Michelle Booker

Michelle Booker

Ministry of Attorney General | Vancouver, BC

Michelle Booker is Crown Counsel with Prosecution Services of B.C., Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions (CASP) in Vancouver, B.C.. Prior to her call to the bar in 2003, Michelle clerked for the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Following her call to the bar, Michelle practised as a commercial litigator with Fasken Martineau. In 2009, Michelle joined B.C. Prosecution Services where she spent 9 years prosecuting serious crime and appearing at all levels of court. Recently, Michelle joined the Prosecution Support Unit within CASP. She now provides resource and litigation support to prosecutors across the Province primarily in the area of firearms-related offences, Charter challenges, constitutional issues and sexual assault prosecutions. Michelle is a regular presenter at criminal law workshops, seminars and conferences. She is a faculty member with the National Criminal Law Program, Federation of Law Societies of Canada, and teaches as an adjunct instructor in Advanced Trial Advocacy at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law. She is a contributing editor of the Working Manual of Criminal Law.  Michelle is a past Chair of the Vancouver Criminal Justice Subsection (CBA). From 2015-2018, Michelle sat as an elected member of the Provincial Council (CBA).

Ian Donaldson, Q.C.

Ian Donaldson, Q.C.

Donaldson's | Vancouver, BC

Ian Donaldson is a graduate of the ICS University who was called to the B.C. Bar in 1985. He practices primarily criminal law and ancillary civil litigation. He became Queen's Counsel in 1998, and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

He sat as Bencher and is now a Life Bencher. He has served on many Law Society committees including Executive, Discipline (Chair), Complainants' Review (Vice-chair), Audit, Ethics, Special Compensation Fund, Regulatory Policy, Independence of the Bar and Judiciary, and chaired several Task Forces.

He has served the Canadian Bar Association in many capacities, including the Burns Committee on Reform of the Criminal Law; Resolutions Committee; Task Force on the Reform of the Criminal Code; Executive and former Chair, Vancouver Criminal Justice Section; BC representative on the National Executive; member, Provincial Council; Chair, Legislative Liaison and Law Reform Committee. He served as a Board member of the CBA Benevolent Society until statutorily disqualified.

He has been active in professional organizations and committees, including the Joint Justice Planning Committee; the Street Crime Working Group; Executive Committee, Trial Lawyers Association; BC representative, Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers; regular columnist, The Verdict; lecturer at CLE, PLTC, TLABC, and Crown Counsel seminars and law school; Trial Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers; Society for the Reform of Criminal Law.

He was vice president and BC representative on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the national coordinating body of Canada's 14 law societies. The Federation's council is its senior, decision-making committee.

The Honourable Morris J. Fish, C.C., Q.C.

The Honourable Morris J. Fish, C.C., Q.C.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP | Montreal, QC

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Richard Fowler, Q.C.

Richard Fowler, Q.C.

Fowler and Blok, Barristers | Vancouver, BC

Richard Fowler has practiced almost exclusively in the area of criminal defence, for 17 years conducting trials and appeals in B.C. and the Yukon.

Richard regularly represents clients in all levels of Court in British Columbia and in the Yukon Territory. He has extensive experience in both jury and non-jury trials of allegations such as murder, manslaughter, sexual offences, kidnapping, extortion, drug offences, fraud and serious driving offences. In addition, he assists clients with extradition proceedings.

He has successfully argued appeals in the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Court of Appeal for the Yukon Territory. has also appeared before the Review Board designated to assess the needs of individuals found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible because of mental disorder. He represents clients in courthouses across B.C. and the Yukon as well as in Youth Court.

Education & Training:

Mr. Fowler holds a B.Sc.(Hons) in Psychology from the University of Birmingham, England and earned his LL.B in 1994 from McGill University. He articled under David Gibbons, Q.C. After being called to the Bar in 1995 he continued to work with David. In 1997 David Gibbons Q.C., Richard Fowler and Matthew Nathanson formed the firm of Gibbons Fowler Nathanson. After David Gibbons Q.C. passed away in 2004, Richard continued the firm of Gibbons Fowler. In September 2011, he brought his experience and skill to the new firm of Fowler and Smith, Barristers.

