Halifax, NS, January 6, 2012—Regional law firm Stewart McKelvey is pleased to announce the addition of Clarence Bennett, Stephen Carpenter and Level Chan to the firm’s partnership. The newly promoted partners add leadership and depth to several practice areas including labour and employment, pensions and employee benefits and litigation.
"These three lawyers are proven professionals who have made a significant mark on our firm," said John Rogers, CEO of Stewart McKelvey. "As partners, they will continue to help us respond to the growing needs of our clients and help us to grow the depth and diversity of our practice areas."
Based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Clarence represents a variety of clients spanning industries including manufacturing, trucking, construction and IT. An active member of the firm’s Labour & Employment practice group and a registered trade-mark agent, Clarence focuses on a broad range of labour issues including workplace human rights, workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety. Clarence received his law degree from the University of New Brunswick and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. He is currently president of the board of directors of the Fredericton Non-Profit Housing Corporation, editor of Stewart McKelvey’s Atlantic Employers’ Counsel (AEC) newsletter, and a past lecturer in employment law at the University of New Brunswick College of Extended Learning.
Stephen’s practice, based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, focuses on employment law, labour relations, workplace human rights, workers’ compensation, insurance and litigation. His clients include employers in a cross-section of industries as well as organizations in the insurance, education and health sectors. Stephen is a graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island and received his LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick. Active in his community, he is currently director and legal counsel to Pat and the Elephant, an organization specializing in transportation service for persons with short and long term mobility impairments. He is also a regular contributor to the firm’s newsletters, the Atlantic Employers’ Counsel (AEC) and the Atlantic Insurance Counsel (AIC).
Working with clients in a diverse range of industries including retail, manufacturing, communications and energy, Level’s Halifax-based practice focuses largely on labour and employment issues with a concentration in pension and benefits and executive compensation. An active member of the firm’s Labour & Employment practice group, Level received his law degree from Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. A dedicated community volunteer, he was 2011’s recipient of the Zöe Odei Young Lawyers award, recognizing exceptional service to the Canadian Bar Association and commitment to the community. He currently is a member of the board of directors of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, member of the Atlantic Regional Council of the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute and was co-chair of the 2011 Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute Atlantic Regional Conference.
Stewart McKelvey is one of Canada’s largest law firms, with over 220 lawyers and 350 staff in six offices across Atlantic Canada.
For more information please contact:
John Rogers, Q.C.
Chief Executive Officer
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