Samantha Cunliffe

Class of 2007-2008

Samantha Cunliffe is a partner in the Business Law Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP (“McCarthy Tétrault”). She graduated from the law school at UBC in 2008 in the LLB program. Prior to attending law school, Cunliffe obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physics in 2005. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2009 and the Ontario Bar in 2018.

As a commercial lawyer, Cunliffe works with clients involved in complex infrastructure projects. She is a well-known name in relation to legal advice concerning said projects, especially regarding development and financing. Her recent work involves such projects as the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project, the Finch West LRT Project, and the Royal Inland Hospital Project. Cunliffe’s expertise in major project development and financing ranges from water treatment facilities to social infrastructure and transportation networks. Chambers Canada has recognized Cunliffe as an “Up and Coming Lawyer" in Projects (PPP and Infrastructure) and she was also named as a Rising Star (Project Development and Project Finance) in the IFLR 1000 Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms.

Since 2015 Cunliffe has served on the Committee for Ballet BC Up—an affiliate group of Ballet BC focused on youth support and programming.