February 11, 2016
Everyone is Watching - Social Media and Litigation
March 2, 2016
2015 A Year in Review
February 1, 2016
Congratulations to 2016 Queen’s Counsel Appointee Sandeep K. Dhir, QC
Lawyer: Sandeep Dhir
Field Law is proud to announce that Sandeep K. Dhir, has been recognized for his legal achievements by appointment as Queen’s Counsel.
“This year’s Queen’s Counsel appointees have demonstrated their commitment to enhancing our province’s justice system. In doing so, they have shown themselves to be deserving of this distinction as well as the respect of their peers within the legal community.” - Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
Sandeep is an Edmonton-based partner and the Chair of the Debt Recovery and Restructuring Group. His primary areas of practice are Commercial Litigation and Metis and First Nations law
Field Law is pleased to welcome John McGee as an Associate with the Business Law Group, effective November 16, 2015.
John joins Field Law from an Edmonton-based firm where his practice included real estate and corporate/commercial law. He has extensive experience with commercial real estate and financing matters, including acquisitions and divestitures of real property, secured and unsecured financings, syndicated lending, and the leasing of office, retail and industrial premises.
“We are excited that John has joined the Business Law Group,” said Scott Watson, QC, Business Law Group leader with the firm. “He brings with him a comprehensive understanding of corporate and commercial matters and his quality of work and client-serving attitude make him a great addition to Field Law.”
John graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 2005 and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2006.
“I am thrilled to join Field Law and am looking forward to working with my new colleagues in the Business Law Group,” said John McGee. “I believe in the firm’s emphasis on being client-focused, collaborative and operating with professional excellence and I am pleased to join the team."
Field Law is pleased to welcome Gord Van Vliet as a Partner in the Business Group, effective November 2, 2015.
Gord’s primary practice area is real estate law and he joins Field Law from a multinational law firm. He was called to the Alberta bar in 2000 and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of commercial real estate and related corporate, partnership, finance and M&A areas. Gord's practice has been extensive and includes commercial and residential land development, purchase and sale, leasing and property management, co-ownership, secured lending, construction, municipal planning, timeshares and aspects of resort and hotel law, with a particular emphasis on condominium development, sale and management.
“With the addition of Gord to our Business Group, we are adding experience and dimension to an already dedicated and talented group of lawyers,” says Kevin Schouten, Business Group leader at Field Law. “His vast knowledge of real estate law makes him a strategic hire and we are excited to have him join our firm.”
Gord graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 1999, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Condominium Institute.
“I am honoured to join Field Law - a firm known for its client service, high professional service and culture,” said Gord Van Vliet. “I look forward to continuing and expanding my practice at Field and sharing my experience with colleagues and clients alike.”
Field Law Announces Addition of Peter Yates to the Energy and Business Groups
Field Law is pleased to welcome Peter Yates as an Associate with the Energy and Business Groups, effective November 2, 2015.
Peter joins Field Law from a large, multinational law firm where his practice focussed exclusively on securities related matters, primarily in the oil and gas industry. Peter was called to the Alberta bar in 2001 and brings with him more than 14 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, financings and continuous disclosure for publicly listed companies. His extensive knowledge and experience in the energy industry will further strengthen Field Law’s Energy Group.
“We are pleased to welcome Peter to our Energy and Business groups,” said Cliff Johnson, Energy Group leader at Field Law. “Peter’s addition is part of our continuing strategic expansion in the Energy Group, and allows us to provide client-oriented services to businesses of all sizes. He will be a valuable member of our team.”
Peter has experience acting for clients on both the TSX and the TSX Venue Exchange, and has worked with both oilfield service companies and exploration and production companies who have both domestic and international activities.
“I am proud to be joining Field Law and excited to be working in the Energy and Business groups,” said Peter Yates. “I value Field’s client-first approach and look forward to contributing to this dynamic team.”
Field Law Welcomes Bill Hopkins as Chief Operating Officer
Field Law is pleased to announce that Bill Hopkins will be joining our administrative team as Chief Operating Officer, effective November 2, 2015.
Bill joins Field Law with over 30 years of experience in law firm management and in other senior level financial and administrative positions. He brings with him to Field Law a degree in Business Management, a CMA designation and an MBA. Bill will be stationed in Field Law’s Calgary office, but will split his time between Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife.
