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This week’s spotlight: MacLean Law
The Fort St. John branch of MacLean Law is one of six of the MacLean Law offices currently operating in British Columbia and Alberta. Our founder, Lorne MacLean QC, widely respected as one of the most experienced high net worth Family Law and Divorce lawyers in Canada, first established MacLean Law in 1983 in Vancouver. In the past 36 years, the business grew to include offices in Fort St. John, Surrey, Richmond, Kelowna, and Calgary. The Fort St. John office opened in 2005 at its current location at 9503 100 Avenue after Lorne MacLean QC built the building on what was then a vacant lot.
Drawing on the depth and breadth of our expertise, experience, and well-honed emotional intelligence, MacLean Law made it our purpose to help distill the complicated and challenging law in order to break through to strategic, creative, practical and positive family solutions. The people of the Peace Region need trusted local legal counsel so they are not forced to pay increased costs for out-of-town lawyers. Judges in the region welcome experienced and local counsel, as well as articled students, as that greatly increases access to justice and reduces wait times for the members of the community. The people of the Peace Region greatly benefit by having trusted advisors like the local and tenacious MacLean Law family, immigration and civil litigation lawyers that they can form life-long professional relationships with. The Fort St. John branch currently consists of four full-time employees who reside permanently in Fort St. John.
Naomi Callingham is our friendly receptionist and legal admin assistant. She is from the West Coast but moved to Northern BC over 6 years ago. She is raising her two lovely children here with her husband. Their family loves to adventure, hike, pick Saskatoon berries, play in the rivers, snowshoe, visiting the Pomeroy Sports Centre walking track, and take part in community events. She loves working at MacLean Law helping the people of the North resolve their legal matters.
Candice Pappenberger is our paralegal and has been with the firm since 2009 and is the longest-serving employee at the office. She brings a wealth of knowledge, warmth, understanding, and patience. She has called the Energetic City home for over 10 years, and all three of her children have been born and raised here. Candice and her family regularly enjoy the many outdoor recreational opportunities that this area has to offer including going ice-fishing, tobogganing and snowmobiling in the winter, and hiking, camping and quading in the summer.
Jaye Rutledge is the lawyer at the Fort St. John branch of MacLean Law. Jaye was recently called to the British Columbia bar, having just completed her one-year articling apprenticeship in Fort St. John. Jaye has spent the majority of her life in Fort St. John and is thrilled to be back following the completion of her law degree at the University of Victoria. During law school Jaye gained experience in northern legal practice by completing co-op positions with Yukon Legal Aid and the resource development branch of the Government of the Northwest Territories. Jaye is transgender and happy to offer pro bono services to low income LGBTQ2S members in Fort St. John and the surrounding community.
Anastasiya Sadovska is currently an articled student and anticipates being admitted to the British Columbia bar in May of 2020 and to the Alberta bar in August of 2020. Anastasiya has been with MacLean Law since 2018 when she accepted a summer student position and then returned as in articled student upon graduating from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. Anastasiya was born and raised in Ukraine and is conversational in Ukrainian and Russian. She is now actively involved in the community and sits on the board of directors of Community Bridge, a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing counselling and support services to the community.
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