B.Sc. (Zoology), B.S.F. (Resource Management), LL.B.
Vince Aldridge B.Sc. (Zoology), B.S.F. (Resource Management), LL.B.
Vince Aldridge has degrees in Biology and Forestry. He worked as a forester for five seasons throughout British Columbia prior to attending law school at the University of Victoria, graduating in 2003. Vince’s commercial litigation practice is focused on construction, forestry, employment and real estate property matters. Vince also has extensive experience in the review and drafting of construction contracts and employment contracts. Vince’s forestry practice has included mediations and arbitrations under the Timber Harvesting Contract and Subcontract Regulation, Woodworkers Liens, and submissions to the Forest Appeal Commission. Vince has appeared as lead counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia, and has extensive experience in mediations and commercial arbitrations.
B.A.Sc. (Geotechnical), P. Eng. (Civil), LL.B.
Chris R. Armstrong B.A.Sc. (Geotechnical), P. Eng. (Civil), LL.B.
Chris Armstrong has a degree in geotechnical engineering and is qualified as a professional engineer under the civil engineering designation. He worked in the consulting and construction industry for five years, first as a consulting geotechnical engineer and then as a project engineer for a major heavy construction company. He began working with Brian McLean in 1991 and in 1994 attended law school at the University of Calgary, graduating in 1997. In May 1998, Chris joined Brian McLean in partnership. Chris’s practice is primarily focused on providing advice to construction contractors as issues arise, beginning with contract drafting and development, throughout the course of construction and on to dispute resolution where necessary-the focus is on solving problems before they become disputes.
Legal Assistant, B.A. (Music), M.M (Currently on maternity leave)
Catherine Bender Legal Assistant, B.A. (Music), M.M (Currently on maternity leave)
Catherine earned a B.A. in Music from Goshen College in 2006 and an M.M. in Woodwind Performance from the University of Washington in 2008. She spent a decade in Seattle teaching music and working as a legal assistant in bankruptcy and family law before moving to Canada to join McLean & Armstrong in 2017.
Mirjana Cikes Office Administrator/Accounting
Mirjana joined Brian McLean as a legal assistant in 1993 when he moved his practice to West Vancouver. She expanded her role as the firm expanded assuming responsibility for the firm’s accounting and trust account administration. In addition, she oversees corporate records and assists with the firm’s administration.
BA (History), JD, MBA
David W. Dorrans BA (History), JD, MBA
David Dorrans has a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Calgary, a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto and Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. Following completion of his law degree at the University of Toronto, David articled and practiced corporate commercial law at a top tier national law firm in Calgary, Alberta. Since leaving Calgary, David completed his MBA at the University of British Columbia and then worked as part of the senior leadership team for a BC First Nation for several years before returning to private practice. David has maintained a broad corporate commercial law practice with a focus on commercial agreements, debt financings, general corporate matters, private mergers and acquisitions, and aboriginal law. He regularly advises both purchasers and sellers in connection with asset and share sales and also advises clients with respect to drafting and negotiating construction, design/build, joint venture, procurement, and other construction project-related agreements.
B.A. (Criminology), J.D.
Emma Harvey B.A. (Criminology), J.D.
Emma obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser University in 2013. While at SFU she successfully completed a practicum working at a criminal law firm. She went onto earn her Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University in 2017 and joined M&A as an articling student in May 2017. During law school, Emma was actively involved outside of the classroom and within her community. Emma volunteered for both Access Pro Bono’s Mental Health Program, as well as for UBC’s Law Student’s Legal Advice Program (LSLAP). Emma was also the lead coordinator for TRU’s chapter of a Canada wide legal research initiative aiding the Canadian Council for Refugees bring a legal challenge. Emma first joined M&A as a summer student in 2016. She has a strong interest in litigation with a focus in contractual and commercial law. Since joining M&A she has gained invaluable experience working on a major construction site establishing legal claims and working to resolve them through dispute resolution procedures.
B.Sc. (Biology), M.Sc. (Zoology), LL.B.
Brian G. McLean B.Sc. (Biology), M.Sc. (Zoology), LL.B.
Brian McLean was called to the Bar in 1978 in British Columbia and practised as a partner in the firm of Edwards Kenny & Bray in Vancouver until 1993 when he established his own firm. Building on experience gained as a solicitor involved in corporate and commercial transactions, he became litigation counsel, during which time he conducted proceedings arising out of aviation accidents, commercial disputes, and commercial loan defaults. Ultimately, he concentrated on construction matters and has conducted his practice in contract law and commercial litigation for the past seventeen years. Brian’s practice extends to construction related issues, as well as commercial cases involving corporate governance, insolvency, and shareholders’ remedies.
