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, “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, “We would like to express our appreciation for your professional, experienced and effective assistance during this difficult time. Your obvious expertise and empathy in dealing with this matter was greatly appreciated.”

  • 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 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, “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.”

  • 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 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.“

  • Dear Joel, “Please accept my most sincere thanks for your work on my case, and particularly for how quickly you were able to resolve it. I’d also like to thank you for your advice and guidance throughout.”