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with the firm in its insolvency group, Campney & Murphy was unsure that
another lawyer was needed because the firm had eight insolvency lawyers.
However, the firm recognized Heather was clearly a keeper, so it offered her
a position. Luckily for the firm, she accepted. She was later made a partner
and continued practising with the firm until it closed its doors in 2003.
At Campney & Murphy, she made lifelong friends and was honoured to
work with many great lawyers. She became part of the fabric of that firm.
That was Heather: if you were on her team, she was on your team, and she
made the team better. She demanded and expected loyalty from others and
gave it herself.
At that time, the insolvency profession was male-dominated but evolving
slowly. As we have all since recognized, Heather’s shorter stature was overwhelmed
by her great intellect and courage, and her gift for sharing advice,
as well as both good news and bad news, precisely and directly. She was then
and remained throughout her career a trailblazer who quickly built a strong
reputation as one of the best in her field and a true force to be reckoned with.
After Campney & Murphy, she went on to Lawson Lundell for the
remainder of her career. Heather was the leader of Lawson’s Insolvency &
Restructuring Group and was appreciated by her colleagues as a superb
lawyer, partner and colleague. Her practice concentrated on large-scale
insolvencies, restructurings and corporate workouts with a particular focus
on real estate insolvencies, and she routinely represented financial institutions,
trustees in bankruptcy and receivers. She was a chair of the BC Insolvency
Section of the Canadian Bar Association and the chair of the National
Insolvency Section. She published numerous papers and articles on insolvency
Heather was tenacious and a fearless defender of her clients, friends and
colleagues, who both loved and respected her. All knew that they could always
count on Heather; win, lose or draw they knew she would give it her all.
Among her peers, everyone in the insolvency profession knew who Heather
was. She was known simply as “Heather”, like Serena, Venus or Tiger.
The Bank of Montreal, one of her largest and longest-standing clients,
relied on her for decades as an important member of their restructuring and
workout teams on hundreds of challenging transactions. They were in great
hands with Heather, and she lifted them up to make them better bankers—
not bad for a lawyer!
Heather loved her dogs, travel and buying and renovating houses, including
her farmhouse in Sicily. Alongside Bruce, Heather renovated and created
a beautiful villa in Sicily. Many of the lawyers and staff at Lawson
Lundell were envious of the beautiful villa she created.