Criminal Lawyers

Brian Mickelson, Joel Whysall, and Cathryn Waker 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 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 Joel, “Thank you for all your help this past year.”

  • Dear Brian, “I am writing this letter in order to thank you for your invaluable assistance at my recent trial. I appreciate the time that you took to prepare for the trial. I now understand how a lawyer can derive great satisfaction from their work.“

  • Dear Brian, “Words cannot express my gratitude for what you did for me. Your professional service is truly one in a million.“

  • Dear Joel, “I can’t thank you enough! You have done so very much and have gone so above and beyond. Please know I am eternally gratefully!”

  • Dear Cathryn, "Thank you again for all of your time and effort with me and my IRP review. Your professionalism, knowledge and execution of the law and the IRP review process was excellent. I am very glad that I contacted you and had you on my side."

  • 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.”

  • 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 Joel, “Joel, I just wanted to take the time to express my gratitude for all your hard work. I could not have been more pleased by the result and the way you handled my case. I will not squander this second chance given to me by the courts and will take advantage of this opportunity to turn my life around and make something of myself. Thank you again for all your dedication and hard work, I know a lot of preparation and time goes into each case. Time that I don’t see, or necessarily appreciate. I just want to say it showed in the result. Thank you again.”

  • Brian, “Thank you once again for your hard work in bringing about a very favorable resolution of my case. I will be sure to retain your card. In the unfortunate event any acquaintances ever have the misfortunate of needing counsel, I will be sure to refer them in your direction.”