CALGARY STUDENT COMMITTEE
DEREK J. KING, CHAIRPERSON
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.
CHRISTIANNE E. MURPHY
I started working at Brownlee as a Summer Student in 2013, and returned for a second summer in 2014. During my summers at Brownlee, I was exposed to a wide variety of projects and experiences. By the time I started Articling in 2015, I felt confident and knew what to expect.
The Articling experience was challenging and engaging. I was able to grow my legal skills in an environment where I had lots of encouragement and support from a great team of friendly and approachable lawyers. By the end of my Articling year, I was handling my own files, running my own questionings and making court appearances.
Since being called to the bar in 2016, I accepted a position as an Associate in Brownlee’s litigation group. I help all types of insurers handle all forms of insurance issues. I have an emphasis on insurance defence claims involving bodily injury, occupier’s liability, property damage, coverage disputes, product liability, fire losses and construction disputes. Brownlee has given me the freedom to focus on the areas where I have the most interest. This is one of the many reasons I look forward to continuing to build my practice at Brownlee.
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.
NABEEL S. PEERMOHAMED
I joined Brownlee in 2013 after being called to the Alberta Bar in 2012. My main area of focus is insurance defence litigation. 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.
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, I find myself adopting that same attitude in mentoring the junior members of the firm and answering their questions. I look forward to developing a prosperous career at Brownlee.