Partner Raymond Guy Miki has dedicated his career to providing timely, forward-looking legal advice to small and mid-sized businesses, international corporations, professional corporations, utilities, municipal governments and various other forms of profit and non-profit organizations.
As a business lawyer, Guy’s practice areas are succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate practice, corporate governance and operational support. As a trusted advisor, he is often his clients’ first contact point to help determine the most appropriate course of action on their business issues.
“We are responsive and attentive to their needs. We strive to become and stay well acquainted with what they do, and with their aspirations,” he says. “We are a strategic planning ally that directs our efforts to help them achieve their short- and long-term objectives.”
Born in Cranbrook, B.C., Guy grew up in Saskatoon, where he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1986 and a law degree (LL.B.) in 1987. He was called to the bar in British Columbia (1988) and Alberta (1992).
Guy began his business practice in Vancouver, B.C., first in private practice, and then as in-house counsel to a publicly traded company. He joined Brownlee in 1992, following his colleague Bruce Garriock (who is now a judge in the Provincial Court of Alberta) to Brownlee.
“Bruce was pretty excited about Brownlee, and a couple of years later I decided I should take a look at it, because it was time for me to make a change. The opportunity came up to help Brownlee expand its business practice – the opportunity was very good here,” Guy recalls.
Guy chose law as a career because of his passion for building thriving businesses and he wanted to contribute by providing sound, timely advice to clients on business issues. “It was always something that interested me. I was only ever attracted by business,” says Guy, who is motivated daily by high client expectations and a constant desire for excellence.
He thinks a good lawyer is someone who listens attentively to his clients and uses his professional skills and experience to help clients achieve their objectives in a logical and practical approach. This sometimes means challenging clients to further define and clarify their objectives before taking action in order to achieve the appropriate result.
His advice to a first year associate or law student is to look to the long term and pursue legal excellence throughout their career, be sensitive and responsive to clients, listen and communicate well, and strive to become a trusted resource and advisor.
Brownlee’s team approach means that clients are never dependent solely on one person, he notes. “We have very highly skilled business lawyers providing top-shelf service. Many clients will call us first because we’re their go-to person. ”
Additionally, Brownlee maintains strong affiliations with law firms and other professional colleagues, who have similar skill sets and philosophies, in other jurisdictions around the world.
Looking ahead, Guy sees Brownlee continuing to expand the size and quality of its practice – including the firm’s business practice area.
“My desire is to keep attracting long-term client relationships that give us the opportunity to provide highly skilled and appropriate legal advice. This has the benefit for our team members to continuously improve our professional capabilities at all levels of practice,” he says.
Guy has been a volunteer for many years, particularly in the area of minor sports, and he looks forward to continuing to contribute to the community in the future.
When he’s not working, Guy makes it a point to stay physically active. He has played hockey and competed in triathlons, he golfs, and works out for fun and for peace of mind. On our long summer days in Alberta he will take to his motorcycle to enjoy the countryside and he enjoys scuba diving at warm destinations. Guy has studied various forms of martial arts, and has dedicated many years to the study of Goju-ryu, a form of karate that originated in Okinawa.
Guy is married with two grown children and two yellow Labrador retrievers. His wife Susan, a retired registered nurse, worked in obstetrics for most of her career. Their son, who has a commerce degree, is building a strong reputation tuning high performance Japanese sport cars. Their daughter, who has a Bachelor of Science degree, is studying to be a naturopathic doctor.
- CBA – Alberta Branch
It was a logical progression following a business degree. I wanted to be in a position to assist business clients to thrive through all stages of their evolution.