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Cochrane Saxberg is a litigation, child protection, employment and labour, corporate and Indigenous advocacy law firm.

Camilla Arrica

Paralegal
Bio: Camilla graduated from Capilano University in 2010 where she obtained her Paralegal Diploma. Camilla is a Senior Litigation Paralegal. She works mainly in Aboriginal and Indigenous Law and civil litigation. She is knowledgeable of the requirements and court rules for many jurisdictions of court across Canada including British Columbia,...
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Luke R. Bernas

Associate
Biography Luke has extensive experience in litigation and advocacy work, focusing primarily on child protection, labour and employment and civil and commercial litigation. Luke has appeared at all levels of court in Manitoba as well as the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, The Canadian Industrial Relations Board and the License Suspension...
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Brianna M. Bogucki

Associate
Brianna practices primarily as a litigator in the area of child protection law. Brianna was called to the Manitoba Bar in 2018. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, joining Cochrane Saxberg as an articling student on July 1st, 2017. Prior to obtaining her law...
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Debbie Buors

Associate
Debbie is a Metis woman with family roots in St. Laurent, Manitoba. She is a proud member of the Manitoba Metis Federation. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s degree in Law, 2003, Debbie joined the Crown’s office at Manitoba Prosecutions Service. During that time, she became...
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Harold (Sonny) Cochrane, K.C.

Partner
Biography Mr. Cochrane was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1996. He is a Cree lawyer who grew up on Fisher River Cree Nation and has deep connections to the Indigenous community. He is the first Cree lawyer appointed Queen’s counsel in Manitoba. He is a founding member of Cochrane...
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Alyssa Cloutier

Associate
Biography Alyssa is an Associate at Cochrane Saxberg, practicing primarily in the areas of Indigenous Law, Civil Litigation and Child Protection. Alyssa has appeared before all levels of court in Manitoba, the Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada. In her advocacy practice, Alyssa specializes in Child Abuse Registry...
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Aaron Christoff

Partner
Biography Aaron Christoff is an Indigenous law and litigation partner in Cochrane Saxberg LLP’s Vancouver office. Prior to joining Cochrane Saxberg, Aaron practised as part the Vancouver Indigenous law group of a major international law firm for several years. Aaron regularly advises and represents First Nation governments on matters of...
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Max Faille

Partner
Biography Max Faille is a partner in the Vancouver office of Cochrane Saxberg LLP, where he practises Indigenous law and constitutional litigation. Prior to joining Cochrane Saxberg LLP, Max practiced Indigenous and constitutional law in Ottawa and Vancouver at a major Canadian law firm for 25 years, where he acted...
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Camille Fortin

Associate
Biography Camille graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law from the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of law in 2019. During law school, Camille volunteered with Lawyers without Borders and played a central role in establishing the university’s first Aboriginal Law Committee. Along with her peers, Camille organized various events to...
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Robyn Fraser

Associate
Biography Robyn graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, joining Cochrane Saxberg as an articling student in 2018 and was called to the bar in 2019. She practices primarily in the area of Indigenous law. Robyn provides legal advice, guidance and support to First Nation and Métis...
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Jenna Goderis

Associate
Jenna joined Cochrane Saxberg as an articling student in June 2022 following her graduation from the University of Manitoba’s Robson Hall Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, Jenna graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies. Jenna is now an Associate with Cochrane Saxberg. During...
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Jennifer Guiboche

Associate
Biography Jennifer graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in 2010 and received her Call to the Bar in 2011. She has acted as legal counsel to various child welfare agencies in Manitoba throughout her years of practice and acted for claimants in the Indian Residential...
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Megan Guillas

Paralegal
Biography Megan is a Litigation Paralegal working mainly in the areas of Commercial and Civil Litigation, Labour and Employment, and Child Protection. She has a particular expertise in Child Abuse Registry proceedings. Megan graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2019. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology...
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Greg A. Johnson

Partner
Biography Greg focuses primarily in the area of Child Protection Law and Indigenous Law. Greg currently oversees a number of child protection agencies serving various regions within the Province of Manitoba. Mr. Johnson received his call to the Manitoba Bar in June of 2005.  Mr. Johnson is a member of...
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Brenda A. Johnston

Partner
Biography Ms. Johnston, a member of the Peguis First Nation, practices in the areas of Indigenous law and Business law. She received her call to the Manitoba Bar in 1996. Throughout Ms. Johnston’s practice, she has provided full comprehensive legal services to Indigenous individuals, First Nation Bands, First Nation political...
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Shameem Koshy

Associate
Biography Shameem graduated from University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Conflict Resolution Studies and went on to attend Law School at the University of Manitoba. She completed her articles at Legal Aid Manitoba and received her Call to the Bar in 2004. She then joined Legal...
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Michael Merner

Associate
Michael is an associate lawyer at Cochrane Saxberg LLP. His practice is concentrated primarily in the areas of labour and employment law, civil litigation, and Indigenous law. Michael provides advice to clients on a variety of matters, including discipline and terminations, workplace safety and health matters, workplace policies, employment contracts,...
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Danielle Morrison

