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.
Ardella A. Thompson
Ardella Thompson is one of the founding partners of NST. Ardella practised for over 30 years as a top level research lawyer, providing analysis and preparing written arguments in support of the litigation carried out by other members of the firm. Ardella was also the administrative managing partner for NST. After retiring from the practice of law, Ardella is continuing her relationship with the firm as our Office Manager.
The NST Support Team
Phollna Au has joined the NST LAA team in June 2022. She received her Law Clerk diploma in Ontario from Centennial College in 2005. She has experience working in law firms and in-house legal department and has worked in hybrid role as legal administrative assistant and paralegal positions.
Joanne Bower has been with NST since 2015. She is legal assistant to Randy Hordo, Q.C., Karen Carteri and James Parker. She received her legal administrative certificate in 1988 and her paralegal certificate from Vancouver Community College in 2020 and is chair of NST’s Health & Safety Committee.
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., Julia Lockhart, and Edith Chen. Michele is a member of NST’s Health & Safety Committee.
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 to detail 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.
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 James C. MacInnis, Q.C., Peter J. Reardon and Caitlin Ohama-Darcus and and is a member of NST’s Health & Safety Committee.
Sammy is a member of our accounting department. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Finance and Accounting at Kazakh-State University of Abai in 1999. She attended the London School of Business & Finance for her ACCA certificate. She earned a Pre-Master degree in Business (MBA) at Williams College London in Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership in 2013. Sammy has been working in accounting and finance industry since 2000 and particularly in the legal industry since 2016.
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)
Nadia Walnicki joined NST in 2020. She is the legal assistant of Irwin Nathanson, Q.C. and Kevin Loo, Q.C. Nadia received her LAA and business training at the Toronto School of Business, and has been an LAA since 1995.
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.