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Articling Students

The legal services offered by our lawyers are further supported by our team of articling students. The firm’s articling students work with the lawyers to ensure we are addressing your needs effectively and efficiently, while providing an excellent learning environment for our students. The use of articling students also allows us to offer more competitive rates, with less complex tasks being completed by the students. All work completed by our articling students is reviewed by one of the firm’s lawyers.

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Fiona Burnett

Fiona holds a Juris Doctor from Western University. She also completed her undergraduate degree at Western University where she obtained an Honors Specialization in History and a Major in Criminology. While completing her studies, Fiona volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and a local centre for Indigenous peoples to implement alternative dispute resolution. She spent her summers volunteering at the Guelph Food Bank and international wildlife centres.

Fiona joined SV Law as a summer student in 2020 and is pleased to return to complete her articles in her hometown of Guelph.

Fiona enjoys travelling and has visited 5 continents so far. Her favourite place to visit is Scotland where her family resides. She also has a love for the outdoors and enjoys hiking and fishing.



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Yinan Li

Yinan completed his undergrad at U of T and completed a double major in Economics and French Literature. Yinan went to law school at the University of Ottawa and completed a year long internship while in Ottawa at the Ticket Defence Program, helping street-involved and homeless individuals with tickets that they receive for Provincial Offences Act offences.



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Vivian Caldas

From a young age, Vivian has been fascinated with the legal system. This fascination had turned into a passion when she took her first law course at the Catholic University of Salvador. Since then, she has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law in Brazil, the Accelerated Paralegal Studies program at Conestoga College, and the Master of Law in Canadian Common Law in Canada. As a Brazilian lawyer, the transition from civil to common law has been a rewarding process. From learning a new language with her arrival in Canada in 2015 to how our Canadian legal system works.

Outside her professional life, she enjoys listening to good music, travelling, hosting friends, cooking, snowmobiling with her husband Brett and spending time with her family and their dog Cooper.