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VOL. 78 PART 1 JANUARY 2020
David A. Allard is a partner at Lawson Lundell, where he practises M&A, corporate and
commercial, corporate finance and securities law with an emphasis on the forestry and
forest products industry. David is not to be confused with the guy who wants his name on
all law degrees issued to UBC grads.
Connor Bildfell is the Advocate’s copy editor and an associate in the litigation group at
McCarthy Tétrault. As a wee lad, Connor’s initial career ambition was to become an ice
cream man so he could give free ice cream to his friends and family. To his disappointment,
however, he was informed that his proposed business model might not be sustainable.
It is perhaps for the best that Connor ultimately landed on law and not business.
Kinji Bourchier was an international man of mystery long before that term fell out of
fashion. A partner at Lawson Lundell, where he practises commercial litigation, Kinji is
part of the Famous Five, which involves his co-authors (and the cover subject of this issue)
galivanting overseas to watch the beautiful game. Kinji is the president of the Peter A.
Allard School of Law Alumni Association.
Gerald W. Ghikas, Q.C., practises commercial arbitration from Vancouver Arbitration
Chambers in international and domestic settings. He has over 40 years of experience as an
arbitrator and counsel resolving matters from the tens of thousands of dollars to the billions
Rishi T. Gill is a Vancouver litigator focusing on criminal defence and personal injury matters.
He is a former Crown and B.C. Securities Commission prosecutor. If you encounter
Maggie the dog on the North Shore, chances are Rishi is on the other end of the leash with
his wife and two sons. The latter have made Rishi an expert in LEGO.
Cliff Proudfoot, Q.C., has a penchant for bow ties, a commitment to coaching kids in cross
country and track at Seycove Secondary School and, when not focusing on environmental
and Indigenous litigation, being the managing partner of Lawson Lundell. Cliff also sits as
a board member and corporate secretary of the Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers Foundation.
Cliff is part of the Famous Five hinted at elsewhere in these bios.
Marko Vesely was, back when Park Royal Shopping Centre had a mascot, the man in the
bear suit. Having moved beyond his former life of giving high fives to small children and
tossing swag at strangers, Marko now practises civil and commercial litigation with style
and finesse at Lawson Lundell, where he is a partner. Marko is a fellow of the Litigation
Counsel of America, for he’s a jolly good fellow.
Nick B. Wright is an articled student working with Rishi Gill, whom he considers to be a