Listing of Research Lawyers

If you're looking for legal research that is more in-depth than the services offered by our library, you have a couple of options. 

1) You can call InfoAction, a service offered by Vancouver Public Library. InfoAction provides research on any subject, including law. View their services or request a quote

2) You can also hire a freelance research lawyer. To learn more about each lawyer's rates and research services, please contact them directly at the contact information below. 

Garth Barriere
#129 - 1027 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 4L2

Preferences: Appellate lawyer (Appellate Advocacy).  Experience at all levels of court, including Federal Court and Supreme Court of Canada. Also administrative law, constitutional law, criminal law.

Oloff Biermann
19828 54th Avenue, Langley, BC, V3A 3V9
604-533 4327 | Cell: 604-710 5269 | Fax: 604-510-0705

Preferences: Family law.

Dimitra Bizos, LL.B.
#308 – 304 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1E8
604-428-3350 | Cell: 604-715-0110 | Fax: 604-428-3310

Preference: Legal research services including legal opinions, memorandums of law, notice of claims and petitions, notice of applications, affidavits, legal arguments, submissions, publications and blogs.
Restrictions: No tax law.

George K. Bryce, M.H.A., LL.B.
2486 West 13th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6K 2S8
604-733-5027 | Fax:  604-733-5143

Preferences: Administrative law, professional regulation, privacy law, labour and employment law, occupational health and worker’s compensation, civil litigation and procedure, corporate and securities, societies and charities.  Will also do health and social policy research and analysis on any topic.
Restrictions: No family, tax or criminal law.

Ken Cavalier, Ph.D., LL.M., LL.B.
8751 Shepherd Way, Delta, BC, V4C 4J9

Preferences: Teaching, policy research and publication on Intellectual Property (Copyright, Trademark and Patent), Federal Court practice, Tax Law, Art, Entertainment, Sport and Cyberlaw.

John Chesko
1367 Cypress Street, Vancouver, BC, V6J 3L1
604-734-5646 | Fax: 604-731-2613

Preferences: All areas including civil litigation, administrative, labour and employment law. 

Beverly Froese
Froese Law Office
3156 Vaseux Lake Crescent, Okanagan Falls, BC, V0H 1R2
778-439-2295 |

Preferences: human rights law, constitutional law, administrative law, poverty law, criminal law.

Noemi Gal-Or, Ph.D., LL.B.
4084 West 31st Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6S 1Y6
604-222-2416 | Fax: 604-222-4788

Preferences: Research and drafting assistance to solicitors; research, drafting, litigation assistance in public and private international law (commercial, trade and investment law, international humanitarian law and law of armed conflict, international human rights law, conflict of law, law of international organisations including United Nations, international dispute settlement (arbitration, mediation), and preparation for negotiation); research and writing in government-related matters, incl. legislation and tribunal work. Research in English, French, German, Hebrew.

Marla B. Gilsig, Barrister and Solicitor
3819 West 30th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6S 1W9
604-222-2902 | Cell:  604-785-0867 | Fax: 604-222-2971

Preferences: Legal research services in all areas of law.  Writing services include legal opinions, memoranda, legal arguments for court and other hearings, publications and blogs.

Kathy L. Grant, M.Sc., LL.B., Barrister & Solicitor
214-1045 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6H 1C3

Preferences: Legal research and writing, appellate factums, leave to appeal applications, evidence summaries, submissions, memorandums of law, report writing, and other projects in criminal, civil and administrative law.

Charlotte Gregory
North Vancouver, BC

Preferences: Wills and estates, general litigation.
Restrictions: No criminal or immigration.

Eleanor Gregory
Gregory & Gregory
#1801 - 808 Nelson St., Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2H2
604-737-1980 | Fax: 604-737-2980

Preferences: General civil and commercial litigation, family, motor vehicle insurance, wills and estates, municipal law.
Restrictions: No criminal law.

Frederick Irvine
4447 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V6R 1S4
604-224-5125 | Fax: 604-224-5128

Preferences: All areas except criminal law.

