WHO SITS ON OUR EDMONTON ARTICLING COMMITTEE?
RYAN EWASIUK, CHAIR

RYAN EWASIUK, CHAIR

Partner (Practice Area Leader), Father of two young boys, and, Hockey and Basketball Coach.

I recall my Articling interview week with fondness. 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.

As much as I enjoy my work, I would not have spent my entire career to date at Brownlee if it were not 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.

JORDAN SMITH

JORDAN SMITH

Lawyer (Commercial Transactions, Corporate Practice, Mergers & Acquisitions, Succession Planning & Corporate Governance)

I find great satisfaction in working as a business lawyer. It is my belief that legal advice should be practical and efficient and that it takes a strong group of lawyers to be able to deliver such advice. Having articled and worked as a lawyer for many years at Brownlee LLP, but also going through the experience of leaving the Firm to work in business and also briefly at another law firm, I have an appreciation for different work cultures and the importance of fit.

During my articling interviews I asked many questions and tried my best to gather all of the information I felt was most important. I do not recall all of the questions I asked, but I do know that at the end of the process Brownlee LLP was clearly my top choice. The reason was pretty simple – I liked the people and I saw a respectful and collegial workplace of skilled lawyers. In chatting with the lawyers at the Firm, it was evident that people got along with each other and worked with each other on files in a “team” approach.

My first impressions have been confirmed over the course of my years here. I consider myself blessed to work at Brownlee LLP and amongst such skilled and caring colleagues. On both a personal and professional level, I have a deep respect for those I work with. I honestly could not imagine myself practicing law anywhere else.

SCOTT D. MACMILLAN

SCOTT D. MACMILLAN

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.