Legal Support Professionals.
At NST we are dedicated to discovery project planning and strategy for our clients’ evidentiary data that is defensible, accurate and efficient for local as well as multi-jurisdictional corporations.
Lawyers and eDiscovery Paralegals work together to ensure that the client’s needs are met in the most cost-effective manner, employing cutting-edge technologies to reduce review time and deliver an optimal result.
Bridget is an eDiscovery Paralegal, having joined NST in 2015 after obtaining a BA in psychology from the University of British Columbia. Bridget obtained her paralegal certificate in 2019 and has since specialized in eDiscovery where she has served on some of NST’s most complex litigation disputes. She provides technical support and assists in all stages of complex commercial litigation from document collection through to trial preparation using various document management software including Summation, iPro Eclipse SE and Relativity.
Senior eDiscovery Paralegal
Susan van Altena joined NST as a senior paralegal in 1998 managing complex commercial litigation cases and moved into the Litigation Support Manager role in 2006. With more than 35 years’ experience, she has implemented eDiscovery Best Practices for the firm to ensure that our evidentiary data management is defensible, as well as time and cost efficient for our clients.
She provides litigation technology, practice support and project management on all commercial litigation matters liaising with service providers, clients and experts. She also provides training and support in Summation, Ipro Eclipse SE and Relativity and emerging technology.
The NST Support Team
Joanne Bower has been with NST since 2015. She is legal assistant to Randy Hordo, Q.C. and Karen Carteri. She received her legal administrative certificate in 1988 and her paralegal certificate from Vancouver Community College in 2020 and is NST’s Worker Safety Representative.
Michele Creamore joined the NST legal assistant team in 2018. She received her LAA certificate from Capilano University in 2018 where she was a top student. Michele is assistant to Murray Clemens, Q.C. and Julia Lockhart.
Sue Fewings is a member of our accounting department. Sue was invited to the firm as a bookkeeper in 2002 and in the ensuing years has overseen many changes at NST of technology, regulations, processes and personnel. Sue’s accumulated knowledge and attention continues to provide continuity in a constantly evolving and expanding department.
Elizabeth Hart is a member of our accounting department. She obtained her accounting certificate at Ridge Meadows college. Elizabeth has 15 years of experience working in the legal field and 5 years in the accounting field. She has taken legal courses at Capilano University.
Lindy Grant has been with NST since 2013. She is the legal assistant of James MacInnis, Q.C. and Kayla Strong. Lindy obtained her paralegal certificate from Vancouver Community College in 1997 and has worked in the field of legal administration since 1987.
Kimberly Otto joined the NST team in 2020. Kimm received her LAA certificate from Capilano University in 2020 and was awarded the Margo Munro Memorial Scholarship for her academic achievements. She continues her studies at Capilano in the Paralegal Certificate program and holds a diploma in Criminology. She is the assistant to Peter Senkpiel, Caitlin Ohama-Darcus and James Parker. She also assists the paralegals with larger projects.
Rick Pearson received his Legal Administrative Assistant diploma from Capilano University in 1997, and has worked in hybrid Legal Administrative Assistant-Executive Assistant-Paralegal positions in law firms, an in-house legal department, the Law Society, and government legal departments in Canada, and in local and international law firms in Japan where he resided for 8 years. He is very proactive with his professional development and has received numerous certificates, including from the CLEBC (2000 to present), Marketing (BCIT, 2006) and certificates in Japanese law and legal procedures (Kyushu University, 2010 to 2014). Rick is the Legal Administrative Assistant to Peter Reardon and Heather Doi.
Rachel Rabey started at NST in a front desk role in 2014, quickly moving on to become LAA first for Geoff Gomery Q.C. (now Gomery J.) and currently for Stephen Schachter Q.C., Peter Senkpiel and Emily Hansen. In addition to these roles, Rachel is NST’s marketing and business development co-ordinator. Rachel has a BA (Queens, 2010); MA in Archaeology (UBC 2012) and a Certificate in Legal Administration (Okanagan College, 2017)
Sharon Yu joined NST in 2016 bringing extensive experience as a legal assistant and paralegal. She has a Paralegal Diploma (Capilano University, 2012), Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 2008), Business Administration Diploma (Douglas College, 2005), and Legal Assistant Certificate (Douglas College, 2004). She is currently in a hybrid role as the paralegal and assistant for Karen Carteri.
Julia Tran joined NST in 2020. She works as a floater providing assistance to all members of the NST support team while she completes the paralegal diploma program at Capilano University.
Nadia Walnicki joined NST in 2020. She is the legal assistant of Irwin Nathanson, Q.C. and Kevin Loo. Nadia received her LAA and business training at the Toronto School of Business, and has been an LAA since 1995.