Working to provide practical and clear legal advice to Indigenous communities.

Meet Our Team

The lawyers at Mack Law Corp provide practical, clear legal advice to Indigenous communities and organizations. We do this by listening to the needs of our clients and their communities. We work with each Nation or organization to solve complex legal issues that arise during the self-governance and determination progress. Our team is passionate about true reconciliation in Canada.

Leah Mack (she/her)

Partner

Leah has almost exclusively worked for Indigenous clients since being called to the bar in 2007. She is committed to listening and learning from each person and Nation and to serving her clients in a practical and supportive manner.  She strongly believes in working closely with each community, which means she is often travelling to meet with clients in their home communities. This enables her to practice law in a way that reflects and honours a Nation’s unique customs, laws, and traditions. As your lawyer, she will be honest, approachable and practical in her practice. Leah is open to learning from you, your Nation and its members.

She has advised clients on jurisdiction, membership, elections, human resources, and on governance structures and policies that meet clients’ goals of self-determination and Nation building that reflect each Nation’s unique culture and laws. To provide these services, she has worked extensively with legislation affecting Indigenous peoples including the Indian Act, the Canada Labour Code and Federal First Nations Land Management Act.

Born and raised in Victoria, B.C., Leah is a Member of the Toquaht Nation, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. She received her LLB from Osgoode Hall in 2006 and was called to the B.C. Bar in 2007. She has lived in the Yukon, Nova Scotia and Ontario and currently resides in Victoria with her husband and their two sons.

Leah’s services are provided though a Professional Corporation.

Professional Associations and Memberships
Member at Large of the Aboriginal Law-Vancouver Island Section Member, Law Society of British Columbia (2007)
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Practising law in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario on a temporary basis

Matt Boulton (he/him)

Junior Partner

Matthew was born and raised in Treaty 7 territory on the traditional lands of the Piikani Nation (Lethbridge, AB). After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Lethbridge in 2007, Matt moved to Victoria in 2008, received his JD (law degree) from the University of Victoria in 2011, and was called to the B.C. bar in 2012. He currently resides in Mill Bay, B.C. on the traditional lands of the MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) Nation and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples with his wife Kaitlyn and their dog Maya.

Matt has worked almost exclusively for Indigenous peoples, organizations, and governments since 2011. The focus of Matt’s practice is representing First Nations with respect to asserting and proving their Aboriginal title and rights through negotiation and litigation. Backed by his commitment to working with First Nations to protect Aboriginal and treaty rights, he’s also keenly interested in First Nations governance, law development, and furthering the self-government initiatives of First Nations.

Matt has experience working on large litigation files and has successfully appeared at all levels of Court in British Columbia and the Federal Court of Canada while representing First Nations and Indigenous peoples. Specifically, Matt has appeared in Court as counsel for First Nations in pursuit of recognition and protection of their Aboriginal rights and in opposition to unwanted and destructive resource development projects. As an articled student in 2011, Matt assisted with the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s successful injunction application against Taseko Mines Ltd. which prevented Taseko from conducting further “exploratory work” in Tsilhqot’in territory.

Matt has also assisted First Nations and Indigenous peoples with the development of laws, policies and procedures, taxation matters, band governance, on-reserve land use and administration, economic development, contractual and employment matters, and ‘Indian’ status issues.

Professional Associations and Memberships
Member, Law Society of British Columbia (2012)
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, CBA Aboriginal Law Vancouver Island Subsection
Practising law in Manitoba on a temporary basis

Community Involvement
Lawyers for Climate Justice
Uvic Law Student Mentorship Program
Volunteer Firefighter- Mill Bay

Meagan Berlin (they/them)

Lawyer

Meagan has worked for First Nations governments, organizations, and for Indigenous clients since being called to the bar in 2017. Meagan has worked on litigation files, specifically in support of fishing rights and in opposition to permitting of hydroelectric projects via judicial review and injunction applications. They have worked alongside Indigenous witnesses giving evidence in court proceedings or providing evidence by affidavit, including evidence related to land use, exercise of rights, and oral history.

Meagan is interested in intellectual property law relating to visual arts and cultural works, and assisting Nations, Indigenous artists, or arts organizations with the legal needs surrounding their work. They have practical background as a working artist and have provided services to the Department of Legal Affairs of the UN Relief and Works Agency in Jerusalem, primarily contributing to a large-scale project relating to protection of cultural property and adherence to international and domestic copyright requirements for contemporary photographic works.

