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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 complexcases. 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 led 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
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 important 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.