In the Spotlight

Practice Point

Thank you CLEBC contributors for your time, effort, and dedication to the legal profession!

CLEBC contributors, thank you for your leadership and extraordinary contributions. Each month, we are delighted to recognize a featured volunteer and share with the legal community a glimpse of your work with CLEBC, your daily practice, your words of wisdom, and your interests beyond the law. Your contributions drive the successful development of continuing legal education in our province. We can’t thank you enough.

30
Apr

Phyllis M. Kenney, QC—In the Spotlight

May 2018 This month’s spotlight is on Phyllis M. Kenney, QC, longtime contributor to CLEBC’s family law courses and BC Family Practice Manual.
02
Apr

Dick Chan—In the Spotlight

April 2018 This month’s spotlight is on longtime CLEBC contributor Dick Chan of Spagnuolo & Company Real Estate Lawyers.
02
Mar

Tom Anderson, QC—In the Spotlight

March 2018 This month’s spotlight is on longtime CLEBC contributor Tom Anderson, QC. Tom is one of the original editorial board members of our Family Law Agreements - Annotated Precedents.
07
Feb

Kim Karras—In the Spotlight

February 2018 This month’s spotlight is on CLEBC contributor Kim Karras, longtime presenter, faculty member, and course material author for CLEBC’s wills and estates courses.
16
Jan

Rose A. Keith—In the Spotlight

January 2018 This month's spotlight is on longtime CLEBC volunteer Rose A. Keith of Rose Keith Law Corporation, who is an editorial board member of CLEBC’s Civil Jury Instructions publication.
23
Nov

Jan A. Fishman—In the Spotlight

December 2017 This month's spotlight is on longtime CLEBC volunteer Jan A. Fishman of Fishman Lawyers, editorial board member of CLEBC’s Civil Jury Instructions publication.
27
Oct

Anjili Bahadoorsingh—In the Spotlight

November 2017 This month’s spotlight is on longtime CLEBC volunteer Anjili Bahadoorsingh of Terra Law. Anjili practices in the areas of real estate finance, commercial lending, and secured transactions, and is one of the authors of our BC Personal Property Security Act Practice Manual (PPSA Practice Manual).
29
Sep

Sandra Guarascio and Lindsay Lyster—In the Spotlight

October 2017 This month’s spotlight is on longtime, active CLEBC volunteers Sandra Guarascio of Roper Greyell and Lindsay Lyster of Moore Edgar Lyster, the co-chairs of our upcoming Human Rights Law Conference 2017 from November 30 to December 1.
07
Sep

John Shields and Andrew Morrison—In the Spotlight

September 2017 This month’s spotlight is on longtime volunteers John Shields and Andrew Morrison of Shields Harney, the co-chairs of our upcoming Affidavit Secrets 2017 course on October 16.
28
Jul

Ming Song—In the Spotlight

August 2017 This month's spotlight is on Ming Song of Arbutus Law Group LLP, who has worked exclusively in the area of Aboriginal law representing First Nations since 1992.
05
Jul

Mary B. Hamilton—In the Spotlight

July 2017 This month’s spotlight is on longtime CLEBC volunteer Mary B. Hamilton of Alexander Holburn, editorial board member and author of numerous CLEBC wills and estates practice publications.
30
May

Derek A. Brindle, QC—In the Spotlight

June 2017 This month’s spotlight is on longtime CLEBC volunteer Derek A. Brindle, QC of Singleton Urquhart LLP, book author and editorial board member of BC Builders Lien Practice Manual.
28
Apr

Priscilla Cicek—In the Spotlight

May 2017 This month’s spotlight is on Pricilla Cicek, the co-chair of our upcoming Personal Injury for Jr. Lawyers and Paralegals course on June 8, 2017.
25
Apr

Lisa Fong—In the Spotlight

April 2017 April’s Q&A is with Lisa Fong, co-chair of our Self-Governing Professions course on June 2, 2017.
28
Feb

Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem—In the Spotlight

March 2017 This month the spotlight shines on Ardith Walpetko We’dalx Walkem. Ardith co-chaired our groundbreaking Indigenous Legal Orders and the Common Law Conference in 2012, and continues to volunteer as a writer and presenter for conferences on Access to Justice for Children, and Aboriginal Law.
06
Feb

Michele Ross—In the Spotlight

February 2017 This month’s spotlight is on Michele Ross, a designated paralegal at West Coast ADR Law Group Ltd. and Quay Law Centre, and host of Ethics, coming Spring 2017, part of CLEBC’s Paralegal Core Competency series.
02
Jan

