Our Team

All of Knight LLP’s lawyers are highly qualified and have a wide range of practical experience across a number of legal disciplines. A dedicated and passionate team, each and every one of our lawyers understands that your issue could be causing you a great deal of stress, may be costing you in time and money and could even be adversely effecting your health. That’s why we take a uniquely personal approach to your matter and adopt an overall practise of using both empathy and determination to ensure a successful outcome for your case.

We believe that as well as legal industry qualifications and certifications, it is intelligence and understanding that makes our lawyers fully qualified to offer innovative, tailor-made, cross disciplinary solutions for complex civil and commercial litigation matters. Our team are with you every step of the way and are fully committed to your cause.

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Christopher P. Knight

Partner, Barrister & Solicitor (British Columbia & Alberta)

Christopher P. Knight

Christopher P. Knight

Partner, Barrister & Solicitor (British Columbia & Alberta)

Chris’s practice focuses on strategic legal matters, often involving specialized intelligence and investigative work. He regularly develops projects under complex regulatory environments and advocates before courts, administrative and regulatory tribunals of all levels.

Called to the bar in Alberta (2008) and British Columbia (2010), Chris received degrees in law (Western, 2007) and philosophy/politics (Simon Fraser, 2003) prior to articling and practicing with a large national firm. In 2012, Chris founded the independent Knight LLP law firm with offices in Calgary and Vancouver.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-923-2506
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Desmond J. MacMillan

Partner, Barrister & Solicitor (British Columbia & Alberta)

Desmond J. MacMillan

Desmond J. MacMillan

Partner, Barrister & Solicitor (British Columbia & Alberta)

Desmond obtained his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004. Upon completion, he articled and practiced with the Heather Sadler Jenkins firm in Prince George, British Columbia. He has developed significant experience in several areas of law, including, insurance and commercial litigation.

In 2006, Mr. MacMillan moved to Calgary and has worked in private practice and in-house in the litigation department for a large insurance company. In 2012 Desmond joined Knight LLP. Desmond's practice is in the areas of commercial, construction, insurance, estates and general litigation.

Desmond has appeared in the courts of Alberta and British Columbia and has participated in a number of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Northern British Columbia and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2005, and Alberta in 2007.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: + 1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-861-3959
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Andrea Riccio

Counsel, Barrister & Solicitor (Alberta)

Andrea Riccio

Andrea Riccio

Counsel, Barrister & Solicitor (Alberta)

For nearly 30 years, Andrea has advised owner-operated and family businesses, entrepreneurs and non-resident investors across various industries. He has regularly helped clients on a variety of commercial matters including business transactions, debt and equity financings, franchises, intellectual property licensing, commercial litigation, exempt securities matters and the buying, selling, financing and leasing of commercial real estate.

Andrea started his legal career in Toronto in 1988 at a boutique Bay Street law firm where he articled and worked as an associate and partner. Upon returning to Calgary in 1994, he helped launch IT services group, Inner-Site Corporation, which was acquired by CDI Corporation (a $2 billion firm based in Santa Clara, California) in 1997. That year, he also founded Kre8tive Law Group, another boutique firm where he managed a staff of up to 13 people for 20 years before taking a step back from active practice in 2018. While at Kre8tive, he helped found GFLS Legal Alliance - an international network of independent law firms focused on the needs of SMEs with offices in Germany, Italy, Spain, Serbia and Brazil.

Andrea is deeply committed to improving the law firm business model. In 2010, Kre8tive Law was one of the first law firms in Canada to offer legal services on-line, go completely paperless and give their staff the ability to work remotely. Andrea's views have been published in several legal and business publications and blogs. As a technology enthusiast, Andrea continues to explore how technology can make the delivery of legal services more effective and affordable.

Andrea was a learning group facilitator for CPLED (Alberta’s bar admission course) and have been a panelist on seminars organized by the Canadian Bar Association and Legal Education Society of Alberta in addition to speaking at various industry events. Andrea has also authored A Guide to Non-resident Investment in Canada/Alberta.

Andrea is currently a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Calgary Bar Association.

Education:

  • University of Alberta (LL.B, 1988)
  • University of Calgary (B.Comm with Distinction), 1985)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: + 1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-919-7003
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Corey Sandquist

Counsel, Barrister & Solicitor (Alberta)

Corey Sandquist

Corey Sandquist

Counsel, Barrister & Solicitor (Alberta)

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Education:

  • University of Alberta (LL.B., 2008)
  • University of Alberta (B.Comm Honours, 2005)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-651-9447
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Nkechi Asekomhe

Associate, Barrister & Solicitor (Alberta)

Nkechi Asekomhe

Nkechi Asekomhe

Associate, Barrister & Solicitor (Alberta)

Nkechi joined Knight LLP as an Associate in July 2019. Prior to joining Knight LLP, Nkechi practiced as an associate lawyer at a full-service law firm in Calgary where she focused primarily on litigating contractual breaches and negotiating employment disputes. Nkechi was called to the Alberta Bar in 2017 after she completed her Articles with a law firm in Calgary where she was involved in several class action lawsuits including product liability, environmental liability and breach of privacy claims.

