She became an entrepreneur over ten years ago when she formed a law firm focused on advising entrepreneurs and knowledge-based businesses during both good and challenging times, starting from launch, to financing, growth, pivot/change, and ultimately exit.

Naomi Morisawa De Koven is the managing lawyer of MDK. Naomi is an active charter member of TiE Ottawa, a past recipient of the Ottawa Business Journal’s Forty under 40, and a volunteer director of several not-for-profit organizations. Prior to moving to Ottawa, she was a Toronto-based partner at a national law firm.

Naomi earned a B.A. from McGill University, an LL.B. at the University of Toronto, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995.When she's out of the office, Naomi can be spotted out on the water in her kayak, practicing mindfulness, watching the latest sci-fi movie with her family, and searching for unique images to share on Instagram.

Naomi Morisawa De Koven

Managing Lawyer

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Drew Kelsall

Business Lawyer

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Drew Kelsall is a business lawyer at MDK Business Law.

Originally from Toronto, Drew obtained his Bachelor of Arts at McGill University in History and International Relations in 2011. He then lived in Australia while attending first year of law school at Bond University, and completed his Juris Doctor at Queen’s University, graduating in 2015.

While at Queen’s, Drew completed the International Business Law Program at the Bader International Studies Centre at Herstmonceaux Castle in England.

After law school, Drew articled in Toronto with a large national firm, following which he moved to Ottawa and began practicing Matrimonial & Family Law, which was his main area of practice prior to joining MDK Business Law.

Since departing his practice as a family lawyer, Drew has been assisting/advising clients on:

  1. General corporate/commercial matters such as incorporation and shareholder's agreements;
  2. Assisting companies, both start-ups and established entities, in ensuring they are compliant with Ontario and Canadian Laws; and
  3. Advising and assisting corporations through large financings and other securities transactions.

He is also a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

Outside of the office, Drew enjoys skiing during the winter months, travelling, and relaxing on a lake during the summer. He is an accomplished tenor saxophonist and has an interest in science fiction and video games.

Justin Clory

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Justin graduated from the University of Ottawa English Common Law program in 2021. They work on a variety of matters, from employment to privacy to financing transactions.

Before moving to Ottawa, Justin graduated with Honours from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Political Science.  While at UPEI, Justin held various roles across campus, such as being elected to the Student Union and a founding member of the only queer advocacy group on campus. Justin brings their passion for advocacy and highlighting the struggle that minority members of society face in the Disrobed Podcast.

During their studies, Justin worked in varying roles for Prince Edward Island's Legislature, in the Third Party and Clerk's office, and Elections Prince Edward Island during the plebiscite on electoral reform.When not working or studying for law school, Justin leads the Ottawa chapter of Start Proud, focusing on breaking down barriers to employment for LGBTQ+ persons by creating networking opportunities for students and young professionals.  

 

Parisa Khazra

Business Lawyer

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Beverley Kinman

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Beverley's past volunteer work includes of caring for the elderly and participating in the Arthritis Society fundraising campaign. She also currently volunteers with the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.

Although born and raised in the UK, she is well-travelled, speaks fluent Spanish and is studying Russian. Beverley is a passionate animal advocate; she enjoys spending time with the office dog.

 

Laura Summers

Office Manager

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Laura assists with basic bookkeeping, scheduling, daily case flow, and is basically the right-hand person for our lawyers. She also works closely with the financing team and clients regarding accounts receivable and payable, and helps to maintain MDK's website and social media channels.

When Laura is not reading or spending time with family, she can be found enjoying the outdoors in all seasons, watching the Golden Girls, and practicing meditation. She also loves many forms of fitness, including yoga, running, powerlifting and CrossFit.

Wendy is a barrister and solicitor and registered trademark agent who enjoys assisting a wide variety of clients, including multinational, national, mid-sized and small businesses, along with entrepreneurs, with their intellectual property needs.

Prior to private practice, Wendy was a Senior Trademarks Examiner at the Canadian Trademarks Office.

Wendy has extensive experience in providing search opinions, filing and prosecuting trademark applications and advising with respect to enforcement actions, opposition matters, and post-registration proceedings, including summary cancellation proceedings and litigation matters.

Wendy is also experienced in the acquisition of trademarks, branding, due diligence, marking and labelling requirements, as well as counterfeit and licensing matters. She also has experience in the areas of copyright and domain names.

Wendy has been a member of various national and international committees, including the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC), and is currently on the Indigenous Rights Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Wendy enjoys travelling, relaxing on the lake, boating, running, and spending time with her family.

