Melanie is a business and transactional attorney with over 20 years of experience. She brings a breadth of knowledge as an experienced advisor for legal, business, policy, and compliance matters. Melanie has considerable experience consulting clients on a wide variety of commercial and corporate issues across a broad range of industries. Her practice includes expertise in areas such as:
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Commercial Transactions
- Debt and Equity Financing
- Entity Formation, Corporate Governance & Restructuring
Melanie received her Bachelor of Laws (Canadian J.D. equivalent) from the University of Manitoba. After a lengthy career with the law firm Gowling WLG in Calgary, Alberta, Melanie joined Alberta Health Services, the largest health authority in Canada. In her role as Senior Legal Counsel, she provided strategic and operational advice to a wide variety of corporate, operational and clinical departments.
In 2017, Melanie started her own cross-border practice providing business advisory and legal consulting services to clients in Canada and the U.S. Most recently, Melanie was General Counsel of Sagamore Capital Advisors LLC handling all legal advice, negotiation, and document preparation for clients in both the U.S. and Canada. Having permanently moved to Portland, Oregon in 2020 she now focuses more of her practice in the U.S. while maintaining an ongoing ancillary practice for Canadian clients.
With a career spent both in private practice and as in-house counsel, Melanie is adept at assessing the needs and objectives of an organization and finding those unique and practical solutions needed to meet a client’s objectives. She is recognized for advising on decisions and executing on projects that balance strict legal analysis and interpretation with business practicalities. She is also known for being a strong collaborator and persuasive negotiator, able to close the gap in transactions or matters that are particularly adverse or subject to in-depth scrutiny by internal and external stakeholders.
Melanie takes pride in also being a legal “knowledge translator” by providing clients with an appreciation of legal issues and concepts that impact their business operations and better recognize and mitigate risk.
Melanie has serviced local, national, and international clients, from start-ups to large organizations including public, private, and not-for-profit entities. Her clients have come from a variety of industry areas including manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, food services, technology, pharmaceutical, health care, media and entertainment, professional/consulting services, farming and natural resources.