Karen I. Justel*
Karen is a Shareholder, practicing exclusively in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law.
Karen’s varied client base includes companies in a range of industries as well as a number of First Nation businesses. She advises on a full range of business matters, including business structures and corporate reorganizations; corporate governance including Board and management issues and agreements to regulate shareholders’ rights and obligations; ongoing advice to multi-stakeholder joint ventures and project-based entities; purchase and sale of small, mid-size and large businesses; acting as corporate solicitor for a nationwide network of licensed retail stores and web-based sales organizations; and negotiation and preparation of a wide range of commercial contracts in various industry and service contexts.
Karen is a frequent speaker and lecturer in her areas of expertise.
In addition to British Columbia, Karen has practiced in Sydney, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand and Edmonton, Alberta. She is a practicing member of the British Columbia and Alberta Law Societies.
- University of British Columbia, B.A.
- University of Victoria, LL.B.
- Year of Call: 1989 (B.C.), 2001 (Alberta)
Accredited Professional Advisor, British Columbia Employee Share Ownership Program
- Lecturer in Business Law, Alberta Bar Admission Program
- Lecturer, Pacific Business & Law Institute (First Nations’ Special Purpose Trusts)
- Establishment of legal documentation and compliance mechanisms to govern a Canada-wide network of over 100 licensed retail locations, and ongoing representation as corporate and general counsel of licensor.
- Formation of a number of individual and multi-stakeholder joint ventures between First Nations and industry partners to carry on business in the oil sands region of Alberta, and ongoing representation of the joint venture entities.
- Acting as corporate and general counsel to a major First Nation and its business organization, including with respect to matters of corporate governance, financings, restructurings, negotiation of commercial contracts and leases, and negotiation of industry sustainability agreements.
- Acted with respect to all aspects of a major First Nations casino development.