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Alexander Holburn names new managing partner

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 3:13 PM | By John Chunn


Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP announced on Jan. 9 that Christopher Hirst, partner and leader of the Vancouver firm’s construction and engineering practice, has been appointed managing partner. He succeeds Bruno De Vita, who held the position from 1998 to 2002 and then again from June 2012 to December 2018.

Hirst is known for his commitment to client service, his long-standing client relationships and his significant contributions to the construction industry. He is a frequent speaker and writer on legal issues of interest to the construction and business communities. He is also the co-author of the Annotated Builders Lien Act, 2007- 2008 (3rd ed) and a contributing author to the Builders Lien Practice Manual both published by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLEBC).

Hirst began his career at Alexander Holburn in 1994 as a summer student and became a partner in 2003. His areas of practice include construction and engineering, environmental and insurance. His background, commitment to the firm and demonstrated excellence in prior leadership roles, including chair of the firm’s Client Service Program and membership in the firm’s compensation and strategic planning committees, make him the ideal candidate for managing partner.

“Chris is an outstanding choice to serve as the firm’s new managing partner. He's an excellent lawyer and a natural leader. Most importantly, he is universally respected by all who deal with him, including our lawyers and staff and our colleagues at other firms. His career success is built on his commitment to his clients and the long-standing relationships he has built in the industries he serves, as well as the leadership he has provided to the firm as a practice group leader and key decision maker,” said De Vita.

Hirst added: “Bruno has done an excellent job leading our firm not once, but twice. It is a great honour to be taking over for him. I look forward to continuing to push his vision forward and overseeing the continued growth of the firm.”