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Judicial appointments made for Alberta

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 @ 12:32 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Two lawyers have been appointed justices of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in Edmonton.

Justice Michael J. Lema has served as general counsel with the Department of Justice Canada, where he has been a member of departmental committees responsible for reviewing and approving factums in a wide range of practice areas, risk assessments and recommendations on appealing adverse decisions. He also provided advice on creditors’ rights and tax issues. Prior to joining the civil service, Justice Lema practised commercial law with Duncan Collins (later Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP) in Calgary.

Justice Lema has been a guest lecturer at the University of Alberta faculty of law and department of civil engineering on topics such as creditors’ rights, taxation and construction-contract issues, appellate advocacy and effective legal writing. He replaces Justice Mary Moreau, who was appointed chief justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta effective Oct. 12, 2017.

Justice Grant S. Dunlop is a partner at Ogilvie LLP. He has been with the firm since he joined as an articling student. Justice Dunlop’s litigation practice dealt with directors’ and officers’ liability, employment, construction, banking regulation, professional liability, estates, patents, public utilities, schools, elections and airports. Additionally, he drafted agreements for insurance reciprocals and engaged on his clients’ behalf with provincial insurance regulators across Canada.

Justice Dunlop was formerly a member of the joint legislative review subcommittee established by the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and the Law Society of Alberta, which was tasked with drafting comments on bills under consideration by the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

He has lectured at the University of Alberta and the CBA on the topic of board governance and directors’ and officers’ duties and has taught a business law course in the faculty of professional education at Concordia University College of Alberta. Justice Dunlop fills a new position on the bench.