The Honourable David Frankel

The Honourable David Frankel

Court of Appeal of British Columbia | Vancouver, BC

Mr. Justice S. David Frankel is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (B.Sc. (1970), LL.B. (1973)).  After articling with Guild, Yule and Company in Vancouver, he joined what was then known as the Criminal Prosecutions Section of the Department of Justice on November 1, 1974, where he remained for 32 years.  During that time he appeared before all levels of court.  Mr. Justice Frankel developed an appellate litigation practice, appearing regularly before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for British Columbia, and the Court of Appeal of Yukon.  He was appointed Queen's Counsel by the Attorney General of Canada in 1988, and was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2005.  He served as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Law School for 20 years, where he taught Advanced Criminal Procedure.  Mr. Justice Frankel was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia on March 2, 2007.  On May 10, 2007, he was translated to the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and the Court of Appeal of Yukon.

The Honourable Melissa Gillespie

The Honourable Melissa Gillespie

Provincial Court of British Columbia | Vancouver, BC

Chief Judge Gillespie was born and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. She received her law degree from the University of Toronto and was called to the BC Bar (licensed to practise law in BC) in 1991. Soon after that, she began her legal career as Crown Counsel working in New Westminster, Surrey and Burnaby. From 2000 until 2003, she served as Administrative Crown Counsel in Surrey. She then became Deputy Regional Crown Counsel, and in 2005 Regional Crown Counsel for the Fraser Region. Appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2009, Chief Judge Gillespie was sworn in as a Provincial Court judge in February 2012.

Following her appointment she presided in the Fraser Region. In addition to sitting assignments, Chief Judge Gillespie was active in delivering education programs to judges and judicial justices, as well as to the larger legal community. She also served as a member of the executive of the BC Provincial Court Judges Association for several years.

Chief Judge Gillespie was appointed an Associate Chief Judge for a two year term in April 2016 and re-appointed for a three year term in April 2018. A member of the Board of Directors of the Justice Education Society, she has participated in a Justice Education Society project to strengthen the criminal justice system in Guyana.

She was appointed Acting Chief Judge on May 7, 2018 and appointed Chief Judge on October 19, 2018.

Lorna Hemming

Lorna Hemming

Crown Counsel | Vancouver, BC

Lorna Hemming has been the Major Case Management Disclosure Crown for the BC Prosecution Service for the past 5 years, through Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions. She is also the Confidential Informer Resource Counsel for the Province and has a background in pre-trial applications in “mega-trials” involving informers, police agents , Vetrovec witnesses and witness protection.

Jennifer Horneland

Jennifer Horneland

Crown Counsel | Vancouver, BC

Jennifer Horneland is Crown Counsel with the BC Prosecution Service.   Jennifer obtained her LLB from University of Victoria in 2004 and then clerked at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. Following her call to the bar in 2006, Jennifer practiced at a large national law firm for two years before joining the BCPS in 2009.  From 2009 to 2017, Jennifer appeared at all levels of court and at the BC Review Board, and primarily prosecuted serious violent offences. From 2017 - 2018, Jennifer was a member of the intimate partner violence team.  Jennifer's current practice includes conducting criminal and regulatory appeals and detention and bail review hearings at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver. Jennifer has been the acting Administrative Crown Counsel at the Vancouver Regional office and the acting Articling Student Coordinator for Region 2 (Vancouver) of the BCPS. She is a regular presenter with the Justice Education Society and has been a guest instructor for the UBC Law Trial Advocacy Course. 

The Honourable Elizabeth Hughes

The Honourable Elizabeth Hughes

Court of Appeal of Alberta | Calgary, AB

Elizabeth Hughes was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in November, 2001 and Court of Appeal of Alberta in November, 2018.

Justice Hughes participates actively in her court, national judicial education and other national programs for judges. She was the co-chair of the Education Committee of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta at the time of her appointment to the Court of Appeal, and was the co-chair of the Criminal Practice Group of the Court for many years.

Justice Hughes participates yearly as a lecturer and faculty member in education programs of the National Judicial Institute and was a faculty member of the Federation of Law Societies - National Criminal Law Program from 1999-2010. She is also a member of the Canadian Judicial Council - Jury Instructions Committee.

