One of the most active community contributors at HARRISON PENSA™, Mana provides practical advice and careful guidance to individuals, corporations and municipalities on a wide range of legal topics. She is engaged most often with employment and labour issues, human rights violations, commercial litigation, professional negligence, breach of contract cases, issues involving election law and general litigation.
Mana is often “in demand” within Harrison Pensa itself. Her colleagues seek out her assistance with a broad range of corporate/commercial matters, estate litigation cases, and professional negligence and discipline proceedings. Mana takes pride in her collaborative approach to serving all the firm’s clients and meeting their needs.
Mana has been highly active in the London community, serving on multiple boards and becoming involved in as many fundraising events, both inside and outside the firm, as possible. Mana previously served as an Executive Board Member of the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre, as a Board Member for a local riding association, and was the President of the Regional HIV/Aids Connection. Mana is currently a Board Member of the London Lawyers Feed the Hungry and its “Court House Rocks” Committee, she sits on the Research Ethics Board at Fanshawe College and is a Board Member for the 20 Under 40 Foundation.
In addition, Mana was an adjunct professor for the Civil Procedure class at Western Law in the Fall of 2017. Mana has also helped teach the Litigation Practice Course at Western University as a facilitator for a number of years, she has participated in the Brescia Professional Mentoring Program and has helped judge student moots at Western University. She has also provided her time and expertise to the Western Law Small Claims Court Project, attending three- or four-hour sessions at the Central Library in order to help law students provide free legal advice to those who cannot afford legal services. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Middlesex Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association.
In 2015, Mana was the recipient of London’s Top 20 under 40 award, and in 2017, she received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
Family, friends and the welfare of animals are three aspects of life outside the firm that are especially important to Mana. She is a devoted horse owner. She also plays music, and loves photography, reading, and writing.