Gordon Benn is a senior associate with the firm. He received his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1975 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1976. His main area of practice is commercial law, including real estate and corporate matters. As well, Mr. Benn handles numerous wills and estates files. He acts regularly for banks and developers and has a large number of extra-provincial corporate clients.
Mr. Benn is a native of Sidney and remains active in the community. His involvement includes:
Victoria Babe Ruth Baseball – President – 1985 & 1986
Victoria Business Improvement Association – Director – 1990
Royal Oak Rotary Club – President – 1996
Victoria Symphony Society – President – 2003 to 2007
Sidney Rotary Club – President – two terms
Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation – President – currently sitting for four terms
Victoria Bar Association – Director – 2012 to 2014
Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce – Director – 2016
Sidney Classical Orchestra – Director – 2015 to 2016
Prior to entering the legal profession in 2005, David earned degrees in Nursing and Biochemistry. His years working within the health care system have given him a powerful edge helping injured clients resolve their claims as quickly and efficiently as possible. His legal career began at a prominent national law firm in Alberta where he completed his articles. Before relocating to Victoria with his wife, Dr. Jennifer Rajala, David spent seven years working for one of British Columbia’s largest provincial firms as a civil litigator.
As a litigator, David has appeared before all levels of court in both British Columbia and Alberta on a variety of matters. His practice now focuses on personal injury litigation. As an avid triathlete, when not working, he can be found running the trails at Elk Lake or cycling the Peninsula.
Sharon Cartmill-Lane provides advice on all aspects of labour and employment law, primarily on behalf of employers, in matters pertaining to human rights, wrongful dismissal litigation, labour arbitrations, illness and disability issues in the workplace, corporate reorganizations, employment standards issues, the development and implementation of employment policies and training on respectful and healthy workplaces. She also regularly conducts and advises on workplace investigations regarding various matters for both public and private sector organizations.
Representing clients in both private and public sectors, Sharon has appeared before the Superior Courts of British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba, as well as before administrative tribunals, including provincial and federal Human Rights Tribunals, labour arbitrators and the Labour Relations Boards of British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba. She regularly speaks on labour and employment matters and has been a guest speaker at numerous events. Sharon was previously a partner of Taylor McCaffrey LLP in Manitoba. She was also a member of a national law firm before joining Taylor McCaffrey. She holds a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Winnipeg, and an M.A. and LLB. from the University of Manitoba. She has been called to the Bar in B.C., Alberta and Manitoba.
Max has been practicing injury law since 1996. He has resolved hundreds of claims from road accidents, slip and trip accidents, aircraft crashes and other traumatic events. He routinely acts for people with serious and permanent injuries. Most of his cases are against institutional defendants, including ICBC and other insurance companies. He spent six years providing legal services to ICBC. That gave him an insider’s knowledge of how insurance companies defend claims. During that time he also acted as an arbitrator, ruling on liability assessments by ICBC adjusters.
Max’s legal assistant Heather administers his practice with efficiency and professionalism. They have been working together since 2005. Before turning to law, Max spent six years as an engineering technologist. He planned oil exploration and drilling projects throughout western Canada. He practiced law in Prince George for six years before moving to Victoria in 2002.
LL.B. - University of Western Ontario, 1995
Post Graduate Diploma (Honours) in Energy Management Technology - Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, 1987.
Diploma in Oil and Gas Technology - British Columbia Institute of Technology, 1984
Member, and Former Governor (3 terms) and Executive member (2 terms) - Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
Former President of the Cariboo Bar Association
Former Treasurer of the Prince George Bar Association
Member of the Law Society of British Columbia
Member of the Canadian Bar Association
Member of the Victoria Bar Association
Member of Phi Delta Phi, the international legal fraternity
Malcolm J. McKinnon Award (UWO, 1993) for supporting and assisting fellow law students.
President’s Regional Entrance Scholarship (UVic, 1992).
Alberta Certificate of Merit (SAIT, 1987) for finishing first in his class.
Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition – Life member
Foster Parents Plan of Canada and Chalice Canada – Continuous sponsorship for more than 35 years
Canadian Blood Services – Regular blood donor with over 140 donations to date
Member of Mensa Canada Society
Strata Council – Multiple terms as President
CRD Parks – Former Park Warden for three years
Scott Farquhar is a partner with the firm. He grew up in Victoria and received his law degree from the University of Alberta in 1996. Scott was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1997.