She was the president of the Judges Counselling Program and the chair of the Judges Forum of the Canadian Bar Association.

Peter Juk, Q.C.

Peter Juk, Q.C.

Assistant Deputy Attorney General | Victoria, BC

Peter Juk QC is the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, in charge of the BC Prosecution Service. He first joined the Crown in 1992, after clerking at the British Columbia Court of Appeal and articling at a criminal defence firm. After two years with the Crown, Peter went into private practice, first at Arvay Finlay then at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, where he became a partner in 2000. Peter returned to the Crown in 2005, to conduct major crime prosecutions. In 2011 he was appointed the Regional Crown Counsel in charge of Vancouver Island. In 2013 he became the Director of Appeals and Special Prosecutions for the Province of BC, a position he held until his appointment as Assistant Deputy Attorney General in October 2016.

Peter was appointed Queen's Counsel in November, 2010.

Michael Klein, Q.C.

Michael Klein, Q.C.

Michael Klein Law Corporation | Vancouver, BC

Graduated UBC law, 1988, called to the bar of BC, 1989. Articled to Michael Bolton QC. Worked at Bolton and Muldoon until 2000 then started my own practice which continues today. I practice mainly criminal defence. 

Mark Levitz, Q.C.

Mark Levitz, Q.C.

Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions | Vancouver, BC

Crown Counsel, Criminal Appeals & Special Prosecutions (Vancouver)

Mark Levitz, Q.C. is a trial and appellate counsel with the Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions office in Vancouver. He has specialized in organized crime and wiretap law. He has practiced corporate commercial law in Asia, and civil litigation in Vancouver. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in February 2009.

The Honourable Jennifer Lopes

The Honourable Jennifer Lopes

Provincial Court of British Columbia | Surrey, BC

Jennifer was appointed to the Provincial Court of British Columbia in October 2018.  

Jennifer was trial counsel with the BC Prosecution Service before her appointment.  Her career as Crown Counsel started in 1999 and she worked in almost all aspects of criminal prosecutions including youth, arraignment, the Pickton prosecution, and administrative work as well as trials.  In addition to her work at the BCPS, Jennifer was the Vice-President of the British Columbia Crown Counsel Association and the Vice-President of the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel until her appointment.

Michelle Merry

Michelle Merry

Crown Counsel | Vancouver, BC

Michelle Merry clerked at the Federal Court of Canada before articling at Harper Grey LLP.  Shortly after being called to the Bar in 2007, she joined the Public Prosecution Service of Canada where she practiced until 2009.  She has worked as Crown Counsel with the BC Prosecution Service since 2009 where her practice includes appearing in Provincial and Supreme Court.   

Rebecca McConchie

Rebecca McConchie

Peck and Company | Vancouver, BC

Rebecca McConchie is a criminal defence lawyer at Peck and Company Barristers in Vancouver, B.C. She was called to the bar in 2012 and began her practice at a criminal defence firm in Toronto. She moved back to her hometown of Vancouver and joined Peck and Company in 2015. Rebecca represents clients charged with criminal and regulatory offences at both the trial and appellate level. She also acts as counsel in quasi-criminal cases, such as prison law matters and professional discipline cases. Rebecca has a particular interest in constitutional litigation and sentencing law and policy. Rebecca is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers' Association of British Columbia, and the Association of Legal Aid Lawyers.

Matthew Nathanson

Matthew Nathanson

MN Law | Vancouver, BC

Matthew Nathanson is a criminal defense lawyer practicing in downtown Vancouver.  He has argued cases at all levels of court in British Columbia and in the Supreme Court of Canada.  Much of his practice is now dedicated to complex criminal cases.

Gloria Ng

Gloria Ng

Gloria Ng Law | Vancouver, BC

Gloria Ng is a criminal defence sole practitioner. She was called to the bar in May 2009 after graduating from the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law. Gloria has represented clients facing a variety of criminal charges and has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia.

