Cox Taylor - Our Lawyers

C. Edward (Ted) Hanman

C. Edward (Ted) Hanman LL.B.

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Ted was admitted to the British Columbia bar in 1976 and specializes in commercial leasing arbitration, expropriation, employment law, shareholder disputes and general civil litigation. Ted has provided advice to the Province on resource management, parkland acquisitions and advised British Columbia Transit, South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority, and Canada Line on property acquisitions, expropriations, business disturbance, damage claims, station development, land management issues and conducted all relevant litigation and arbitration processes.

Ted is a member of the International Right of Way Association, the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association. Ted previously served as Past President of the British Columbia Expropriation Association.

Education:
  • LL.B., University of Victoria and University of British Columbia (1975)
S. Frank B. Carson, Q.C.

S. Frank B. Carson, Q.C. B.Comm., LL.B.

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Frank Carson, Q.C. was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1978.

Frank maintains a busy solicitor’s practice in the areas of: real estate, commercial and corporate law, including representing several crown corporations and agencies.

Frank Carson, Q.C. is actively involved with his community. His service has included 12 years as a council member of Oak Bay Municipal Council, a director of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, a member of the Victoria Police Board, a Trustee of the Queen Alexander Centre and Foundation, a member of the Greater Victoria Library Board and a member of the Greater Victoria Labour Relations Association.

Education:
  • B.Comm., University of British Columbia (1976)
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia (1977)
L. John Alexander

L. John Alexander B.Sc. (Hons.), LL.B.

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John has been practicing at Cox Taylor since his call to the Bar in 1983.

With dozens of appearances in the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and over 25 reported decisions in the last 10 years, John Alexander has a wealth of expertise and experience in appellate practice.

John’s primary practice area is in land use law, local government (municipal) litigation, survey, expropriation, and solutions to complex land title problems. He has appeared at all levels of the courts in Canada, and in front of many tribunals. John has also acted as an arbitrator and is experienced in mediation and arbitration work.

Clients include landowners, developers, public interest groups, government agencies, societies, and not-for-profit organizations, and on the odd occasion, municipal government from across the province. Much of John’s work is referrals from other law firms looking to access his specialized expertise in dealing with local government.

John welcomes consultations from clients, and consultations or referrals from other lawyers on appeals or potential appeals, or to provide specialized advice on land use and development issues.

John is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, the Victoria Bar Association, The Canadian Homebuilders Association, the Urban Development Institute, and a life member of the Victoria City Rowing Club.

John has been an active volunteer for amateur sport in B.C., serving on numerous sport and community boards and committees including serving as Chair of the Board of Sport B.C. John is the past President of the Victoria City Rowing Club.

Education:
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), Marine Biology, University of Victoria (1977)
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia (1982)

“People say: “You can’t fight City Hall”. In my experience, it’s usually not a fight my clients should be looking for. What you can often do is find a solution at City Hall. It can however be challenging, with 162 municipalities in B.C., each with their own issues, problems and personalities. Sometimes you do have to eliminate a barrier by resort to the courts, but the object must still be to achieve that solution.”
Bill Murphy-Dyson

Bill Murphy-Dyson B.A., LL.B.

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Bill Murphy-Dyson was called to the Bar in 1984 after serving as Law Clerk to Mr. Justice McIntyre of the Supreme Court of Canada. Bill is best known for his advocacy skills, predominantly in Family Law, Estate Litigation, and Personal Injury cases. Bill is also a skilled Mediator and a member of the Civil and Family Rosters of Mediate B.C. He is also a member of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of B.C., the American Association of Justice, the International Courts of Justice, as well as the Canadian Bar Association and Victoria Bar Association.

Under the new Family Law Act of British Columbia, Bill is now Qualified as a Family Law Arbitrator.

Bill is an active member of the local community, as Chair of the Oak Bay Tea Party Society, past Board Member of the Belfry Theatre Society and past member of the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of Greater Victoria.

Education:
  • B.A., Psychology, University of British Columbia (1976)
  • LL.B., University of Victoria (1982)
Kathleen M. Birney

Kathleen M. Birney B.A., LL.B.

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Kathleen was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1994 and is a senior trial lawyer at Cox Taylor. She mainly advises clients on land use and development issues, related environmental and regulatory concerns, and insurance issues. Kathleen has appeared in all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, in a wide variety of matters including federal prosecutions, personal injury, family and insurance law.

