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. He has a commercial practice with an emphasis on medical groups.
Tim’s work with CLEBC started from doing a fair amount of work at the registries for mainland law firms, and led to CLEBC calling on him to work on the Due Diligence Deskbook, where he staked out turf on the BC Corporate Registry. His knowledge of legal due diligence led to a long (and challenging) gig with the BC PPSA Practice Manual chapter on due diligence. Tim also volunteered for a CLEBC priorities course, and enjoyed serving on the organization’s board of directors for several years.
How and why did you get involved with CLEBC?
I became involved because of either (pick one):
• my knowledge of BC Corporate Registry procedure or
• my acquaintance with the very helpful Registry staff who have done most of the work on the chapter on the BC Corporate Registry in the Due Diligence Deskbook since the book was first published
It has been so long, I can’t recall my motivation at the time. My motivation for continuing must be altruism, as continuing has resulted in neither fame nor fortune.
What are you are currently working on (or have most recently worked on) with CLEBC?
The current update for the Due Diligence Deskbook.
What has been your most memorable CLEBC experience?
Being asked (at the PPSA Practice Manual launch course) a question that I answered incorrectly—and being corrected immediately. I know no one else remembers, but I’m being honest—it stuck with me.
What’s the most valuable piece of advice you have received?
Arrive early in order to present well (works for court, CLE, whatever). Sometimes “just in time” is just not the way to do your best.
What advice would you give newcomers who are interested in working in the legal profession?
Keep your options open in terms of areas of practice—don’t lock into one area too early. At the least, you can consider exposure to “other” areas as very good cross-training.
What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
Interacting with people.
Other than law, what are you passionate about?
Family is the top of the food chain. Even though they might think it’s the clients!
What are some of your favourite legal resources? (blogs, websites, etc.)
Other than CLEBC, Canlii and Courthouse Libraries BC.
Anything you’d like to shamelessly promote? (favourite charity, social cause, etc.)?
Other than CLEBC (again), Victoria Hospice (http://www.victoriahospice.org/) which provides a very valuable service to patients and families near the end of life.