Business and Marine Law Lawyer Joanna Dawson joins McMillan's Vancouver Office  

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June 2017


We are happy to announce that Joanna Dawson, an experienced business and marine lawyer, will be joining McMillan’s Business Law Group as a senior associate on June 5, 2017.  Joanna will be working out of the Vancouver office.

“We are pleased that Joanna is joining the firm.  We look forward to having her work in our busy corporate/M&A practice and our transportation practice will benefit from her experience in the marine industry ,” says John Clifford, National Group Coordinator, Business Law.

“We are excited about the addition of Joanna’s expertise in maritime, corporate and commercial law to the expansive range of services we offer our clients,” says Sandra Knowler, Partner, Vancouver Business Law Group.

Joanna received her law degree from UBC and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2012.  She started her career practicing corporate/commercial and securities law at Miller Thomson, then moved to Bernard LLP where she further developed her corporate/commercial skills and gained expertise in maritime law.  Most recently, she practiced corporate/commercial and securities law at DuMoulin Black LLP.   She will be continuing her professional development and servicing her marine industry clients in McMillan’s Business and Transportation Groups.  Joanna currently serves as the Vice President (Western) of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).

“Joanna joins a team of experts who cover all transportation modes: rail, marine, terminals and intermediaries, trucking, aviation and aeronautics, and logistics. She brings marine industry expertise and clients that will benefit from McMillan’s extensive platform in transportation. She adds further industry breadth to our practice and expands our wide range of product offerings in transportation and regulatory matters, " says François Tougas, Co-Chair of the firm’s Transportation Group.

Please join us in welcoming Joanna. We wish her every success in her new role and look forward to working with her.

We encourage you to introduce yourself to Joanna and welcome her to the McMillan team.  Connect with her at