Associate
Danielle H. Morrison, a proud Treaty 3 member of the Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing, practices in the areas of Indigenous law, Child Protection and Litigation. She received her call in July 2020. Prior to law school, Danielle developed a long-standing career in program delivery, policy review and advocacy with various Indigenous-led...
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Katherine Olson

Associate
Biography Katie is an Associate at Cochrane Saxberg, practicing primarily in the areas of Labour and Employment, Civil Litigation and Indigenous law. Katie’s provides legal advice to federally and provincially regulated Employers and Unions on a variety of matters, including discipline and terminations, workplace safety and health matters, workplace policies,...
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Emma Phillips

Paralegal
Bio: Emma graduated from the University of Manitoba in June 2018. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a minor in Family Social Sciences. In July 2018, Emma joined the firm as a Legal Assistant, working in the area of Child Protection Law. She is now a Child...
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Tanin Refahi

Associate
Tanin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) with a major in Economics and a minor in Management from the University of Manitoba in 2015. She went on to study at Robson Hall Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 2019. Prior to joining Cochrane Saxberg, Tanin...
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Jaclyn Rind-Nkingi

Paralegal
Bio: Jaclyn is a corporate/commercial paralegal with Cochrane Saxberg who works with Brenda Johnston. She graduated from the Legal Administrative Assistant program at Red River Community College, with honours and has 15 years of legal experience. Before joining Cochrane Saxberg in 2018, Jaclyn worked in various areas of law including...
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Season Roulette

Associate
Biography Season practices in the area of first nation governance, labour and employment law, child protection and indigenous law. She regularly provides legal advice, guidance and support to First Nation governments, organizations, agencies and boards on a wide variety of legal matters. Season has appeared at all levels of court...
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Kris M. Saxberg

Partner
Biography Mr. Saxberg is one of the founding partners of Cochrane Saxberg Law. Prior to establishing Cochrane Saxberg Law, Mr. Saxberg was the managing partner at D’Arcy & Deacon LLP. He was called to the Bar in 1999. Prior to law, he worked in broadcasting at CKND-TV and CBC-TV and...
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Shawn C. Scarcello

Partner
Biography Shawn Scarcello practices in the areas of Indigenous Law, Constitutional matters and Charter Claims, Civil and Commercial Litigation, and Child Protection representing clients on a variety of matters, including the following: Class Actions (Plaintiffs) Human Rights Indigenous Law Constitutional Law Shareholder Disputes Oppression Remedy Proceedings Child Protection Proceedings and...
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Melissa Serbin

Associate
Biography Melissa has extensive litigation experience. Her practice includes civil, criminal and regulatory litigation, child protection, Indigenous law and appellate advocacy. Melissa received her call to the Manitoba bar in 2009. Prior to joining Cochrane Saxberg, she worked as a Crown Attorney with the Manitoba Prosecution Service for over 12...
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Murray Sinclair

General Counsel
The Honourable Murray Sinclair LLB MSC IPC The Honourable Murray Sinclair’s legal credentials are well known. What is less well known is that he is Anishinaabe and a member of the Peguis First Nation. He is a Fourth Degree Chief of the Midewiwin Society, a traditional healing and spiritual society...
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Tiffany Sjoblom

Paralegal
Bio: Tiffany joined the firm in August 2017. She has over 14 years of experience in the legal field with the majority of that time focused in the area of Child Protection Law. Tiffany primarily works with Greg Johnson (Partner). In her time away from work Tiffany enjoys spending time...
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Stacey Soldier

Associate
Biography Stacey graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in 2007 and received her Call to the Bar in 2008. She has extensive litigation experience and has represented people charged with offenses under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Youth Criminal Justice Act and has...
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Kate Wagar

Associate
Biography Kate practices primarily in the area of child protection law. Kate graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in 2020. During her time at law school, she was a facilitator for Manitoba W.I.S.E. (Working in Support of Equality), and a member of the Feminist Legal...
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Samantha S.T. Wong

Associate
Biography Samantha Wong joined Cochrane Saxberg as an articling student when the firm was created on July 1, 2017. She is currently an associate with the firm. Prior to law school, Samantha completed several degrees in science and business, majoring in life sciences, supply chain and logistics, international business, and...
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Matt Rakar

Articling Student
Matt joined Cochrane Saxberg as an articling student in June 2023, following his graduation from the University of Manitoba’s Robson Hall Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, in 2020 Matt completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Manitoba with a major in Biology and minor in Psychology. ...
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Jodi Plenert

Articling Student
Jodi joined Cochrane Saxberg as an articling student in June 2023 following her graduation from the University of Manitoba’s Robson Hall Faculty of Law. Prior to law school, Jodi Plenert obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Canadian Mennonite University. During law school, Jodi participated in advocacy-focused activities including the Gale...
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