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

  • Dear Meghan, "I want to extend my sincere gratitude for all you have done to assist [name removed] through this difficult stage. We are extremely grateful for the outcome and you've exhibited great professionalism. thank you, thank you so much for everything you've done."

  • 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.”

  • Dear Stephanie, “My husband and myself want to thank you for all of your hard work in defending our son. We are very grateful for everything that you did to help him out. He truly is a good kid and as parents it was very difficult to see the stress he has been under for the last 3 weeks, it was such a relief that it was a positive outcome.”

  • Dear Joel, “Thank you for all your help this past year.”

  • 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.”

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