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.

Lawyers and Staff


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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    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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    Colleen Burke

    Constitutional Law, Aboriginal & Local Government Law

    Colleen studied municipal and land use planning law while attending UBC Law School and has been working with local governments in British Columbia since her articling days. Called to...


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    Andrew Carricato

    Labour and Employment, Human Rights

    Andrew is licenced in BC and Ontario. He advises and advocates for clients on a wide range of workplace law issues in both unionized and non-unionized environments. Andrew advises...


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    Rebecca Coad

    Litigation, Environmental, Municipal Contracts, Property Disputes, Governance, and Regulatory Matters

    Rebecca joined Lidstone & Company in 2018, after practicing in commercial litigation at a national firm since her call in 2015. Rebecca has a broad background in litigation, including...


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    Marisa Cruickshank

    Labour and Employment, Human Rights, Information and Privacy, Litigation

    Marisa has practiced local government law at Lidstone & Company since her call to the bar in 2010. She assists local government clients on a wide variety of matters,...


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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 provides legal opinions on a...


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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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    Don Lidstone, Q.C.

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

    Don Lidstone Q.C. is licenced in BC, Alberta, and Yukon. He practices generally in the area of local government law. His municipal law focus is in the areas of...


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    Michael McAllister

    Local Government & Land Development

    Michael is Senior Counsel. He has practised law exclusively on local government matters since 1988. Michael was born in Nelson, B.C. and is a lifelong British Columbia resident. Michael...


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    Ian Moore

    Environmental, Climate Change, Aboriginal, Governance, Administrative, Land Use Planning, Local Government Contracts

    Ian practices broadly in the areas of local government and public interest environmental law. He advises local governments on a variety of matters, including: environmental sustainability and climate change,...


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    Christopher Murdy

    Municipal Law

    Chris has practised law exclusively on behalf of local government since 1984. Chris is a lifelong resident of B.C. and attended the University of British Columbia where he received...


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    Lindsay Parcells

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

    Lindsay is licenced in Alberta and BC. He practices municipal law and advises local governments on a variety of issues including real estate, corporate/commercial, expropriation and public procurement matters....


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    Robin Phillips

    Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Environmental, Aboriginal, Procurement, Development, Municipal Contracts

    Robin is licenced in Alberta and BC. She joined Lidstone and Company as an associate lawyer after completing a clerkship with five judges of the Supreme Court of British...


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    Anthony Price

    Local Government, Litigation & Regulatory Law

    Anthony was born and raised in the beautiful Bulkley Valley in northern British Columbia. Since 2010, his practice has focused exclusively on providing advice and representation to local governments...


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    Olga Rivkin

    Municipal, Environmental and Land Development

    Olga is licenced in BC and Yukon. She is an experienced solicitor, attentive to client needs, nuanced and detailed in her approach. She advises local governments and other public...


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    Robert Sroka

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

    Robert is licenced in and Alberta and BC. He provides legal opinions and drafts agreements on all local government matters with an active interest in land use planning and...


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    Lynda Stokes

    Real Property, Land Use Regulation & Development

    Lynda’s practice consists predominantly of solicitor and advisory work with an emphasis on real property, land use regulation and development, municipal services and environmental issues. Since 2014, she has...


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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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    Matthew R. Voell

    Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Administrative Litigation, Judicial Reviews, Insurance Defence

    Matthew acts for local government clients on a wide variety of civil and commercial matters, including disputes involving breaches of contracts and agreements, real estate development and insurance defence....


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    James Yardley

    Litigation & Conflict Resolution, Expropriation, Construction

    James’ practice mainly involves litigation and dispute resolution, although he also provides advice on a broad variety of local government matters.  James has practised law involving local governments since...


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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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    Ashley Chand

    Assistant Office Manager

    Ashley is the Assistant Office Manager at Lidstone & Company. Before joining Lidstone & Company, Ashley was working for Harper Grey LLP, one of the leading regional law firms...


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    Natalija Maksimovic

    Paralegal

    Natalija is providing paralegal services in the areas of litigation, real property and corporate commercial. Prior to joining Lidstone & Company Natalija worked at the City of Richmond where...


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    Kathy Alvarez

    Paralegal

    Kathy provides paralegal services for civil litigation and enforcement proceedings at all levels of court in British Columbia. Prior to joining Lidstone & Company, Kathy worked at Murdy &...


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    Denise Chavez

    Legal Administrative Assistant

    Denise is a Legal Assistant at Lidstone & Company. Prior to joining Lidstone & Company, Denise worked at Murdy & McAllister where she was involved in preparation of various...


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    Paulina Chua

    Administrative Assistant

    Paulina joined Lidstone & Company as their Administrative Assistant in the spring of 2018. She comes from a background of chemistry, plant physiology and molecular genetics; obtaining her education...



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