Scott’s practice is focussed on estates and wills, estate planning, personal injury law and real estate transactions. He also handles matters relating to incapacity/committeeship and employment/labour law. Scott has conducted numerous trials in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and Provincial Court of British Columbia.
Scott is a past chair of the board of the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. He is also a past president of the Victoria Bar Association. Scott is also a past secretary on the board of the Lower Island Soccer Association. As well, he is a past president of the Oak Bay Tennis Club. He was previously a committee member for the B.C. Children’s Hospital Miracle Open Golf Tournament.
In his spare time Scott has enjoyed coaching his children’s baseball and soccer teams. During his time at the University of Alberta, he played on the varsity tennis team. Scott continues to be an avid tennis player and he also enjoys golf and skiing. As well, he is a big fan of the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Blue Jays.
Scott is committed to helping his clients achieve the best possible outcome in an efficient, cost-effective manner.
Simon is an incisive advocate and trial lawyer with an unwavering commitment to his clients.
Born and raised in London, Ontario, Simon is a graduate of the University of Victoria (B.A. Hons., 2006), and Queen’s University (J.D., 2010).
His law career began in Toronto in 2010, where he trained under a strong and accomplished group of lawyers at Rogers Partners LLP until May 2016. He had much success, including as lead defence counsel at trial.
In June 2016, Simon returned with his family to Victoria and quickly got to work at Shields Harney. Simon’s practice has expanded to include commercial, administrative, employment, property and tort law.
Simon’s experience includes tribunal, application, trial and appellate work, a secondment as in-house counsel at a major international retailer and numerous out of court resolutions.
Azalea Jin* practices business and regulatory law in Victoria and the Comox Valley. Her clients include private corporations, professionals, Indigenous clients, and not for profit organizations. She also works with established businesses as their in-house counsel. Azalea advises on purchase and sale transactions, commercial real estate and leases, corporate structuring and governance, shareholder agreements, regulatory proceedings and Indigenous rights and business matters. Azalea has significant experience in the resource sector and has represented clients on commercial and regulatory matters on large-scale energy infrastructure projects across Canada. She advises on all aspects of project development, including commercial agreements for Indigenous communities (funding, benefit and joint venture agreements), environmental, land, and decommissioning issues. She also works with clients to provide clarity on regulatory requirements and processes, including ministerial decisions and orders.
Azalea was formerly in-house counsel with a large multi-national company, appellate counsel with the Alberta Utilities Commission, and an articled student with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She received her law degree from the University of Western Ontario and her undergraduate from Concordia University in Montreal. She is a member of the British Columbia Bar (2001) and the Alberta Bar (1996), past Vice President of the CBA, Administrative Law Section, and currently sits as a Board member of a local independent school.
In her spare time, Azalea enjoys staying active with her family, hiking, backcountry camping and travelling.
For more information about Azalea and how her skills and experience can help you and to read her blog, visit azaleajinlaw.com
David Juteau is a partner with the firm. He grew up in Victoria and received his law degree from the University of Victoria in 2008. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2009.
Focused primarily on civil litigation, David is experienced in areas of defamation, construction litigation, estate litigation, personal injury, insurer’s negligence, insurance defense, corporate litigation, shareholder disputes, employment litigation (including human rights claims) and professional liability. David offers a wealth of experience litigating cases from their inception to conclusion, having conducted trials in both the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia, as well various administrative tribunals.
Having grown up as the son of a military colonel, David moved around a lot as a child. He is now the father of two young children, married and a member of the Victoria Community since the late 1980s. David is an avid traveler and enjoys the company of his friends and family when not in the office.
My practice is dedicated to helping people at challenging times – providing strong legal guidance following separation, I also guide clients with personal injury claims following a motor vehicle accident.
Separation is a very difficult and stressful time – financial and emotional issues may seem overwhelming. I am the Senior Family Law Lawyer at Pearlman Lindholm with 36 years of legal practice.
Clients are dissatisfied with lengthy bitter battles in traditional family law litigation. I have represented clients in Provincial Court, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. I provide strong representation in court but I encourage alternatives to Court. I enjoy the challenges and benefits of interest-based solutions for separated couples through negotiation, collaboration, mediation or arbitration. Avoiding court is less expensive, and a commitment to confidential and creative solutions. I enjoy the efficiency of regular face-to-face meetings with spouses and counsel.
