Nov 20, 2013
Field Law Welcomes Antony (Tony) Edwards as IP Partner
B.C. lawyer brings diverse experience to Field’s growing intellectual property department
Lawyer: Antony (Tony) Edwards
Practice Area: Intellectual Property and Technology
Field Law is pleased to announce Antony (Tony) Edwards joined the partnership, effective Nov. 1, 2013. Tony joins Field Law with more than 23 years of experience in intellectual property law, and has provided successful guidance through the intellectual property protection process to a diverse portfolio of clients. “Tony is a valuable addition to the Field Law team. He adds tremendous depth to our expanding team of Patent Agents, Patent Agent Trainees and patent lawyers,” said Neil Kathol, the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice group leader. “Our clients will benefit from Tony’s in-depth understanding of the protection processes required in a variety of industries, as well as the enforcement of the appropriate protection, whether patent, trademark, copyright, industrial design or trade secret.”
Tony earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia, and was called to the B.C. bar in 1990. He is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta and B.C.
Prior to joining the Field Law team Tony was one of the founders of Horsepower IP, a boutique intellectual property law firm in Kelowna, B.C.
“I felt it was the right time in my career to make the move to a regional size law firm, where I could practice with the support of a team while still maintaining a personal connection with my clients,” says Tony. “With its growing IP department Field Law is a great fit for my practice and I look forward to sharing my expertise with Field Law clients.”
Prior to pursuing his legal training, Tony earned a degree in Aeronautic and Astronautic Engineering at the University of Washington, and thereafter served for more than four years in the Canadian Air Force, developing and testing experimental aircraft systems. Tony’s science and engineering background gives him a technical and practical appreciation of the patent needs of his clients.
November 8, 2013
Field Law Welcomes Prominent Calgary Mediation Practice
Respected founder and retired judge joins Field Law team as consultant
Lawyer: Ian MacDonald
Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, is pleased to welcome Resolution Associates, a trusted and respected family mediation and arbitration practice based out of Calgary. Resolution Associates, founded by Judge Michael Porter (retired) in 1998, was created to provide alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a way to provide options to prevent litigation and to help clients achieve solutions quickly, affordably and amicably. He was seeking to retire and transfer his long-tenured business when Field Law negotiated an agreement to transition the business into Field Law’s current ADR group and over to Ian MacDonald, Q.C., C. Med., of Field Law.
Since his admission to the Alberta Bar, Ian has concentrated his practice in litigation and dispute resolution for both plaintiffs and defendants. Ian is recognized as a leader in the mediation and arbitration field and received his accreditation as a Chartered Mediator in 2001. In addition to conducting a busy mediation and arbitration practice, he continues to be involved in the training of individuals wishing to develop or improve their negotiation and dispute resolution skills.
In his practice as a negotiator, litigator and mediator, he explores avenues of common interests with a view to finding a workable resolution of civil disputes and business issues. Ian’s strength is getting to the heart of the issues quickly and finding effective solutions in a timely manner.
“We are honoured that Judge Porter selected us as his succession plan to his well-established ADR practice, and recognized our experience, professionalism and commitment to his current roster of clientele.” said MacDonald.
Judge Porter joins the Field Law team as a consultant to ensure a professional transition for current clients.
“It’s evident that Field Law is committed to the highest standards of professional excellence and client focused service,” said Judge Porter. “Their ADR group is growing and gaining more recognition daily, and I am confident our new combination can help foster the growth and expansion of their services.”
Field Law is proactive in finding the best fit alternatives to litigation. They offer a full range of alternatives to the traditional litigation process to allow clients the best opportunity to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently without unnecessary cost.
Field Law is pleased to announce that Charlene Lipchen has joined the Calgary office of Field Law as an Associate effective November 4, 2013. Charlene has a diverse litigation practice focused on intellectual property disputes and defending product liability and professional negligence claims. She has represented clients before the Federal Court, the Superior Court of Ontario, the Copyright Board and the Trade-mark Opposition Board. Charlene is a registered trade-mark agent and a welcomed addition to the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice Group.
Field Law is pleased to announce the election of Vance Langford, Partner and Leader of its Business Immigration Group, to the position of Secretary for the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), National Immigration Law Section for upcoming 2013-2014 term. Vance will complete five successive terms as an officer of the Section, including Chair in 2016-2017. Prior to his election as Secretary, Vance served as Chair of the Alberta Immigration Law Section and as an elected Executive Member of the National Immigration Law Section since 2007.
