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Tel. 604.638.9515
donna.robertson@rnllp.ca

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Practice Areas

  • Communications Law
  • Trademark and Copyright Law
  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Administrative Law

Professional Qualifications

  • Law Society of British Columbia (1983)
  • Trademark Agent (2003)

Education

  • BA, University of Alberta
  • BLSc, University of British Columbia
  • MLSc, University of British Columbia
  • LLB, University of British Columbia

Donna L. Robertson | Partner & Founder

Profile

Donna Robertson is a partner with Robertson Neil LLP. Her practice focuses on communications, intellectual property, corporate/commercial and administrative law. Donna has over twenty-five years of industry and legal experience, including experience in private practice and as in-house legal counsel and in director and officer positions. Her legal career began in 1983 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Because of her in-depth knowledge of the communications industry in Canada, Donna is currently seconded by the firm on a contractual basis to Novus Entertainment Inc., a Vancouver-based cable television, Internet and telephone company, to serve as Co-President and Chief Legal Officer. In that capacity, she is engaged daily in issues related to the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Competition Bureau, Industry Canada’s wireless spectrum policies, broadcast distribution, telephony, interconnection and technology issues. Donna advises telecommunications carriers on regulatory, business and financing issues including licensing requirements, telecommunications policy and legislative reforms, copyright matters and privacy issues related to communications. She has appeared before the CRTC several times regarding broadcasting licensing issues and competition issues in broadcasting on behalf of Novus Entertainment Inc.

In her intellectual property law practice, Donna provides both strategic and transactional advice. Donna is a registered Trademark Agent. She has expertise handling intellectual property registrations (trademark and copyright), contracts related to the commercialization of intellectual property including licence agreements and purchase and sale of intellectual property assets. She also has experience in the areas of employment and non-compete agreements.

Donna advises in all areas of business law throughout the lifecycle of a business venture. She has experience in a wide range of areas including advising with respect to reorganizations, acquisitions and dispositions, structuring, financing, establishing and organizing a business, identification of need for and protection of intellectual property (including negotiation and preparation of licensing and distribution agreements, confidentiality agreements and outsourcing arrangements) and employment law issues.

Professional Activities
  • Partner and Founder, Robertson Neil LLP (formerly Robertson & Company) – 1996 to Present
  • Partner, McMillan LLP (formerly Lang Michener LLP) –1990 to 1996
  • Associate, Robertson Ward Suderman – 1987 to 1990
  • General Counsel, Ledcor Industries Ltd. – 1985 to 1987
  • Associate, Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP – 1983 to 1985
Selected Business Activities
  • Co-President and Chief Legal Officer, Novus Entertainment Inc. – 2004 to Present
  • General Counsel, Ledcor Industries Ltd. –  1985-1987
Memberships and Associations
  • British Columbia Bar Association, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA), Director
  • Canadian Broadband Association, President
  • International Women's Forum, Director (Vancouver Chapter) and Member
  • Lions Club Yaletown, Member
  • University Golf Club Business Women's Division, Member and former Captain
  • West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation, Director
  • Ovarian Cancer Canada, former Co-Chair of the Vancouver Annual Fundraiser