transaction.

While most services continue to be provided on an hourly rate basis, depending on the services and the nature of the client, the arrangement may consist of hourly rates, flat fees, a success fee, equity in lieu of fees, or a combination of these.

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Now for my WHY…

As far back as I can remember several themes have been dominant in my life: I’ve sought the Truth, and wanted to be the best I could be and support others in being the same.

I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan into a family with a history of strong women.  My mum had been the first public chartered accountant (CA) in the province, and was a CA when she married.  At that time, women were expected to give up their work once they had children, so by the time I was born she had given up her practice.  Since Dad didn’t bring home much income, mum went back to school and became a teacher.  She was the main bread earner, the decision maker, and ran a scheduled and rather “tight shop”.

Lisa Ann YountAt age 9 I became a competitive gymnast and adored soaring through the air!  I would have loved to continue pursuing this passion, however we moved to Kenya when I was 13, for several years.  It was a very happy time, though, traveling, meeting new people, experiencing other cultures and making great friends.  On our return, however, there were challenges and I threw my energy into gymnastics, high school work and playing the piano, later becoming a springboard and 10M tower diver.  I took refuge in artistry and beauty which is where I felt free to be “me”.

After high school I attended Queen’s University and apart from being on the diving team, my biggest accomplishment was writing a thesis during my Honours year (Politics).  I returned to Saskatchewan, worked for a few years and then attended the University of Saskatchewan to study Law.  After graduating, I moved to Toronto and entered the profession of law here.  My initial work was at the Department of Justice, Canada.  However I found bureaucracy wasn’t aligned with my nature.  When I joined one of Canada’s most prestigious law firms, I loved the challenging files and enjoyed the collegial atmosphere, though the hours were extensive.  Around the 3 year mark the long work days caused me to question whether the big firm environment was best for me.  The Universe promptly intervened and I took some time off and went traveling in Southeast Asia.

Mike Gnuckx (Flikr)On my return, I was unsure as to whether I wanted to practice law so worked with a lawyer for 18 months before making the decision to open my own firm. Being the master of my own destiny and the freedom to express and create have been other life themes and perhaps why I became a solo corporate lawyer.  I have a knack for explaining legal concepts and matters in a way people understand, love to help people achieve their dreams and businesses grow, and I understand the challenges, entrepreneurial mindset and the desire to take risks.  Every day I seek to be responsive to clients, meet their needs and requirements and provide the quality that would have been expected had I stayed on Bay Street.

I use my life’s experiences to provide advice that is tailored to clients, their personalities and goals.

Helping you achieve your business goals and life’s dreams gets me up in the morning, and your appreciation keeps me motivated and inspired.  Here’s to your success!

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