Hassib Hasanzadeh—In the Spotlight

January 2017 This month’s spotlight is on Hassib Hasanzadeh, one of the volunteer contributors to our popular practice manual Advising BC Businesses, which will be updated in February 2017.
02
Dec

Sandra Weafer and Darryl Larson—In the Spotlight

December 2016 This month's spotlight is on Sandra Weafer and Darryl Larson, the co-chairs of our Immigration Issues In Depth 2016 course in December. Sandra is the Regional Director and General Counsel, Public Safety Defence and Immigration Section, Department of Justice and Darryl is a senior lawyer at Embarkation Law Corporation.
20
Oct

Frank Falzon, QC—In the Spotlight

November 2016 This month’s spotlight is on Frank Falzon, QC, one of the co-chairs of our upcoming Administrative Law Conference on November 18, 2016.
12
Oct

Martha Rans and Michael Blatchford—In the Spotlight

October 2016 This month’s spotlight is on Michael Blatchford and Martha Rans, the co-chairs of our upcoming Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Conference on October 27, 2016.
14
Sep

Sharon Sutherland

SHARON SUTHERLAND, principal at True North Dispute Management, is a mediator and mediation consultant with expertise in conflict resolution training and program design.
14
Sep

Richard Lindsay, P.Eng., QC

RICHARD B. LINDSAY, P.Eng., QC is a founding partner of Lindsay LLP in Vancouver. His practice focuses on general insurance litigation, with particular emphasis on products liability, engineering, energy, and fire-related matters.
14
Aug

Helen Low, QC

HELEN LOW, QC practices at the Vancouver office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in the wills, trusts, and estates area, where she focuses on contentious matters that may lead to litigation.
14
Jul

Lyle Harris, QC

LYLE HARRIS, QC is a Partner at Harris & Brun. Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1976, Lyle is an experienced trial and appeal counsel who has prosecuted and defended all types of civil cases, both jury trials and judge-alone trials.
14
Jun

James Vilvang, QC

JIM VILVANG is a senior partner with the Litigation group at Richards Buell Sutton LLP. He was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1974 and in the Yukon in 1994. Jim is also a Qualified Commercial Mediator. He was awarded Queen's Counsel status in 1996.
14
May

James Baird

JAMES BAIRD leads Boughton Law’s Wills, Trusts & Estates Group, and also practices in the areas of corporate/commercial law and real estate. His wills and estates practice includes advising clients on estate planning and business succession matters.
10
May

James Baird—In the Spotlight

A Q&A with James Baird, Course Presenter at CLEBC's upcoming 2016 Wills Drafting Workshop in June.
14
Apr

Lisa Martz

LISA MARTZ is a Vancouver lawyer with Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP. Lisa’s diverse commercial/civil litigation and administrative law practice includes disputes involving real estate, commercial contracts of all kinds, intellectual property, technology, aboriginal rights, defamation and regulatory matters.
14
Mar

Erin Tait

ERIN TAIT is a partner in the Commercial Real Estate Group at Koffman Kalef LLP. Erin’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions and development matters. Erin has been listed in Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Real Estate Law since 2011.
14
Jan

Charles Harrison & Sandra Banister

CHARLES HARRISON is a partner in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights practice group at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver. He represents clients in a variety of provincially regulated business sectors including utilities, municipal government, shipyards, construction, and the forest industry. SANDRA BANISTER, QC has practiced trade union law and civil litigation (primarily personal...
14
Dec

Genevieve Taylor

GENEVIEVE TAYLOR is a principal in the firm Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers who practices in the areas of wills, estates, trusts, and adult guardianship. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1995 and her law degree from Dalhousie University in 1998, Genevieve was called to the...
14
Nov

Paulina Kam & Tim Lack

PAULINA KAM was called to the Bar in 2005. Before joining Lando and Company LLP in 2007, she had gained experience in a broad range of legal areas, including real estate, corporate/commercial, financing, wills and estates, family, intellectual property, civil litigation, criminal, and ICBC defence. TIM LACK is a Vancouver lawyer and partner with...
14
Oct

Hugh McLellan

HUGH MCLELLAN, a partner in the Vancouver law firm of McLellan Herbert, practices in the areas of estate litigation, estate planning, and elder law.
14
Sep

Karen Martin

KAREN MARTIN leads the Construction Group in the Vancouver office of Dentons Canada LLP. Her practice focuses on giving strategic advice to solve project issues, and where disputes arise, helping clients to resolve those disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation.
14
Aug