Our offices at Shoal Point at Fisherman’s Wharf were designed to provide an ideal setting for client settlement meetings, collaborative team meetings and mediations.
Gardening, hiking, boating, and Bonsai help me maintain balance in life.
Member of the Law Society
Year Began Professional Practice
Relevant Community Service
Victoria Collaborative Family Law Group (past Co-Chair, and Executive)
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Board of Directors – 6 years; Development Committee – 3 years; Chair Art Gallery Constitution Committee – 2 years)
Commercial Member – Shoal Point Strata Council
Vancouver Island Bonsai Society – Director
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Capital City Yacht Club
Vancouver Island Bonsai Society
Tyler D. Martens is an associate with the firm. He was born and raised in Williams Lake, but moved to Victoria to attend the University of Victoria and has been here ever since. He received his law degree from Thompson Rivers University in 2017 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2018.
Tyler’s practice is primarily focused on civil litigation, employment law and family law. He also has experience in the areas of personal injury, construction litigation, estate litigation and small claims disputes.
In his spare time, Tyler has a passion for the outdoors and his dogs. If he is not in the office, you can find him hiking or camping on the Island, enjoying all the beauty the west coast has to offer.
Alex McCrae is a partner with the firm. He practices tax and business law and received his law degree from the University of Victoria in 2008.
Alex has acted for individuals and companies in real estate, retail, health professions, construction, forestry, tech fields (gaming, design), accounting, law, public and other sectors.
Alex assists clients with:
Structuring business relationships including Joint Ventures, Partnerships and Trusts
Tax compliance matters including audits (CRA, Provincial Government), CRA Voluntary Disclosures Program, CRA Collections, CRA Requests for Information, Tax Appeals
General corporate and commercial matters including leasing, employee buy-ins, conveyancing, purchase and sale transactions, shareholder agreements, property tax appeals
Financing businesses, assets and business acquisitions
Succession and estate planning
Before attending law school, he worked as Export Manager for a Vancouver-based Canadian Mining Supply company that supplied various South American mines. He subsequently worked as a Researcher, Negotiator and then Executive Director with the NWT Aboriginal Summit in Yellowknife.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, cycling, skiing, sailing when he can or even just talking about it. Having grown-up in Edmonton, he remains a staunch Oilers supporter.
Alex has completed the rigorous Chartered Professional Accountant two-year in-depth tax course (Part I & II). Alex is happy to field enquiries from colleagues in the legal profession and other professions regarding tax and other business matters.
Dale Murray is a senior solicitor in the firm. He received his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1975 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1976.
In his wills and estates practice, Mr. Murray is involved in estate planning, as well as preparation of wills, trust agreements, powers of attorney and representation agreements for personal care. He also provides legal services for estates, including probate applications and estate administration. Mr. Murray works closely with other professionals, such as accountants and trust officers, in advising his clients on estate plans and administering estates.
He also handles general real estate transactions (purchase and sale of property and mortgage financing) and property development for his clients.
Mr. Murray has been, and continues to be, active in community organizations, including the following:
Former President – Cerebral Palsy Association of Lower Vancouver Island
Former President – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Former Treasurer – Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Foundation
Board Member – Friends of the Royal British Columbia Museum
He also served for many years as an Officer in the Canadian Forces Reserves and continues to be associated as a volunteer with the Regimental Foundation of a local Reserve Regiment.
Andrew D. Pike grew up in Victoria, attending Glenlyon Norfolk School before receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria. After his undergraduate studies, Andrew took time away from school to co-found a charity with four of his friends. The charity was focused on using the power of soccer and sport as a peace-building tool and established projects in Canada, Ecuador, and Uganda.
After feeling the itch to return to school, Andrew decided to attend law school at the University of Windsor and has fond memories of his time in the City of Roses. The call of the west coast proved too strong, however, and Andrew ultimately returned to Victoria to complete his articles in Colwood with Ken Walton, Q.C.
Andrew is familiar with the new laws and regulations regarding cannabis and is happy to answer client questions regarding the licensing process or any other matter.
In his personal life, Andrew is a die-hard supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, and dreams of the day the Premier League trophy is draped in lily white.