Kathleen encourages and supports life-long learning and participation in running and hiking for fitness and health. Active in her community, she serves on the Board of Governors of Royal Roads University, which sets broad administrative and academic policy. Kathleen is a past Vice-President of the Vancouver Island Spine Trail Association, a not-for-profit society building a wilderness trail 700 kms. long, which will span the length of Vancouver Island. She is a member and frequent volunteer of the Prairie Inn Harriers, the largest running club in Canada, and serves as Race Director of the Harriers Pioneer 8K road race, an annual event which attracts more than 700 runners and which raises money for charitable purposes.

Education:
  • B.A., Criminology, Simon Fraser University (1982)
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia (1992)
Rajiv K. Gandhi

Rajiv K. Gandhi B.Sc., LL.B.

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Rajiv was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1998 and represents clients throughout British Columbia and beyond, with a focus on corporate, commercial and residential financing (including foreclosures), wealth planning, high technology transactions and land development, including the determination of ownership rights and the acquisition of easements and rights of way. Rajiv also advises a number of institutional, commercial and academic organizations in the areas of intellectual property (including copyright and trademark registration and enforcement, technology acquisitions, cooperation agreements and technology transfers), employment law, restructuring, governance, financing and cross border transactions.

Education:
  • B.Sc., University of Dalhousie (1993)
  • LL.B., University of Victoria (1997)
Lindsay R. LeBlanc

Lindsay R. LeBlanc
B.Comm. (Hons.), LL.B.

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Lindsay has been with Cox, Taylor since 2005 and a partner with the firm since 2010. Lindsay represents clients on property and land issues, land development, lease issues, municipal litigation, corporate structuring and restructuring, wills and estates and foreclosure matters. She has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia.

Clients include private and public companies, land owners, developers, societies, not-for-profit organizations, banks and credit unions.

Lindsay is appointed to the University of Victoria Board of Governors and has served as director to other boards in British Columbia, including the Canadian Bar Association Aboriginal Law Student Scholarship Trust Committee and the Vancouver Island Sexual Health Association. Professionally, Lindsay is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, Canadian Bar Association and Victoria Bar Association.

Education:
  • B.Comm. (Hons.), University of Northern British Columbia (2002)
  • LL.B., University of Victoria (2005)
Nathan C. Lampard

Nathan C. Lampard
B.A. (Hons.), J.D.

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Nate is a U.S.-trained lawyer who was first called to the bar in 2000. Prior to being called to the British Columbia bar in 2009, Nate practiced real estate, business, and construction law at leading law firms in Hawaii and Connecticut and held underwriting and legal positions in the insurance industry in New Jersey.

Nate advises and represents individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and institutional clients in the areas of corporate, commercial, and real estate law, with an emphasis on: the formation and governance of corporations, partnerships, and joint ventures; corporate finance and securities regulation for non-reporting issuers; corporate reorganizations and amalgamations; the settlement and administration of family trusts and alter ego trusts; the buying and selling of businesses; commercial real estate transactions; and commercial loan transactions.

Born in California, Nate was raised both here in Victoria and in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from St. Michaels University School, Nate received his Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Queen’s University and his Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the University of Hawaii. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a surety bond underwriter in New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Nate currently serves as the Registrar of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia and as a Director of The Royal & McPherson Theatres Society.

Education:
  • B.A. (Hons.), Queen’s University (1994)
  • J.D., University of Hawaii (2000)
Aurora L. Faulkner-Killam

Aurora L. Faulkner-Killam
B.M., LL.B.

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Aurora is a partner at Cox, Taylor. She was called to the bar of British Columbia in June of 2010.

Aurora has expertise in builders’ liens and construction claims, commercial leasing, contaminated sites, foreclosure, land use and boundary disputes, including both acquisition and removal of easements, covenants and rights of way, and municipal law.

Aurora’s clients include individuals, companies, administrative decision makers, crown corporations, and not-for-profit societies. She advises clients on general matters including debt collection, labour and employment, freedom of information and protection of privacy, fiduciary obligations, natural justice in administrative decision-making and corporate governance.

