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Clark Wilson LLP adds three partners, three associates

Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 3:36 PM | By Carolyn Gruske


The employment roster at Vancouver-based Clark Wilson LLP has changed, with the naming of three partners and the hiring of three new associates.

The firm’s latest partners are Areet Kaila, Brendan Morley and Brent Meckling.

Kaila is part of the tax, estates and trusts and general business law groups. She works with clients across a variety of industries, including real estate development, health and educational institutions, technology and manufacturing companies as well as charities and not-for-profit organizations. Kaila’s specialties include tax-effective corporate reorganizations, family and joint-spousal trusts, alter ego trusts, residence trusts and estate planning services.

Morley is in the business litigation group. He handles commercial litigation, shareholders’ oppression and derivative claims, real estate and development disputes and defamation cases. Morley also has expertise in matters pertaining to franchise law.

Meckling is new to the firm and joins as partner and co-chair of the business litigation group. His litigation experience involves shareholder and partnership disputes, real estate development and land use, misuse of confidential information and energy and natural resources matters. He also has expertise in contaminated sites law in British Columbia.

The new associates are Athar Malik, Christine Oberti and Malcolm Macpherson.

Malik is in the intellectual property group, and is a registered trademark agent as well as being an experienced litigator. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Intellectual Property Review. He sits on the International Trademark Association’s publications committee, and acts on the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s litigation and trademark legislation committees.

Oberti has joined the general business law and private company mergers and acquisitions groups. She previously worked in-house at a global publicly traded enterprise. She will offer clients advice on business succession planning, private company transactions, incorporation of new businesses, and non-disclosure agreements in addition to mergers and acquisitions activities and general corporate and commercial law.

Macpherson holds the title of associate counsel in the Aboriginal business, general business law and commercial real estate groups. Fluently bilingual in English and French, he has Mi’kmaq and French Métis heritage. He will provide clients with a wide variety of services, including Aboriginal wealth management (trusts, foundations and advisory services), First Nations governance, First Nations land development, environmental law and regulatory management, and litigation and negotiation between Aboriginal groups and government bodies.