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 First Nation people, organizations and governments since 2006. She is committed to listening and learning from each person and Nation to ensure the needs of that community are always met. Her expertise include band governance, on-reserve administration and land use, but she also provides legal services on all issues arising in the day-to-day operations of First Nation governments.

Leah believes in working closely with each community. 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.

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 currently resides in Victoria with her husband Cole and their two sons.

Professional Associations and Memberships
Member, Law Society of British Columbia (2007)
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Practising law in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario on a temporary basis

Community Involvement
Director, Vancouver Island Children’s Health Foundation
Director, Thunder Rugby
Member at Large, Cloverdale Traditional School, PAC

 

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
Volunteer Firefighter- Mill Bay Department                                                                    UVic Law Student Mentorship Program
Lawyers for Climate Justice

 

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

 

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)

Office Manager

Micki joined the firm in June 2021. Having worked with Leah previously, she jumped at the opportunity to work at Mack Law. Micki brings a unique skill set and a positive attitude that provides her the confidence to accept any challenge, including the assembly of IKEA office furniture and lunchtime workouts!

Gratefully born and raised on the teritory 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.