Nkechi is also a licensed lawyer in Nigeria. She practiced as both a Barrister and Solicitor at a corporate law firm in Lagos where she focussed on corporate commercial law before moving to England in 2006 where she worked as a HR & Employment Law Consultant with a reputable UK Organization assisting clients to resolve complex employment disputes.

Nkechi has made appearances before different levels of courts and several administrative tribunals.

Nkechi is a full-time member of the Law Society of Alberta.

Education:

  • Manchester Metropolitan University (M.A, 2010)
  • University of Manchester (LL.M, 2007)
  • Nigerian Law School (B.L, 2002)
  • University of Lagos (LL.B, 2000)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-473-8341
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Lindsay M. Boulter

Associate, Barrister & Solicitor (Alberta)

Lindsay M. Boulter

Lindsay M. Boulter

Associate, Barrister & Solicitor (Alberta)

Lindsey joined Knight LLP as an associate lawyer in March 2019.

Following the completion of his articles, Lindsey was called to the Alberta Bar in July 2018. Lindsey currently maintains a general civil litigation practice, focusing on corporate and commercial contractual disputes, construction and employment litigation, and real property disputes. He has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta.

Lindsey obtained his law degree from the University of Calgary in 2017. While in law school, he volunteered with Student Legal Assistance, providing legal representation to low-income Calgarians respecting various criminal and municipal matters. He was also a member of the Sports & Entertainment Law Society and was awarded gold medal in the 2016 NHL Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada.

Lindsey is a full-time member of the Law Society of Alberta.

Education:

  • University of Calgary (JD, 2017)
  • York University (BA Honours, 2012)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-805-1707
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Mick Atwal

Associate, Barrister & Solicitor (British Columbia)

Mick Atwal

Mick Atwal

Associate, Barrister & Solicitor (British Columbia)

Mick joined Knight LLP as an Associate in June 2019. He graduated from law school at Panjab University, Chandigarh in 2012. Following his graduation, he practiced in the provincial courts of Patiala before serving as an Assistant Public Prosecutor for the State of Punjab, India.

Upon immigrating to Canada, Mick worked as a legal assistant for a business law firm. He completed his articles with an immigration law firm in Victoria, British Columbia and completed a secondment with a boutique firm specializing in commercial and real estate transaction to further his experience.

In his leisure time, Mick enjoys cooking, watching cricket, and bike riding.

Mick is a full-time member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws Equivalency Examinations (Certificate, 2018)
  • Panjab University (LL.B, 2012)
  • Guru Nanak Dev University (B.A [LLB], 2009)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 604-363-3048
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Chinenye Eleanya

Student-at-Law

Chinenye Eleanya

Chinenye Eleanya

Student-at-Law

Chinenye joined Knight LLP as a Student-at-Law in June 2019. She obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ilorin before proceeding to the Nigerian Law School. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2008 and subsequently obtained a Master of Laws degree.

Upon relocating to Canada in May 2018, Chinenye quickly obtained her National Committee on Accreditation's Certificate of Qualification. Prior to her relocation, she practiced mainly in the areas of civil litigation, corporate and commercial, employment law, real estate, personal injury law, and family law for over 8 years.

In her leisure time, Chinenye enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

Chinenye is currently a student member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws Equivalency Examinations (Certificate, 2019)
  • University of Ilorin (LL.M, 2014)
  • Nigerian Law School (B.L, 2008)
  • University of Ilorin (LL.B, 2007)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-390-9892
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Sean Mihalcheon

Student-at-Law

Sean Mihalcheon

Sean Mihalcheon

Student-at-Law

Sean joined Knight LLP as an Articling Student in May 2019 after graduating from the University of Saskatchewan College of Law the same year. A native-Calgarian, Sean completed his Bachelor of Arts in History from Mount Royal University in 2014.

While in law school, Sean spent time keeping up his obligations to the Canadian Army Reserve Forces by instructing and mentoring soldiers on a variety of subjects.

Education:

  • University of Saskatchewan (JD, 2019)
  • Mount Royal University (BA, 2014)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-585-3400
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Matt Brayford

Student-at-Law

Matt Brayford

Matt Brayford

Student-at-Law

In May 2019, Matt moved to Calgary and joined Knight LLP as an Articling Student shortly thereafter. He graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law in 2019, and before that received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2016.

While in law school, Matt spent time volunteering with Student Legal Services and appeared in court numerous times to assist low-income individuals with criminal charges.

