Blog: Owen Bird

Dan Coles Authors Liquor Licensing Chapter for CLEBC

Owen Bird shareholder Dan Coles has authored a new chapter on Liquor Licence Due Diligence for the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C.’s Due Diligence Deskbook. The 2022 print edition of the publication is scheduled for release today, Sept. 21st!

The new chapter covers the key legislation, policy, and due diligence procedure for transactions involving liquor licences in B.C., whether a lawyer’s client is looking to enter the hospitality sector, acquire an existing licence along with premises such as a restaurant or bar, or investigate the licensed establishments operating in a target commercial property.

Written primarily from the…

Owen Bird Welcomes Jean Feng

Owen Bird is delighted to announce that Jean Feng has joined our firm as the newest member of our Real Estate Group.

Before graduating from Peter A. Allard School of Law, Jean obtained her Bachelor of Laws from East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, followed by a Master in Laws from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, winning many academic awards.

Jean regularly advises clients on corporate, commercial, real estate, estate planning and administration matters. She advised clients in corporate governance, business transaction and dispute resolution matters in China before she started her law practice in Canada.


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Owen Bird Welcomes Claire Armstrong

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

Claire Armstrong obtained her law degree from Thompson Rivers University. While at law school, Claire actively worked to develop her advocacy skills. Claire also participated in TRU Law’s Free Community Legal Clinic where she conducted research, provided legal advice and drafted legal documents for numerous clients.

Claire’s focus has been on civil litigation gaining experience in insurance defence, renovation disputes, strata law, creditors’ remedies, and defamation. Claire has also assisted businesses with contract drafting, particularly in the area…

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National Indigenous History Month

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 both!

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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…

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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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