VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 1, 2016) - Rob Seidel, Q.C., Canada Managing Partner of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, is pleased to announce that effective February 1, 2016, Catherine Gibson will become the Managing Partner of the Vancouver office.

Catherine joined the firm as an articling student in 1995, was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1996 and joined the partnership in 2004. Over the years, Catherine has shown unwavering dedication to the firm and her clients. Recognized as a leading lawyer, she has developed a successful corporate practice, with an emphasis on real estate.

Catherine is a strong leader with a proven track record in management. She is a member of the firm's Associates' Committee and a former member of the Executive Committee. In the community, she volunteers for various non-profit organizations such as the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs BC - acting on its Board of Directors from 2005 to 2010. She also provides legal services to the community based non-profit organizations YWCA and SUCCESS and, most recently, Catherine was a member of the Advisory Board of the Western Canada General Counsel Awards.

"To be selected as the next Managing Partner of the Vancouver office is a privilege and an honour," says Catherine. "The firm has gone through many changes in its storied history but one thing that has remained constant is our commitment to our clients and staff. I look forward to building on that history, strategically growing the firm while continuing to provide excellent service and market-leading expertise."

Rob Seidel, Q.C. says "Catherine is both well-respected and sought after by clients and colleagues alike for her counsel. She is adept at skillfully handling complex issues, and inspires others with her humour, insight and experience and will guide the Vancouver office well."

Catherine will succeed Mark Schmidt, who has made a tremendous contribution to the Vancouver office since he was appointed in 2011. "We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mark for his outstanding work in the Vancouver office. We are fortunate to benefit from his continued leadership as a member of the firm's Executive Committee," says Rob.

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