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.

We are available 24/7

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 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.”

  • Dear Cathryn, "Thank you, again, for your efforts on my behalf."

  • 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, “You did a very outstanding job. Would like to say a better job than Emily Carr in law.”

  • Dear Joel, “Thank you” is not a big enough word to express my gratitude to you for helping and representing my husband and my brother. I will always be indebted to you. Your hard work has brought joy and happiness into our home again!

  • 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 Brian, “On behalf of my family, I would like to express my deepest thanks for the way you handled our son’s case. It was a very traumatic year for us, but after we hired you, we were all able to relax and get on with our lives, as we were extremely confident in your expertise and abilities.“

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

  • 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 Brian, “I just wanted to thank you again for the work you’ve done for me and the successful outcome of my case. You are a great lawyer and person and I thank you.”