Craig Natsuhara

CRAIG NATSUHARA is an associate partner at Egan LLP in Vancouver, where he manages the Canadian and cross-border NAFTA Immigration practice.
14
Jun

Ann Halkett

ANN HALKETT joined Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP in 2000 as a senior paralegal and has more than eighteen years experience. Ann became Litigation Support Manager in 2014.
14
May

Geoffrey W. White

GEOFF WHITE found his Shangri-La in Kelowna after moving his estate law practice from “back east” in 1997. His heritage law office is focused in estate planning, administration and litigation.
14
Apr

Don Sihota

DON SIHOTA is a partner at Clark Wilson LLP, BC’s law firm for business. His practice focuses on private company transactions, wealth preservation, business succession and M&A across a broad range of industries.
14
Mar

Todd Bell

TODD BELL exclusively practices in family law and generally in litigation assisting in family disputes which have not been able to be resolved through the preferable routes of mediation or collaborative law.
14
Feb

Patrick Williams

PATRICK WILLIAMS was called to the bar in May, 1975. Pat is a partner at Clark Wilson LLP, where he has practiced for more than 31 years.
14
Jan

Morag MacLeod

MORAG MCLEOD is a senior family litigator, certified family law mediator and arbitrator, and parenting coordinator in private practice in Vancouver.
14
Dec

Tim Schober

TIM SCHOBER has practiced in Victoria for his entire career. He is currently enjoying the incredible harbour view (and personalities) at Pearlman Lindholm, after a lengthy stint with Cardinal Law, a shorter stint with the modest Schober & Company, and a few other gigs.
14
Nov

Edna Ritchie

EDNA RITCHIE articled and practiced in Prince George where her focus was on litigation involving family law, foreclosures, creditors’ remedies, and civil litigation. Marriage brought her to Vancouver where she practiced family law, civil litigation, and conveyancing.
14
Oct

Mark Davies

MARK DAVIES is a partner at BC’s oldest law firm, Richards Buell Sutton LLP. His areas of expertise are corporate, commercial and real estate law, with specialties in realization, secured transactions, and insolvency topics ranging from debtor re-organizations and workouts to bankruptcy and creditor remedies.
14
Sep

Anna Laing

ANNA LAING was born in Vancouver, and raised in Prince George and Surrey. She articled and practiced at Peterson Stark & Fowler (later Peterson Stark Scott) for 16 years in a general civil litigation/family practice before moving to Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in 2004.
14
Jul

The Honourable Madam Justice M. Marvyn Koenigsberg

MARVYN KOENIGSBERG and SANDY CUNNINGHAM have been involved with the intensive annual award-winning Advocacy Skills Workshop since its inception over 15 years ago.
14
Jun

Catherine Gibson

Born and raised in Vancouver, CATHERINE GIBSON is a partner in the Vancouver office of Davis LLP. Her business law practice includes advising on a wide range of commercial transactions with an emphasis on real estate, commercial lending, and general corporate matters.
14
May

Tina Dion

TINA DION is a sole practitioner in the areas of Aboriginal, environmental and administrative law, and civil litigation. She started as an Article Student and practitioner with the criminal law boutique firm, Orris Burns, then practised civil litigation with the First Nations practice group at Blake, Cassels and Graydon.
14
Apr

Randy Klarenbach

RANDY KLARENBACH practices in the Real Estate group at Richards Buell Sutton LLP in Vancouver, giving general business advice with a focus on real estate development and commercial leasing, and a particular emphasis on condominium law.
15
Mar

Scott Booth

SCOTT BOOTH is a partner with the Vancouver firm Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP. His litigation/dispute resolution practice focuses on family law matters, and he regularly appears before all levels of BC courts in relation to a broad range of matrimonial and family law disputes.
15
Feb

David Crerar

DAVID CRERAR is a partner with the Vancouver office of Borden Ladner Gervais. He practices civil and commercial litigation with a focus on media law and defamation, shareholder disputes, protection of trade secrets, Internet litigation, banking and pension litigation.
15
Jan

Fiona Hunter

FIONA HUNTER, a partner at Horne Coupar, in Victoria, BC, practices in the area of estate planning, encompassing trusts, estate mediation and litigation.

Each year, CLEBC works with over 1,000 volunteer contributors to develop our publications and courses, support a culture of learning, and foster the highest standards in continuing legal education. 

Our contributors include lawyers, judges, academics, paralegals, legal support staff, and many other experts in the larger community. They come together from every area of law, and from across BC, Canada, and the US to give you what you need to be successful in your career.