As a business lawyer, my favorite part of my job is gaining a deep understanding of clients’ needs and using that knowledge to help them grow their company. This is one of the main reasons that I find working with startups and companies in emerging industries so rewarding – the services evolve with the client. Getting this kind of insight into a client’s “why” also leads to better, more efficient legal services and helps support business strategy development.
While my day-to-day includes advising companies on a wide range of matters, I have particular experience in drafting and negotiating corporate and commercial agreements, including distribution, licensing, unanimous shareholders, and master service agreements. I also work with clients to develop policies and template contracts, with the goal of empowering internal teams and reducing reliance on external legal counsel. Finally, I enjoy helping my clients navigate the patchwork of laws in highly regulated industries such as life sciences, wellness, food, and beverage.
My background in the sciences means that my approach to practice is methodical and pragmatic. In addition, my experience serving as corporate secretary for a federal Crown corporation gave me insight into how legal advice is implemented at an operational level. As such, I appreciate the importance of providing solution-based guidance and functional, easy-to-use work product.
In my free time, I lean into an unabashedly stereotypical West Coast lifestyle that includes yoga and exploring Vancouver’s North Shore. I have also been known to spend hours in craft supply stores and always have an art project on the go. Related to my love of the arts, I am proud to serve on the board of SAD Magazine, a local independent arts and culture magazine that publishes work by emerging artists.