In his free time, Matt enjoys playing the guitar and travelling.

Education:

  • University of Alberta (J.D., 2019)
  • University of Alberta (B.A., 2016)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-473-0219
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Amanda Popkes

Administrator

Amanda Popkes

Amanda Popkes

Administrator

Amanda joined the Administrative team at Knight LLP in September 2018. Amanda graduated from the University of Calgary with her Bachelor of Science in 2015 and has a background in Bio-Cultural Anthropology. She has spent much of her career in human resources and continues to focus her time on both People and Culture as well as Financial Management at Knight LLP.

Amanda prides herself in maintaining healthy, positive relationships with clients, vendors, and staff alike. While Amanda operates in a more managerial role, she is also one of the first points of contact at Knight LLP and strives to build a strong connection with everyone.

Outside of work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and planning their next adventure!

Education:

  • University of Calgary (BSc, 2015)

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-463-4354
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Suzy Graham

Administrator

Suzy Graham

Suzy Graham

Administrator

Suzy joined the Administrative team at Knight LLP in March 2019. Suzy has a background in Addictions Counselling and came to the Firm with many years of administrative experience. Suzy is one of the first points of contact here at Knight LLP and strives to ensure the administrative efficiency.

Outside the office, Suzy enjoys being outdoors, reading, cooking and spending time with her family.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-923-6625
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Courtney Paschke

Administrator

Courtney Paschke

Courtney Paschke

Administrator

Courtney joined the Administrative team at Knight LLP in May 2019, following completion of her practicum. Courtney graduated from the SAIT with her Diploma in Administrative Information Management in 2019 and also has a background in Hair & Makeup artistry. Courtney is one of the first points of contact here at Knight LLP.

Outside of work, Courtney enjoys teaching yoga, spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Education:

  • SAIT (Diploma, 2019)
  • Arts Within Academy (Diploma, 2014)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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John McDonald

Paralegal Team Leader

John McDonald

John McDonald

Paralegal Team Leader

John joined Knight LLP’s Calgary office as a Litigation, Intelligence, Investigations, and Transaction Paralegal in June 2018, following a 20-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces.

John’s past experience in the Canadian Armed Forces lends well to all aspects of Knight LLP’s Intelligence and Investigation functions.  John is an experienced public administrator with experience in the fields of military justice and administrative law. John also has a passion for employment law and was awarded the Cal Wenzel Family Foundation Scholarship in December 2018 as recognition of his academic accomplishments and exemplary leadership.

John is currently a member of the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals, The Royal Canadian Legion and the First Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Millican Ogden Community Association.

Education:

  • The Royal Military College of Canada (BA, 2018)
  • Chiu School of Business (Expected completion Fall 2019)

Awards and Recognition:

  • Bow Valley College Cal Wenzel Family Foundation Scholarship, 2018
  • Canadian Forces Decoration, 2010

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-473-9100
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

Sydney-Grouette

Sydney Grouette

Paralegal

Sydney Grouette

Sydney Grouette

Paralegal

Sydney joined Knight LLP as a Litigation, Intelligence, Investigations, and Transaction Paralegal in January 2019.

Sydney’s previous experience is in business management, marketing, global sourcing, manufacturing, and design, for which she still works as a consultant and product development specialist. She has a Diploma in Apparel Technology, a Certificate in Marketing, and is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems.

Sydney enjoys furthering her education and finding applications for her skillset across a wide variety of industries.

Education:

  • Athabasca University (BSc. Candidate, 2023)
  • Olds College (Apparel Technology Diploma, 2016)
  • Olds College (Certificate in Marketing, 2014)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-472-9240
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Shauna Tucker

Paralegal

Shauna Tucker

Shauna Tucker

Paralegal

Shauna joined Knight LLP’s Calgary office as a Litigation, Intelligence, Investigations, and Transaction Paralegal in June 2018. She received a Paralegal Diploma from Reeves college in 2015 and has a background in research and investigations, litigation support, and corporate maintenance handling. Shauna focuses her time on lending investigative support to litigation files while also specializing in corporate maintenance.
She graduated from the University of Calgary in the Winter of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a focus in Law and Society. During her undergrad she worked in Programs & Events at the University of Calgary's Students' Union, and also coached at a swimming club at the provincial level. Shauna is currently a member of the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals.

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Direct: +1 403-473-0219
Fax: +1 888-980-8617

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Bianca Marcus

Paralegal

Bianca Marcus

Bianca Marcus

Paralegal

Bianca is a law student at the University of Calgary and has an Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario. She worked as a rock and country radio announcer in London, ON before moving to Calgary in 2018.

In her spare time, Bianca enjoys working out and spending some quality time with four legged friends.

Education:

  • University of Western Ontario (BA [Hons], 2011)

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 888-486-3471
Fax: +1 888-980-8617