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Lawson Lundell LLP

Aboriginal Law

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What the team is known for

Vancouver-based regional firm with a significant Aboriginal law practice across Western and Northern Canada. With a strong resources-focused practice, the team offers substantial experience of LNG, oil sands, mining and pipelines work. Represents industry clients in their negotiations with Aboriginal stakeholders, as well as advising on regulatory and court proceedings. The firm is regularly engaged by forestry industry participants to provide advice on dispute resolution with Indigenous communities, as well as representing major national clients in other sectors such as transportation and shipping. Clients benefit from the firm's additional offices in Calgary and Yellowknife.

Strengths

Interviewees characterise the team as "very well informed," as well as "very responsive and solutions-oriented."

A source enthused: "They've been first rate - they've been there when we needed them and, even beyond that, they've been really good at reaching out to us."

Work highlights

Represented the Canada Energy Regulator in applications for judicial review from Indigenous communities relating to the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

Notable practitioners

Brad Armstrong is recognised by market sources for his considerable experience in Indigenous law. He acts on mining and port projects, with a notable focus on environmental issues.

Respected practitioner John Olynyk advises on the Indigenous law aspects of mining and oil and gas operations. He is noted for his regulatory work, and market commentators highlight his presence on significant disputes in the Aboriginal law space.

Keith Bergner has experience representing clients in the Aboriginal law elements of major energy projects. His clients include corporations and governmental bodies. A client stated: "He's incredibly well versed in giving us a strategic view of working with Indigenous communities."

Lana Shipley is described by sources as "extremely well informed about negotiations for Indigenous benefits agreements." Her practice includes an emphasis on mining projects.

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Overview

In the ever-changing and evolving area of Indigenous law, clients need solid, practical advice to help them navigate the legal and regulatory challenges that inevitably arise. As a leader in the field, Lawson Lundell’s Indigenous Law Group provides support to clients in all areas of Indigenous law and in all regions of Canada.

The Indigenous Law Group is one of the largest and most experienced in western and northern Canada. Members in Vancouver, Calgary and Yellowknife provide legal advice to a wide variety of private and public sector clients, including clients involved in energy (hydroelectric power generation, conventional oil and gas and oil sands producers), pulp and paper, forest harvesting, mining, aquaculture, transportation (railways, public transit, marine transportation and port facilities) and real estate development. We also provide advice on commercial matters to Indigenous organizations and development corporations, particularly in northern Canada.

Members

Armstrong, Brad

Baldwin, Chris

Bergner, Keith

Dhalla, Shailaz

Duke, Laura

Holland, Alyssa

Jones, Michelle

Kang, Grace

Kowbel, Christine

Kruger, Toby

MacKinnon, Alastair

Niu, Kai

Nyland, Jennifer

Olynyk, John

Proudfoot, QC, Clifford

Shipley, Lana

Stoicheff, Alixandra

Aboriginal Law Department

Lawson Lundell LLP

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Department location

Suite 1600 Cathedral Place

925 West Georgia Street

Vancouver

British Columbia

Canada

V6C 3L2

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Nationwide - Canada

Aboriginal Law


Brad Armstrong QC
Band 3
John Olynyk
Band 1
Keith Bergner
Band 1
Lana Shipley
Band 4