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DLA Piper adds three partners in Toronto, one in Vancouver

Friday, January 04, 2019 @ 8:57 AM | By John Chunn


DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announced four lawyers have joined the firm's partnership, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Ryan Campbell has been practising employment law in the Toronto office since joining the firm in 2015. He advises employers on a broad range of workplace issues including occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, performance management, accommodation, allegations of human rights discrimination, terminations, investigations and employment-related litigation.

Campbell is often called upon to advise organizations in crisis situations, including industrial accidents, critical injuries and fatalities in the workplace, and executions of search warrants, and to defend clients in regulatory and quasi-criminal proceedings that may arise from such situations. He also advises targets and acquirers with respect to human resources matters in corporate/mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and assists multinational corporations in establishing and maintaining operations in Canada to ensure compliance with local laws.

Andrew McFarlane joined the firm’s Toronto office as counsel in 2014 and is a seasoned financial services and corporate/commercial lawyer, with a focus on aircraft and equipment financing, infrastructure and project financing and asset-based, syndicated and secured lending.

He has acted for a range of aviation clients, including aircraft lessors, operators, financial institutions, corporate aircraft owners and investors.

McFarlane also has in-depth experience in the area of public-private partnership (P3) transactions.

He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Aircraft Financing Subcommittee and the National Air and Space Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. He also sits on the Ontario Bar Association’s Personal Property Security Law Committee and is a member of the Toronto Opinion Group (TOROG).

Stephen Morris has been practising real estate law since joining the Toronto office in 2013.

His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real property transactions, including the financing, development, acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate.

Morris represents builders and developers on land and building projects using various partnership, joint venture and co-ownership structures, and he acts on behalf of financial institutions in respect of acquisition, development and operations financing. He has also represented mining companies in respect of land acquisitions and financing associated with mining projects.

His practice also involves assisting clients with commercial leasing matters, be it in the realm of office, industrial or commercial retail space. Morris works with the banking and financial services group, focusing on asset and share acquisitions and dispositions involving commercial real property matters.

David Spratley first joined the firm’s Vancouver office as an articling student in 2001. Since then, he has built a practice focused on intellectual property, information technology (IP) and privacy and e-commerce issues.

He assists clients with creating, protecting, enforcing and commercializing technology and IP, drafting and negotiating IT outsourcing and services agreements and cloud computing agreements, implementing e-commerce solutions, drafting website terms of use and developing, distributing, licensing and supporting software and other technology.

He also assists clients in complying with federal and provincial privacy legislation, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), promotional contest laws and gift card laws.

“The additions to the partnership are comprised of four outstanding professionals who have proven themselves invaluable to their practice group, the firm and our clients,” said Robert Seidel, managing partner, Canada. “I am delighted to welcome them to the partnership and wish them all the best in this next exciting stage in their legal career.“