We punch above our weight
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.
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.
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