Current Articling Students

Nathan Fabiano

Nathan was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario and received both his B.A. and J.D. from Western University.

Nathan’s first class of law school was Tort law, and from the very beginning he knew that this was the area of law he wanted to work in. This was only strengthened by summering at ZTGH in 2018. Last summer, Nathan attended mediations, examinations for discovery, LAT hearings, and even a jury trial. He has experience drafting motion records, statements of defence, and affidavits of documents. Nathan really enjoyed his experience working with insurance clients and is keen to continue to sharpen his skills as a litigator though his articles. During his articles Nathan won a substantial decision for a client in Aviva Canada Inc v. TD Insurance

Nathan enjoys playing music and has performed live in various bands for several years. He is interested in fashion and, just like Peter Durant, is a foodie.

Email: Phone: 416-777-2811 ex. 7975


Dakota Forster

Dakota graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. (Hons.) in Political Studies in 2016, and received his J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2019.

Dakota joined our firm as an articling student in 2019, after summering at an intellectual property litigation firm and a family law firm. Dakota’s interest in complex contract and tort issues drew him to insurance defence litigation.

During his final year at the University of Toronto, Dakota broadened his interest in insurance litigation by taking courses in Trial Advocacy, Advanced Torts, and Current Problems in Contract Law. In his Trial Advocacy course, Dakota achieved a successful result for his client in a dispute over the interpretation of a life insurance policy. He is excited to further develop his insurance litigation experience throughout his articles.

Outside of the office, Dakota enjoys trying new restaurants, spending time at his cottage, and travelling. 

Email: Phone: 416-777-2811 ext. 5281

Michelle Isenstein

Michelle graduated with distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2016, and received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2019.

Michelle worked as a student in the criminal law field for the past two summers. During this time, she frequently appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice to address various matters, including serious indictable offences. Michelle first pursued her interest in insurance law as a student, by taking courses in Trial Advocacy, Insurance Law, Health Law and Advanced Torts. She aims to utilize her litigation skills and insurance law knowledge over the course of her articling term.

In her leisure time, Michelle enjoys concerts, running and spending time with family and friends. She is also an avid traveller.

Email:  Phone: 416-777-2811 ext. 5280

Dagmara Mroczkowska

Dagmara graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy in 2012, and received her J.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 2019.

Dagmara has been with our firm since early 2016, when she began her career as a legal assistant for Andrew C. McKague. She quickly discovered her passion for advocacy and enjoyed learning about the complex legal issues that often arise in insurance defence litigation. She returned to ZTGH in both her summers and is thrilled to complete her articles with our firm.

During her studies, Dagmara focused on strengthening her advocacy and negotiation skills. She participated in multiple moots  and had the privilege of coaching a fabulous team in the Wilson Moot during her last year. As a summer student, Dagmara assisted many lawyers at various stages of the litigation process in both the tort and AB contexts. She looks forward to continue learning under the mentorship of her colleagues and take on more responsibility from both lawyers and clients.

Outside of the office, Dagmara enjoys travelling, cooking, and reading the latest in exciting lawsuits.

Email:  Phone: 416-777-2811 ext. 7546

Natalie Laing

Natalie graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2015, and received her J.D. from Western Law in 2019.

Natalie summered at ZTGH in 2018, and despite a steep learning curve, quickly embraced the exciting and complex aspects of insurance defence litigation. She had the opportunity to assist on a variety of files and shadowed a number of discoveries and mediations. Natalie first became interested in litigation after participating in an alternative dispute resolution clinic in her first year of law school, and furthered her interest in insurance by taking Insurance Law and Advanced Torts in her upper years at Western. Natalie is looking forward to further honing her advocacy skills during her Articles.

In her spare time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her dog Humphrey, travelling, and watching prison documentaries.  

Email: Phone: 416-777-2811 ext. 7976