Vancouver

Criminal Lawyers

Brian Mickelson, Joel Whysall, Cathryn Waker, and Meghan K. Forhan are criminal lawyers who represent clients accused of a wide range of criminal charges. The lawyers at Mickelson & Whysall are experienced in defending driving offences, impaired driving, drug offences, crimes of violence including domestic violence, assault, sexual assault and all other criminal charges. They also have extensive understanding of civil forfeiture, customs and border seizures, and record suspensions. Their wide-range of practice and knowledge makes the lawyers at Mickelson & Whysall well suited to defend any issue you may have.

Brian Mickelson has been practicing exclusively in criminal law since 1978 and Joel Whysall has been practicing criminal law since 2003. Cathryn Waker joined Mickelson & Whysall in 2012. Together they have over 50 years combined experience in helping those facing criminal offences throughout British Columbia. Criminal defence lawyers Brian Mickelson, Joel Whysall and Cathryn Waker appear regularly in the courthouses located in Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, New Westminster, and throughout the Lower Mainland. They frequently travel to all corners of British Columbia and Western Canada to appear in court for their clients.

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Featured Criminal Cases

Client charged with Domestic Assault

Vancouver Criminal Lawyer: Joel Whysall The Facts: The accused was arrested following police attendance to a noise complaint. Police took a statement from the girlfriend of the accused who described an assault. Police also observed red marks on the girlfriend consistent with injuries from an [...]

Client Testimonials

We value the trust that our clients place with us

  • Dear Joel, “I want you to know you have my heartfelt gratitude for advocating for XXXX. I have thought of you often over the past weeks and always sensed your strengths as a lawyer – knowing my son was safest with you guiding him.”

  • Dear Brian, “Every once in a while, one meets a professional who supersedes the stereotypes and expectations of others. You are one of the rare few who combine compassion, wisdom and expertise within your profession. Thank you for the magnificent job you did for me.”

  • Dear Joel, “Thank you for representing me so compassionately and competently on my impaired driving charges. Thanks to you, I do not have a criminal record and I still have a job. I respect your work as a lawyer and especially, I think you are a good person.”

  • Dear Cathryn,“Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I am very pleased with the outcome of my case.”

  • Dear Meghan, “I just wanted to thank you for your hard work and dedication to our case. A weight has been lifted from our shoulders.”

  • Dear Joel, “It was a year ago, on this date, that my brother-in-law and my problems began in Canada. As I sit here today thinking about the troubles we caused for ourselves as well as for our families, I realize how much worse it could have turned out. I am very thankful for you entering our lives and for what you did for us. There is no doubt you are the WORLD’S GREEEEEEEATEST LAWYER! as far as we are concerned. More then that, your patience and understanding with us and our family members meant so very much. Once again, thank you so very much for all you did.”

  • Dear Joel, “I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your legal services. Your time & representation during this difficult time was greatly appreciated. All the advice and guidance made this chapter in my life easier. You handled my case with complete professionalism and support.”

  • Dear Cathryn, “Thank you for the diligence, thank you for considering all the circumstances.  Your team was fair and accurate in the approach and took my concerns seriously.  While I assume to never be in this same position again, I believe you offer some of the best hands on services available.  Again, thank you.”

  • Re: “A Big War” “I note with interest the coverage of your blood sample case in the Lawyer’s Weekly. Congratulation on your win. It is nice to have a right fact pattern but it takes an astute lawyer like yourself to recognize the importance of the balance which the justice system must maintain.”

  • Dear Meghan, "I just wanted to thank you for all you are doing for my son. Today I saw you were putting your all into it and standing up for what you feel is right and what my son deserves. Thank you thank you thank you. I will recommend you to anyone who needs a lawyer in the future."