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 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 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 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, “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 Meghan, “Thank You so much Cathryn for going above and beyond to get this done for me. Much appreciated. Thank You”

  • Dear Meghan, "I just wanted to thank you for all you are doing for my son. Today I saw you were putting your all into it and standing up for what you feel is right and what my son deserves. Thank you thank you thank you. I will recommend you to anyone who needs a lawyer in the future."

  • 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, “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 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 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.”