Denise is a partner with Fulton & Company LLP, having practiced generally in the area of local government law for over 21 years. She began her legal career in a large Vancouver firm before joining Fulton & Company LLP in 2000, first as an associate, and later as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Local Government Practice Group.
Denise has extensive experience advising local governments in all aspects of municipal law, with particular experience in operations, governance and risk management. She is also a registered trade-mark agent, and applies her specialized training to meet our public and private clients’ unique needs in matters of technology development, acquisition, transfer, protection and licensing of trade- marks, official marks, copyright and patents.
300-350 Lansdowne St.
- Member, Law Society of British Columbia (1997)
- Bachelor of Laws (1996), Dalhousie University
- Bachelor of Arts (1993), University of Victoria
- Registered Trade-mark Agent
Denise is regularly involved with the following specific types of transactions:
- Providing advice to a wide range of local governments in all areas of municipal governance and policy development, including governance, legislative powers, corporate powers, emergency powers, financial management and taxation issues;
- Assisting local governments with inter-governmental negotiations, including First Nations engagement;
- Establishment and operation of municipal corporations, partnering agreements and inter-governmental servicing agreements;
- Local government strategic planning and policy development;
- Procurement issues;
- Development, planning and land use matters;
- Bylaw interpretation, drafting, enactment, application and enforcement;
- Conflicts of interest, defamation and other local government conduct issues;
- Information and privacy issues, including the development of policies and procedures;
- Assisting local governments with the development, commercialization, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including trade-marks, official marks and copyright; and
- Acted as lead counsel for a crown corporation pertaining to the planning, development and implementation of an online service delivery program, including negotiations with various stakeholders and service providers, preparation and management of procurement documents, preparation of service agreements, technology agreements and financial agreements and the protection of intellectual property assets.
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- Member, Law Society of British Columbia
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Kamloops Bar Association
- Former sessional instructor in the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University
- Former Chair, Thompson Rivers University Law School Advisory Committee
- Member, Canadian Intellectual Property Institute
- Affiliate Member, Local Government Management Association of British Columbia