Partners

Joseph J. Arvay, OC, QC*

Joseph J. Arvay, OC, QC holds law degrees from the University of Western Ontario Law School and Harvard Law School and is called to the Bars of both British Columbia and the Yukon. He has a very busy litigation practice with an emphasis on public law and in particular constitutional, aboriginal and administrative law matters. Mr. Arvay has been counsel on a number of landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Canada - a court he has appeared in dozens of times.

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Mark Underhill*

Mark G. Underhill is a 1995 graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, and was called to the Bar of the Law Society of British Columbia in 1996. His areas of interest focus on administrative, environmental, aboriginal and constitutional law, and he maintains a broad general civil litigation practice.

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Catherine Boies Parker, QC*

Catherine Boies Parker, QC graduated in 1994 from the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, where she received the Law Society Gold Medal and Prize. Her areas of practice include constitutional, administrative, privacy, environmental, aboriginal and labour and employment law, as well as general civil litigation.

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Robin Gage*

Robin Gage is a 2001 graduate of the Faculty of Law at UBC,  and was called to the Bar of the Law Society of British Columbia in 2003 after clerking for the Supreme Court of British Columbia.  She  has a broad commercial and civil litigation practice with a focus on public law including environmental, aboriginal, constitutional law, employment and administrative law. 

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Alison Latimer

Alison is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer whose practice includes civil, administrative, and criminal law. She is called to the bars of both British Columbia and Yukon. Alison’s general litigation practice includes representation of clients facing civil forfeiture, navigating complex administrative processes, and challenging laws and government action on constitutional grounds.

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Associates

Arden Beddoes

Arden has a broad civil litigation practice, with an emphasis on complex commercial and public law disputes, and appeals. He has appeared as lead counsel before all levels of court in British Columbia and Ontario. Arden has litigated a variety of commercial disputes and also acts in significant administrative and public law cases involving government liability and constitutional rights.

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Jessica Magonet

Jessica’s areas of interest include environmental, Aboriginal, constitutional, and administrative law. Prior to joining Arvay Finlay, she clerked for the Honourable Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis at the Supreme Court of Canada for two years. She also worked for the Public Interest Law Clinic. In 2016, Jessica was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25.

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Kate Phipps

Kate Phipps has a broad civil litigation practice with a focus on public law matters including aboriginal and constitutional law, administrative law, education, employment, labour, and human rights. Kate has also advised governments and regulators on policy development and regulatory compliance.

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Derek Ball

Derek Ball obtained his J.D. in 2017 from the University of Victoria. During his time at the University of Victoria, he worked as a researcher for the National Action Committee on Civil and Family Justice and volunteered as a housing
advocate.

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David Wu

David Wu has a broad civil litigation practice with a focus on public law litigation, including constitutional, administrative, and environmental law matters. He has a particular interest in socio-economic rights and Charter litigation, and has experience with complex litigation files.

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Sebastian Ennis

Sebastian Ennis is developing a broad general litigation practice with a focus on public law issues arising from civil, administrative, and criminal disputes. Before joining Arvay Finlay, he served as a judicial law clerk at both the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He obtained his J.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2017 and his B.A. (Hons.) from the University of King’s College in 2013.

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Students

Chya Mogerman

Chya is a graduate of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law class of 2019, and has joined Arvay Finlay LLP as an articled student in our Vancouver office. Her areas of interest include Aboriginal, environmental, and constitutional law, with a particular interest in transsystemic approaches to these areas.

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