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Practices in most areas of civil litigation with emphasis in commercial, insurance and professional liability and discipline disputes.


Lectures, Speeches and Publications:

  • Presenter, “Expert Opinion Evidence”, Law Society of Manitoba, 2015
  • Co-Author (with Karen Poetker), “How you can avoid common Errors and Omissions problems”, Manitoba Insurance Broker Magazine, December 2013
  • Presenter, “2013 Annual Joint Family Law Program” (Shareholder Oppression Remedy), Law Society of Manitoba, 2013
  • Presenter, “When the Family Business Fails” (Shareholder Oppression Remedy), Law Society of Manitoba, 2011
  • Chaired Panel, Remedies, Pitblado Lectures, 2011
  • Author, Paper on Landlord and Tenant Losses, Insurance Claims Managers Association, 2006
  • Author, Paper on Securities Litigation, MBA Mid-Winter, 2005


Representative Work:

  • Obtained a trial judgment in April, 2016 for $10.7 million for vendors of a successful insurance brokerage against the buyer of the brokerage.  The case involved issues of rectification and interpretation of two share purchase agreements. See Elias et al v. Western Financial Group Inc 2016 MBQB 75 (CanLII).
  • Acted for Government of Canada in Canadian Wheat Board Litigation, 2006 – 2010
  • Acted for successful Plaintiff in leading shareholders oppression case of Cholakis v. Cholakis, 2005 – 2010


Academic and Professional:

  • Listed in Lexpert 2018 directory as “Repeatedly Recommended” for Commercial Litigation
  • Listed in Benchmark 2017 Report as a Litigation Star and nominated for "Manitoba Litigator of the Year” 
  • Listed in Benchmark 2016 Report as “Manitoba Litigator of the Year” and awarded one of the five “Impact Cases of the Year” for Canada
  • Listed in Benchmark Canada 2015 Report as a Litigation Star for General Commercial, Insurance



  • Former Board Member and President, Tennis Manitoba
  • Soccer Coach


Memberships and Associations:

  • Law Society of Manitoba
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Blue Goose Insurance Association