Three DLA Piper Canada lawyers appointed Queen’s Counsel in Alberta

Congratulations to Jennifer Cleall, Karen Fellowes and Donald Wilson, three of a select group of lawyers to receive the important designation of Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) in Alberta in 2020.

The Q.C. designation is conferred on members of the legal profession to recognize their distinguished legal service and expertise in a particular area of law. The successful candidates will also demonstrate professional integrity, good character, and a superior contribution to the life of the community.

“It is a great honour for these three exceptional professionals and the firm that they have received this designation and is reflective of not only their outstanding contributions to the legal profession but of their tireless dedication to their clients and their communities,” said Robert Seidel, Q.C., Canada Managing Partner.

Jennifer Cleall, a partner in the firm’s Edmonton office, has 20 years’ experience practising business law. She is a trusted advisor to clients in Canada and beyond, from a wide-range of sectors, who are able to draw on her legal expertise across multiple areas of law to ensure that their legal and strategic needs are met with thoughtful and valuable advice. In 2009, Jennifer was recognized with the prestigious Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40 ‎award. Outside her busy practice, Jennifer is actively involved in the community with a particular interest in charitable and political endeavours. She is a proud Mom, always on the go with her three children. ‎

Karen Fellowes, Counsel in the Calgary office, is an experienced insolvency and litigation lawyer who acts for all stakeholders in restructurings, receiverships, CCAA proceedings, bankruptcies and creditor/debtor matters. Karen was recently elected to the Executive Board of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC). Karen is a frequent presenter at conferences, a mentor, a teacher and writer on insolvency law and written advocacy, and has won awards for women’s leadership and Pro Bono service.  In 2017, Karen taught women lawyers in Nepal as part of DLA Piper’s New Perimeter project, and in 2019, Karen was appointed Board President of Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA).  Donald Wilson, Partner at the firm’s Edmonton office, has extensive experience in civil and administrative litigation at the hearing level, trial and appellate levels, with a particular expertise in labour, employment, environmental, administrative, intellectual property, insurance and products liability litigation. Donald has assisted high profile clients on numerous complex, commercial litigation matters. He has also been instrumental in assisting solicitors and other in-house lawyers to develop a variety of proactive methods to assist clients in avoiding litigation and in this capacity has prepared a variety of complex risk analyses for corporate clients. Donald has been recognized for his knowledge in the areas of Administrative and Public Law, ‎Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate and Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers in Canada‎ and is Distinguished® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

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