Keita Szemok-Uto Student


Keita is an articling student at Watson Goepel LLP.

Before joining Watson Goepel, Keita was an intern with the International Humanitarian Law team at the Canadian Red Cross, where he helped develop legal research memos.

Keita volunteered in the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic during law school, providing legal information and assistance to members of the Nova Scotia community, primarily in Residential Tenancy and family law. He also participated in pro-bono initiatives involving civil litigation and wills and estates. At the Teryl Scott Legal Prison Clinic, he drafted legal forms for self-represented litigants taking civil action against Correctional Services Canada. At the Dalhousie Wills Project, he drafted formal wills for low-income seniors living in Halifax.

Keita enjoys cooking, swimming, and playing chess in his spare time.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia, 2019
  • J.D., Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, 2023

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia)

Recent news from Keita Szemok-Uto

26 October 2023

Paying Contested Companies Without Bank Accounts

Clients Paying Third Parties Using Their Lawyer’s Trust Account Watson Goepel LLP’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group was recently successful in clarifying how funds deposited in a lawyer’s trust account on behalf of a third party are treated. In successive successful hearings, we argued that when a company pays funds into a trust on behalf…

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