Mike Casey Awarded the 2015 Johnson Award
Lawyer: Michael Casey
Field Law would like to congratulate Mike Casey on his 2015 Johnson Award from Queen's University. Mike received this honour for his distinguished career in Law, his lifelong contributions to both the Queen’s and Calgary communities, including the Calgary Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association, the Queen’s Faculty of Law, the Calgary Stampede, his work with Olympic communities, and for being a strong advocate for Queen’s University.
Field Law welcomes Alain Chiasson to Yellowknife Office
Lawyer: Alain Chiasson
YELLOWKNIFE - Field Law is pleased to announce that Alain Chiasson has joined the Yellowknife team as a lawyer in Field Law’s Business Law Group. Alain’s arrival establishes Field Law as having the most lawyers serving the Northwest Territories.
Following graduation from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1994, Alain was a practicing member of the New Brunswick Bar from 1996 to 2010. Alain decided to go north and was called to the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Bars where he developed a strong understanding and appreciation of Northern Canada’s legal landscape. He then continued to pursue academic and professional opportunities by completing The Osgoode Certificate in Mining Law to compliment his experience in the areas of mining and natural resources. Alain is well versed in strategically leading organizations in the purchasing, financing and selling of businesses and in corporate reorganizations.
Alain is also experienced in providing a variety legal services in the areas of corporate law, business law and securities law, including the representation of corporations seeking investment opportunities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and providing legal guidance to Aboriginal businesses in arranging negotiations for tailored corporate structure agreements.
“Field Law’s 100 year anniversary is a testament to the firm’s commitment to its clients and the communities it serves,” says Alain Chiasson. “I look forward to working with the Yellowknife team in providing quality legal services to clients in the North.”
Alain is bilingual and provides services in both English and French. He is also a member of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories and the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce.
Field Law Announces Expansion of Energy Services with New Leader, New Offerings
Clifford D. Johnson, QC, ICD.D, joins Field Law as Energy Group Leader as firm enhances energy service offerings
Lawyer: Clifford Johnson
CALGARY (September 15, 2015) – Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is proud to announce that Clifford D. Johnson, QC, ICD.D has joined the firm as the Energy Group Leader in its Calgary office. Johnson joins the firm as part of the strategic expansion and enhancement of the firm’s Energy Group. Johnson, a seasoned lawyer with more than 35 years of combined business and legal experience, particularly as an energy practice leader, is a former Calgary managing partner and member of the national executive committee of one of Canada’s largest national law firms. He has been deemed one of Canada’s top-respected lawyers in the energy field, being recognized in Chambers Global’s “The World’s Leading Lawyers”, Lexpert’s “Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada” for Energy (Oil and Gas) and other noteworthy publications. Johnson’s mandate is to define, grow and enhance Field Law’s energy practice, by bringing new service offerings and a fresh perspective to the Firm at a time of tremendous change in the energy industry.
“Field Law has been doing quality work for energy businesses for decades, and we are excited to build this practice area through new talent and expanded services,” said James Casey, QC, Firm managing partner. “By welcoming a lawyer as distinguished and experienced as Cliff to lead this group, we are now well-positioned to help businesses of all sizes with corporate and mergers and acquisitions transactions, asset deals, joint ventures, transportation and marketing, and energy law advice while managing their general and administrative costs.”
Johnson will be responsible for leading all facets of Field Law’s Energy Group, including oil and gas, electricity, renewable energy and other complementary areas. Having spent a significant number of years in both private firms and in-house, as well as in management and executive positions with energy companies, Johnson’s place at the firm will ensure that organizations of any size will receive top-quality service from Field Law.
“It is with great eagerness and anticipation for what Field’s energy practice is about to become, that I join the firm alongside a stellar team of lawyers,” said Johnson. “The Firm’s plan to expand its services to the energy sector is a solid and well thought out strategy. We will be offering energy companies the full range of required legal services including: natural resources law, utilities, securities and corporate finance, litigation, intellectual property and other complementary areas. We will also be focusing on providing these legal services very cost-effectively which is of prime importance given the current economic challenges faced by the oil and gas sector. I am confident that with my extensive experience and through the continuing strategic expansion of our team, Field Law will soon become a leader in Energy Law.”
Johnson officially joins Field Law this month and will be recruiting additional talent to further enhance the firm’s energy practice. To learn more about current hiring opportunities at Field Law, please contact Johnson at email@example.com.
