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Jody S. Langhan

Jody S. Langhan

TEL: (204) 957 8311

FAX: (204) 954 0311


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Al Hisco

TEL: (204) 956 2970 ext. 219


"I practise law with a simple but important mission statement: to provide my clients with clear, practical legal advice in a cost-effective, timely manner. I strive to identify solutions, to clarify, and to find the pathways to my clients success."

Areas of Focus

Jody is the Chair of the Commercial Department and a member of the Executive Committee of Fillmore Riley LLP. He maintains a dynamic corporate and commercial practice, with special emphasis on mergers & acquisitions, real estate and leasing transactions, pension and financing matters. He acts as lead engagement partner for some of Manitoba’s largest companies, institutions and pension funds.

He is one of only four lawyers to be recognized in Manitoba as a Band One-ranked lawyer by Chambers Canada in Corporate/Commercial Law. 

Jody is of Métis descent and speaks French. He has taken a keen interest in economic development work with Manitoba First Nations and Tribal Councils. 

Jody is a member of the United Way Winnipeg Campaign Cabinet and is the Co-Chair of the Professionals Division. He is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of FortWhyte Alive and played a key role in establishing the Fillmore Riley Internship at FortWhyte Farms, a flagship initiative to empower underserved youth through paid internships. He has also been active with the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, sitting as a member of its Transportation Leadership Council.

Jody has published articles in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law Review and for the Law Society of Manitoba. He is a frequent lecturer and has taught advanced business law at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law. 

After graduating with distinction from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Jody was law clerk to the Honourable Chief Justice J.A. Isaac of the Federal Court of Canada, Appellate Division.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Management Committee, Fillmore Riley LLP
  • Chair, Commercial Law Department, Fillmore Riley LLP
  • Member, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Transportation Leadership Council
  • Former Instructor, Corporations II (Advanced Business Law), University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law
  • Clerk to the Honourable Chief Justice J.A. Isaac, Federal Court of Canada, 1996-1997
  • Lecturer, Corporate Compliance (Corporate Counsel Sub-Section of the Canadian Bar Association)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Manitoba Bar Association

Volunteer Activities

  • Major Donors Cabinet, United Way of Winnipeg
  • Member, The Associates
  • Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, FortWhyte Alive
  • Member, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Transportation Leadership Council

Publications / Presentations

  • Presenter, “Good Faith and Fair Dealing in the Execution of Transport Contracts” (Canadian Transport Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2011)
  • Co-Presenter, The Evolution of Conduct and Management Authority in Gaming (Canadian Association of Gaming Regulators Conference, 2007)
  • Co-Presenter, Privacy Law in the Purchase and Sale of a Business (Manitoba Bar Association Mid-Winter Meetings, 2004)
  • Co-Author, Professional Corporations (Law Society of Manitoba, 2000)
  • Author, Wealth Effects and Agency Conflict in Division Management Buyouts (University of Toronto Faculty Law Review, 1996)
  • Presenter, A Legal and Business Guide to Gaming (Canadian Institute Conference)

Representative Clients / Cases / Transactions

Representative Clients 

  • Polar Bears International
  • Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba and Dorais Charities 
  • St Boniface Hospital
  • The Manitoba Civil Service Superannuation Board
  • The University of Winnipeg Trusteed Pension Plan
  • Richardson International 
  • Assiniboine Credit Union Limited 
  • The Dufresne Group (Canada) and The Dufresne Spencer Group (the United States)
  • Swampy Cree Tribal Council
  • TIPI Insurance Partners

Acquisitions & Commercial Financings

  • Lead counsel to The Dufresne Spencer Group on its 10 acquisition transactions since 2012 in the United States of America to grow into one of the largest furniture retailers in the United States of America, with 100 Ashley HomeStores and 4 Stash Home locations, and nearly 3,500 team members, across 12 U.S. states
  • Transformational Acquisition by Richardson International Limited of grain elevators and crop input facilities from Viterra following the acquisition of control of Viterra by Glencore International, plc
  • Negotiation of complex syndicated credit facilities for Richardson International with a syndicate of ten lenders, led by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in connection with the opening of the market for wheat and barley sales in Canada following the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s legislated monopoly
  • Acquisition by Western Financial Group of Hayhurst Elias Dudek Inc.
  • Acquisition by Sunrise Poultry Processors of Dunn-Rite Food Products and its associated hatchery business

Development and First Nation Work

  • Member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation’s legal team that negotiated the Wuskwatim Power LP; the developer of a 223 MW generating station in northern Manitoba at a cost in excess of $1.5 billion; the first time Manitoba Hydro has partnered with a First Nation to develop and operate a hydroelectric project
  • Counsel for the eight First Nations comprising the Swampy Cree Tribal Council in the development of the Aseneskak Casino, Manitoba’s first casino owned by First Nations

Sales and Dispositions

  • Sale of the TransX Group of Companies by the Tolaini Family to Canadian National Railway
  • Sale of Thinkbox Software Inc., the original creator of AWS Thinkbox Deadline software, to Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.
  • Sale by Frantic Films Corporation of its visual effects division to Prime Focus, a publicly traded company based in Mumbai, India 


  •  Merger of Assiniboine Credit Union, Vantis Credit Union, Astra Credit Union and, later, Buffalo Credit Union, to form one of Canada’s top 10 credit unions 
  • Merger of Manitoba’s four Caisse Populaires to form Caisse Groupe Financier with 27 branches and over $800 million in aggregate assets, and its subsequent merger with La Salle Credit Union

Real Estate

  • Sale of 201 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg to Greystone Managed Investments and Harvard Developments 
  • Sale and lease-back of 777 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg by Western Financial Group
  • Sale and lease-back by The Dufresne Group of its Panet Road Distribution Centre, in Winnipeg