National Indigenous History Month

We are grateful visitors on the traditional, unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation).

In celebration of National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day, a team of our lawyers and staff set out last Friday to learn more about the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. We took a cultural canoe tour of Burrard Inlet put on by Takaya Tours. We had a wonderful time and would like to thank our cultural guide Les for sharing his knowledge with us and our helmsperson Andrew for keeping us safe on the water. Thank you…

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Owen Bird is pleased to announce that Nikta Shirazian has joined our firm as the newest member of our Litigation Group.  Nikta was recently recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as amongst the “Ones to Watch 2022 (Insurance Law)”.

Prior to joining Owen Bird, Nikta practiced at a leading litigation boutique focusing on complex commercial litigation matters.  Nikta will bring her extensive experience in commercial litigation, privacy law, and complex torts to the firm’s litigation practice group.  Nikta has successfully represented clients and appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia.  She also has a keen interest in the…

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Owen Bird Welcomes Lily Zhang

Lily Zhang joined Owen Bird as a litigation associate in January 2022 after clerking at the BC Supreme Court and articling at Owen Bird. She is developing a broad litigation practice including insurance law, insurance defence, commercial litigation, construction law, and family law. Lily has appeared in the BC Provincial Court and Supreme Court as well as administrative tribunals. Lily is a member of the Owen Bird Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Involvement Committee. She is fluent in Mandarin.

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Heather Frydenlund – Chair of Interlaw North America Banking, Finance and Insolvency SBT

Heather Frydenlund serves as Chair for @interlaw North America Banking, Finance and Insolvency Special Business Team and gave a presentation this week at our Americas Meeting in Richmond, Virginia.  We are proud to have a strong leadership presence with Interlaw and the opportunity to discuss our practices, firm management, client services management, diversity and inclusion with our international affiliates.

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Owen Bird Welcomes New Shareholders Sameer Kamboj, David Moriarty and John Kim

We are pleased to announce that John Kim, David Moriarty and Sameer Kamboj became shareholders of the firm effective January 1, 2022 and are all members of Owen Bird’s Litigation Group.

Last year John Kim joined Owen Bird as Associate Counsel. David Moriarty and Sameer Kamboj joined Owen Bird as associate lawyers in 2019 and 2017 respectively.

John represents clients in complex commercial, insurance, construction, design professional, subrogated and product liability disputes. John has developed specialized expertise in fire related claims and litigation. In his litigation practice, John acts as BC counsel for several industrial…

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PRO BONO: Dan Coles Webinar on Defamation in British Columbia – Available on Demand!

Owen Bird Shareholder Dan Coles recently provided a pro bono webinar for the People’s Law School on Defamation in British Columbia and is now available to stream online.

In this one hour segment, Dan answers common questions about defamation, including what it is and what you can do about it. Listeners can learn the essentials of defamation law in British Columbia by watching the video (embedded below) or by visiting the People’s Law School’s summary and show notes.

People’s Law School is a non-profit society in British Columbia, dedicated to making the law accessible to…

Owen Bird Appoints Jocelyn Bellerud and Paul Brackstone as Managing Directors

The shareholders of Owen Bird Law Corporation are pleased to announce the appointment of Jocelyn Bellerud and Paul Brackstone to Owen Bird’s Executive Committee, to serve as managing directors, effective April 1, 2022.

Paul is an experienced litigator with almost 20 years of experience representing clients on real estate, corporate and commercial disputes, appearing before all levels of court in British Columbia and at the Supreme Court of Canada.  Paul joined Owen Bird in 2005 after articling at Owen Bird.  Paul graduated from law school with the prestigious Law Society Gold Medal for the highest academic standing…

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Thank you Chris and Harvey!

Owen Bird Law Corporation would like to announce that Chris Weafer and Harvey Delaney are stepping down as managing directors of the firm in 2022. Chris and Harvey have served together as leaders of Owen Bird for 22 years. Chris and Harvey’s leadership and dedication to the firm have contributed to the firm’s growth and success over the last two decades.  Chris will continue to serve on the executive committee for the remainder of 2022 and both Chris and Harvey will continue to practice at Owen Bird and serve as trusted advisors to Owen Bird’s valued clients….

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