Kelly Starrak is an Edmonton-based lawyer who provides counsel to business owners, land owners, professionals, private individuals, and small, mid-sized, and large-scale corporations.
Clients come to Kelly because of her ability to address legal concerns from a business perspective, enabling her to find expedient resolutions that make sense in the real world. Kelly takes a straightforward approach to the legal services she provides, and values the working relationships she develops with her clients.
Typically, clients come to Kelly with a variety of complex legal and business-related matters, some of which include:
- Residential and commercial real estate matters, including development and zoning matters and providing support to landowners and prospective purchasers throughout the negotiation and closing process for acquisitions, sales, and development of real property;
- Transactional matters, including advice and counsel throughout the sale and purchase of assets, shares, and small to mid-size businesses, and throughout corporate reorganizations and financings;
- Pre-litigation dispute resolution, with an emphasis on corporate matters of all varieties.
Since Kelly first joined Field as a summer student in 2013, she has gained experience under and alongside some of the firm’s most recognized senior corporate lawyers. Her previous legal experience with the Municipal Government Board has given her a unique outlook on and ability to navigate development matters. She has an affinity for anything land-related, and encourages clients and potential clients to reach out to her to discuss how she can help in their pursuits. She credits her previous non-legal positions including with a prominent crown corporation and a Vancouver-based private technology firm as having provided valuable, industry-specific insights which continue to enhance her client offering at Field today.
Value to Clients
“My primary goal is to prioritize my client’s needs and provide them with the right solution, first time, and to promote excellence in everything I do. As I continue to build my practice here, I am inspired by how consistently the lawyers at Field live this philosophy on a daily basis.”
Outside the Office
Coming from a long line of veterinarians, this British Columbia transplant is an avid equestrian and explorer of the outdoors. Having recently purchased an acreage to the East of Edmonton, she is slowly becoming proficient in DIY home renovations and is immersing herself in all Alberta has to offer.
Our Client’s Objective – Our client planned to enter a business venture with a friend. Their goal was to incorporate a corporation, split the shares 50/50, and have a handshake deal agreeing that all related aspects were to be amicably addressed amongst themselves, each having an equal say. Our client came to us before proceeding, asking what he should do to protect himself in the process.
The Field Approach – We invited our client to our office to converse around the boardroom table. He explained the business venture and his plans and objectives for it. He informed us of his known goals and concerns, and we suggested and discussed others for him to consider. We then discussed potential paths forward, recognizing that actual steps taken would be subject to his risk tolerance and fluctuating objectives along the way. Our client left our office with a plan: After digesting the information received, we would put our advice into writing to the client shortly thereafter, and he would consider that advice alongside the items discussed. We would reconvene in the coming days to decide his best path forward.
The Next Steps – The subsequent conversations with our client helped him determine how best to protect himself whilst proceeding with the deal. After some discussion, we drafted a Unanimous Shareholders Agreement to ensure his expectations for the deal were protected on paper, and we handled the incorporation and related corporate matters so that our client and his new business partner (and old friend) could focus on what they do best: Growing their new business venture into a success.