Expertise, Experience
and Wisdom

Our national reputation is based on the expertise, experience and personal attention of each of our lawyers

Lidstone & Company Law Corporation is a local government law firm with offices in British Columbia and Alberta. Each of our lawyers has specialized knowledge and particular expertise in areas of municipal law, and collaborates closely with local government officials. We act as if we are In-House Counsel, in terms of response times and care and concern.


Each lawyer acts in areas of deep local government expertise. Our five senior lawyers have over 150 years of combined experience, and the lawyers altogether have over 200 Years of experience. Our proactive, preventative approach reduces risk, and we are known for problem solving.

We do not have conflicts of interest. Lidstone & Company does not act for developers, realtors, banks, resource companies, interest groups, etc. We look after local government. Period.

Lidstone & Company is the only law firm of which we are aware that requires each lawyer to provide 75 hours annually of pro bono service to charitable non-profit entities whose interest are not inconsistent with our municipal clients' interests. As well, the firm is implementing a social, environmental and economic sustainability plan based on The Natural Step framework. More on The Natural Step is available at: http://www.naturalstep.ca

Our lawyers have exceptional academic and professional credentials. We have precedents for all subject matters, and extraordinary library and research facilities.

Lidstone & Company has a reputation for successful litigation - defending claims, defending bylaws, and enforcing bylaws. This is because we have dedicated litigation lawyers, and not just municipal lawyers who litigate when necessary.

Lidstone & Company provides special services without charge to our clients, including quarterly newsletters, regular bulletins, annual client seminars, in-house workshops, templates and checklists.

Our Lawyers


The lawyers and staff at Lidstone & Company are part of your team, your creative solution, your security and your effectiveness in every area of local government law.

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    Don Lidstone, Q.C.

    Managing Partner, Land Use and Planning, Governance, Finance, Environmental, Aboriginal

    Don Lidstone Q.C. practices generally in the area of local government law. His municipal law focus is in the areas of governance, finance and taxation, land use and development,...


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    Lindsay Parcells

    Real Property, Corporate and Commercial, Development, Procurement, Expropriation

    Lindsay has practiced local government law at Lidstone & Company since 2011. He was called to the Alberta bar in 1992 and the British Columbia bar in 1995. He...


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    Paul Hildebrand

    Litigation, Arbitration, Alternate Dispute Resolution

    Paul is Associate Counsel at Lidstone & Company. Paul is the head of the law firm’s Litigation Department. He won the Gold Medal in law at the University of...


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    Susan Trylinski

    Litigation, Bylaw Enforcement, Assessment and Taxation, Land Use and Planning, Administrative Law

    Susan is Associate Counsel at Lidstone and Company, located in Calgary, Alberta. While Susan has over 18 years of experience in municipal law, she first started her career in...


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    Robert Botterell

    Aboriginal, Major Project Negotiation

    Rob focuses on major project negotiations, law drafting, aboriginal law, resource law and advocating on behalf of clients. Rob led a team that put together the Freedom of Information...


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    Olga Rivkin

    Solicitor

    Olga is an experienced solicitor, attentive to client needs, nuanced and detailed in her approach. She advises local governments and other public entities on a variety of topics, including...


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    Sara Dubinsky

    Litigation, Bylaw Enforcement, Conflicts, Information and Privacy

    Sara has practiced local government law at Lidstone & Company since her call to the bar in 2009. She is a litigation lawyer and also provides legal opinions on...


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    Marisa Cruickshank

    Labour and Employment, Human Rights, Workers’ Compensation, Information and Privacy, Litigation

    Marisa has practiced local government law at Lidstone & Company since her call to the bar in 2010. She is a litigation lawyer and the head of the firm’s...


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    Rachel Vallance

    Governance, Finance, Elections, Constitutional, Environmental, Administrative

    Rachel completed her articles at Lidstone & Company and has practiced local government law since her call to the bar in 2015. She advises local governments in relation to...


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    Robin Phillips

    Associate Lawyer

    Robin Phillips joined Lidstone and Company as an associate lawyer after completing a clerkship with five judges of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She was called to the...


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    Robert Sroka

    Real Property, Corporate and Commercial, Development, Procurement, Brownfields/Contamination

    Robert Sroka provides legal opinions and drafts agreements on all local government matters with an active interest in land use planning and real estate development. Robert came to Lidstone...


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    Ian Moore

    Articled Student

    Ian is Lidstone & Company’s articling student for 2016-17. He is a graduate of Queen’s University’s joint law-public administration program. While at Queen’s he co-founded the student newspaper Juris...


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    Alex Huynh

    Office Manager

    Alex handles the Lidstone & Company bookkeeping and accounting. Previously she served as the Chief Operating Officer at ARC Medical Devices Inc. for almost four years. Alex articled with...



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