As part of her trial practice, Gloria regularly mounts constitutional challenges in areas such as: Search and Seizure, Unlawful Arrest and Detention, Right to Counsel and Right to Silence. Gloria also has extensive experience in challenging technological evidence such as cellular and computer data as well as cases dealing with Vetrovec witnesses.

Gloria is a member on the Board of Directors of the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society (CDAS), a member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, the Advocates Club, the Trial Lawyers' Association of British Columbia and the Association of Legal Aid Lawyers (ALL). Gloria also volunteers as a Principal with UBC's Criminal Clinic providing students with guidance and mentorship. 

David Ruse

David Ruse

Crown Counsel | Kelowna, BC

David Ruse has been a Crown Counsel with the British Columbia Attorney General since 1991. Initially in Region 2 (Vancouver) then as of 1996 Region 4 out of the Kelowna office where he continues to practice.

The Honourable Richard Saull

The Honourable Richard Saull

Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba | Winnipeg, MB

Justice Saull was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench (General Division) on February 10, 2010.  Before his appointment, Justice Saull had been a prosecutor with the Department of Justice (Manitoba) for some 31 years.  As Senior General Counsel, he was responsible for the prosecution of major jury trials and appeals in both the Manitoba Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.  

Justice Saull taught for 15 years at the University of Manitoba Law School in "Advanced Advocacy" and coached the University of Manitoba team at the MacIntyre cup and the Sopinka Cup.  He has lectured throughout his entire career for various law-related agencies and was active in many professional organizations prior to his appointment.  

Justice Saull was a member of the Sopinka Cup National Trial Advocacy Competition Organizing Committee for 10 years.  As well, he served for 13 years on the Faculty of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada National Criminal Law Program.  

The Honourable Michael Tammen

The Honourable Michael Tammen

Supreme Court of British Columbia | Vancouver, BC

Appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in June, 2017.

Prior to that, Justice Tammen practiced in British Columbia for 28 years, primarily in the field of criminal law, and also administrative law.  Known mainly as a criminal defence lawyer, he was also a full time prosecutor early in his career, and later, was occasionally retained as a Special Prosecutor.  Served on the executive of the Vancouver Criminal Justice Subsection of the CBA, BC branch from 1994 to 1997.

The Honourable Janet Winteringham

The Honourable Janet Winteringham

Supreme Court of British Columbia | Vancouver, BC

Janet practiced criminal and constitutional law at a boutique litigation firm in Gastown before her appointment to the B.C. Supreme Court in 2017.

Before her appointment, Janet was an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia for Trial Advocacy and instructor for Advanced Advocacy. She has been a frequent lecturer at law conferences including the CLE Winning Advocacy Skills Workshops, the CBA National Criminal Law Conference and B.C. Civil Liberties Association Conference on Constitutional Issues in Criminal Law. 

In 2012 and 2013, Janet travelled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to assist with training of judges, prosecutors, police and public defenders as part of a program developed by the Justice Education Society.

In 2014, she was appointed a fellow of the International Society of Barristers.  

Kevin Westell

Kevin Westell

Pender Litigation | Vancouver, BC

Kevin Westell is a founding partner at Pender Litigation. In addition to his criminal and regulatory defence work, he is often retained to act as Crown Counsel, counsel for witnesses in criminal proceedings and as amicus curiae.  He has represented clients across Canada and at all levels of court in British Columbia. 

He regularly represents lawyers and police officers subject to professional disciplinary proceedings, individuals subject to proceedings before the BC Securities Commission and patients subject to proceedings before the British Columbia Review Board.

Mr. Westell teaches trial advocacy skills to law students and junior lawyers at programs that include the Allan McEachern Course in Trial Advocacy, the CLEBC Winning Advocacy Skills Workshop, and the Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop. He has also presented at many continuing legal education conferences including the CBA National Criminal Law Conference, as well as various programs put on by the Law Society of British Columbia, the Advocate’s Society and the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. 

He currently serves as a Member at Large of the CBA National Criminal Justice Section, the Advocates’ Society’s Criminal Law Working Group, and the Advocates’ Society’s British Columbia Advisory Committee.  He is Chair of the TLABC Criminal Law Committee and a former Chair of both the Advocate’s Club and the CBA Vancouver Criminal Justice Subsection.