Charma assists clients with commercial matters across the board, including complex commercial contracts (such as licensing, construction and information technology agreements) and commercial leasing.
She previously practiced at a large national firm and has provided legal services to private and public companies, not-for-profit organizations, governments, government related entities and post-secondary institutions. Charma has advised clients from a broad range of industries, including forestry, technology, engineering, transportation, retail sales and manufacturing. She has a science background and a particular interest in science and technology companies.
In addition to her private practice experience, Charma has over seven years of in-house counsel experience at a large, Edmonton-based utility. She advised the company with respect to a range of matters including procurement, construction, leasing, real estate and IT contracting. Charma worked closely with the company’s business development group on public-private partnerships and projects for industrial and municipal clients, including design-build, financing, and operations and maintenance. She understands the complexities that regulated industries face and that fact that regulatory matters permeate all aspects of the business.
Charma draws on this breadth of experience to quickly assimilate information and formulate a path forward that meets her client’s needs. She experienced first-hand the added value that in-house lawyers are able to provide due to their intimate understanding of their client and its business. She finds the most satisfaction in building this same type of relationship with her clients in an outside counsel role. She works closely with clients to become their “external in-house counsel”. Where in-house counsel are in place, Charma works them in a complementary and seamless manner when an external resource is required.
Charma returned to private practice with the desire to provide legal services in an innovative way, and is excited to work with clients to create custom models for legal service delivery to meet the clients’ specific needs.
- University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
- Honors: With Distinction
- University of Alberta
- Honors: First Class Honors
- Major: Molecular Genetics
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Member, Law Society of Alberta
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
Areas of Practice
- Corporate Commercial
- Agribusiness and Forestry
- Data Protection, Cybersecurity And Privacy
- Energy And Energy Distribution
- Intellectual Property Protection And Licensing
- Life Sciences and Healthcare
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Procurement, Leasing And Commercial Contracts
- Technology And Information Technology
- Venture Technology, Start-ups And Emerging Companies