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Guyle Clark

Guyle grew up in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, BC where he attended Burnaby North Secondary and later attended Simon Fraser University. Guyle attended law school at the University of British Columbia before articling and practicing at several well-established litigation boutiques in Vancouver. Along with his partner, Josh Woods, Guyle founded Clark Woods LLP in 2016.

Current Volunteer Work:

Vice-President, New Vista Society

Committee Member, Long Range Planning Committee – Vancouver Golf Club

Committee Member, Member Engagement and Communication Committee – Vancouver Golf Club

Past President – Dan’s Legacy Society

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Stephen Glanzberg

Stephen’s love of people naturally drew him to family law, where he enjoys getting to know his clients, commiserating with them and celebrating their successes. Before joining Clark Woods LLP, Stephen worked at a boutique firm in Vancouver for eight years, exclusively practicing family law for seven. With combined experience in criminal law, Stephen is well versed in courtroom proceedings.

Stephen studied law at Western University after graduating from McGill with a degree in anthropology and international development. He was born and raised in Vancouver where he attended Point Grey Secondary. When he’s not in the office (or court), Stephen is out hiking with his wife and small children, going to concerts, playing hockey and daydreaming about his next travel adventure.Stephen provides free advice to prospective new clients and pro bono services on a case by case basis.

Kaikai Zhuang

Kaikai graduated from the Peter A Allard School of Law at UBC in 2019. During law school, Kaikai served as the Internal Relations Director of the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, where he also represented clients before administrative tribunals and the provincial criminal court. Kaikai was also the treasurer of the Asia Pacific Law Club where he helped organize events for students to connect with lawyers who serve Asia-based clients.

Kaikai joined Clark Woods LLP after he was called to the bar of British Columbia in 2020. He has a keen interest in litigation and would like to advocate for people who need their voices heard. His current practice focuses on personal injury claims and general civil litigation. He is also developing a practice in immigration law.

Outside of the office, Kaikai loves exploring the beautiful outdoors of BC. Graduated from UBC Forestry and worked in northern BC, Kaikai loves trees and sharing his fun forestry stories.

Shyam Nathwani

Shyam graduated from the University of Sydney Law School in 2010. Upon graduating from law school in Australia, Shyam worked in immigration for a short period of time. Since then, Shyam has been working in the tech industry in Canada and is eager to return to the legal industry.

Shyam joins Clark Woods LLP as an articling student with a particular interest in immigration. Having lived overseas for much of his life, worked in immigration, and with his previous career in tech, he brings a wide range of skills, experience, and knowledge to his articling position. Shyam’s primary focus is on assisting those that wish to move to our wonderful country for work, their studies and to be reunited with their loved ones.

Out of the office, Shyam loves to spend time with his family, learning to cook, is a self-professed technology nerd, reading, exploring our wonderful province, cycling and is a die-hard Canucks fan.

Harry Chahal

Harry attended law school at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. During law school, Harry became a published author and had his Indigenous Law paper, discussing the mistreatment of Indigenous women in the health care system, published in the Sovereignty Symposium. This piece also won the second-place prize in the Chief Justice Doolin Writing Competition. While at T.R.U. Harry also volunteered on the elections committee and hosted a weekly show on the student radio station.

Harry primarily practices family law and civil litigation and has achieved success as a well-versed litigator in both the Supreme Court and Provincial Court of British Columbia. Harry has conducted trials in Provincial Court and has attained successful outcomes for clients in highly contentious matters. He has also set aside a default judgment for a client under the Judicial Review Procedure Act. Harry has advocated for clients before the BC Human Rights Tribunal, Civil Resolution Tribunal, and the Residential Tenancy Branch. Harry takes a compassionate approach and provides clients with efficient and cost-effective solutions as they navigate through their legal matters. 

Harry was born in North Vancouver and raised in Surrey. In his free time, Harry enjoys listening to his favorite podcasts, stargazing, playing hockey, and watching his beloved Canucks. Harry is also fluent in Punjabi.

Josh Woods

Josh was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, but moved to beautiful British Columbia in 2004. Falling in love with the province, he completed his under-graduate degree at the University of Victoria, and then crossed the Georgia Straight to attend the University of British Columbia for law school. During law school, Josh clerked for the Provincial Court of British Columbia, gaining first-hand insight into how judges evaluate and weigh the evidence before them.

Following law school, Josh articled and practiced at a large litigation law firm in Surrey, BC, before co-founding Clark Woods LLP. Josh has had trial success at all levels of court in British Columbia, including the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Most recently, Josh was lead counsel in Rabbani-Nejad v. Sharma, one of the first cases in British Columbia in dealing with ICBC’s minor injury caps scheme and its impact on pre-existing claims.

Today, Josh’s practice focuses on significant personal injury claims, estate litigation, real estate litigation and other complex litigation matters.

