McMillan's Annik Forristal and Pablo Tseng are 2023 Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. Selected by a judging panel of industry leaders, these two partners exemplify McMillan's commitment to providing deep insights, upon which our clients capitalize to stay ahead. Clients turn to McMillan for real-time solutions across key economic sectors that are shaping the Canadian economy and for responsive advice on issues that keep business leaders awake at night.

Annik Forristal

Annik Forristal is a co-head of McMillan's Construction and Infrastructure Group. She serves clients with a unique specialty in front-end construction, bridging land use planning and construction law. She offers expertise on the most complex and distinctive projects, focusing on timely and cost-effective completion and proactive dispute avoidance through the project's life.

Jason J. Annibale, another co-head of McMillan's Construction and Infrastructure Group, remarks, "Clients know that Annik protects their interests while setting them up for the delivery of successful projects and strong relationships with their construction partners that will last beyond the project's finish."

"The breadth of Annik's involvement in the sector is impressive," says Glenn Grenier, also a leader in McMillan's Construction and Infrastructure Group. "She volunteers significant time to support industry associations, facilitates Osgoode professional development courses, regularly publishes articles, and is frequently invited to speak on construction law and land use planning matters."

Pablo Tseng

Pablo Tseng, the lead of McMillan's Intellectual Property Practice in Western Canada, assists companies at various stages of maturity in the acquisition, commercialization, and enforcement of IP rights. Furthermore, with expertise in all aspects of patent and trademark prosecution and portfolio management, he secures and defends clients' intellectual property rights, including in technically advanced and competitive industries.

As a member of the firm's innovation working group, he integrates new technologies into his practice to provide clients with greater cost certainty and efficiency. "Pablo is clearly a trailblazer in the IP and technology spaces, understanding the challenges his clients face in these domains like no one else" says Peter Giddens, a leader of the firm's Intellectual Property Group. "Pablo is extremely well-regarded by clients, colleagues and opposing counsel and highly skilled at balancing clients' legal concerns and business needs."

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McMillan is a national business law firm deeply invested in placing your need for responsive service and practical advice at the centre of our efforts. With offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Hong Kong, our One Office national platform drives our ability to leverage the best expertise to help our clients succeed and stay ahead. Join us in congratulating Annik and Pablo on this impressive and well-deserved achievement.