Bjorn Christianson, K.C.

Lawyer

he/him

Bjorn's practice is focused on transactional matters in the areas of Farm Real Estate, Corporate, Commercial, Estates, Municipal Law, and litigation relating to those matters.

Portage la Prairie / Neepawa / Gladstone
(204) 857-3335

Bjorn Christianson, K.C.

Profile

I spent the first 25 years of my law practice as a litigator. My experience in the areas of criminal, family, and especially civil litigation made me a better advisor in the areas of real estate, commercial, corporate, contract, succession planning and municipal law in the next 25 years. Having helped many clients in the worst times of their lives makes me alert to potential problems that might arise when they are planning for their future and head them off at the outset.

I am a life-long resident of Central Manitoba. My family history was one of farming and farming equipment sales and service. I don’t have to guess at the issues that affect rural Manitobans, their families, their farms, their businesses and corporations – I live them. Whether a client needs a “starter” Will or house, or a corporation for their thriving business or farm, or now needs a plan to bring in the next generation, I want to be there to help them.

If it matters – and it often does in negotiations or planning – I have extensive experience in dealing with other lawyers. That comes not only from my years in practice; I am also a past President of the Central Bar Association, the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Manitoba. I am a Life Bencher of the LSM, a member of its Discipline Committee, and the Society’s ad hoc practice management advisor. I have served on Manitoba’s Judicial Committee and Judicial Inquiry Board, and is a past Chair of Review Panels appointed under The Mental Health Act. Iam an Honorary Life Member of the Law Societies of Alberta and Saskatchewan and an Honorary Member of the Minnesota State Bar Association. I am a frequent presenter on practice management and office technology topics to the LSM’s CPLED and MCPD programs, the Faculty of Law, the Law Society of Ontario’s Solo and Small Firm Conference, the Lawyers Insurance Association of Nova Scotia, the American Bar Association TechShow, the Central, Western Manitoba, Yukon and NWT Bar Associations and the CBA’s Skilled Lawyer Series.


Additional Information

B.A. (History), 1971, University of Winnipeg
LLB, 1974, University of Manitoba, Robson Hall

Manitoba, 1975

Appointed Queen’s Counsel (now King’s Counsel) by the Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba, as one of Her Majesty’s Counsel Learned in the Law, 1985
Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a Business Executive, 2013, Portage and District Chamber of Commerce

Past Leader, Group Committee Chair, and District President of Portage & District Scouting Council
Past Chair of Portage & District Economic Development Forum
Past Chair of Community Foundation of Portage & District
Past President of the Law Society of Manitoba
Past President of the Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.

Presentations on various topics to organizations including the Winnipeg Association of Legal Support Staff, the Manitoba Association of Principals, the Manitoba Teachers Society, the Manitoba Association of Municipal Administrators, the Faculty of Law and the Law Society of Manitoba’s CPLED and CLE programs and numerous community groups and organizations.

2015
Manitoba Bar Association Midwinter Conference –
Moderator: Tequila, Handguns and Social Media
Co-Presenter: Knowledge Management for Lawyers: A Conversation

American Bar Association Chicago TechShow 2015
Co-Presenter: How to Select, Implement and Replace Technology
Co-Presenter: Easy and Effective iPad Presentations

2014
Law Society of Manitoba –
Co-Presenter: The Future of Law Practice- How to Prosper in the Future You Didn’t Expect
Western Manitoba Bar Association –
Co-Presenter: Client Management: Instant Pain Relief
Canadian Bar Association Skilled Lawyer Series –
Co-Presenter: Contingency Planning: Preparing for the Unknown

2013
Law Society of Upper Canada Solo & Small Firm Conference –
Co-Presenter: Technology Tools for Your Law Practice
Co-Presenter: Excelling at Client Service with Better Time and Task Management
Co-Presenter: Everything You Wanted to Know about Macs but Were Afraid to Ask
Panel: Stump the Experts
Panel: 60 Tips You Cannot Do Without

2012
Law Society of Upper Canada Solo & Small Firm Conference –
Co-Presenter: Essential Technologies Every Small Firm Should Have
Co-Presenter: Managing Time & Information Overload in a Busy Practice
Panel: Stump the Experts
Panel: 60 Practical Practice Tips in 60 Minutes

2011
Halifax Solo & Small Firm Conference
Presenter: Time Management
Panel: Risk and Practice Management

  • Manitoba