Lawson Lundell LLP

For nearly 100 years, Lawson Lundell LLP has focussed on the practice of business law in Western and Northern Canada. Our environmental lawyers are highly regarded for their legal ability and recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, Best Lawyers, Lexpert and the Expert Guide to the World`s Leading Environmental Lawyers. They are regularly involved in corporate transactions and environmental litigation, including dispute resolution, regulatory defence matters, environmental assessments, toxic torts, permit appeals, administrative actions and regulatory inspections and investigations.

Company details

Suite 1600 Cathedral Place, 925 West Georgia Street , Vancouver , British Columbia V6C 3L2 Canada

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Business Type:
Law firm
Industry Type:
Environmental
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

Lawson Lundell LLP is a leading western Canadian business law firm known for our practical, strategic approach to legal and business problems. Our lawyers are widely recognized by respected legal and business publications. Our clients are leaders in the jurisdictions where we are located and around the world. Our practice areas and some of the industries we serve are listed under expertise.

Our offices are in Vancouver, Calgary and Yellowknife. These three centres are key access points to the rich natural resources of western and northern Canada. Our diverse client base requires that we also focus on activities in other parts of the world, which offers us ever increasing opportunities to stay aware of changes and developments worldwide.

With the current focus on the global economy, energy efficiency and the environment, Lawson Lundell is perfectly suited and prepared to provide the advice and commitment required to assist in our clients’ success. We are here to make a difference as we have for over 100 years.

Lawson Lundell is the exclusive legal services member of the World Services Group for British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. The World Services Group is a by-invitation-only multi-disciplinary professional services organization operating in 130 jurisdictions around the world.

At Lawson Lundell, we believe in corporate social responsibility.

Lawson Lundell lawyers are committed to giving their time to the community. Our lawyers serve on the boards of charities, non-profits and community organizations. They also serve as directors and members of associations that keep us connected to our clients' industries as well as the legal profession.

Members of Lawson Lundell enjoy working together to support the community by donating time and money and sponsoring many worthy causes, including a variety of non-profit and charitable organizations. We ensure our contributions reach out to many different segments of our community including children and youth, education, health, arts and amateur sports organizations. Our charitable campaigns are widely supported by the staff and lawyers of the firm.

At Lawson Lundell, we believe in corporate social responsibility.

Lawson Lundell lawyers are committed to giving their time to the community. Our lawyers serve on the boards of charities, non-profits and community organizations. They also serve as directors and members of associations that keep us connected to our clients' industries as well as the legal profession.

Many of our lawyers undertake pro bono work. Lawson Lundell has a dedicated pro bono committee and the firm encourages and supports our lawyers in doing pro bono work with various organizations including Western Canadian Society to Access Justice and the Salvation Army. We contribute to making legal services available to those who would otherwise be unable to access them. Pro Bono Law BC has described our firm as “a strong supporter of pro bono legal services.”

Examples of our recent work include:

  • providing legal advice to a society working to connect aspiring farmers with owners of unused land;
  • assisting an individual to have a Certificate of Incapacity vacated;
  • incorporating an organization that has developed technology to identify handicapped parking spaces to municipal bylaw officials for ticketing as a charity for tax purposes; and
  • representing the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) as intervener in A.B. v. Bragg Communications Inc., 2012 SCC 46. In that case, a 15 year old girl sought assistance from the courts to uncover the identity of the person who created a fake Facebook profile of her containing allegedly defamatory remarks. What made the case unique is that A.B. sought to proceed with her action anonymously and with a publication ban over the contents of the fake profile. A unanimous Court agreed with the BCCLA’s position that any harm to A.B. from having to reveal her identity could be avoided by allowing her to proceed anonymously, but that freedom of expression and the open courts principle required publication of the fake profile. The case is an important benchmark in clarifying when an anonymity order or publication ban will be available to minor victims of online sexualized bullying seeking a remedy in the courts.

In September 2012, a team of lawyers including, Jessica Forman, Michelle Jones, Sarah Nelligan, Toby Kruger, Peter Roberts, and William Roberts participated in the Pro Bono Going Public Advice-a-thon. This free event facilitates access to justice for low- and modest-income people, including the homeless, by engaging lawyers in advising pre-scheduled and drop-in clients on all legal issues.

Lawson Lundell’s history spans over 100 years.

The roots of the modern day firm lie in the resource development that fuelled the opening of western Canada in the First World War era. From that base, the firm has diversified into a regional business law firm that, while still very active in resource development, financing and operations, covers a full range of services to both domestic and international businesses. Today, Lawson Lundell is recognized as one of the leading law firms in western Canada.

The firm of Lawson Lundell (formerly known as Lawson, Lundell, Lawson & McIntosh) had its beginnings in Victoria when Victoria was not only the political, but also the commercial, capital of British Columbia. The firm stems directly from the practice of E.V. Bodwell, who was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1886. In the 1890s, E.V. Bodwell was joined by two Lawson brothers, Jimmy and Harry. Jimmy was born in 1875 and called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1896. Harry was called to the Bar in 1899. In 1923 it was decided to establish a branch of the Bodwell and Lawson firm in Vancouver, which had succeeded Victoria as the commercial capital of the Province. Jimmy was sent over to open the office and he remained in Vancouver for the rest of his life.

In the 1920s, several of Jimmy Lawson's important Vancouver clients included the Powell River Company and the Vancouver Province. During the 1930s, the firm acted for the only two pulp and paper mills in British Columbia which were responsible for approximately 75% of all the logging business and about 40% of the lumber business in B.C. In 1936 we acted for John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who sold a large block of timber on Vancouver Island to H.R. MacMillan, who was going into the lumber business. The decades since the Second World War have seen a continuous growth of the firm in terms of size, client development and diversification.

Lawson Lundell opened its Calgary office in 1997. The office maintains the original focus on Aboriginal, Environmental and Regulatory law, with the more recent addition of commercial lawyers. In 2002, the Yellowknife firm of Gullberg, Weist, MacPherson & Kay merged with Lawson Lundell. Its predecessors had an established presence in the Northwest Territories since 1976.