WHO SITS ON OUR EDMONTON ARTICLING COMMITTEE?
RYAN EWASIUK, CHAIR
Partner (Litigation), Father of two young boys (and future Manchester United players), and Soccer, Hockey and Basketball Coach.
I recall my articling interview week with fondness. With that said, it certainly was like stepping into the unknown. I had no lawyers in my family, and honestly did not know much about Edmonton’s law firms. Articling handbooks and firm websites, my primary resources at the time, all seemed quite generic. I had the benefit of interviewing at many firms, and was very surprised at how obviously different they were. Of course, I now realize that many of the most important differences would not have been obvious to a potential articling student at all! In any event, by the end of the week Brownlee was my first choice. I was fortunate enough to be offered an articling position with Brownlee, and have been here ever since. Truthfully, I could never have imagined that my time with Brownlee would be as enjoyable as it has proven to be.
Ryan is a Partner in Brownlee’s Litigation Department, with a focus on Civil Litigation. His preferred practice areas are: insurance defence litigation, including motor vehicle accident claims, fatality claims, professional negligence, losses and construction losses; insurance policy interpretation and coverage issues, including excess insurance and re-insurance scenarios; transportation losses, including owner-operator cases, road designs, construction and maintenance cases, freight hauling and delivery cases, freight liability issues, cargo-in-transit cases, serious accidents and injury claims and catastrophic loss claims; general civil and corporate litigation, including products liability, occupiers’ liability, slander/defamation and general contract disputes; and errors and omissions claims.
As much as I enjoy my work, I would not have spent my entire career to date at Brownlee if it weren’t for the people I work with. From my very earliest days with the firm, I was provided with the support, guidance and opportunities to become not only a skilled lawyer, but a better person. I share a work ethic and business philosophy with my partners and associates that have resulted not only in harmonious working relationships, but also close personal friendships as well. I feel privileged to be a lawyer at Brownlee, and look forward to spending the rest of my working days with the firm.
Partner (Commercial/Municipal Real Estate, Lending, Leasing), Co-Chair (HR & Governance) of Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & NWT, Past President of Edmonton CREW Association, Brownlee LLP Summer Student Mentor
I graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta in 2005, articled with the firm and have proudly been with Brownlee LLP ever since.
My practice consists of matters relating to commercial real estate and involves all aspects of commercial property transactions, including the acquisition, disposition and financing of commercial real estate, and leasing of office, industrial and retail space (for both landlords and tenants). I am also involved in municipal commercial transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, rights-of-way, easements and restrictive covenants. The firm has provided the mentorship and support necessary to continue to grow my practice into more complex areas, and really ensures that all the lawyers feel as valued members of the Brownlee team.
SCOTT D. MCMILLAN
Associate (Litigation), Volunteer with Edmonton Community Legal Centre, and Brownlee LLP Summer Student Junior Mentor.
Originally from British Columbia, I moved to Edmonton in 2006 to attend the Law School at the University of Alberta. I think like most law students, I went through the usual articling application and interview process without much in the way of an idea of what I wanted to do as a career, but knowing that I wanted to stay in Edmonton to start my articles (and hopefully my career). I was fortunate enough to interview with a wide range of public bodies, national, regional, and local firms, including Brownlee LLP, where I was able to secure an articling position and where I have continued my practice in our firm’s Litigation department.
Generally speaking, I did not anticipate being attracted to litigation, however, from the first day of my articles, which included my first Court of Queen’s Bench Masters’ Chambers Application (albeit uncontested), I have been hooked. Thanks to Brownlee’s formal articling rotation program and the experiences I had working with some inspiring mentors, I discovered a practice area where now I could not imagine doing anything else. It was truly a case where my impression of something in law school couldn’t have been more different than my experience with that thing in practice!
My practice consists of a wide variety of types of litigation, with a focus on Civil Litigation, primarily in the insurance context.
Articling, and now working at Brownlee, provided me with exciting and challenging opportunities every step of the way. Just as important, however, I work alongside colleagues (partners, other associates, students and staff from all of Brownlee’s departments) that I respect and consider friends. It is the collegial, friendly and dynamic atmosphere that first drew me to the firm as an articling student and it remains one of the biggest reasons why I am so pleased to continue my career at Brownlee.
KIRSTEN M.L. HAYNE