Miller Thomson Makes Strategic Investment in Legal Knowledge Centre for Vancouver

New facility includes expanded litigation and business law expertise

VANCOUVER, May 30, 2017 /CNW/ - Canadian business law firm Miller Thomson has completed the build out of a new, multimillion dollar legal knowledge centre in downtown Vancouver. The 48,000 square foot facility is designed to serve as a platform for the firm's business, startup and public agency clients seeking legal solutions.

"We are redefining how legal solutions are formulated and accessed," said Mike Walker, Miller Thomson's Managing Partner for BC. "We will be offering educational programs, hosting round tables, and seeking new ways to work with our clients. We want clients to impact our thinking on a daily basis, while we in turn impact theirs."

This new legal centre format is the first of its kind in Canada and has been designed on the principles of knowledge access and client engagement, with the entire facility housed on a single floor and the majority of personnel, including lawyers, working in flexible, open-plan layouts.

"Our emphasis is on human interaction, mobility and gaining advantage through the application of leading-edge technology," said Walker. "At our core, we are a knowledge business. Creative thinking and information exchange are essential ingredients to our success. This one-of-a-kind space gives us opportunities to open our doors to entrepreneurs, thought leaders and community builders."

The Miller Thomson Vancouver centre is located in Cadillac Fairview's Pacific Centre complex, which is also home to Nordstrom, Microsoft and Sony Imageworks.

In addition to an expanded physical presence in the city, the firm has grown its litigation and business law teams to include:

  • John Doolan, a senior real estate lawyer with a wide variety of experience in commercial real estate law and aboriginal law matters
  • Rory Godinho, a leader in capital markets and securities law with an extensive client base that includes both private and publicly traded companies
  • Heather Jones, an experienced litigator with an extensive background in complex corporate and commercial matters
  • Gal Smolar, a corporate technology lawyer who advises entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors, as well as on M&A technology transactions

"We are fully invested in the success of creative enterprises in British Columbia and all of Canada, whether they be established businesses, startups, or public agencies," said Kent Davidson, Chair of Miller Thomson. "We are excited about the possibilities that this new approach in Vancouver opens up. This is just one step we will be taking to make legal solutions more accessible to our clients and communities in which we live and work."

About Miller Thomson
Miller Thomson LLP is a national business law firm with more than 525 lawyers working from 12 offices across Canada. The firm offers a complete range of business law, advocacy and personal legal services. Miller Thomson works regularly with in-house legal departments and external counsel worldwide to facilitate cross-border and multinational transactions and business needs. Miller Thomson offices are located in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Toronto, Markham, Vaughan and Montréal. For more information, visit

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