My clients are people recovering from chronic pain, brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, psychological trauma, and other injuries. Most of my clients are injured because of car crashes, motorcycle, bike, and other accidents, slips and falls, and assaults. I work with clients to help them recover physically, emotionally, and financially from their injuries. I am retained to help people navigate the challenging medical and legal recovery process so they can focus on getting better.
I have been counsel at trial in a variety of cases involving complex injuries and liability issues in the Supreme Court of BC and have served as counsel in the BC Court of Appeal. I also work as a consultant to other lawyers for complex personal injury liability and damages cases.
I am often called on to work with doctors and clinicians teaching them about their role in helping patients recover in the medical-legal process. I’ve lectured at Neuropsychology Rounds at VGH, Psychiatry Rounds at Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Faculty of Medicine Practice Survival Skills, the Seymour Medical Centre, Victoria Royal Jubilee Hospital, The Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators, Chuck Jung and Associates Psychologists, CORE Medical Centre: Medical Legal Toolkit, and at the International Symposium on Life Care Planning.
I’m a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, and the American Association for Justice.
I grew up in Etobicoke, Ontario. I studied at Queen’s University where I earned degrees in Life Sciences and Politics. I attended law school in Windsor Ontario where I worked for Community Legal Aid defending people who couldn’t afford lawyers.
I enjoy flying and had the luck and honour to fly historic airplanes with the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association in Windsor, Ontario. Nowadays I fly out of Boundary Bay, BC.
I also enjoy exploring the outdoors and have hiked the West Coast Trail, to the base camp of Mount Everest, and to Machu Picchu.
I’m fortunate to serve as the President of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, B.C. and Yukon Division, an organization that encourages youth ages 14-24 from all walks of life to develop skills as leaders and contributors to our communities.
Karla Alvarado, legal assistant
Karla is your legal assistant and she’s here to help make the recovery process easier for you. Karla is always happy to speak with you and will keep you organized so you don’t have to worry.
Karla attended the Legal Administrative Assistant Program at Douglas College and completed her practicum with the Department of Justice. Karla will be working towards her paralegal certificate starting in the fall of 2018.
Feel free to call Karla at 604-359-0909
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Pankiw-Petty, case manager
Mark is your case manager. He is responsible for helping move your case along the path to recovery.
Mark spent 2 years working for a personal injury Barrister handling complex physical and psychological injury cases. He studied law at Monash Law School in Melbourne, Australia. Mark also completed his training and assessment for the National Mediator Accreditation Standards in Australia. Mark volunteered as a paralegal for the Fitzroy Legal Services assisting people who could not afford a lawyer. He completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University earning a Bachelor of Arts with Honours.
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