B.A. (Military History); J.D. (First Class Honours)
Chris J. Moore B.A. (Military History); J.D. (First Class Honours)
Chris obtained his Law degree from Bond University, Queensland, Australia in December 2010. He began working with McLean & Armstrong LLP in September 2010 while enrolled in “Construction Law” at the University of British Columbia. Chris developed a keen interest in the area of Construction Law during his studies and is now registered to practice in both British Columbia and Alberta. At Bond University, Chris attained First Class Honors as the top student in his graduating class. Before studying law, Chris completed his Bachelor of Arts specializing in Military History at the University of Calgary. Chris’ practice focuses on commercial and construction litigation with an emphasis on resolution prior to litigation and achieving practical solutions to disputes. He has a wealth of experience acting for subcontractors, contractors and owners in all forms of construction related disputes including proceeding through mediation, arbitration and various levels of court, including at the Supreme Court of Canada. Chris has specific knowledge and experience in remedies under the Builders Lien Act.
Lisa Nelson Receptionist
Lisa brings years of experience to the office.
B.Sc. (Biology), LL.B. (with distinction)
Mike Preston B.Sc. (Biology), LL.B. (with distinction)
Over the past decade, Mike has been trial counsel in B.C., Alberta, the Yukon and Ontario. At the appellate level he has appeared as lead counsel at the B.C. and Alberta courts of appeal as well as the Supreme Court of Canada where he argued and won on behalf of his client in Valard v. Bird. Currently called to the bar in B.C. (and formerly of the Ontario and Yukon bars), Mike began his career in commercial litigation. To hone his trial skills, he later became Crown Counsel where for 3 years he ran several criminal trials a week. Prior to joining McLean & Armstrong LLP, Mike practiced in Ottawa where his focus was on drafting written arguments for cases in all areas of law going to the Supreme Court of Canada. While in Ottawa he frequently appeared as a legal affairs commentator on CTV. Today, Mike’s practice is focused on construction law, commercial disputes, and professional negligence.
B.Sc. (Chemistry), J.D.
Curtis Simmonds B.Sc. (Chemistry), J.D.
Curtis’ practice is focused primarily on commercial litigation and contract law, with an emphasis on construction-related matters. Curtis attended law school at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C., and earned his law degree in 2014 as a member of the school’s inaugural class. Curtis has expertise in a variety of areas, including civil litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency, administrative law, commercial law, criminal law, and real estate.
Paralegal (Currently on maternity leave)
Monika Sulentic Paralegal (Currently on maternity leave)
Monika is a litigation paralegal, providing support and legal assistance to several of the firm’s lawyers. Starting as a legal assistant in 2010, she moved on to complete the Paralegal Certificate program at Capilano University and graduated with distinction in 2017.
B.A. (Psychology), Paralegal Diploma, J.D.
Taylor Topliss B.A. (Psychology), Paralegal Diploma, J.D.
Taylor obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBC) in 2011 with a focus on forensic psychology. While at UBC, Taylor volunteered with the student union and the John Howard Society’s restorative justice program. Following his undergraduate degree, he went onto earn his Paralegal Diploma at Capilano University and worked as a litigation paralegal for 2 years. While working as a paralegal, Taylor decided to pursue a law degree and obtained his Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in 2017. During law school, Taylor volunteered with UBC’s Law Student’s Legal Advice Program and co-captained the TRU “Lawggers” to the Western Canadian Law Rugby Championship. Taylor also secured a spot on TRU’s BC Court of Appeal mooting team where he gained valuable experience writing arguments on obscure points of law and appearing before BC Court of Appeal judges to orally present the arguments. Taylor joined M&A as an articling student in May 2018. He has a strong interest in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Since joining M&A he has gained invaluable experience working on major construction disputes.
B.A.Sc. (Civil), P.Eng. (Civil), J.D.
Mike Wolfson, P. Eng B.A.Sc. (Civil), P.Eng. (Civil), J.D.
Mike Wolfson is qualified as a Professional Engineer. He worked as a consultant in land development and municipal engineering in the Lower Mainland and Southern Interior regions of BC for more than a decade. In 2012, Mike returned to school to obtain his law degree from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, graduating in 2015. While at law school, he earned the course prize (highest mark) in multiple courses and continued to work as a consulting engineer as time permitted. Since starting with McLean & Armstrong LLP as an articling student in September 2015, Mike has developed specific knowledge in the areas of builders’ liens, creditor remedies, mediation, arbitration, and employment disputes and has displayed proficiency in technical construction disputes.
Legal Assistant, B.Sc. (Service Management)
Josefine Bergdahl Legal Assistant, B.Sc. (Service Management)
Josefine earned a B.Sc. in Service management and graduated from Lund University with Distinction in 2018. She left Sweden and moved to Canada to join Mclean & Armstrong later that year.
Melanie Thompson Paralegal
Summer-Law Student, B.A (Political Science), J.D. Candidate 2020
Owen Nicholson Summer-Law Student, B.A (Political Science), J.D. Candidate 2020
Owen obtained a bilingual Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta Campus Saint-Jean in 2016. He continued his bilingual studies at the University of Ottawa, where he is currently a 3rd year law student, specializing in dispute resolution. Owen has wide ranging experience in the power and construction industry, having worked on major projects throughout Canada. Since joining M&A as a summer-law student, Owen has gained invaluable experience working on contractual and construction disputes.