“I am extremely honoured to serve the Members of the National Immigration Law Section," says Vance. "I look forward to continuing work with the members of the Executive Committee from across Canada and the tremendous staff at the Canadian Bar Association.”
In 2012-13, the National Immigration Law Section celebrated its 30th anniversary and was awarded the CBA National Sections Council Award of Excellence. The Section provides resources to its members and promotes improvements to the Canadian immigration system. In May 2014, the Section will hold its National Immigration Law Conference in Calgary.
Vance graduated with Distinction with a Master of Laws from the University of Dundee, Scotland in 2000 after completing his Bachelor of Laws at the University of British Columbia in 1997. As a practitioner, author, mentor and advocate, he has been has been addressing immigration and refugee law issues for more than 25 years.
Field Law’s Business Immigration Group provides services to businesses and individuals related to work permits, labour market opinions, permanent residence, citizenship and related matters including customs, trade and investment laws.
Related Links: National Immigration Law Section Website,
September 26, 2013
Announcing the 2013 Field Law Community Fund Program Award Winners!
We're pleased to officially announce the Award winners* of the Field Law Community Fund Program for 2013. These outstanding individuals and groups have demonstrated an understanding of the areas of need within each of their communities and, with the funds from the Program, will work to make a difference in each community.
The Field Law Community Fund Program received 83 applications for funding, including those that support at-risk youth, education, homeless, women’s organizations, community sports and arts and culture. Through a combination of community (public) online voting and deliberation by a local judging panel finalists were selected to receive anywhere from $1,000 to the total annual award of $30,000 (depending on the market).
Please find below, the list of Program Award winners in Southern and Northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
At least $30,000 will be distributed in 2014 in both Calgary and Edmonton markets and $15,000 in the Yellowknife market for a total of $75,000. Community partnership is a top priority for Field Law. Many members of the Field Law team regularly volunteer and contribute to the community on an individual basis. The Program launched through all three of Field’s offices in Alberta and Northwest Territories and is anticipated to become an annual initiative. To learn more, visit fieldlawcommunityfund.com.
*Award winners are subject to correctly answering the skill testing question as provided in the Eligibility, Rules and Regulations.
Related Link: Field Law Community Fund Program Website
Field Law Launches Student Recruitment Website
We are excited to launch our newly designed student recruitment website, www.fieldlawstudentrecruitment.com , which aims to provide law students with an accessible and engaging portal through which they can learn about student recruitment at Field Law as well as apply for articling and summer student positions.
The user-friendly layout of the site provides students with a unique insight into what it means to article or summer with Field Law, as well as tips and tricks to help streamline the application process, helping students to make the best decisions for their goals and future law career.
Related Link: Field Law Student Recruitment website
August 15, 2013
Field Law Lawyers Named To Best Lawyers In Canada For 2014
Regional law firm earns highest ranking of prestigious award to date
Lawyers: Roy Boettger, Michael Casey, Doreen Saunderson, Dan Downe, Neil Kathol, Jean van der Lee, Dan Carroll, James Casey, Jon Faulds, Kevin Feth, Jay Guthrie, Don Neeland, Rick Pabst, Mark Raven-Jackson, Sharon Stefanyk, Bob Teskey, Brent Windwick, Scott Watson
Field Law is pleased to announce that 19 of our lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2014. They earned a total of 28 rankings in 18 distinct areas. Best Lawyers, a respected peer review publication in the legal profession, is based on an exhaustive annual peer review survey.
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become a definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which almost 3700 leading Canadian lawyers cast nearly 460,000 votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honour.
The following lawyers from each region in which Field Law operates received the prestigious accolade:
Roy Boettger, QC – Trusts and Estates Law
Michael Casey, QC – Insurance Law
Doreen Saunderson – Insurance Law
Dan Downe, QC – Insurance Law
Neil Kathol – Intellectual Property Law
Jean van der Lee, QC – Construction Law
Dan Carroll, QC – Construction Law/Insurance Law/ Alternative Dispute Resolution Law
James Casey, QC – Labour and Employment Law
Jon 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
Heinrich Pabst – Real Estate Law
J. Mark Raven-Jackson – Medical Negligence Law
Sharon Stefanyk – Insurance Law/Corporate Law
Robert Teskey, QC – Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Brent Windwick, QC – Personal Injury Litigation/Banking and Finance Law/Corporate Governance Law
Scott Watson, QC – Corporate Law/Project Finance Law/Securities Law
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories:
Gerald Stang – Corporate Law
“We are honoured to be recognized by our peers and included in Best Lawyers 2014,” says James Casey, Managing Partner, Field Law. “This recognition shows our ongoing commitment to responsive service and strong, personal connections with the highest standards of professional excellence, thereby building long-term, quality relationships with clients and the legal community alike."
