Garth is an experienced litigator. He is goal-oriented and confident in helping to resolve even the most acrimonious disputes.
Clients appreciate Garth’s straightforward communication style; ensuring issues are clearly identified, options outlined and potential ramifications acknowledged. Garth is also a pragmatist: he understands financial matters drive many disputes, and he seeks to help clients to protect their long-term interests.
A benefit of so many years of practice is a diversity of skills in resolving disputes. Garth is equally effective whether arguing in the Supreme Court/Court of Appeal or in a collaborative, solution-oriented setting.
Whether a dispute relates to family or business, Garth helps clients to identify the best possible desired outcome, and pursues that goal through a variety of legal mechanisms. More than simply helping clients resolve disputes, Garth helps them to reach settlements that provide a solid foundation for the future. He encourages clients to look forward, not backward, and find solutions that preserve families, businesses and assets. Our clients’ matters sometimes include difficult partners, financial disputes and complex emotional issues. Our frequent success with what’s described as “unresolvable” situations is acknowledged by our peers who frequently refer their clients to us.
Should a client wish to pursue a less litigious route, Garth is a strong proponent of collaborative law and mediation as smart, money-conserving approaches that do not destroy relationships or businesses, or escalate conflict (please visit http://nocourtdivorcebc.com/ for more information).
In the family law environment, he believes that collaborative law is well suited to settling complex and highly conflictual divorces because it offers additional resources for the family and also more creative options than are available through the court. His collaborative practice is equally effective in resolving estate and business disputes.
Professional Associations / Accreditations
- Member, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch
- Member, Law Society of British Columbia
- Member, Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.
- Member, Collaborative Divorce B.C.
- Listed in the B.C. Parenting Coordinator Roster
- B.C. Collaborative Roster Society
Education / Accreditation
- Bachelor of Music, University of British Columbia, 1975
- Master of Education, University of British Columbia, 1982
- Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1983
- Admitted to the British Columbia Bar, 1984
- Accredited mediator, family law arbitrator, parenting coordinator by the Law Society of British Columbia
Interests / Community Engagement
Garth is a patron of the arts and is a member of the men’s choir, Chor Leoni. Garth is a founding director and past president of the Richmond Concert Association and chair of the Richmond Gateway Theatre Endowment Fund. He is a member of and past president of the Richmond Sunrise Rotary Club and past assistant district governor for Rotary International.