About Field Law
Field Law is a top five ranked western and northern regional law firm celebrating its 100th year serving clients and communities in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The firm is a proud, strong and independent multi-office regional firm with lawyers dedicated to professional excellence, client service and delivering value. More than 125 lawyers and 170 staff work together to provide a wide variety of legal services to businesses and institutions in corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, labour and employment, insurance, intellectual property, occupational health and safety, privacy, professional regulatory, energy and medical malpractice issues. Additionally, the firm provides private services to individuals including estate planning services and real estate transactions. As a member of SCG Legal, Field Law’s clients also gain access to a seamless national and global network of firms allowing members to navigate a complex and ever-changing legal landscape with local support.
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August 24, 2015
Field Law Recognized by Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers and Lexpert Rankings
Regional firm earns inclusion in Chambers Canada directory
Lawyers: Roy Boettger, Michael Casey, Dan Downe, Neil Kathol, Frank Molnar, Farha Salim, Doreen Saunderson, Jean van der Lee, Dan Carroll, James Casey, Jon Faulds, Kevin Feth, Jay Guthrie, Don Neeland, Jennifer Oakes, Rick Pabst, Mark Raven-Jackson, Sharon Stefanyk, Bob Teskey, Brent Windwick, Brian Vail, Scott Watson
Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to announce their recent inclusion in the following national rankings: Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada© and The Canadian Legal Lexpert™ Directory.
For the first time, Field Law was listed in Chambers Canada 2016 as a “Highly Regarded Corporate/Commercial” firm. Chambers Canada is one of the world’s most trusted and prestigious stand-alone guides to the leading lawyers and law firms in Canada. Rankings are based on a comprehensive submission process and the in-depth assessment of a variety of practice areas and legal services.
A record 22 lawyers from the firm were also selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada© 2016. They were recognized for a total of 34 rankings in 18 distinct areas. Two new lawyers from Field Law were added to the list this year and another three practitioners increased their ranked areas of recognition.
A respected peer review publication in the legal profession, Best Lawyers® was established in 1983 and is based on an
exhaustive annual peer review survey in which almost 3,700 leading Canadian lawyers cast nearly 460,000 votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. In addition to the peer-selection process, lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.
The following Field Law practitioners from the firm’s operational regions received the accolade:
Roy Boettger, QC – Trusts and Estates
Michael Casey, QC – Insurance Law
Dan Downe, QC – Insurance Law
Neil Kathol – Intellectual Property Law
Frank Molnar, QC – Labour and Employment Law
Farha Salim – Trusts and Estates
Doreen Saunderson – Insurance Law
Jean van der Lee, QC – Construction Law
Dan Carroll, LLM, QC – Construction Law, Insurance Law
James Casey, QC – Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labour and Employment Law
Jonathan Faulds, QC – Aboriginal Law, Class Action Litigation
Kevin Feth, QC – Education Law
Jay Guthrie, QC – Medical Negligence, Personal Injury Litigation
Don Neeland, QC – Corporate Law
Jennifer Oakes, QC – Real Estate Law
Rick Pabst – Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law
Mark Raven-Jackson – Medical Negligence
Sharon Stefanyk – Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation
Bob Teskey, QC – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Brent Windwick, QC – Personal Injury Litigation
Brian Vail, QC – Insurance Law
Scott Watson, QC – Corporate Governance Practice, Corporate Law, Project Finance Law, Securities Law
Best Lawyers® also pays tribute to noteworthy litigators in various areas of practice, naming a “Lawyer of the Year” for each background area. The lawyers from Field Law who were acknowledged as such are as follows:
Don Neeland, QC – Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Edmonton for 2016
Bob Teskey, QC – Mergers and Acquisitions Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Edmonton for 2016
Each year, Lexpert™, Canada’s leading source of news and information about the business of law, publishes The Canadian Legal Lexpert™ Directory, the product of an extensive peer survey process offering a comprehensive guide to legal talent in Canada and profiling leading practitioners and firms. Field Law was named the 29th largest law firm in Canada and the 7th largest law firm in Calgary and Edmonton in the 2015 Canadian Lexpert™ Directory. The directory also included 11 Field Law practitioners in its Leading Lawyers Directory Ranking, two more than in 2014.
The following lawyers from Field Law were recognized in the Leading Lawyers Directory:
Roy Boettger, QC
Dan Downe, QC
Jean van der Lee, QC
James Casey, QC
Jay Guthrie, QC
Donald (Dino) McLaughlin
Scott Watson, QC
Brent Windwick, QC
Field Law also maintained its 2014 status as a Lexpert™-ranked firm in the following practice areas:
Leading Firms – Mid-sized & Smaller:
Calgary, Repeatedly Recommended , Construction Law
Edmonton, Consistently Recommended, Medical Negligence – Represent Defendants
Edmonton, Repeatedly Recommended, Property Development