About

Connors Stilwell is New Brunswick’s boutique corporate and tax law firm offering a full suite of personalized corporate, commercial, tax and estate law services and advice. The lawyers at Connors Stilwell have combined decades of experience providing tailored and sophisticated legal advice to individuals, families and business owners. Our focus is on finding efficient and practical solutions that make real-world sense for our clients. Most of all, we take pride in developing strong relationships with our clients and becoming their trusted advisors.

Sophisticated Advice / Practical Solutions

Services

Areas of Expertise

Corporate Law
  • Incorporation
  • Partnerships
  • Business Structuring
  • Business Advisory
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Intergenerational Succession Planning
  • Shareholder Disputes
Commercial
  • Purchase and Sale of a Business
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financing
  • Real Estate Development (Commercial & Residential)
  • Regulatory Compliance
    • Environmental Law
    • Municipal Law
    • Zoning
Tax Planning
  • Corporate Reorganizations
  • Purchase and Sale of a Business
  • Intergenerational Succession Planning
  • Corporate and Personal Tax Advice
  • Probate Planning
Wills and Estates
  • Wills, Estates and Trusts
  • Estate Administration
  • Tax Planned Estates
  • Probate
GST/HST
  • GST/HST Advice and Opinions
Tax Litigation
  • Tax Dispute Resolution
  • Appeals to Tax Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal
  • Applications for Discretionary Relief
  • Rectification
  • Voluntary Disclosure
Aboriginal Law
  • Rights Protection
  • Economic Development
  • Impact Benefits Agreements
  • Partnerships and Joint Ventures
  • On-Reserve Taxation
  • Governance
  • Land and Resource Management
  • Strategic Advice and Policy Development
 

Our team



Michael J. Connors

Partner


Karen D. Stilwell

Partner

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Carole Chan

Lawyer


Natalie M. Stewart

Lawyer

Patrick-Losier

Patrick Losier

Student-at-Law

 
Leslie Sloat

Leslie Sloat

Office Manager

Jessi-Chouinard

Jessi Chouinard

Property & Estates Paralegal

Sonya Logan

Sonya Logan

Corporate Paralegal

Laura-McArthur

Laura McArthur

Corporate Paralegal

Megan-Placktis

Megan Placktis

Receptionist

Michael J. Connors
Partner

506.300.9631
michael.connors@connorsstilwell.com


Michael has been practicing business law for more than 16 years. He regularly advises both small and large businesses, investors and business owners in matters relating to starting a business, mergers and acquisitions, commercial financings, tax driven reorganizations, commercial real estate, regulatory compliance matters, shareholder agreements and succession and estate planning. Michael has been very fortunate to have worked with several of the province’s leading business lawyers during his early career which contributed immensely to his professional development.

Michael is ranked nationally both by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and Best Lawyers® Canada in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law and Aboriginal Law. Additionally, he was selected by his peers to be included in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada for practice in these areas. In 2014, he was named one of the Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in Canada, Lexpert being a leading national legal publisher.

Education

  • University of New Brunswick, LL.B. - 2001
  • St. Thomas University, B.A. - 1998

Bar Admissions

  • New Brunswick - 2002

Karen D. Stilwell
Partner

506.300.9632
karen.stilwell@connorsstilwell.com


Karen is a tax and corporate lawyer whose practice is focused on corporate and personal tax planning for business owners. She advises clients on tax and corporate matters relating to corporate reorganizations, sales and acquisitions of businesses, and estate planning. Karen’s practice also includes advising on GST/HST and other commodity tax matters for business owners, charitable organizations and others. Additionally, Karen has significant experience in tax litigation and dispute resolution with the Canada Revenue Agency, including broad experience with appeals to the Tax Court of Canada, applications to provincial superior courts for rectification and other discretionary relief, applications for judicial review in the Federal Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal and applications to the CRA’s Voluntary Disclosures Program.

Karen is ranked by the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory in the area of Litigation – Corporate Tax. She is frequently contacted by leading legal, accounting, and financial advisors for advice and formal opinions on a variety of complex tax matters. Her unique skill-set and experience has positioned her as a highly sought-after resource within the New Brunswick business community.

Karen completed the CPA In-depth HST/GST course in 2016 and Level II of the CICA (now CPA) In-Depth Tax Course in 2011. She holds an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick (2008), LL.M. from the University of Toronto (2014) and was an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick in 2014 and 2015 where she taught upper-year courses including Business Organizations, Personal Taxation, Corporate Taxation and International Taxation. Karen is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Education

  • University of Toronto, LL.M. - 2014
  • University of New Brunswick, LL.B. - 2008
  • Carleton University, M.A. (Philosophy) - 2005
  • University of Toronto, B.A. (Hons) - 2002

Bar Admissions

  • New Brunswick - 2014
  • Nova Scotia - 2009

Carole Chan
Lawyer

506.300.9659
carole.chan@connorsstilwell.com


Carole has over ten years of experience helping companies effectively manage their legal and regulatory matters so that they can focus on and achieve their business objectives. With the capacity to practice in both French and English (and to a limited degree in Mandarin), she works primarily in the technology, natural resources, agri-business, and energy sectors.

