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Butter Torts - Not so greasy after all

Updated: Aug 19, 2020

Butter Torts: A Truly Canadian Legal Podcast

Butter Torts, yes Torts.

If you’re instantly reminded of a decadent Butter Tart from your favourite bakery, then it’s probably wise not to read this on an empty stomach.

Nonetheless, if the name doesn’t give it away, this ought to be fun.

Butter Torts is a Canadian Personal Injury law podcast brought to you by Gluckstein Lawyers and co-hosted by Brenda Agnew and Jordan Assaraf.

If you’re in need of a strategy on how to maneuver your way in and out of a hearing with a ripped pantsuit, or a new recipe to perfect your baking skills, look no further.

Let's meet the hosts:

Jordan Assaraf

Jordan Assaraf is an associate lawyer at Gluckstein Lawyers. His practice is devoted to all areas of Personal Injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs, including motor vehicle accident claims, class action and mass tort litigation, occupier’s liability claims, product liability claims, medical malpractice and accident benefit claims. Since joining Gluckstein Lawyers, his desire and passion for helping those with disabilities have motivated him to volunteer his time with several charitable initiatives.

Brenda Agnew

Brenda Agnew is the proud mother of two boys, Chase and Maclain. Her son Maclain has severe Cerebral Palsy and profound hearing loss as a result of a condition known as Kernicterus, a brain injury that results from untreated jaundice. (Read more of her story here)

Brenda is a former Gluckstein client herself, and she currently acts as the Client Liaison to support and advise clients and their families throughout their case. She tirelessly advocates for better systems and programs for children with special needs.

So, how did it all begin?

The idea behind Butter Torts began to pasteurize when co-host Brenda Agnew, saw the opportunity offered by podcast platforms.

“I was late in the game of listening to podcasts, but I quickly embraced it. Whenever I was driving, whether I was on my way home or to work, I found myself enthralled with the topics I was listening to."

The idea then clicked.

Why not provide a platform where stakeholders could be engaged while diving into Personal Injury law in an entertaining way?

After several iterations, the name Butter Torts stuck, encapsulating the spin the Gluckstein team hoped to incorporate in their discussions.

Brenda adds,

“We also wanted to shed a positive light on Personal Injury law by raising awareness of the extremely impactful experience it has in terms of helping people recover.”

Co-host Jordan Assaraf saw the vision too,

“Legal podcasts are sometimes very dull, so I wanted us to have a podcast where people could receive knowledge but be entertained at the same time.”

As well, it helps that Jordan is a self-proclaimed lover of talking.

Most of all, Butter Torts does not shy away from explaining often complex aspects of Personal Injury law. For example, what’s the difference between a mass tort and a class action? Soon you’ll know!

In terms of the near future, Brenda quips, “we need a TV show”, to which Jordan vehemently agrees. She continues, “We currently have an episodic approach, but I’m hoping to have small series where we can follow if we’re allowed, a case from start to finish to give our listeners an idea of what it’s like.”

Jordan adds, “We also hope to present different perspectives on Personal Injury law, such as clients, experts, defence lawyers, insurance adjusters, law clerks, and more.”

For all future listeners, be warned, you will smile and laugh really hard.


To find out more please visit: Butter Torts: A Truly Canadian Legal Podcast

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