Our Lawyers

*Law Corporation

500 - 221 West Esplanade
North Vancouver BC V7M 3J3
Tel: (604) 988-5201
Fax: (604) 988-1452

Direct Phone: 
mskeels [at] ratcliff.com
Raquel Handel
rhandel [at] ratcliff.com
  • B.A. (with Distinction) Anthropology - University of Victoria, 2000
  • J.D. - University of Victoria, 2007

Melinda Skeels*


Melinda completed her articles at Ratcliff & Company LLP in 2008 and has been in practice with the firm since.

For the last several years, Melinda has worked exclusively for First Nations. She has appeared in all three levels of court in BC and before various administrative tribunals, including the British Columbia Utilities Commission, the National Energy Board and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Tribunal. Her practice focuses on assisting First Nations with governance, litigation, consultation with industry and government, economic development and regulatory matters. She has extensive experience in treaty implementation--including drafting legislation, policy development and negotiation with industry--as well as drafting legislation for Bands under the Indian Act and other federal legislation.

In her spare time, Melinda is an avid sea kayaker, camper and traveller, usually snapping at least a few photos along the way.

Professional and Other Memberships: 
  • Law Society of BC, 2008
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Fellow - University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre Associate's Program
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