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Jeff Waatainen

Associate Counsel

Jeff Waatainen is a seasoned forestry lawyer with a wealth of experience regarding regulatory and commercial law in the B.C. forest industry. He has appeared before administrative tribunals that govern the industry, and worked on major commercial transactions within the industry.

Jeff provides legal services to a variety of forest industry and other clientele on a wide range of matters including share-purchase agreements, asset-purchase agreements, services contracts, regulatory issues and commercial disputes.

He has worked on a variety of files for a broad roster of clients in the forest industry. Jeff has advised major licensees to B.C. Timber Sales participants, logging contractors, log brokers and trading companies, private landowners and First Nations.

Jeff taught forestry law as an adjunct professor of law at the U.B.C. Faculty of Law, and has spoken to various groups and organizations on a variety of forestry law matters, including as a presenter at the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC conference “Forestry ‎Law 2020”. He has produced numerous publications, including several Forestry Bulletins on subjects related to the forest industry including stumpage, aboriginal rights and legislative developments, and writes a regular column in BC Forest Professional magazine.

Bar admissionsBritish Columbia, 1996
  • English
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1995
  • M.A., University of British Columbia, 1992
  • B.A., (Honours), University of British Columbia, 1991


  • Chambers Canada (Agribusiness: Forestry), 2019-2024