Owen Bird Welcomes Lina Yeom

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

Lina’s practice at Owen Bird focuses on family law and estates litigation. Prior to joining Owen Bird, Lina had experience assisting clients in negotiation, mediation and litigation in a variety of claims, including insurance defence, family law and estates litigation claims. Lina has appeared before the Supreme Court and the Provincial Court of British Columbia.

Lina is fluent in Korean and is a certified family law mediator.

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Owen Bird Welcomes Kimberley J. Santerre

Owen Bird is pleased to announce that Kimberley J. Santerre has joined our firm as the newest member of our Litigation Group.

Kimberley’s litigation and dispute resolution practice is focussed on family law.  Kimberley is experienced in arbitration, mediation and negotiation.  Her expertise includes assisting families with property division, spousal support, child support, parenting, guardianship, relocation, and parenting time.  She helps clients resolve complex and high net worth property division matters and disputes involving corporations, trusts and real estate.

Kimberley is also a certified family law mediator.

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Brett J. Maerz Receives STEP Academic Achievement Award

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) is the leading international organization for trust and estate professionals who specialize in family inheritance and succession planning. STEP administers the Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designation, an internationally recognized hallmark of professional expertise in the area of trusts and estates.

Brett is currently completing the qualifications to become TEP designated. One of the routes to a TEP designation is undertaking (and passing) four challenging courses that cover all aspects of trust and estate planning.

Brett has been awarded the academic excellence award for receiving the highest mark in 2023 across Canada…

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Owen Bird Welcomes Kaitlin Smiley

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

Kaitlin’s practice is focussed on complex civil and commercial litigation, as well as class action defence and insurance coverage matters.  Her litigation experience includes shareholder disputes, oppression claims, negligence and professional liability, product liability claims, and securities litigation.  Kaitlin is an experienced lawyer who has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as the Canadian Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal.  She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canadian in the area of…

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Owen Bird Welcomes Brett J Maerz

Owen Bird is pleased to announce that Brett J. Maerz has joined our firm as the newest member of our Wills, Trusts and Estate Group and Business Law Group.  Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Brett obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor at the University of Saskatchewan before moving to the west coast to practice law in Vancouver.

Prior to joining Owen Bird, Brett’s practice focused on estate planning and administration, business law and residential real estate.  She has experience drafting estate and incapacity plans to suit her clients’ needs, as well as family business succession plans to help prepare…

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Owen Bird Welcomes Isabella Stuart

Owen Bird is pleased to announce that Isabella Stuart has joined our firm as the newest member of our Litigation Group. Isabella obtained her B.A. at the University of British Columbia and her J.D. from the University of Victoria.

Prior to joining Owen Bird, Isabella’s litigation practice focused on insurance defence.  She has experience in dealing with a variety of claims, including property loss, construction, occupier’s liability, product liability, personal injury and insurance coverage claims.

Isabella has represented clients before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Provincial Court of British Columbia.

Outside of work, Isabella enjoys spending time…

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Owen Bird Welcomes Andrew Stainer

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

Andrew’s practice is focused on commercial, maritime, transportation, and insurance related disputes. Andrew has been nationally recognized by Chambers as a leading lawyer in Shipping, by the Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Partner” in Shipping, and by Best Lawyers in both Maritime and Insurance law.

Andrew has extensive experience with matters involving casualty and emergency response, maritime collisions and claims, fires, floods, complex bodily injuries and fatalities, pollution incidents, cargo claims, and significant property losses. He represents a…

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Owen Bird Announces New Shareholders

Owen Bird is proud to announce that Geoff Bowman, Jennifer Loeb, Jean Feng and Nikta Shirazian have become shareholders effective January 1, 2024.

Geoff Bowman: Geoff was called to the bar in 2005 and joined Owen Bird in September 2023. His practice focuses on resolving construction disputes, including relating to procurement. Geoff has been involved in projects of all sizes, including major projects in excess of $1B.  Geoff’s experience includes insurance defence work focused on construction-related matters and professional negligence claims in addition to a broad range of general commercial disputes.

Jennifer Loeb: Jennifer was called to the bar…

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Greg Tucker and Nikta Shirazian Present to the Insurance Institute of BC

Greg Tucker K.C. and Nikta Shirazian recently presented at the Insurance Institute of British Columbia, drawing an audience of over 120 participants for their webinar on Commercial General Liability (CGL) policies. They covered crucial topics, including providing an overview of the structure of the CGL, key insuring agreements, interaction with other types of policies, and explored the ‘time on risk’ protocol for multi-year CGL policies. Greg and Nikta are part of the insurance practice group at Owen Bird, and routinely provide advice on coverage matters, with Greg Tucker having been recognized as an industry leader in this area.

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