As environmental counsel, Carole has advised clients on contamination and remediation of real property, sales of assets and businesses, insurance matters, and brownfield redevelopment. She has extensive experience with regulatory approval and assessment processes, having participated in complex development projects as well as multi-jurisdictional reviews of regulation and policy. Her correlative work in Aboriginal law includes significant consideration of the Duty to Consult with First Nations and the development of reconciliation-driven solutions.

Carole's technology practice has centered on helping clients protect and leverage their IP assets and on ensuring compliance related to cybersecurity, online marketing, and e-commerce. She has also advised on access to information and privacy matters.

Carole sits on the City of Moncton's Planning Advisory Committee as first vice-chair and is the vice-chair of the Board of Directors for Legs for Literacy. Carole is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association's National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section (NEERLS) and is the chair of the Canadian Bar Association - New Brunswick branch's Environmental Law Section. She has lectured at the Université de Moncton, University of New Brunswick and Dalhousie University.

Education

  • McGill University, LL.B. and B.C.L. - 2004
  • Wellesley College, B.A. - 1997

Bar Admissions

  • New Brunswick - 2007
  • Quebec - 2006

Natalie M. Stewart
Lawyer

506.300.9634
natalie.stewart@connorsstilwell.com


Natalie is a corporate, commercial and real estate lawyer who advises clients on matters relating to corporate governance and organization, corporate finance and securities, estate planning, and purchase and sale transactions (including acquisitions by way of share purchase, asset purchase or the purchase of real property).  In addition, Natalie has extensive experience with drafting and reviewing contracts for several provincial, national and international  businesses.

Natalie has a passion for developing and contributing to the management and upkeep of the comprehensive knowledge management system at Connors Stilwell. This system allows the firm to deliver superior efficiency in the delivery of legal services to its clients. 

Education

  • University of New Brunswick, J.D. - 2013
  • Mount Allison University, B.A. (Hons) - 2006

Bar Admissions

  • New Brunswick - 2014

Patrick Losier
Student-at-Law

506.300.9707
patrick.losier@connorsstilwell.com


Patrick is an Articled Clerk with Connors Stilwell.  Patrick recently graduated from the University of New Brunswick obtaining Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees in 2018.  While in university, he was actively involved in student politics and served as treasurer of the Students’ Union and the Law Students Society.  He competed in the national Bowman Tax Moot at the Tax Court of Canada in 2017.  Patrick has successfully completed Level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) examination. Patrick is interested in practicing corporate and tax law.

Education
  • University of New Brunswick, J.D. – 2018
  • University of New Brunswick, J.D. – 2018
  • Mount Allison University, B.Comm – 2013

Leslie Sloat
Office Manager

506.300.9633
leslie.sloat@connorsstilwell.com


Born and raised in Fredericton, Leslie joins Connors Stilwell as Office Manager after nearly ten years as an accountant at a national public accounting firm.  Prior to that, Leslie worked for local area law firms for twenty years.  She is a member of the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers. Having worked directly with local businesses for over a decade she brings a strong insight into the necessary financial reporting requirements the clients of Connors Stilwell require.

Jessi Chouinard
Property & Estates Paralegal

506.300.9677
jessi.chouinard@connorsstilwell.com


Jessi is our property and estates paralegal. Her formal training includes St. Lawrence College where she completed a two-year Law Clerk programme in 18 months achieving academic distinction.

Her particular strengths lie in the fields of working with complex estate planning matters, estate management issues, and matters relating to real property with an emphasis on commercial transactions. Jessi works closely with the real estate and estate lawyers to ensure files are looked after in a timely and efficient manner.

Education

  • St. Lawrence College – Law Clerk – 2015

Sonya Logan
Corporate Paralegal

506.300.9635
sonya.logan@connorsstilwell.com


Sonya has over twelve years of experience working with some of the most well-respected business lawyers in the Greater Fredericton Region and joined the firm having been highly recommended by each of them. Her strengths include extensive experience working with corporate records, assisting in corporate reorganizations and commercial transactions.

As part of the Connors Stilwell team, Sonya participates in our professional development program that focuses on ensuring that the lawyers and paralegals at Connors Stilwell remain current on business law matters.

Education

  • Compu College - Legal Administration - 2005
  • University of New Brunswick, B.A. - 2003

Laura McArthur
Corporate Paralegal

506.300.9669
laura.mcarthur@connorsstilwell.com


Laura brings a wealth of experience to Connors Stilwell with thirty years of experience in different areas of law. Her considerable experience in various aspects of corporate law makes her a valuable asset to our firm. One of Laura’s key strengths is assisting with corporate reorganizations and business acquisitions.

Megan Placktis
Receptionist

506.300.9637
megan.placktis@connorsstilwell.com


As the firm’s receptionist, Megan is the first face you’ll encounter at Connors Stilwell. Megan enjoys working to ensure our clients receive prompt and courteous attention whether it involves scheduling an appointment, waiting in our reception area, inquiries about the payment of an invoice or ensuring lawyers are made aware of urgent client matters.

Education

  • Administrative Assistant Course with Atlantic Business College

Contact

Get in touch with the professional team at Connors Stilwell

401-212 Queen Street, Fredericton, NB E3B 1A8
Phone: 506.300.9635
Fax: 506.454.1290
Email: info@connorsstilwell.com
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