Samantha is a Senior Associate with McLennan Ross, practicing in the area of Corporate Commercial Securities.
Samantha’s practice focus is intellectual property and technology law, regularly advising clients on the protection and commercialization of intangible property. Samantha is a also Registered Trade-mark Agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and her practice includes trade-mark applications and trade-mark disputes.
Prior to joining the firm, Samantha practiced as General Counsel for a University in Edmonton. Previous to that position, Samantha practiced as Legal Counsel, Technology Commercialization for another University in Edmonton.
Since joining McLennan Ross, Samantha has acted on behalf of clients whose commercial interests include intellectual property licensing programs, enterprise software acquisition and infringement actions arising from copyright, trade-mark and patent assets. Samantha has successfully represented clients in domain name disputes and works with clients to identify brand management strategies.
Samantha’s unique skill set is part of her full service approach when advising clients on corporate law and governance, mergers & acquisitions, financing, commercial land acquisition and commercial leasing. Samantha regularly advises clients on commercial opportunities to maximize the value of both traditional and intellectual property assets.
Samantha also advises clients on compliance with Canada’s new Anti-Spam law and regulations.
LL.B., University of Sydney, Australia
B.A. English Literature (Honours), University of Alberta
Community and Volunteer Activities
Co-Chair, Alberta Health Services Patient Family Advisory Group
Public Member (Interim), Health Quality Council of Alberta Patient/Family Safety Advisory Panel
Past President and Volunteer, Suit Yourself - The Edmonton Wardrobe for Women in Need Association
Acts for public and private clients in a wide range of commercial dealings.
Advises on protection and commercialization of intellectual property including trade-marks, copyright, trade secrets, confidential business information.
Developed collaborative research agreements and sponsored research agreements between private industry, academic faculty and post-secondary educational institutions.
Acted for institutional clients in the acquisition and divestiture of commercial real estate.
Drafted and negotiated facility license agreements with health care authorities, law enforcement agencies and other public authorities on behalf of institutional clients.
Acted for both franchisors and franchisees in relation to franchise disclosure obligations and disputes.
Drafted governance policies and procedures for institutional clients.
Advised executive officers and board members on governance issues including procedural fairness, liability, risk management and effective communication.
“Canada's New Anti-Spam Law: A Major Change for Business Communications”, Webinar, McLennan Ross LLP
"Using Social Media for Business Purposes", Webinar, McLennan Ross LLP, 2013
“Contracting & Procurement in Local Government”, Local Government Administrators of the NWT Annual Professional Development Conference, 2012
"Streamlining the Enrollment Process through a Legal Lens: Legal Issues and the Duty to Accommodate in Admissions and Enrollment", Conference of American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers
"Duty to Accommodate: Complex Student Panel", Civil Campus 2010
"Educating and Supporting Students with Disabilities: Balancing Rights and Responsibilities", MacEwan Organizational Development Day