Renata Colwell joined Mandell Pinder LLP as an articling student in 2019 and became an associate with the firm in 2020. Renata’s practice areas include specific claims, litigation, governance, and community development. She is passionate about using legal tools to promote Indigenous rights and mitigate the past and present effects of colonial policies and practices.
Prior to joining Mandell Pinder, Renata completed a judicial clerkship at the BC Supreme Court and the shared articling program at UVic’s Environmental Law Centre, where she championed law reform in the plastics and mining sectors. While studying law at the University of Victoria, Renata completed Indigenous-focused co-op placements and organized talks and fundraisers for the Indigenous Law Club. She also spent a semester at Victoria University of Wellington in Aotearoa New Zealand, where she conducted comparative research on Indigenous land and treaty issues.
Born and raised on Anishinaabe territory, Renata completed a BA (Hons) in History at Queen’s University, with a focus on interactions between ordinary people and institutional power in late-nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century Canada. She enjoys drawing on her background in history to support First Nations’ efforts to obtain redress for past wrongs through the specific claims process.
Renata enjoys reading, making music, hiking, biking, and baking.
Juris Doctor, University of Victoria, 2018
Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Queen’s University, 2013
PROFESSIONAL STANDING & AFFILIATIONS
Member, Law Society of British Columbia, 2019
Member, Canadian Bar Association