 

Wendy Riel

Trademark Lawyer/Trademark Agent

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Operations Manager

Jaime Stonehouse

Corporate Law Clerk

Parisa attended law school at the University of Ottawa, where she was selected to compete in the Winkler Class Action Moot, and sat on multiple executive student associations, including being the President of the International Commercial Trade Law Students Association. She also took an active role on campus as a Course Tutor for Contract Law, and a Mentor with the Women's Legal Mentorship Program.

Prior to law school, Parisa obtained her BBA, with a specialization in international business, and worked at a start-up, assisting with marketing, sales and human resources. Since joining MDK Business Law, Parisa has been focusing on Privacy and corporate / commercial matters. With the support of the MDK team, Parisa has achieved her Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) designation in March 2022.

As a lover of coffee, tea and all varieties of food, Parisa spends a great deal of time exploring Ottawa's food scene, and sometimes even attempts to replicate the dishes she finds.

Jaime graduated from Durham College with diplomas for the Law Clerk and Paralegal programs. She has had various legal experience in placements at the Ontario Court of Justice in the Office of the Judicial Secretary and with a paralegal office helping to represent clients at the Provincial Offences Court. Jaime also worked at a Toronto law firm in the area of financial services, which helped her transition to the MDK Business Law firm in her preferred area of corporate law.

Jaime recently moved to the city of Ottawa from Toronto and can be found exploring the city's multiple hiking trails, practicing her French and spending quality time with family and friends.

Noah Bottan

Legal Assistant

Kristen attended Herzing College and graduated from their Paralegal Program. She appreciates that the team at MDK knows their clients by name and that they are not known as just a file number. She aspires to make her home with MDK Business Law so that she can learn and grow.

In her spare time, Kristen is an enthusiastic member of the community for animal activism. She even helped spearhead the movement to save the lives of many cats at a sanctuary in Toronto! When she is not advocating for animal rights, she can be found enjoying true crime novels.

Christine Yoo

Corporate Law Clerk

Christine graduated from the Law Clerk program at Algonquin College where she was the recipient of the Ottawa Association of Law Clerk's Aware and scholarship.

Prior to pursuing a career in the legal industry, she attended McGill University and obtained her Bachelor of Music Violin Performance before going on to pursue her Master of Music at the University of Toronto. She has had the privilege of performing and touring with several symphonies across Canada.

During her spare time, she enjoys teaching music to kids and dreaming of adopting more cats.

Evan Young

Law Student

Evan attends law school at the University of Ottawa in the French Common Law Program and will be entering his third year in the fall. During his second year of law school, Evan acted as VP Clubs for the Common Law Student Association and was happily re-elected for the 2023-2024 academic year. He has also played an active role on campus as a Teaching Assistant for the first year Dispute Resolution Course, and as a Mentor for first-year law students. He hopes to continue this participation in the coming year.  

Prior to law school, Evan graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science with a Minor in French Studies. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Evan attended the University of Western Ontario, obtaining his Master of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Canadian Politics. He is excited to continue his legal training with MDK Business Law and is looking forward to working with the MDK team!

When he is not studying, Evan goes on long walks with his dog to explore the city of Ottawa and can be found catching up on all things reality TV.

Kristen Bellefeuille

Undergraduate Law Student

Noah attended Carleton University where he has completed his undergraduate honours B.A. in law. During his time attending Carleton he took part in several clubs, including intramural sports teams, the law club, and campaigned for the Carleton University Student Association during each year of his undergrad as well as for the board of governors. Noah is looking to attend law school in the coming year and joined MDK Business Law to gain experience in the legal field to supplement his goals and hopes to continue a working relationship throughout his schooling and in the future.

When he isn’t working or studying, Noah can be found at the gym striving to keep a balance of both mental and physical health or watching documentaries to expand his knowledge on history and nature.

Imran Hasanain

Data Entry Clerk

Imran is currently a third-year student at the University of Ottawa studying an Honors Bachelor of Commerce and Juris Doctor degree. Beginning Common Law this upcoming September, Imran aspires to learn and gain legal experience amongst the supportive lawyers at MDK Business Law.

At the Telfer School of Management, Imran has been actively participating with business clubs and committees. He sat on the executive team for the Telfer Law Society and the Telfer Competitions Committee, organizing and sending fellow students to business competitions across eastern Canada.

Imran serves as an Equity Analyst for the Telfer Capital Fund, managing a portfolio whilst learning about investing and company screening.

In his spare time, Imran enjoys playing soccer with his friends and family, cooking, investing, and volunteering in the community.

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