Michael founded the firm in 2011 under his own banner before re-branding as Whitecap Legal.
Michael draws on a broad variety of life experience that allows him to understand and relate to most clients that walk in the door.
He founded the firm believing that there was a better way to practice law - one that avoids the needless expense of conventional law firms and focuses on client -derived value. Our clients enjoy the benefit of not being charged for printing and file storage fees, as well as the responsive, efficient service associated with a digital practice that still has a bricks & mortar office in a Vancouver heritage building.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Environment, with an economics specialization, from the University of Waterloo. He obtained his law degree at the University of British Columbia. He was active in school life at both universities, captaining the varsity rugby team at Waterloo and playing a significant role in the Law Students Legal Advice Program at UBC. During his university years, he also worked in various fields, including the recovered materials industry and for a public commission of inquiry..
Beyond that, Michael is an avid sailboat racer, among other things having captained the yacht "Adrenaline" in an offshore race between Norway and Scotland. He is a keen backcountry and resort skier. His rugby days are behind him, but he remains connected to that community and often plays in alumni games when the chance arises.
Michael has acted for clients in such issues as the Occupy Vancouver case, a multimillion dollar tax fraud matter, a variety of human and civil rights cases, and in employment, personal injury, commercial, and environmental litigation. Beyond his litigation practice, he also advises clients in corporation structuring and commercial transaction in order to keep them out of court.
Michael frequently speaks on legal technology issues and participated in one of the first paperless Court of Appeal hearings in British Columbia. He is an active member of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC and sits on its Legal Aid Action Committee.
Chelsey maintains a solicitor’s practice at Whitecap Legal, assisting clients with a variety of matters including incorporations and company organization, shareholder and partnership agreements, wills & estates matters, and real estate conveyances.
She also has significant experience as a research lawyer, having assisted clients with a variety of unique questions stemming from emergency injunctions, regulatory hearings, intellectual property disputes, and employment investigations.
Originally from Bathurst, New Brunswick, Chelsey grew up splitting most of her time between soccer fields and hockey rinks. She played both sports at the Varsity level at the University of Guelph, and continues to play competitive soccer at the Premier Women’s level here in Vancouver. Being a lifelong competitive athlete, Chelsey knows the importance of teamwork and communication to getting the job done, and she approaches her practice in the same way.
Chelsey is an East Coaster through and through. Having spent the majority of her life in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, she believes open doors, good friends, and live music in Irish pubs are the secret to a happy life. Though, since arriving in Vancouver, locally-roasted coffee and locally-brewed craft beer have been added to the list.
Chelsey holds a degree in Criminal Justice & Public Policy from the University of Guelph, as well as a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University. She was called to both the Nova Scotia and BC Bars in 2014.
Alana is a paralegal at Whitecap Legal. She is a graduate of Capilano University's paralegal program and also holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of British Columbia. Alana makes significant contributions to client files with her case management skills, ensuring that client matters progress efficiently and effectively. She also assists with research, client and supplier relationships, and document management.
Alana is born-and-raised on the west coast, but has also lived and worked in Azerbaijan and is a keen muay thai fighter.
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