Adam Lakusta




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Education & Qualifications

  • Alberta Bar (2022)
  • Saskatchewan Bar (2022)
  • JD (Manitoba, 2021)
  • MSc (Calgary, 2017)
  • BS with great distinction (Saskatchewan, 2015)

Adam is an associate lawyer based out of the firm’s Calgary office.

Adam is originally from Hay River, Northwest Territories and went on to complete his post-secondary and graduate studies in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. Adam obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Manitoba in 2021. During law school, Adam served as senior editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights. He also worked as a legal research assistant for the Dean of the Robson Hall Faculty of Law where he gained legal research and writing experience, focusing on nuclear weapons and disarmament law.

Adam is the winner of the Canadian Bar Association’s 2020 IP Law Student Essay Competition with his article titled “Reforming Canada’s Intellectual Property Laws: The Slow Path to Reconciliation.”

Prior to law school, Adam obtained a degree in biology and biotechnology from the University of Saskatchewan, and went on to complete a thesis-based Master of Science from the University of Calgary in the field of plant biotechnology, focusing on natural rubber biosynthesis, in 2017.

With a scientific background and a passion for science and extensive research experience, Adam has particular interest in intellectual property and plant breeders’ rights. In 2014, he worked as a plant breeding research technician at the University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program where he selectively bred a variety of fruit with emphasis on Haskap. He has particular knowledge of various plant propagation techniques.

  • Senior Editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights (2020-2021)
  • Refugee Intake Volunteer, Welcome Place (May 2019-December 2019)
  • Fundraiser, Brain Tumour Walk (2017-2020)
  • Author, “Reforming Canada’s Intellectual Property Laws: The Slow Path to Reconciliation,” The Canadian Bar Association (July 2020)
  • Co-author, “Molecular Studies of the Protein Complexes Involving Cis-Prenyltransferase in Guayule (Parthenium argentatum), an Alternative Rubber-Producing Plant,” Frontiers in Plant Science (February 2019)
  • Author, “Catch Flies with Honey, not Vinegar: A Prescriptive Analysis of the Western Response to the 2014 Ukraine Crisis,” University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal (April 2017)
  • The Molecular and Biochemical Characterization of cis-Prenyltransferases and cis-Prenyltransferase Binding Protein in Parthenium argentatum with an Emphasis on Natural Rubber. Canadian Society of Plant Biologists. The 2017 Plants from Sea to Sky Conference.
  • John R. Haig Memorial Prize for the highest mark in Advanced Legal Research (2021)
  • Ken Tacium Memorial Scholarship (2018)
  • Josie Gould Memorial Scholarship (2011)