CALGARY STUDENT COMMITTEE
NABEEL S. PEERMOHAMED, CHAIRPERSON
I joined Brownlee in 2013 after being called to the Alberta Bar in 2012. My main area of focus is insurance defence litigation, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Brownlee because of its culture.
Brownlee provides its Associates with many opportunities to exercise written and oral advocacy. Also, there is a real emphasis placed on continuing professional development.
In addition, Brownlee provides its Associates with regular lunch and learn meetings where members are constantly updated on recent changes in the law. We also discuss methods to improve our practices. There is also a very collegial attitude. When I started at Brownlee, I found my more experienced colleagues were more than happy to help me and answer any questions I had.
Now that I have gained experience with the firm and have become a Partner, I find myself adopting that same attitude in mentoring the junior members of the firm and answering their questions. I look forward to continuing to develop a prosperous career at Brownlee.
DEREK J. KING
Managing Partner, Calgary (Municipal Law)
Originally from Edmonton, I graduated from the University of Alberta in 1998 and commenced my Articles that same year with Brownlee. While I was blessed with a number of options as to where to spend my Articling year, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have selected Brownlee.
While it is always a daunting process choosing where one will spend the first formative year of their career, I recall being particularly attracted to Brownlee’s collegial attitude, structured Articling program and the broad range and depth of opportunities provided to the Articling Students. Those opportunities provided the foundation of a successful career.
There are many reasons why I have chosen to spend the entirety of my legal career at Brownlee. Those reasons include the opportunity to engage in excellent work for wonderful clients, the opportunity to work collaboratively with highly skilled and highly respected lawyers of all vintages, and the opportunity to address new and challenging legal issues. But the most important reason, to my mind, is the people that I get to surround myself with on a day to day basis.
My colleagues, fellow Partners and our staff are among the brightest, friendliest and most dynamic group of people I have ever associated with, and they make it a pleasure to come to work each day.
KRISTINA D. PERSAUD
I began working as part of Brownlee’s litigation group in 2016. Before that, I was in-house counsel for a large Alberta municipality where I also spent my Articling year.
Brownlee’s Summering and Articling programs offer invaluable mentorship and hands-on opportunities to inspire future lawyers during their formative years. Students at our firm will get involved from the get-go as they experience each of our distinct practice areas.
We operate on an open door policy to assist junior lawyers with everything they may need. We value inclusion, diversity and fairness to ensure all students and staff feel comfortable and welcomed at the firm. One of the main reasons I have stayed at Brownlee is because of the people here, who will be sure to provide support to our aspiring lawyers in their legal career.
MARNY S. PAUL
Lawyer (Municipal Law)
I began my career with Brownlee as a Summer Student in 2009, and I was called to the Alberta Bar in 2012. After being called to the Bar, I joined Calgary’s Municipal department as a solicitor where my main practice areas focus on real estate and development, infrastructure and utilities, expropriation, bylaw drafting, and providing advice regarding municipal liability.
I wanted to work at a law firm as a Summer Student to gain as much practical experience as I could before starting my Articles. The application process was quite intimidating and overwhelming, but the experience interviewing at regional and national firms was invaluable. Ultimately, I was offered a Summer position with Brownlee.
Working at Brownlee has been a wonderful experience, not only because the work is interesting and challenging, but also because of the invaluable mentorship I have received. Brownlee’s team-based approach to assisting clients means that I have been given the opportunity to learn from some of the most respected lawyers in Alberta on a variety of files. For these reasons, I look forward to growing my practice and continuing my career with Brownlee.