Meagan has also supported and enjoyed work relating to the creation and upkeep of First Nations Trusts and welcomes more work in this area, including general trustee education.

Meagan’s education background includes a focus on international human rights law; Meagan seeks to apply this wider background in rights-forward legal work in a way that prioritizes the long-term protection of rights for Indigenous people and communities. Meagan is detail-oriented and seeks to work carefully to support the specific needs and desires of each community choosing to undertake legal approaches or strategies to forward their goals.

Meagan was raised in Treaty 6 territory; after receiving their JD from Queen’s University in 2016, they were called to the B.C. Bar in 2017.

Professional Associations and Memberships
Member, Law Society of British Columbia (2017)
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Practising law in Manitoba and Saskatchewan on a temporary basis

 

Susannah Walton (she/her)

Lawyer

Susannah was born and raised in Treaty 7 territory on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina Nation, the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, and the Métis Nation (Region 3) in Moh’kinsstis (Calgary, AB).

Susannah joined Mack Law Corporation in November 2022 and has worked exclusively with First Nations governments since her call to the bar in 2021. Primarily, Susannah has assisted clients at various stages of the specific claims process with the Canadian government. This included drafting claim submissions to begin the specific claims process, as well as taking part in litigation matters at the Specific Claims Tribunal. She has conducted research on a variety of matters in Aboriginal Law and is eager to expand her practice to assist clients with their legal needs.

Susannah attended law school in Scotland and England where she received her LL.B from the University of Edinburgh and LL.M from the London School of Economics and Political Science before returning to Canada to begin her articles. In law school Susannah took part in classes with a focus on human rights theory and international law. During law school Susannah was also selected to be a legal intern with the United Nations in The Hague where she worked on legal matters in international criminal law.

Susannah has a strong interest in human rights law and public law and is eager to apply her academic background and legal skills in her work with First Nations.

Susannah currently resides in Vancouver with her husband and their dog Teddy, on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Professional Associations and Memberships

Member, Law Society of British Columbia (2022)
Member, (inactive), Law Society of Alberta (2021)
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member. Lawyer Right Watch

 

Laura Mars (she/her)

Lawyer

Laura was called to the B.C. Bar in May 2022 after completing her articles at a boutique firm in Vancouver which specialized in civil litigation with a constitutional element. After articling, Laura worked at a mid-sized civil litigation firm where she gained valuable skills and experience as a litigator.

During law school, Laura spent a semester as a student clinician at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, helping Indigenous community members with their legal issues. In this role, Laura gained valuable experience representing Indigenous people in criminal matters, and assisted individuals with their Sixties Scoop Class Action claims. Later on, Laura conducted research in the area of family law as it pertains to Indigenous children and youth and the ongoing harm caused by the colonial child welfare system.

Laura was born in the former Yugoslavia and immigrated to Canada with her family as a child. Laura has an extensive academic background in Indigenous history, literature, political theory, and law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and received her JD from the Peter A. Allard School of Law in 2021 with a specialization in Aboriginal Law. She currently lives on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Laura is excited to participate in the important work of assisting First Nations with asserting and exercising their inherent rights to self-determination and self-governance.

Professional Associations and Memberships
Member, Law Society of British Columbia (2022)
Member, Canadian Bar Association

Janna Kucharsky (she/her)

Legal Assistant / Paralegal

Janna is a legal assistant / paralegal with over five years’ experience in the legal field. Her background in the areas of immigration and business law provides her with a unique approach to her work, and she is always looking for a challenge. Having previously worked in a leading workplace law firm and another multi-faceted, mid-sized law firm, she is eager and appreciative to be able to work closely with the Mack Law team in such a complex and rewarding area of law.

In addition to a BA in anthropology, Janna holds an LAA certificate from Capilano University, a paralegal certificate in litigation from VCC, and UBC Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures.

Born and raised in Hul’qumi’num territory and currently residing on Quw’utsun land, Janna also keeps chickens, tends honeybees, and spends time with her partner and their toddler.

Micki Darling (she/her)

Firm Administrator

Micki joined the firm in June 2021. Having worked with Leah previously, she jumped at the opportunity to join Mack Law Corp. Micki has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and recently completed the Organizational Coaching program at University of British Columbia. As firm administrator, Micki works hard to ensure the growing Mack Law Corp team is well looked after.

Gratefully born and raised on the territory of the Coast Salish People and of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. Micki loves all things local, sustainable and wild. She’s a proud mother of two, story teller, food and wine enthusiast, book lover, open thinker, big belly laugher and happiness seeker.