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Howard Mickelson

Howard Mickelson

Howard Mickelson, QC enjoys a reputation as one of B.C.’s top lawyers. Over the last thirty years, he has been involved in some of the Province’s most complex cases. His keen tactical strength lies in his ability to think many steps ahead, thus making him a formidable advocate. He emphasizes a client-oriented approach and believes that each dollar a client invests in litigation should deliver dividends.

Howard taught civil litigation at the University of British Columbia for several years. He is a sought-after speaker and contributor to Continuing Legal Education, particularly in the area of advanced litigation practice. In addition to excelling at his ‘day job’, Howard has lead his band “Still Living at Home” to six victories in the annual Battle of the Bar Bands charity event in Vancouver. Howard enjoys all water sports including swimming, water skiing and surfing.

 
  • '82
  • '85
  • '86
  • '08
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Business and Contract Litigation
  • Counsel for a union that obtained judgment in fraud against its former treasurer for stealing $1.69 million:  International Longshore & Warehouse Union, Local 502 v. Ford, 2014 BCSC 65.
  • Lead counsel in a 9-week international arbitration involving a claim by a major Mexican recreational product distributor against an international manufacturer of recreational products.
  • Lead counsel in numerous business, contract and partnership litigation: (Brax Capital Group. LLC v. 0787223 B.C. Ltd.); (Brown v. 0821969); Catona v. Elkerton, 2010 BCSC 83.
  • Co-counsel in a lengthy fraud and civil conspiracy case including obtaining one of the first worldwide Mareva injunctions (pre-judgment asset seizure) in Canada: Mooney v. Orr, 1995 BCSC.
Public Liability and Professional Negligence Litigation
  • Counsel to an international Chartered Accountancy firm, defending professional negligence claims involving issues of tax and bankruptcy practice, preparation of financial projections, assurance engagements and the provision of business advice.
  • Obtained importing ruling on waiver of privilege in accountant’s negligence case:  Soprema Inc. v. Wolrige Mahon LLP, 2016 BCSC 813.
  • Successfully obtained early dismissals of claims brought against significant institutional clients including the British Columbia Securities Commission: Peden v. Lamb, 2012 BCSC; BC Securities Commission v. Kelly, 2011 BCSC 544; Wong v. BC Securities Commission, 2011 BCSC 149.
  • Obtained a significant judgment in a negligence action against the Corrections Branch: D.H. Guardian ad Litem v. British Columbia, 2008 BCCA 222; D.H., J.H. & E.H. v. Kline et al, 2006 BCSC 1903.
  • Successfully defended the Province of British Columbia in a multi-million dollar property and business loss claim arising out of a catastrophic train derailment: CNR v. HMTQ, 2003 BCSC 1558.
Corporate Disputes and Society Governance Litigation
Defamation Litigation
Major Public Interest and Constitutional Law
Major Personal Injury Litigation
  • Co-counsel on a precedent setting medical negligence decision from the BC Court of Appeal involving the right of a 16-year old to give or withhold consent for surgical procedures and establishing the right of a patient to be given informed advice of surgical alternatives: Van Mol v. Ashmore, 1999 BCCA 0006.
  • Represents plaintiffs, including infant plaintiffs in medical malpractice and major motor vehicle litigation.