Monte Prior is a partner with the firm. He was born and raised in Victoria and received his law degree from the University of Victoria in 1989. Mr. Prior was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1990.
He has practiced exclusively in the area of personal injury law since his call to the Bar. Mr. Prior has appeared regularly in all three levels of court in British Columbia. He has conducted numerous trials and mediations throughout his career while representing injured parties.
Mr. Prior is an avid baseball fan and enjoys travelling to Seattle to watch his beloved Mariners.
Dafydd was born and raised in Victoria. He obtained an Undergraduate degree in History at the University of Victoria, a law degree from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2015. Dafydd has a diverse practice background but has chosen to focus primarily on civil litigation. He appears regularly in both the Provincial and Superior courts of British Columbia for a variety of public and private clientele.
When not in the office or court, Dafydd can be found thoroughly enjoying everything that life on the South Island has to offer.
New to Victoria in 2012, Shelley A. Quinte joins Pearlman Lindholm after having practiced exclusively management-side labour and employment law for the last 13 years in Ontario.
Experienced in advising and representing federal and provincial employers in the public and private sectors, and appearing before arbitrators, the Labour Board, administrative boards and tribunals and the courts, Shelley’s practice extends to all aspects of the employment relationship from pre-emptive planning to defending formal litigation. As a seasoned contributing author, presenter and lecturer throughout her career, Shelley also offers general and in-house workshops, consultations and management-specific training to human resources professionals, management and executive teams.
Always up for a challenge, Shelley will take on any number of adrenaline adventures in, on and under water, but still saves time for her family, her motorcycle and her dogs.
Find out more about Shelley and how her expertise in labour and employment law can assist your organization at www.shelleyquinte.com. Let’s work together.
Sandra Raath is an associate with the firm. Her practice focuses primarily on corporate and commercial transactions and general corporate matters, including:
Drafting and negotiating commercial agreements
Purchases and sales of businesses
Equity financing for early-stage and private companies
Real estate transactions
Sandra has worked with clients in a variety of industries including technology, hospitality, health, biotechnology, mining, retail, finance and transportation.
Sandra previously worked at one of Canada’s leading business law firms in Vancouver, where she specialized in advising issuers and financial underwriters in connection with public and private equity financings, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, debt financings, plans of arrangements and securities law and regulation.
Sandra serves as an associate faculty member with Royal Roads University and is the current President and Chair of the Board for Habitat for Humanity Victoria.
Sandra is a Victoria native and earned her law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2012. She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and dabbling in photography.
Merissa's practice is primarily focused on civil litigation, with varied experience in areas such as employment law, municipal law, construction litigation, small claims disputes, estate litigation, residential and commercial tenancy disputes, and commercial litigation. She has appeared before both the Provincial Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Merissa was born and raised in Airdrie, Alberta. After growing up working for her family's bowling centre, Merissa received a bachelor's degree from Queen's University in 2008 and returned to a career in customer service and retail management before deciding to go to law school. She received her law degree from the University of Victoria in 2019 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2020.
In her spare time, Merissa enjoys long drives, crocheting, reading, and a good Netflix binge-watch. She has also been a competitive 5-pin bowler her whole life and was one of the youngest NCCP-certified coaches in Canada in the sport. Her achievements in bowling include a provincial bronze medal for Vancouver Island.
Over 25 years Mike has become Victoria’s most prominent lawyer in the areas of libel, freedom of expression and media law. While many of his cases involve these areas, he also has a substantial practice in commercial and estate litigation. He also continues to assist injured workers in their dealings with the Workers Compensation Board.
Recent successes include the successful defence of free expression in Andrew Weaver v. Tim Ball; establishing limits on renewal rights in commercial leases in 1111207 BC Ltd. v. Masala Bites Enterprises Ltd., and successfully obtaining significant damages for a wrongfully dismissed employee in Polard v. ARO.
Mike has appeared before the Provincial Court of British Columbia; the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada, the Ontario Superior Court, the Superior Court of Wayne County, Michigan, U.S.A., the Labour Relations Board; the Employment Standards Tribunal, the Social Security Tribunal of Canada, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the Workers’ Compensation Review Board and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal. In addition, Mike has represented clients at numerous mediations, arbitrations and informal settlement discussions.
