Born and raised in the small northern Ontario town of Longlac, Mike is the first to admit that he does not fit the stereotype of “a lawyer.” And that’s not a bad thing. Before becoming a lawyer, Mike worked in a variety of occupations, from tree faller to pipeline labourer, welder’s helper to retail petroleum distribution! Each experience taught Mike real-world lessons about life and about people. He brings that perspective to the practice of law and finds that he often has a different view of his clients’ problems than do many of his professional peers.

Giving up his partnership interest at another downtown Vancouver law firm, Mike joined Jenkins Marzban Logan in 2000, becoming the firm’s fourth partner in 2003.  Mike’s practice at JML is focused on construction related matters. This includes advising clients on tendering, construction contract drafting, dealing with on-going project disputes, builder’s liens and, finally, the resolution of claims through trial, mediation or arbitration proceedings. Mike also provides advice on non-union employment matters for both employers and employees and general corporate and commercial litigation services.

Education and Bar Admission

  • B. Comm.: McMaster University, Hamilton, 1986
  • LL.B.: University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, 1989
  • Called to the Bar: British Columbia, 1990

Professional Experience

  • Transportation Infrastructure Projects: acts for a number of general and trade contractors involved in the construction of some of the largest infrastructure projects in British Columbia, including the Sea-to-Sky Highway project and the Canada Line light rail transit expansion.
  • Vancouver 2010: acts for a number of contractors involved in various construction projects currently underway in preparation for Vancouver’s hosting of the Olympic games in 2010.
  • Hydro-Electric Projects: represents both owners and general contractors on large and medium sized hydro-electric projects at various locations in British Columbia.
  • Mining: represented the owner of one of BC’s largest mining projects in recent history against a multitude of lien claimants and numerous claims encompassing virtually every aspect of the construction process
  • Residential Developments: includes prosecuting an owner’s claim for damages arising out of the blasting and associated earthworks on a large residential development in the Okanagan, acting for contractors on leaking condominium claims, and general residential development project issues for both owners and contractors.
  • Hydroponic Greenhouses: representing both owners and greenhouse manufacturers on large-scale hydroponic greenhouse projects.
  • Other Construction Projects: includes ice hockey rinks, artificial turf fields, various commercial developments.
  • Companies Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings: acted for groups of unpaid lien claimants in a number of CCAA proceedings
  • Employment Related: representing both employers and employees in the negotiating and drafting of employment contracts, as well as the litigation of wrongful dismissal claims.
  • Corporate/Commercial Litigation: includes shareholder disputes, insurance related claims, disability claims, and collection of outstanding amounts for goods or services provided but not paid for in a wide variety of situations.

Professional Activities

  • Numerous construction industry related speaking engagements on a variety of topics for a wide variety of groups
  • Lecturer at the Law Society of British Columbia’s Professional Legal Training Course for new lawyers
  • Frequent invited speaker for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
  • Member of the Advisory Board and invited speaker – Pacific Legal Technology Conference, 2003, 2005, 2006
  • Professional Memberships
  • British Columbia Construction Association
  • Vancouver Regional Construction Association
  • Southern Interior Construction Association
  • British Columbia Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association

Publications

  • Numerous papers for construction professionals on a variety of topics including procurement, contracts, builders liens, project site documentation, and dispute resolution.
  • Numerous papers for lawyers and other legal professionals on topics which only they would find interesting, including case updates, practice procedures and the use of computer technology to enhance the level of service provided to clients.
  • Recording the Project
  • Changes to BC Hydro Contract May 2013

Personal

Mike’s time out of the office is fully occupied with his wife and two young sons, whom he is exposing to all of the wonderful things life in British Columbia has to offer, including skiing, wilderness camping, boating, hockey and golf.