David Giroday is a member of our litigation group and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2019. David articled with and began his legal career at a law firm in Vancouver where he practiced civil litigation prior to joining Stewart McDannold Stuart. He has appeared as counsel on a variety of matters in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and as a representative before a number of administrative tribunals.
David obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia before heading to Ontario to obtain his Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor. During his time as a law student David worked with legal aid in Windsor, Ontario and was further involved in a number of advocacy competitions throughout his studies.
David is an avid traveller, runner and cyclist outside of his law practice and can often be found at his family’s home in Qualicum Beach when he is not in the office.
Andrew Buckley is a member of our litigation group. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2016 and began his legal career at a reputable civil litigation firm in Vancouver before returning to his hometown of Victoria. Andrew has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia as well as multiple administrative tribunals. He has acted on behalf of a wide range of clients including municipalities, health authorities, educational institutions, and professionals. Andrew’s experience includes defending personal injury, property damage, contract, professional liability and construction disputes. He has provided advice to his clients on environmental, employment, and insurance coverage matters.
Prior to obtaining his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Victoria, Andrew earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in the field of Canadian history and a Bachelor of Music degree with distinction in classical singing. Andrew trained as an operatic singer and enjoyed his time performing on the stage. He brings the dedication and attention to detail required of a classical musician to his practice of law.
Outside of the office, Andrew enjoys working in his garden, spending time with his family, entertaining friends, and taking his dog on local hikes.
Heidi Boudreau is a member of our solicitor group. Heidi earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and Human Rights from St. Thomas University in New Brunswick. She moved to Victoria following her undergraduate degree and quickly fell in love with the west coast lifestyle. After a sojourn back to New Brunswick to study law at the University of New Brunswick, she returned to Victoria to complete her studies at the University of Victoria. She was called to the bar in 2018 after articling with a local firm.
During her legal studies, Heidi worked for a regional district and local non-profits. Heidi studied local government law at the University of Victoria and knew it was the area of law where she wanted to practice. Heidi currently works on a variety of solicitor files including drafting contracts and preparing documents for registration with the Land Titles Office. She is eager to grow her knowledge and contribute to local government initiatives.
Kerri Crawford is part of our litigation group. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2015 and began her legal career at a boutique litigation firm in Toronto before moving to Victoria and being called to the BC Bar in 2016. Prior to joining Stewart McDannold Stuart, Kerri worked at a full service firm in Victoria, where she developed a litigation practice with a focus on both employment and labour law and local government matters. She has frequently represented clients before the British Columbia Supreme Court and at various administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal, the Tax Court of Canada and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal. Kerri has advised clients on a broad variety of matters affecting local governments, including land title matters, zoning issues, home occupations, bylaw prosecutions, judicial review and other administrative proceedings, claims of nonconforming use, injunctive relief, and development and building permit issues.
Kerri devotes a significant amount of her practice to the intersection of local government law and labour and employment law, including terminations, layoffs, human rights issues, claims of wrongful dismissal, employee misconduct, accommodation, occupational health and safety standards, claims of bullying and harassment, interpretation of Collective Agreement provisions, and policy and contract drafting. She is keenly attuned to the unique concerns affecting local governments in their capacity as both employers and public institutions.
Kerri has a significant background in music. Prior to attending law school, she earned a diploma in jazz music performance and an undergraduate degree in classical music performance, worked in an administrative capacity for a prominent opera company in New York, and spent several years as the Director of the Harbord Street Jazz Festival in Toronto. She enjoys the opportunity to occasionally moonlight as a jazz saxophonist.
Jessica Eastwood is an associate with our firm, involved in both the solicitors and litigation departments. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Victoria and also received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Victoria in 2018. She joined SMS as an articling student shortly after receiving her Juris Doctor degree and was called to the bar in May 2019.
During her law degree, Jessica completed the co-op program and worked for the Ministry of Finance, Risk Management Branch and the Office of the BC Ombudsperson. Jessica also completed a term at the University of Victoria’s Law Centre, where she appeared in the BC Provincial Court on criminal matters. Through these positions, Jessica gained experience in areas including administrative law, privacy law and litigation.
