DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes six new partners

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is delighted to welcome six new additions to the partnership, effective January 1, 2018.

“We are very pleased with the additions to the partnership“ said Robert Seidel, Q.C., “They are an outstanding group of practitioners whose expertise and top level legal counsel are equally matched by their professionalism and dedication to the well-being of our clients. Their addition to the partnership signals a bright future for the Canadian practice.“

Morgan Burris has been practising commercial litigation in the firm’s Vancouver office since completing her articles in 2009. Although the focus of her practice is on construction and engineering disputes, Morgan has represented clients in arbitrations and court actions concerning  all manners of disputes from environmental and patent law to competition and insolvency. She has appeared before all levels of court in  British Columbia, as well as the Yukon Supreme Court, Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and regulatory bodies such as the Federal Competition Tribunal and the B.C. Health Professions Review Board. Prior to pursuing a career in law, Morgan studied mechanical  engineering and worked in manufacturing and mechanical building design.

Russel Drew has continued a significant mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities law practice, since joining the firm in early 2016. Russel has extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, cross-border acquisitions and divestitures and financings, high yield bond, secondary and private securities offerings, venture capital and private equity investments. He has acted on some of the most complex transactions in Canada over the past several years. Russel has also developed a leading Canadian blockchain and crypto asset/currency practice. Russel is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Western Ontario Law School where since 2010 he has taught “The Art of the Deal”, a course focused on the negotiation of complex private and public mergers and acquisitions. He also teaches a corporate law course focused on international transactions as part of the LLM program at Osgoode Hall Law School and is a regular guest speaker on Ontario Bar Association panels. Russel has experience in regulatory proceedings and negotiations with regulatory authorities and has been seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission Enforcement Branch.

Leslie Frattolin has been practising employment and labour law in the firm’s Toronto office since completing her articles in 2010. Her practice is focused on all aspects of management-side employment and labour law and she regularly represents employers in arbitration, employment-related litigation, employment standards claims, human rights proceedings and collective bargaining negotiations. Leslie routinely works with employers in both non-union and unionized workplaces to provide advice in all aspects of employment and labour law including hiring, departing employees, discipline, performance management, accommodation, disability management, employment contracts, workplace policies and procedures, employment standards, union relations, and health and safety. She has appeared before various levels of courts, before administrative tribunals, at arbitrations, in mediation and as lead negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations. Leslie is active in the legal community and regularly presents on labour and employment issues at industry organizations.

Ryana Mather joined the firm’s Calgary office as Counsel in 2012 practicing in the areas of corporate and real estate law. Ryana has a broad commercial practice and acts on a wide range of commercial and corporate matters for a wide range of clients including clients in the oil and gas sector.  She specializes in commercial arrangements including commercial transactions, private M &A, asset purchase and sale transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance and related business services. She also has experience on complex matters involving restructuring and tax-driven transactions. Ryana provides strategic advice on the full range of commercial real estate matters, including all aspects of real property transactions, financing, commercial land development, and leasing.

Michael Mjanes has been advising clients in connection with real estate and corporate commercial matters since he joined the Vancouver office in 2008. Michael regularly acts with respect to real estate acquisitions and sales, commercial leasing, real estate financing and joint venture agreements. He has also advised a diverse range of clients in private M&A transactions. He is a trusted advisor to a number of emerging companies who value his practical and solution-focused approach, whether helping to establish new business ventures, completing restructurings and corporate financings, negotiating commercial contracts or navigating general day-to-day issues. Michael was named a Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in Canada, by Lexpert Magazine in 2016 and is recognized by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the area of property development.

Veronica Monteiro has practised corporate, finance, pension and benefits and real estate law in the Edmonton office since finishing her articles in 2010. Veronica has acted for clients on commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchase transactions, secured lending matters and construction matters. Veronica has particular experience in the area of pension and benefit trust law and regularly assists in providing advice to the governing bodies and administrators of pensions. Veronica was recently named by Chambers Canada as an “Associate to Watch” in pensions and benefits and is also recommended by the Legal 500 Canada (Pensions). She is currently the Co-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Pension and Benefits Section in Alberta and has also been a member of the executive of the National Canadian Bar Association Pension and Benefits Section for 7 years.