July 16, 2013
Field Law Partner Elected Secretary of the Canadian Bar Association Alberta
Regional law firm congratulates for respected honour
Lawyer: Jeremiah Kowalchuk
Field Law, a regional law firm with offices in Calgary and Edmonton as well as Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, is proud to announce that Jeremiah Kowalchuk, Partner in the Edmonton office, has been elected to serve as the Secretary of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Alberta for the upcoming 2013-2014 term. He will serve a one year term as Secretary commencing August 20, 2013, followed by consecutive terms as Treasurer, Vice-President and President.
Prior to his election as Secretary, Jeremiah served as one of the North Section Coordinators of the Alberta Branch of the CBA, and has sat on and chaired various CBA committees and sections, including the Construction Law Section (North), Law Day and the Alberta Law Conference.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be elected by the Branch Council,” said Jeremiah Kowalchuk. “I am excited to represent the Alberta legal community as the CBA works to promote high-quality legal services, equality in the profession and enhanced access to the legal system.”
“Jeremiah is absolutely deserving of his elected role and title within the Canadian Bar Association Alberta,” said Dan Carroll, Q.C., Managing Partner, Field Law LLP. “His election is reflective of his commitment to upholding the professional and ethical standards of the law community, and to expanding legal aid through both Field Law and the Edmonton Community Legal Centre.”
Jeremiah graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta Law School in 2002. Jeremiah is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Edmonton Bar Association, and the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association. Jeremiah has also been a volunteer lawyer at the Edmonton Community Legal Centre for 10 years, and was recently elected to the Edmonton Community Legal Centre’s Board of Directors.
The 2013–2014 CBA Alberta Executive Committee will consist of Marian De Souza of Alberta Lawyers’ Assistance Society (ASSIST) as President, Steven Mandziuk, Q.C. of Finning (Canada) as Vice-President, Wayne Barkauskas of Wise Scheible Barkauskas as Treasurer, Cyril Gurevitch, Q.C. of Gurevitch Burnham as Past President and Maureen Armitage as Executive Director.
Field Law is pleased to announce that Doug Nishimura has joined the partnership effective July 1, 2013. Doug joins the firm with a strong Insolvency and Restructuring background in addition to his corporate commercial practice. His main focus is on insolvency and financial restructuring, enforcement of security, recovery of debt, protection from creditors, negotiation of forbearance and informal restructuring processes, purchases of assets in insolvency proceedings and identification and resolution of problem areas in secured transactions.
June 26, 2013
Calgary's Lougheed Building Reopens June 27th
Field Law Calgary-based lawyers and staff will be back in the reenergized Lougheed Building bright and early June 27th.
We continue to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Albertans across the province affected by the floods and want to give a big shout-out to the thousands of first-responders and volunteers who are giving time, money, gifts, hauling and construction services and hugs to friends, family and complete strangers in need.
While many of us continued to serve you remotely during these tough times, many Fielders participated in fundraising efforts and others grabbed shovels, gloves and boots to pitch in where needed.
Thank you to all. Together, we will rebuild.
June 24, 2013
Calgary Office Flood Update
Due to the Calgary flooding and downtown power outages, Field Law’s Calgary office is currently closed. Field Law extends our heartfelt sympathy to Albertans across the province affected by the floods.
Please note that business continuity plans are in place to ensure the security of client files (paper and electronic) during this incident and our technology infrastructure supports back-up contingency plans. Lawyers and staff in our Calgary office will continue to serve clients remotely, through our virtualized desktop system. In addition, our Edmonton office will be providing support; ensuring client service is not interrupted.
While our Calgary office building is in good condition, on-site meetings will not be possible until the Calgary office has power and has been declared safe for re-entry. Meetings will be re-arranged through your Field Law lawyer or a Field Law staff member.
Until phone services are reconnected, we encourage you to contact your Field Law lawyer or staff member directly via email.
For general assistance please call our Toll Free line: 1-800-222-6479.