Outside of the office, Josh enjoys spending time with his young family, climbing rocks in the great outdoors and fooling around on his guitar with friends.

Martina Milau

Martina graduated in 2001 from the University of British Columbia Law School. After completing her articles and being called to the bar in 2002, she relocated to California where she married and had two children. She stayed home with them until 2008, when she decided to return to British Columbia and begin her law career.

Martina worked with Thorsteinsson & Co. from 2008 until 2019 when she joined Clark Woods LLP. Helping clients navigate their marital issues has been, and continues to be very, rewarding to her. Every client that comes across her threshold can expect direct and clear communication from her. She is flexible with her time and strives to be available when needed. She has helped many clients resolve high conflict parenting issues, inclusive of assisting clients in addressing parental alienation. Where litigation is needed, her strength is her solid preparation of her client’s case. Whether litigation has started or not, Martina always attempts to negotiate a solution that meets the needs of everyone involved. She stresses to her clients, who are often – and understandably so – emotional, the benefits of resolving their situations without relying on a judge to make a decision for them. She believes it is important for people to be aware of the costs of litigation, including the “hidden” costs of litigation, which are largely emotional, for both parents and often the children.

Anisha Karia

Originally from BC, Anisha graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2019. During law school, Anisha served as the Co-Chair for the Women’s Law forum, completed a Practicum at the Edmonton Community Legal Centre in Civil Law for low-income individuals and volunteered with the Student Legal Services. Prior to law school, she worked as a crisis worker and peer advocate for women escaping violence in Vancouver B.C., while completing her Bachelor of Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Anisha joined Clark Woods LLP after she was called to the Bar in British Columbia in January 2021. She has a keen interest in conflict resolution, particularly in family law. Her focus is to provide interest-based advocacy for her clients, while educating them about their legal matters.

Outside of the office, Anisha loves spending time with her family, exploring beautiful BC, and cooking. She is fluent in French and spoken Gujarati.

Melanie Earland
Melanie Earland

Born and raised in beautiful BC, Melanie Earland, senior conveyancer at Clark Woods, has worked in the legal profession for more than 30 years and obtained her Paralegal Designation from Capilano University in 2003.  Melanie has worked in real estate conveyancing for the last 15 years, and prides herself on making the process as stress free as possible for our clients. Client satisfaction is her number one priority.

Melanie is an avid sports fan, and loves watching NFL Sundays and her Vancouver Canucks.  She is a long time minor hockey volunteer and is currently an executive member on the board of Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association and a member of the BC Hockey Discipline Task Group. Melanie enjoys spending time with her three grown children, her husband, and her dogs.

Karan Thind

Karanbir is an Associate at Clark Woods, and his practice is primarily focused on civil litigation matters, including personal injury, family law, and contractual disputes before the Supreme Court and Provincial Court of British Columbia. Prior to being called to the bar in September 2020, he completed his articles at Clark Woods as well, where he appeared before the Supreme Court on a number of occasions, including for two personal injury trials.

He holds a Master’s degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. After completing his LL.M., he decided to move to the lower mainland to be closer to his family. He also holds a dual degree in Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business Administration from Symbiosis International University. During law school, he actively participated in moot courts and interned at various law firms and law offices, including at the chambers of a judge at the Punjab & Haryana High Court.

As a young immigrant to Canada, Karanbir enjoys everything this wonderful country has to offer: hikes, road-trips, watching the Canucks, and – most of all – the people.

Jeff Thorsteinsson

Jeff obtained his law degree from the University of Victoria in 1983. He then articled with a major downtown Vancouver law firm. He has now been practicing law for more than 30 years. He opened the firm of Thorsteinsson & Company in 1992 which he ran until 2019 when he joined Clark Woods LLP.

Jeff has extensive experience in all areas of family law including custody/guardianship issues, child and spousal support and division of property. He has training and many years of experience as both a negotiator and litigator. He has appeared on numerous occasions before the Provincial and Supreme Courts of B.C. and has, in past, acted as a mediator. Many of the cases he has handled have been highly complex and have involved not only family law issues but also related issues such as taxation and tax planning, corporate commercial issues, real estate transactions etc.

Jeff is a firm believer in the importance of attempting to find out-of-court solutions to issues arising from separation. Experience has shown him the financial and emotional costs of a marital breakup and, as a result, his first goal is to identify solutions which will avoid the trauma and cost of a court battle. However, Jeff also recognizes that, regrettably, it is not always possible to avoid the involvement of the Courts and, where necessary, Jeff is able to utilize his many years of courtroom experience to advance the claims of his clients.

Ashley Kaila

Ashley graduated from the University of Leicester in 2019. During law school, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Leicester Student Law Review where she reviewed academic articles and led a committee in publishing the 2019 Law Review Journal. She further volunteered with the Litigants in Person Project at the local courthouse in Leicester by assisting self-represented litigants navigate the legal process.

