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DLA Piper (Canada) names partners

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:18 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP has added six new members into the partnership ranks.

Morgan Burris has been working in the Vancouver office practising commerical litigation with a focus on construction and engineering disputes. She has represented clients in arbitrations and court actions concerning a range of issues from environmental and patent law to competition and insolvency. Burris has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as the Yukon Supreme Court, Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and regulatory bodies such as the Federal Competition Tribunal and the B.C. Health Professions Review Board. Before studying law, Burris obtained a degree in mechanical engineering and worked in manufacturing and mechanical building design.

Russel Drew is based in Toronto and has a mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate finance and securities law practice. He has experience advising domestic and international clients on M&A, cross-border acquisitions and divestitures and financings, high yield bond, secondary and private securities offerings, venture capital and private equity investments. In addition, Drew developed a Canadian blockchain and crypto asset/currency practice. Drew is an adjunct professor at Western University law school and he also teaches a course for Osgoode Hall’s master of laws program.

Leslie Frattolin practises labour and employment law in Toronto. She regularly represents employers in arbitration, employment-related litigation, employment standards claims, human rights proceedings and collective bargaining negotiations. Frattolin also counsels her clients on issues like hiring, departing employees, discipline, performance management, accommodation, disability management, employment contracts, workplace policies and procedures, employment standards, union relations and health and safety. She has appeared before various levels of courts, before administrative tribunals, at arbitrations, in mediation and as lead negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations.

Ryana Mather maintains a Calgary-based corporate, commercial and real estate law practice. She specializes in commercial arrangements including commercial transactions, private M&A, asset purchase and sale transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance and related business services. Mather also has experience with restructuring and tax-driven transactions. On the real estate side, she advises clients about a range of commercial real estate matters, including real property transactions, financing, commercial land development and leasing.

Mike Mjanes
handles real estate and corporate commercial matters in Vancouver. He assists clients with real estate acquisitions and sales, commercial leasing, real estate financing and joint venture agreements. Mjanes has also worked on private M&A transactions. He often acts as an adviser to emerging companies, helping them establish new business ventures, complete restructurings and corporate financings, negotiate commercial contracts or navigate general day-to-day issues.

Veronica Monteiro has an Edmonton-based corporate, finance, pension and benefits and real estate law practice. She has particular experience in pension and benefit trust law and regularly provides advice to the governing bodies and administrators of pensions. In addition, Monteiro acts for clients on commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchase transactions, secured lending matters and construction matters. She is co-chair of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) pension and benefits section in Alberta, and has been a member of the executive of the national CBA pension and benefits section for seven years.

“We are very pleased with the additions to the partnership” said Canada managing partner Robert Seidel.

“They are an outstanding group of practitioners whose expertise and top level legal counsel are equally matched by their professionalism and dedication to the well-being of our clients. Their addition to the partnership signals a bright future for the Canadian practice.”