Brian D. Gilfillan

Brian D. Gilfillan

Lawson Lundell LLP

Recognized since 2006

Vancouver, British Columbia

Practice Areas

Natural Resources Law

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Brian is a lawyer and a registered professional forester in the Vancouver office. With more than 35 years’ experience serving British Columbia’s forestry sector, Brian works in both the Coastal and Interior forest industries advising on all facets of major forestry legislation and the replacement of key forest tenures.

Brian represents both large and small, publicly-traded and privately-held, Coast and Interior Forest Act tenure holders and their trade associations, forestry professionals and other organizations and individuals engaged in BC’s forest sector.

He assists his clients on all aspects of forestry law and policy, including:

  • agreements related to timber harvesting, road use and construction, inventory, silviculture, rights of way, log and chip sales and purchases, and market logging;
  • assessing and providing advice and training on legislation affecting forest operations;
  • tenure transfers, consolidations and subdivisions; forest stewardship plans;
  • information sharing and management agreements between forest companies and First Nations;
  • assisting licence holders subject to enforcement proceedings under forestry legislation;
  • assignments and disputes related to “Bill 13” contracts;
  • assisting forest professionals subject to discipline by their professional association;
  • compensation claims for takings of harvesting rights and related improvements; and
  • obtaining exemptions from legislative requirements.

Prior to joining Lawson Lundell, Brian was an in-house legal counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary for a major forest products company in BC. He also spent 15 years with the Council of Forest Industries, both in their Prince George and Vancouver locations, where he rose to the position of Senior Vice President, representing the BC forest industry on all forest policy matters of provincial significance. He has also practiced in a major law firm in the province. In 2003, Brian established Gilfillan Forestry Counsel in Vancouver.

  • Cathedral Place, Suite 1600
    925 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 3L2

Lawson Lundell LLP
Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2024 for work in:
  • Natural Resources Law
Special Focus:
  • Timber


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