Provided by Lawson Lundell LLP
With a significant presence in British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Lawson Lundell has helped conventional oil gas producers, oil sands and non-conventional oil and gas developers, refiners, retailers, local distribution companies, governments, independent power producers, electric utilities and regulators pursue their interests in finding, developing, producing, transporting, exporting and selling energy resources. We have provided advice relating to such matters as corporate structure, joint venture agreements, asset acquisitions, share offerings, construction contracts and activities, permitting, Indigenous consultation and economic regulation.
Specific areas of knowledge that continue to prove important to our energy sector clients include Project Development, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Environmental, Regulatory, Electricity, Climate Change/Emissions Tracking, and Indigenous
Lawson Lundell fields a strong Vancouver-based team that leverages the firm's offering in corporate/commercial, environmental and Aboriginal law to assist clients with national energy projects. With a strong resources-focused practice, the group offers substantial experience of LNG, oil sands, mining and pipelines work. It represents industry clients in their negotiations with Aboriginal stakeholders, as well as advising on regulatory and court proceedings. The team's experience cuts across a wide range of sectors including transportation, mining and forestry. Its lawyers also provide valuable litigation expertise, with experience representing clients in environmental law matters before the British Columbia Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. Clients benefit from the firm's additional offices in Calgary and Yellowknife.
Vancouver-based Brad Armstrong KC regularly assists clients with environmental assessment reviews, including the public hearing phases. He is well versed in acting for mining and oil pipeline companies, particularly with regard to projects located in the Canadian North. He is also recognised by market sources for his considerable expertise in Indigenous law.
"Brad Armstrong’s dedication to his clients is second to none."
Keith Bergner has experience representing clients in the Aboriginal law elements of major energy projects. He represents clients including corporations and governmental bodies out of the team's Vancouver office.
"Keith Bergner is an excellent counsel due to his strengths, which include strong written and oral communication skills and maintaining current awareness of Canadian law as it applies to Indigenous relations including related judicial processes." "Keith provides unique, balanced and current perspectives on Indigenous matters."
Jeff Christian is an esteemed litigator who practises out of the firm's Vancouver and Calgary offices. He routinely acts for utilities and service providers in the power sector, with extensive experience appearing before provincial and federal regulators, such as the Canada Energy Regulator.
"Jeff Christian is a true genius in his field." "He helps us with strategy and provides us with invaluable advice and insight in regulatory matters in both Alberta and BC."
Calgary-based 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.
"John’s knowledge and experience with Indigenous law practices surely ranks among the best in Canada."
Lewis Manning is noted for his handling of rate and facilities applications before the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Alberta Energy Regulator. Based in Calgary, he has significant experience across regulatory matters arising out of the electricity and oil and gas sectors.
Clifford Proudfoot KC advises on a range of matters including environmental assessments and court challenges to the issuance of mining permits. Based in Vancouver, he serves as the firm's managing partner.
Kinji Bourchier operates out of the firm's Vancouver office, acting across a number of litigious matters enveloping environmental facets.
"Kinji Bourchier excels at distilling complex legal matters into core issues and provides advice and recommendations which make it easy for me to relay to the business and seek instructions." "He is very knowledgeable on the law and has lots of experience, but is always providing practical legal advice alongside the technical advice."
Calgary-based Paul Negenman represents oil and gas exploration and production companies in a range of corporate mandates, including joint ventures and dispositions.
"Paul Negenman is extremely technically profound and has a very easy style to work with." "He is well known among the land community for his expertise in freehold leases."
Lana Shipley provides Aboriginal law advice on corporate and commercial transactions, as well as operations. She acts for clients in a variety of industry sectors, including mining and manufacturing.
"Lana Shipley's strength is her ability to think strategically and propose solutions to ensure that our company’s negotiating goals are met." "She seeks to understand and align strategy with client goals and advises on risk in a balanced and thoughtful way."
Ian Webb represents public utilities and alternative energy producers in a wide range of regulatory matters, including advising on requirements and compliance. He has further experience concerning rate regulation and is based in Vancouver.