Derek W. Jackson, LL.B.
1044 Oliver Street, Victoria, BC V8S 4W7
1-888-875-4785 | Fax: 1-250-598-8863 |

Over 20 years providing legal research and writing services to private law firms, in-house counsel, arbitrators and business owners.

Simon Lin
Vancouver, B.C.

Preferences: Writing, research and drafting in the areas of intellectual property law (including copyright, patent, trademark, and industrial designs), internet law, e-commerce law, consumer protection law, freedom of information and privacy, conflict of laws (private international law), enforcement of foreign or Canadian judgments, international arbitration, and general contract law.
Restrictions: No family law

Susan E. MacFarlane, Ph.D., LL.B.
Burnaby, B.C.

Preferences: Writing, research, and editing (including memos, factums and publications) in all areas of law.

Michael Ng
Ng Ariss Fong, Lawyers
210 - 900 Howe Street, Box 160, Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 2M4
604-331-1155 | Fax: 604-677-5410

Preferences: Research and drafting of submissions and factums; general litigation (civil and commercial) and administrative law.

Anita Olson

Preferences: Legal research and writing in the areas of labour, employment, human rights law, and civil litigation.

Katherine Owen
4494 Rumble Street, Burnaby, BC, V5J 2A3
604-438-8543 | Fax: 604-438-6643

Preferences: Constitutional, Crown and Administrative law.

Sarah Picciotto
ONPOINT Legal Research
178 - 2498 West 41st Ave., Vancouver, B.C., V6M 2A7
604-879-4280 | Fax:  604-648-8930

Preferences: OnPoint is a firm of research lawyers. We have been providing legal research and writing in all areas of law for other lawyers for over 14 years. We draft memoranda, pleadings and facta. All of our research lawyers graduated near the top of their law classes, spent a year as clerks to the Supreme Court or Court of Appeal, and have experience as litigators.

Jayne Rossworn
Kamloops, BC

Preferences: Freedom of Information and Privacy

Susan F. Smith
3456 Dunbar St., Vancouver, B.C., V6S 2C2

Preferences: General Civil Litigation, including insurance, construction, engineering, professional liability, government liability, constitutional law, products liability, shareholder disputes, class actions, personal injury, and aboriginal rights.

W. Ming Song
Songbird Law Corporation
902 - 1177 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2R8
778-230-7732 | Skype:  songbirdlaw

Preferences: Aboriginal, Administrative, forestry, mines & resources, oil & gas and Environmental.

Susan Stonier, Barrister & Solicitor
7868 Marchwood Place, Vancouver, BC, V5S 4A6

Preferences:  General Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Insurance, Aboriginal.

Erica Toews
103 – 814 Nicola Street, Vancouver, BC, V6G 2C3

Preferences: Wide range of legal research and writing services, including in-depth memos, last-minute case searches, law-related marketing materials and pleadings. Areas of law include civil procedure, commercial arbitration, constitutional, construction, contract, corporate/commercial, employment, environmental, lease arbitrations, local government, motor vehicle, occupiers liability, personal injury, property, real estate and tort. 

Brian Trainor
4033 West 32nd Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V6S 1Z5
604-730-9201 | Fax: 604-225-2283

Preferences: All areas except criminal law.

Maia Tsurumi, Ph.D., LL.B.
Vancouver, BC
Preferences: Legal research, analysis and writing, including appellate factums, leave applications, memoranda of law and submissions for administrative tribunals, motions and closing argument. Areas of experience include civil, administrative and criminal law.

This list is maintained by the Legal Research section of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC).  

These lawyers are members of the Law Society of British Columbia.  

This list is not exhaustive, nor is it vetted. Inclusion in the list is not an endorsement or recommendation by the CBA, CBABC or by Courthouse Libraries BC. Nor does it imply any affiliation or relationship with these organizations.

Note: a lawyer's preferred areas of law does NOT connote any specific level of experience in that area.

This list is provided by the Legal Research Section of the CBABC. If you would like to be added to this list, please contact the current Section Chair.  

Last Updated: September 14, 2015