Our People


Steve McKoen, QC is a partner at Blakes, and practices in the areas of securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and corporate governance. He has been active in the arts community both in Vancouver and New York, where he was a volunteer for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts New York.

Michael E. Reid  is a business lawyer with a technology focus, often working with founders and other executives from the software, video gaming, and entertainment industries, at all stages of a company’s life cycle from start-up, through growth, to exit. Mike is a trusted legal advisor helping guide clients through their various corporate process and business issues. Specifically, he advises clients on corporate/commercial law including intellectual property, franchise, privacy, and licensing.

R. Nelson Godfrey is a senior associate practicing out of Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office. Nelson is an intellectual property lawyer and strategic adviser for domestic and international clients operating in a wide range of industries, including computer hardware and software, manufacturing/fabrication, clothing and retail consumer products, entertainment, and alcoholic beverages.

Andrew Atkins was called to the bar in 1986 and focuses his legal practice in the field of entertainment. Andrew worked as Legal and Business Affairs for a leading music talent agency in Canada for the first two years of his practice. He spent the next three years practicing law with the entertainment group at Russell & DuMoulin (now Fasken’s) one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent law firms before founding Atkins & Company in 1991.

Martha Rans is the Legal Director of the ALO. She has been practicing law in British Columbia since 1997, and works extensively with arts organizations, non profit societies and visual and multimedia digital artists. She is the former Project Lead  in Vancouver of Creative Commons Canada. She teaches copyright at Emily Carr University, UBC Continuing Studies, as well as extensively across BC.

Others: Lindsay DykstraRodney Kyle, Bob D’Eith, Patrick Aldous, David Wotherspoon, Kyle Fogden, Bennett Lee, Margaret Mason, Denis Walz, and Michael Blatchford.

LAW STUDENTS & VOLUNTEERS (2019) to be updated

Clinic Coordinators: Emma Thomas (Vancouver) and David Jol (Victoria)
Law students: Claire Robertson


Michael Reid, President
Partner (EP) and Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies at McMillan LLP

Steven McKoen, Vice President
Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Lindsay Dykstra, Secretary/Treasurer
Associate at ​Cassels Brock

Carol Liao
Professor, ​Director, Centre for Business Law and ​Assistant Professor at the Allard School of Law

Harvey Meller
Partner at Kerr, Redekop and Leinburd

Cedric Bomford
Associate Professor of Visual Arts at University of Victoria

Amy Lee Lavoie
Senior Producer at Vancouver Film School and writer