Natalie C. Zinman
Natalie Zinman is the Director of Associate & Student Programs for Gowling WLG's Toronto office.
Natalie is responsible for the management of the associate and student programs in the Toronto office, and oversees the office’s programming related to the recruitment, training, integration, mentoring, professional development and evaluation for the office’s associates, summer and articling students. She also directs Gowling WLG’s liaison activities with law schools, law students and law student organizations in Canada.
Natalie's leadership talents extend beyond Gowling WLG. She is often called upon to share her experience and advice on recruitment with students at law schools as a speaker on panels and at related recruitment events. She has presented at conferences and on panels on the topics of recruitment, effective interview skills, resiliency and diversity.
Natalie has been interviewed several times and her perspectives and advice related to recruitment, wellness and interview skills have been published in articles presented by Lexpert, Canadian Lawyer 4Students Magazine and Precedent magazine. She is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and co-presented at the 2015 NALP Annual Education Conference in Chicago on the topic, “Why Should We Hire You? Perfecting the Art of Persuasion in Interviewing.”
Natalie summered and completed her articles with Smith Lyons. Following the completion of her articles and Smith Lyons’ merger with Gowlings, Natalie joined Gowlings' Toronto Employment and Labour Group as an associate in 2002. In her role as an associate, Natalie regularly advised employers in a wide variety of sectors on various topics, including pre-employment and hiring issues, executive compensation, drafting, review and interpretation of employment agreements, workplace policies, the litigation of wrongful dismissal claims and human rights complaints.
As an associate, Natalie was also actively involved in the student program as a mentor and during recruitment periods.
From March 2010 to January 2011, Natalie was the acting director of student programs. Natalie assumed the role of director of student programs in a full-time capacity in June 2011.