Don has enjoyed an uncommon practice as both barrister and solicitor in Richmond since 1982, advising business clients in a broad range of matters. His goal is to provide both exceptional legal services and cost effect results.
As a solicitor, his experience as a barrister has provided Don with the ability to recognize and avoid potential areas of dispute before they arise. His belief is that well drafted agreements not only capture the intention of the parties, but also contain such clarity that they remove the opportunity for other parties to advance interpretations adverse to his client’s interests. Good agreements are upheld in the courtroom, but superior agreements avoid the courtroom altogether.
As Corporate Solicitor, he has developed expertise in a wide range of matters, including corporate restructuring, acquisition and mergers, shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, construction contracts, business succession and tax planning, employment law, human rights, commercial leases, commercial lending, real estate transactions, and other general corporate and commercial matters.
As a Barrister, his experience as a Corporate Solicitor has provided Don with the ability to quickly understand complex business transactions, and apply that understanding towards favourable results.
As a Barrister, he has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia, and acted as an arbitrator. He has extensive experience in construction matters, and has acted as both plaintiff’s and defendant’s counsel for owners, general contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and engineers in a wide range of disputes, including construction defects, delay claims and tender disputes. For more than 14 years he has acted as geotechnical and environmental defence counsel for a leading multi-national engineering firm. He has been involved in hundreds of employment disputes, with an increasing representation of employers. He has also acted in numerous disputes relating to contracts, shareholder remedies, oppression remedies, creditor remedies, human rights, real estate sales, encroachment, easements, latent defects, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation, commercial fraud, solicitor’s negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and other general commercial matters.
Don prides himself on having a broad range of experience that enables him to meet most, if not all, the needs of his business clients.
Don has been a member of several corporate and charitable boards, and for nine years has served on the board of a society that helps people with development disabilities thrive in their own communities.
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