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December/January 2021

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20 www.canadianlawyermag.com/inhouse TOP 10 PRAIRIE LAW FIRMS 3. Pitblado LLP pitblado.com Total lawyers: 65 Offices (with # of lawyers): Winnipeg (64), Arborg, Man. (1) Core practice areas: Corporate and commercial, litigation, labour and employ- ment, taxation, banking, Indigenous law, commercial real estate and leasing/commer- cial leasing, bankruptcy and insolvency Key clients: Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank of Canada, Steinbach Credit Union, Assini- boine Credit Union, IG Wealth Management (Investors Group), Business Development Bank of Canada, Public Utilities Board of Manitoba, Artis REIT, Canadian Premium Sand, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canada Post Corporation, Manitoba Blue Cross, Canada Cartage and various health authorities, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Football Club, Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited Star alumni: Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Justice Candace Grammond; Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Justice Robert Dewar; Federal Court of Appeal Chief Justice Marianne Rivoalen; Former Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench justice Ted Glowacki; former Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench justice R.D. Guy; former Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench justice John Scollin; former Manitoba Court of Appeal justice and premier of Manitoba Sterling Lyon; former Manitoba Court of Appeal justice A. Kerr Twaddle; former senator Duncan Jessiman; and Mayor Brian Bowman, City of Winnipeg, Israel Asper (Founder CanWest Global) Affiliations: Meritas Notable mandates: Played an integral role in bringing the Churchill rail line back to working order. Churchill had been isolated since spring flooding damaged the rail line and forced fuel and food to be flown in. Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership purchased the Hudson Bay Railway, Port of Churchill and Churchill Marine Tank Farm from OmniTRAX. Pitblado represented OneNorth, comprised of the 17 communities and First Nations on the rail line from The Pas/Opaskwayak Cree Nation to Churchill. One North successfully negotiated control of MRLP, good terms for its alliance with Fairfax/ AGT and was part of the buyer group that negotiated the deal with OmniTRAX. Pro bono: Pitblado Law is involved with the United Way Winnipeg, Legal Help Centre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and several other outstanding not-for-profit organizations. The firm: Pitblado Law is a full-service business law firm serving local, national and international clients and has been operating for more than 137 years. Pitblado is the result of the amalgamation of several firms, and it dates back as far as 1882. 4. Taylor McCaffrey LLP tmlawyers.com Total lawyers: 60 Office (with # of lawyers): Winnipeg (60) Core practice areas: Business law, advocacy, litigation and dispute resolution, labour and employment, taxation, family law, real estate and property development, technology and intellectual property and wills, estates and trusts Key clients: The City of Winnipeg, the City of Brandon, Business Development Bank of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint, Royal Bank of Canada, the University of Manitoba, Maple Leaf Foods, CAA Manitoba, Forks North Portage Partnership, Brandon University, Loblaws, Caisse Financial Group, the Northwest Company, University of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Airport Authority and Palliser Furniture Ltd. Notable mandates: Negotiated and completed the merger of CAA Manitoba and CAA South Central Ontario to form CAA Club Group; acted for BCE Inc. in the acquisition of MTS pursuant to Manitoba's largest plan of arrangement; represented the City of Winnipeg in interest arbitration with para- medics, fire and police and hearings before the land value appraisal commission; lead negotiator for the University of Brandon in talks with its faculty association; negotiated first labour agreement for the Canadian Human Rights Museum; represented

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