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 Brian, “I’m not sure if you can appreciate the peace you have given my family. Your professionalism, experience and work ethic were amazing. I will always speak highly of this “great defense lawyer I know“. Thank you“

  • 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.“

  • 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.”

  • 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, “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 Meghan, "From my initial interaction with Meghan, she displayed genuine interest in helping with my case. She listened carefully to my questions and comments and she responded clearly with analysis and advice aimed directly at the issue. Her approach was thorough, supported by a substantial research, which complemented her experience when in court. Her demeanor and personality enabled me to develop a trust and confidence in her advice, which as a paying client, I deem critical. It felt great to know that she had my best interest in mind"

  • Dear Cathryn, “Congratulation. Great start to a promising career! Thanks for Everything”

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

  • 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 wish to extend my thanks and gratitude for all you have done for me in regards to my case. The other day you called me with great news letting me know that I was free of all charges. I cannot thank you and your staff enough for the support and hard work, which you all did, on my behalf. Please know that I would highly recommend your Vancouver Law firm to anyone in need in the future.“