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December 11, 2009

Ministry of Attorney General





VICTORIA – Attorney General Michael de Jong, QC, today announced 24 British Columbia lawyers have been appointed Queen’s counsel.


The Queen’s counsel designation is an honour conferred on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and contribution. Successful candidates demonstrate professional integrity and good character and must be members of the British Columbia bar for at least five years.


Each September, the attorney general calls for Queen’s counsel nominations from the public. The 2009 deadline for submissions was Oct. 30. All applications were reviewed by an advisory committee, which recommended deserving candidates to the attorney general. The appointments were made by Cabinet.


The advisory committee includes the chief justice of British Columbia, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the acting chief judge of the Provincial Court, the president of the Law Society of British Columbia, a Law Society member appointed by the benchers (directors) and the acting deputy attorney general. The committee also seeks the views of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch). 


A list of Queen’s counsel appointees is in the attached backgrounder.






Media contact:


Dave Townsend

Senior Public Affairs Officer

Ministry of Attorney General

250 387-4962

250 889-5945 (cell)




December 11, 2009                                                                              Ministry of Attorney General




John Gary Fitzpatrick of Vancouver is one of British Columbia’s pioneers in the use of mediation to resolve civil cases. He has conducted many lengthy mediations involving multiple parties and as many as 35 counsel. Since 1988, he has coached and acted as an instructor on numerous training courses for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.


Keith Robert Hamilton of Vancouver is policy counsel and principal report writer on the two Braidwood commissions of inquiry into the use of Tasers. He has served on eight other independent commissions, examining prosecutorial discretion, policing, child protection and organized crime. Hamilton has written three Canadian legal reference books, on impaired driving, judicial interim release and self-governing professions.


Lyle Gordon Harris has represented plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and insurance law cases in Vancouver for 33 years. His text, Discovery Practice in British Columbia, published in 1999, is a widely used reference for litigators in B.C. He has served as both chair and speaker for courses on civil practice for the Continuing Education Society of British Columbia and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia.


Mark MacKay Skorah, a partner with Guild Yule LLP in Vancouver, he has practised civil litigation for more than 30 years. His practice includes professional malpractice defence, personal injury, product liability, professional liability and insurance defence work. He has extensive experience in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, both as counsel and as a mediator. He has served for many years as the Law Society of British Columbia representative on the Vancouver Foundation Medical Services Committee.


John David Cliffe is general counsel with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Vancouver, prosecuting primarily environmental and regulatory offences. He is a member of the northern flying squad, a cadre of federal prosecutors who travel to Canada’s north to conduct Criminal Code prosecutions. In 2008, he received a public service award in recognition of his mentoring of young lawyers.


Giuseppe (Joe) Battista is a partner with Murphy, Battista in Vancouver. A Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia member, he has served in various capacities with the association. Battista assists young lawyers and community groups in personal injury and mental health cases.


Christopher David Rokeby Maddock of Abbotsford has been a leader in the Fraser Valley legal community for more than 20 years. He has extensive experience in the areas of poverty law and access to justice. Maddock has served as managing lawyer for Abbotsford Community Services’ legal aid office.


Allan Arnold Parker of Richmond is executive director of the Western Canada Society to Access Justice. The author of numerous articles and legal texts, Parker has served on the Richmond task force on crime prevention and community safety.


David Michael Rosenberg of Vancouver has practiced for the last 20 years at Rosenberg & Rosenberg. Since 1992, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia. He is a volunteer director for a number of non-profit organizations.


Wendy Lynne Rubin of Vancouver is one of the longest serving members of the criminal appeals office in the Ministry of Attorney General’s criminal justice branch. She has represented the Crown on several high profile cases in Supreme Court of Canada. 


Finn Jensen of Hope has been a partner at Kennedy Jensen since 1983. He conducts criminal and regulatory litigation at all levels of British Columbia’s courts, including ad hoc prosecutions for the provincial Crown. Jensen is a former school board trustee and past president of the Hope Rotary Club.


Thomas Richard Manson of Vancouver has been practicing law since 1981, primarily in litigation and regulatory proceedings. He has been responsible for enforcement of regulatory requirements of the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange. Manson has served as president of the Lymphoma Foundation of Canada and the British Columbia Space Sciences Society.


Jan Louise Lindsay of Langley is a partner at Lindsay Kenney and practices in the area of insurance litigation, with an emphasis on personal injury defence. Lindsay is former president of the Fraser Valley Bar Association.


Theresa Marie Arsenault of Kelowna has been a partner at Pushor Mitchell LLP since 1986, where her practice focuses on business and estate law. Arsenault is the past governor and vice-chair of the Okanagan University College board. She has served in vice- president positions for the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.


Eugene Raponi of Victoria has been practicing law since 1982, primarily in civil litigation, with a focus on family law and mediation. Raponi has been a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria and is on the board of directors of the Greater Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre.


William Thyne Morley of Vancouver practices personal injury and medical negligence law. Morley is the former director of the B.C. Paraplegic Foundation. He has participated as an athlete and board member of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association – B.C.


Anne Elizabeth Giardini of Vancouver is a lawyer, author and corporate executive. Giardini is president of Weyerhaeuser (Canada). In addition to writing on numerous legal subjects, she is also an accomplished fiction writer and was a columnist for the National Post. Giardini has been featured in articles in BCBusiness magazine and the Globe and Mail.


Gregory Gordon Blue of Vancouver is a senior staff lawyer at the British Columbia Law Institute. His expertise includes privacy law, maritime law, civil litigation and international trade law. Blue has been a mentor to numerous law students and has taught at the University of Saskatchewan, University of British Columbia and the Continuing Legal Education of British Columbia.


Richard John Martin Fyfe of Victoria is assistant deputy attorney general for the legal services branch of the Ministry of Attorney General. While representing the provincial Ministry of Transportation, Fyfe was a solicitor on some of the largest infrastructure projects in B.C.


Miriam Adrienne Maisonville of Vancouver is counsel with the commercial crime section in the Ministry of Attorney General criminal justice branch. She is the former president of the Canadian Bar Association (B.C. branch). From 2003 to 2008, Maisonville was the governor of the Developmental Disabilities Association.


Melissa Ann Gillespie of Surrey is a regional Crown counsel for Fraser region, only the second woman to hold this position. Gillespie is responsible for Crown counsel and the effective conduct and management of all criminal prosecutions in the region. She is active in the Surrey Delta Immigrant Services Society.


William Franklin Melvin Jackson of Dawson Creek is an administrative Crown counsel and treasurer of Pro Bono Law of BC. He had the unique opportunity to be a member of the B.C. citizens’ assembly on electoral reform in 2004. Jackson has been an instructor at Northern Lights Community College.


Wendy Anne Baker of Vancouver is a partner with Miller Thomson LLP and practices general commercial litigation. Baker has held numerous positions with the West Coast Environmental Law Association. She has been a leader in the development of continuing legal education at both the local and national levels.


Carmen Simone Thériault of Vancouver is a partner with Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, where she leads the trust and estates group. She has been acting chair of the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation board and director of the West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation.







Dave Townsend

Senior Public Affairs Officer

Ministry of Attorney General

250 387-4962

250 889-5945 (cell)



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