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Gowling names partner as national leader of Indigenous law group

Tuesday, February 02, 2021 @ 2:50 PM | By John Chunn

Gowling WLG announced that Paul Seaman, a citizen of the Manitoba Métis Federation and active member of the Saskatchewan Métis community, has been appointed national leader of Gowling WLG’s Indigenous law group.

The firm’s press release notes that Seaman, a partner in the Indigenous and environmental law groups, and working out of the firm’s Toronto and Vancouver offices, acts on complex constitutional, regulatory and transactional matters. His Indigenous law practice focuses on projects and transactions where the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous Peoples is engaged. This includes acting for clients in the contexts of formal regulatory processes and government-to-government and commercial negotiations involving Indigenous communities, industry and government.

Seaman has represented Indigenous clients in the courtroom, boardroom and around the negotiation table across Canada on several large scale and high-profile resource development projects and in related litigation before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. The subject matter of those mandates has included mining, oil and gas pipelines, LNG, forestry and electricity generation and transmission projects.

Seaman’s appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2021, for a three-year term.