DSF/WP Welcomes Zakiya Bhayat and Steven Huryn

Devry Smith Frank LLP (“DSF”) and Woitzik Polsinelli LLP (“WP Law”) welcomes Zakiya Bhayat and Steven Huryn.

Zakiya joins us as an associate lawyer in our Family Law Group in Toronto. She earned her LLB at the University of Birmingham in the UK, graduating with First Class Honours. While in law school, she worked as a student advisor with the university’s Pro Bono Group, where she worked on cases relating to immigration, wills and estates, and a variety of family law matters. During her summers she interned at a boutique family law firm in Toronto. Upon returning to Canada, she obtained her LLM at Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar in 2020.

Prior to joining DSF, Zakiya advocated on behalf of clients at a boutique family law firm in Toronto where she gained extensive litigation experience in divorce and separation, custody/ decision-making, parenting time/ access, support, property, and child protection proceedings. As a family lawyer, Zakiya has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and although her practice is taking her to the courtroom often for conferences, motions, and trials, she also uses collaborative and alternative processes to reach agreements that are mutually beneficial for all parties involved.

Steven Huryn joins us as an associate lawyer after his articling term in our Real Estate and Corporate departments. Prior to studying law, Steven completed his master’s degree and PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Toronto. As a graduate student, Steven worked as a teaching assistant in multiple courses and his research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals.

Steven graduated from the Juris Doctor program at the University of Western Ontario. While attending law school he received several academic honours. He was on the Dean’s Honour List (top 10% of class) and received awards for achieving the highest grade in his Civil Procedure course (out of close to 200 students) and International Tax Law course. Steven also worked as a research assistant in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law and was a member of Western’s Bowman National Tax Moot team for 2020. In 2019, following his second year of law school, Steven joined DSF as a summer law student and then returned as an articling student working on many Commercial Litigation, Corporate, Real Estate, and Small Claims Court files. He was called to the Bar in 2021.

Steven also has experience working as a realtor in Toronto. He enjoys interacting with people and problem solving, which is in large part what motivated him to become a lawyer.


Zakiya Bhayat

Zakiya Bhayat

GGI member firm
Devry Smith Frank LLP
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Steven Huryn

Steven Huryn

GGI member firm
Devry Smith Frank LLP
Law Firm Services
Toronto (ON), Barrie (ON) and Whitby (ON), Canada
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Published: GGI Insider, No. 114, July 2021

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