Aurora has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia. She represents clients in commercial arbitrations and administrative proceedings including the Employment Standards Tribunal, Environmental Appeal Board, Human Rights Tribunal, Labour Relations Board and the Property Assessment Appeal Board.

Aurora is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, Canadian Bar Association and Victoria Bar Association. Aurora has served as secretary and treasurer of the CBA Young Lawyers Victoria for four years. Aurora has worked as a performer and music teacher in Vancouver, running her own music school. She is a member of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) and continues to support the arts.

Education:
  • B. Mus., University of Victoria (2002)
  • LL.B., Dalhousie University (2009)
Aurora L. Faulkner-Killam

Jeremy M. Walden
B.Comm, J.D.

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Jeremy practices in the area of business law, including corporate, commercial and real estate law. Jeremy was formerly in-house legal counsel to the Land Title and Survey Authority and has significant experience in real estate and land title matters, as well as with assisting organizations and businesses with employment law, privacy law and commercial leasing. Jeremy also assists personal clients with estate planning.

Prior to his legal career, Jeremy spent several years with the Government of British Columbia, serving as a senior advisor to several provincial Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister of Health and the Minister of Agriculture and Lands.

Jeremy graduated from the University of Victoria Faculty of Business, now the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, in 2003 and holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Calgary. He also attended the University of British Columbia Peter A. Allard School of Law as a Dean’s letter of permission of student.

Outside of the practice of law, Jeremy serves as a provincial government appointed member of the Board of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, the regulatory body for pharmacy in British Columbia.

Education:
  • B.Comm., University of Victoria (2003)
  • J.D., University of Calgary (2011)
Jenna-Lee Hodgson

Jenna-Lee Hodgson B.S.A., J.D.

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Jenna joined Cox, Taylor in 2014. Jenna is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Provincial Court Judges’ Proficiency Award awarded during her articling year. Jenna attended law school at the University of Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan.

Jenna’s practice is primarily focused on solicitor’s work including real estate, wills and estates, and general business law.

She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Society of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Bar Association. Jenna is a past member of the Canadian National Women’s Rugby Team and has volunteered with many charitable organizations and groups including 4-H.

Education:
  • B.S.A., University of Saskatchewan (2008)
  • J.D., University of Alberta (2012)
Isabel J. Gowda

Isabel J. Gowda B.A.H., J.D.

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Isabel was called to the bar of British Columbia in May of 2014 after completing her articles with Cox Taylor. Isabel attended law school at Dalhousie University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Linguistics from Queen’s University.

Isabel practices in civil litigation, employment law, land issues, foreclosure matters, creditor debtor and bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Her bankruptcy and insolvency works includes: personal bankruptcies, tax debtors, student loan debtors and family and bankruptcy matters. She has appeared in provincial and supreme court and assisted in a three week civil trial during her articles.

Isabel is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association.

Education:
  • B.A.H., Queen’s University (2008)
  • J.D. and Health Law and Policy Specialization, Schulich School of Law - Dalhousie University (2013)
Emily H. S. Skey

Emily H. S. Skey B.Comm. (Hons.), J.D.

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Emily joined Cox Taylor as a summer student in 2012. In 2015, she finished her articles and was called to the bar of British Columbia. Emily holds her law degree from the University of Victoria, where she was awarded the McCarthy Tetrault Scholarship for outstanding performance in advocacy.

Prior to law school, Emily attended Queen’s University School of Business, where she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree. In her fourth year, Emily successfully managed a business with over 100 staff and an annual operating budget of $1 million.

Emily’s practice focuses primarily on civil litigation. Emily has worked to resolve disputes regarding strata bylaws, employer classification with WorkSafe BC, home insurance claims, enforcement proceedings, public request for proposals, collapsed real estate contracts, construction contracts and land use bylaws.

Emily will continue to use her practical experience to provide pragmatic and efficient legal services to the Vancouver Island community. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association and the Victoria Bar Association.

Education:
  • B.Comm. (Hons.), Queen’s University (2010)
  • J.D., University of Victoria (2014)
Murray J. Holmes

Murray J. Holmes B.A., LL.B.


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Murray was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1966. Murray has retired from the practice of law and extends his thanks to each of his clients for their patronage over the years. He has enjoyed working with all of them, and sends his best wishes.

Education:
  • B.A., University of Victoria (1962)
  • LL.B., University of British Columbia (1966)