Lorena Staples, Q.C. has been practicing municipal law in British Columbia since 1980. She was called to the bar of Ontario in 1964, and practiced municipal law there until she moved to British Columbia. Her extensive experience as a legal advisor to local governments, a chief administrative officer, a municipal law department head and member of a provincial municipal tribunal allows her to provide a unique blend of advice and legal services to local governments.
The comprehensive legal services Lorena provides range from advising clients on day-to-day legal and governance issues to conducting in-house seminars; assisting in negotiations to drafting concluding agreements; representing clients in inter-governmental matters to conducting inquiries; and include the broad range of matters that involve local governments.
Valued for her insightful and practical advice, Lorena brings her in-depth knowledge of municipal administration, politics and law to her practice. Also known for her ability to think 'outside the box', she is sought after for her creative resolutions to local government issues.
Lorena is an entertaining and informative speaker who is able to condense complex legal issues into concepts that her audience can readily understand and apply in their daily work. She provides in-housing training for local governments on legal and administrative topics relevant to her clients and makes presentations at conferences and other events attended by local government elected and appointed officials.
Mayors, Board chairs and other elected officials of local governments frequently consult Lorena on governance and conflict of interest concerns. She provides advice and model documentation to provincial ministries and acts as a legal advisor to professional organizations of local government officials. She also provides counsel on local government law to other law firms and lawyers.
Lorena (Lori) Staples, Q.C. welcomes long-standing and new clients to her law practice. She does not represent individuals, ratepayer groups or others who have interests that are adverse to, or in conflict with, local government.