Tim Schober has been practicing law in Victoria throughout his career. Tim is widely recognized in Victoria as a top business lawyer.
Tim acts for many businesspeople and professionals, bringing his extensive experience to bear in sophisticated estate planning (including family trusts, alter ego trusts, spousal trusts, complex wills and powers of attorney), incorporations, corporate re-organizations, business purchases, shareholder agreements, leases, contracts, and enforcement of secured loans.
Tim manages the affairs of well over 100 health professionals with corporate and trust structures. He is also known across British Columbia for creating and maintaining the corporate structures through which numerous physician groups provide services to health authorities.
Tim also has extensive experience in land development and commercial real estate, ranging from corporate matters, disclosure statements, mortgages, leases, joint ventures, legal aspects of land assembly, meeting municipal and provincial requirements, dealing with construction issues and closing sales.
Tim has acted in more than 100 foreclosures, work-outs and realizations, including arranging for a court appointment of a receiver to collect funds secured by personal property security interests, in a manner that maximized both recovery of funds, and the preservation of jobs for almost 100 employees.
Tim works with filmmakers to secure rights, financing (including preparation of chain of title and corporate opinions, and opinions for insurance), and distribution arrangements.
Tim is a guest lecturer and a contributing author to practice manuals for the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, has been a guest instructor in Personal Property Security, Foreclosures and Corporate Law for many years for the Law Society’s Professional Legal Training Course, and has been a sessional lecturer in Real Property at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. Tim is a past director of numerous community and public service organizations, provides pro bono services through the Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia, and is a long-time volunteer in an inner-city elementary school.
Tim bikes to work and for fun, and enjoys a variety of sports with his family.
Randy Smith’s practice focusses on commercial law including buying and selling businesses, corporate law, real estate including residential and commercial purchases and sales, and wills and estates.
Randy was born and raised in Victoria and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University and his law degree from the University of Victoria. Randy was called to the bar in 1995 and has practiced law in Victoria since that time. Randy has organized and presented numerous seminars in the community on the topic of wills and estates and has also participated in real estate seminars for realtors.
Randy has been a youth soccer and basketball coach and in his spare time enjoys fishing, gardening and playing just about any sport.
Patrick Sweeney is a senior associate with the firm. He received his law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1976 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1977.
Mr. Sweeney’s preferred areas of practice are personal injury law, insurance law, professional negligence, employment law and professional responsibility and discipline.
His community involvement has included the following:
Law Society of British Columbia Futures Committee – 2000 to 2004
Annual Instructor – Civil Procedure and Advocacy at University of Victoria Law School
Lecturer – Professional Legal Training Course
Lecturer – Continuing Legal Education Society
Member – Canadian Bar Association Provincial Council
Member – Executive of the Victoria Bar Association
Member – Court Liaison Committee
Instructor – Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure Bar Admission Courses – Law Society of British Columbia
Member – Board of Trustees of the Queen Alexandra Hospital for Children and Arbutus Society for Children
Jessica Tara practices primarily in the areas of wills and estate planning, estate administration, and residential real estate conveyancing.
Jessica grew up in Victoria and received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Victoria. She attended law school at Dalhousie University where she received its top law scholarship and braved three years of east coast winters. During her final two years of law school, Jessica worked for a senior solicitor where she drafted wills, administered estates, and assisted with real estate transactions. She spent a semester at the intensive Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic where she represented clients in family and criminal matters at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Family Division) and the Halifax Provincial Court.
After graduating with her Juris Doctor degree in 2015, Jessica returned to the west coast to begin her articles. She completed her articles with Pearlman Lindholm and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2016.
In her spare time, Jessica loves to do all sorts of artistic, home improvement, and do-it-yourself projects.
Arthur Allister MacBain Memorial Scholarship (Dalhousie, 2012-2015) - For academic excellence and significant involvement in extracurricular and community activities
Honourable Angus L. MacDonald Prize (Dalhousie, 2013) - For the highest grade in first-year Tort Law
University of Victoria Excellence Scholarship (UVic, 2006-2010)
Hector William Hadland Scholarship (UVic, 2010) - For outstanding achievement as an undergraduate psychology student
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (UVic, 2008)
Heather Cragg Memorial Scholarship (UVic, 2007) - For outstanding achievement as a visual arts student