Client and Friends Alert

Dear clients and friends,

We, like everyone else, are taking the Covid 19 pandemic seriously. As such, the majority of our lawyers and staff will be working remotely.

We would ask that you contact your lawyer at the firm directly using either e-mail or their direct dial number. Our goal is to provide prompt and ongoing support to you during this difficult state.

Court matters are all on hold. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia has ordered the suspension of all regular operations, effective immediately until further notice. All regular hearings are adjourned.

At all times,…

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Owen Bird Lawyers Announce Estate Litigation Blog

Owen Bird estate litigation lawyers Duncan J. Manson and James W. Zaitsoff are pleased to announce the launch of www.BCEstateLitigation.ca, a blog to inform readers of the latest developments in estate litigation.

Estate litigation is an unfortunate but common occurrence.  As lawyers practicing in the area of estate and trust litigation in Vancouver, Duncan and James see certain recurring themes and trends.  In their blog, they identify and discuss these themes, as well as recent court decisions and legislative updates.

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Jocelyn Bellerud Assumes New Leadership Role for Interlaw’s North American Region

Owen Bird is pleased to announce that Jocelyn Bellerud has assumed a new leadership role for Interlaw’s North American Region.  Jocelyn has been appointed Interlaw Next Gen Special Business Team Regional Chair for North America.  Jocelyn continues to serve as Interlaw Mergers & Acquisitions Special Business Team Regional Co-Chair for North America.

Owen Bird is extremely proud of its relationship with Interlaw and the international connections it offers to our clients.  Interlaw is an international network of corporate and commercial independent law firms, active in 140 different cities worldwide.

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Owen Bird welcomes new firm shareholders

Owen Bird Law Corporation is pleased to announce that Katharina Spotzl and Jennifer Williams became shareholders of the firm effective January 1, 2020.

Jennifer’s practice is focused on commercial real estate, working with clients on complex transactions that include leasing, acquisitions, sales, subdivisions, development, strata conversions, financing, infrastructure and P3s. Clients appreciate Jennifer’s business acumen and in-depth understanding of the industry, gleaned during her nearly two decades as commercial real estate lawyer, which includes experience as in-house counsel for a prominent real estate developer.

Katharina practices in the areas…

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Alan Frydenlund Q.C. Presented with Interlaw Lifetime Achievement Award

The lawyers and staff of Owen Bird Law Corporation wish to congratulate Alan Frydenlund on his recent Interlaw Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to those who have “given above and beyond to lnterlaw over many years of service”.

Announced at the 2019 Annual Global Meeting in Beijing, Interlaw Chair Glenn Cunningham noted that while lifetime awards are rarely given, Alan was certainly deserving:

“His long-standing service to lnterlaw has been exemplary. His service to the board in many capacities and his friendship to everybody, especially those that have found themselves on the West coast of Canada, is legendary.”

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Owen Bird Law Corporation Celebrates Human Rights Day

Owen Bird recognizes that Human Rights Day marks the 71st anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On this day in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights that everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Today, we celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because:

human rights are relevant to all of us, every day, our shared…

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Owen Bird Welcomes Charlene Joanes

Owen Bird is delighted to announce that Charlene Joanes has joined our firm as the newest member of our Real Estate, Corporate Commercial and Financial Services Groups.  Charlene is an associate lawyer with a practice focused primarily on Commercial Real Estate and Banking.

Charlene obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Applied Sciences, Criminology from Simon Fraser University.  She then attended the University of British Columbia for law school and obtained her Juris Doctor in 2016.  She joins us from Clark Wilson where she summered and articled.

Charlene assists clients in overcoming challenges and reaching goals in the most practical and…

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Owen Bird Welcomes Barbara Janzen

Owen Bird is pleased to announce that Barbara Janzen has joined our firm as the newest member of our Wills, Trusts & Estates Group.

Barbara has over 20 years of experience advising clients on estate and trust planning, incapacity planning, business succession, and estate and trust administration matters, and was a partner of a large Vancouver law firm. She assists clients by crafting estate plans that meet their unique circumstances and goals and include the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, representation agreements for health care, and alter ego, joint partner and family trusts. Barbara has extensive experience in all…

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Owen Bird Welcomes David Moriarty

Owen Bird is pleased to announce that David Moriarty has joined our firm as the newest member of our Litigation Group.

David is an associate in our Litigation Group, with a practice primarily focused on general commercial litigation and insurance defence. After graduating in 2010 with his Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia, David articled and then practiced with a prominent Vancouver law firm. Since being called to the bar in 2011, he has gained experience in a broad array of litigation areas.  These include Aboriginal law, class actions, insurance defence, strata property, construction, landlord-tenant, property damage, and…

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