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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    Marisa Cruickshank

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

    Marisa Cruickshank assists local government clients with a wide range of workplace matters, including preparation and review of employment contracts and policies, sick leave and disability issues, human rights,...


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    Sara Dubinsky

    Partner. Litigation, Bylaw Enforcement, Conflicts, Information and Privacy, Cannabis Law

    Sara Dubinsky 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...


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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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    Lindsay Parcells

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

    Lindsay Parcells is the head of our Alberta office and practices municipal law with an interest in land use, real property, corporate, commercial, indigenous relations, and environmental matters. Lindsay...


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    James Yardley

    Partner. 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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    Andrew Carricato

    Labour and Employment, Human Rights

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


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    Katie Dakus

    Municipal, Corporate and Commercial, Drafting, Information and Privacy, Human Rights

    Katie has worked for the Ministry of Attorney General, Office of Legislative Counsel. At the Ministry of Attorney General, she drafted provisions and amendments for legislation, regulations and orders-in-council....


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    Janae Enns

    Articled Student 2022

    Janae is currently a law student at Thompson Rivers University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geography with a concentration in planning and a master’s degree in community planning....


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    Alison Espetveidt

    Land Use Planning and Development, Real Estate, Expropriation, Governance and Enforcement

    Alison is a municipal lawyer licenced in Alberta and British Columbia. She advises and advocates for clients on a wide range of municipal law issues, including land use planning...


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    Charlotte Keslo

    2022 Calgary Summer Student

    Charlotte is a Summer Student with our law firm. She is currently a law student at the University of Calgary Law School. Previously, she worked in the technology industry...


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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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    Ralph Hildebrand

    Aboriginal Law, Local Government Law, Zoning and Civil Litigation

    Ralph is Associate Counsel at Lidstone & Company. He most recently held the position of Corporate Counsel/General Manager Legal and Legislative Services at Metro Vancouver. Prior to his ten...


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    Catherine Li

    Summer Articled Student 2022

    Catherine is currently in her second year at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law. She thoroughly enjoyed administrative law in school and this interest led her...


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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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    Christopher Murdy

    Municipal Law

    Chris has retired from the active practice of law. However, he remains available for the benefit of the lawyers in our law firm. Chris practiced exclusively on behalf of...


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    Will Pollitt

    Local Government Law, Indigenous Law, Land Use Planning, Governance

    Will has practiced local government law since joining Lidstone & Company in 2019. Will advises local governments on a wide variety of issues including land use planning, contracts, governance...


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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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    Rahul Ranade

    Infrastructure, Construction, Procurement, Environment, Development and Contracts

    Rahul is licensed in British Columbia and Alberta and practices primarily in the areas of public infrastructure, environment, development and commercial contracts. He advises clients on a wide variety...


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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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    Debra Rusnak

    Legal Counsel. Labour and Employment, Human Rights and Litigation

    Debra is experienced legal counsel who practices in all areas of employment, labour, and human rights law as well as administrative law matters. She takes pride in providing practical...


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    Robert Sroka

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

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


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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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    Greg Vanstone

    Senior Counsel

    Greg Vanstone has devoted the majority of his 37-year legal career to representing local governments and school boards. After being called to the bar in 1984, Greg practiced with...


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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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    Alex Huynh

    Office Manager

    Alex became the Office Manager at Lidstone & Company after working as their contracted accountant for several years. She oversees the administration and accounting for the firm. Previously she...


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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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    Angela Chen

    Administrative Assistant / Receptionist

    Angela Chen is our Administrative Assistant/Receptionist responsible for a wide array of administrative and clerical duties. Prior to working at Lidstone & Company, she gained her valuable 2-years experience...


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    Breanna Mand

    Administrative Assistant

    Breanna is our Administrative Assistant in our Vancouver office. Breanna takes on numerous requests provided by the lawyers at Lidstone including clerical and administrative duties. Breanna gained over two...


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    Tekahra Tarnowski

    Legal Assistant

    Tekahra is a Legal Assistant. She completed her Legal Office Assistant Program with honours at Camosun College in Victoria. Prior to joining Lidstone and Company, Tekahra gained experience working...


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    Ann Tran

    Bookkeeper

    Ann joined Lidstone & Company in January 2019 as their bookkeeper. She comes with an accounting Certificate in level Pace from the CGA program and a Bachelor’s degree in...



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