Outside of law, Jessica enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and playing baseball.
Josh Krusell is a member of our litigation group. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012, and practised as a civil litigator with a leading national business law firm in Toronto prior to transferring to the British Columbia Bar in 2018. Josh earned his Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor degrees in 2011 from the University of Victoria and has returned to the Island to serve and represent local governments in British Columbia.
Josh has conducted trials, appeals and judicial reviews at all levels of court in B.C., and has appeared before administrative tribunals and private arbitrators in a broad range of disputes, including with respect to municipal, contractual, land use, tort, insurance and construction issues. He also provides strategic advice to clients with respect to tendering, procurement and regulatory and internal investigations.
Josh is currently an Executive Officer of the Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch). Prior to practising as a lawyer, Josh held positions with the B.C. public service and acted as a teaching assistant in administrative law at the University of Victoria, School of Public Administration.
Jeff was called to the Bar in 1997 and has established a solid reputation as litigation counsel for local governments. Jeff regularly represents local governments in liability claims, contractual and regulatory disputes, and in crisis management and injunction-related circumstances. Jeff has extensive experience representing local governments in hearings, trials and appeals. He regularly assists local governments facing urgent, complex and evolving problems which require strategic advice, effective communications and focused solution management. Jeff is a sought after presenter and contributor at local government conferences and is a board member of the BC Courthouse Libraries Society.
Jeff enjoys music, cooking, spending time with his family and keeping up with his garden.
Ryan Bortolin is a partner with Stewart McDannold Stuart. He is a member of the Firm’s solicitor’s group. He advises clients on the full range of legal matters that confront local governments, including bylaw drafting, procurement and tendering, development matters, privacy, real estate transactions, and governance issues. He has represented local governments at all levels of court in BC on matters ranging from bylaw enforcement to contractual disputes.
Ryan has presented on several different topics related to local governments. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch).
Ryan has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Masters of Education from the University of Calgary. He received his LL.B. from the University of Victoria in 2009. Before going to law school, Ryan taught English in Asia, the Middle East and South America. After completing his articles, Ryan completed a one year clerkship with the B.C. Supreme Court in Victoria.
Peter Johnson is a partner and member of our solicitor’s group. Peter graduated with his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia in 1988. He was a Law Clerk with the County Court of Vancouver, and then completed his articles in Vancouver. He was called to the Bar in 1990. Peter practiced civil litigation for a number of years with a major Vancouver firm, appearing before all levels of court in British Columbia. In 1997 he became the Assistant City Solicitor with a large and growing municipality in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver.
In 2001 Peter joined the firm and continues to practice as a partner with our solicitors group. Peter provides legal advice and assistance to local governments throughout the province on a wide variety of matters, including interpretation of local government legislation, planning and development law, real estate and other commercial transactions, contract tendering issues, bylaw drafting, expropriation, environmental law issues, freedom of information and privacy issues, and conflicts of interest.
Peter is a frequent contributor to the firm newsletter “LoGo Notebook”. He has made numerous presentations on a variety of local government law topics. He is the past Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch), and is the contributing author of Canada Law Book’s Annotated British Columbia Local Government Act and Community Charter.
Kathryn Stuart is a partner and a member of the solicitors’ group. Before being called to the BC Bar in 1992, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours and a Master of Arts in philosophy from the University of Calgary. She practices exclusively in the field of Local Government Law and advises clients on a wide variety of matters, including corporate and regulatory powers, planning and real estate matters and FOI, conflicts, procedure and issues of statutory interpretation. She regularly drafts all manner of bylaws, leases, licences, tenders, RFP’s, servicing and development agreements and has seen to the incorporation of municipal owned corporations. She lectures at C.L.E. courses on Local Government Law, teaches a local government law course at the University of Victoria for the School of Public Administration and is a regular presenter at the Justice Institute, MATI, Capilano College PADM and other functions of local government organizations.