Ashley joins Clark Woods LLP as an articling student with particular interest in family law. With her previous experience as a paralegal at a family law firm, she brings a wide range of skills and knowledge to her articling position and is interested in pursuing a career in this field. Her primary focus is to advocate for vulnerable women in high conflict family law cases and have their voices heard.

Out of the office, Ashley loves spending time with her family and friends, trying new coffee shops and travelling. She is fluent in Punjabi and English.

Keith Barron

Keith was raised in East Vancouver, before fleeing the nest to see more of Western Canada. He attended university in Victoria, worked for tech companies in BC and Saskatchewan, before returning to school and obtaining a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2016. 

After graduation Keith articled and practiced at a litigation boutique in Surrey BC, where he focused on obtaining as much court experience as possible. During articles Keith obtained his 15 (and only) minutes of fame when he assisted senior counsel in representing a plaintiff who sued a Burger King franchise for over $45,000 after she was fired for an alleged theft of 50 cents worth of food. The story went viral and was picked up by CBC, the BBC, and numerous other news outlets. 

Prior to joining Clark Woods he worked in a general practice law firm, where he gained further litigation experience, as well as exposure to real estate, drafting wills, and other solicitor work. 

Currently Keith’s practice involves civil litigation and real estate transactions.

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Kim Bates

Kim, is our resident problem solver, and office manager extraordinaire. After completing both a hospitality and marketing program at BCIT, Kim passion for travel, culture, and new experiences led her to pursue a career in the industry. She spent the next decade employed by the likes of Whistler Blackcomb and Expedia, diversifying through a variety of roles including; Sales, Account Management, Marketing, and Revenue Management. Kim has a keen attention to detail, and has acquired a number of desirable skills that are transferrable across any field. Recently, she has shifted her focus, and we are excited to have her at Clark Woods LLP.

Outside of the office, you can find Kim on the ball diamond, planning her next travel adventure, or enjoying all of the amazing local things beautiful BC has to offer.

Tonya Gulbrandsen

Tonya is one of our most recent additions to Clark Woods, and the friendly voice you hear on the other end of the phone. She has an extensive background in sales, and office administration throughout a variety of industries. While new to law, she brings with her a wealth of experience, fantastic interpersonal skills and a big smile to the office.

Outside of Clark Woods, Tonya enjoys spending her free time at the gym, playing softball and being outdoors.

Sheena Carter

Sheena was born and raised in beautiful British Columbia and grew up in the lower mainland. She is an experienced accountant, with most of her number crunching career dedicated to the hospitality industry. She has also worked with a several different small to medium sized businesses in a variety of different industries allowing her to gain a desirable, and transferrable skill set. We are excited to have her managing the books at Clark Woods. Outside of the office Sheena loves to travel and discover new restaurants, cook with her husband, and show off her French Bulldog.

Methma Kumarasinghe

Prior to receiving her Paralegal Diploma with Honours, Methma worked in the travel and hospitality industry for eight years which gave her an abundance of customer service experience and extensive problem-solving skills. Having played team sports throughout her life, Methma brings a team-oriented and collaborative mindset to Clark Woods LLP. Outside of the office, you can find Methma exploring BC, going to a Canucks game, and enjoying happy hour with friends.

Christina Muzzatti

Born and raised in Windsor Ontario, Christina is a new arrival to the West Coast. Prior to arriving she graduated from St. Clair College where she received her Paralegal Diploma. During school, Christina volunteered at a Legal Walk-In Clinic where she assisted low-income residents. With a background in the hospitality industry, Christina knows how to deliver exceptional customer service skills. Christina has a deep passion for justice and is keen on focusing her career down this path.

Outside of the office, Christina is looking forward to exploring what beautiful B.C has to offer.

Rick Clark

After spending the majority of his career running a variety of businesses, Rick joined Clark Woods LLP in 2018 as both a very senior advisor and constant source of office gossip and sarcasm. If you have any issues, please don’t contact Rick as he is likely on the golf course or in Mexico.

Najmeh Zare

Najmeh is an accounting technician specializing in the financial sector. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in evaluating and marketing and began her financial career in Iran. Najmeh moved to Canada just five years ago and decided to continue her education and pursue a career in accounting. Najmeh’s extensive education, constant smile, and eagerness to assist coworkers makes her a great addition to the Clark Woods LLP team. She loves everything that Canada has to offer, and especially enjoys being active, pop music, dancing, shopping, and going for walks at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody with her family.

Susan Chang

Susan’s career spans over 21 years working in small, medium and large law firms. Her previous experience mainly involved civil and commercial litigation before delving into family law. She was a stay at home mom for over 11 years prior to spending the last decade assisting Martina Milau. Their unique relationship and working style make them a perfect match to assist clients in resolving a variety of complex family law matters. She has two musically gifted children (although neither she nor her husband can play or sing a single note) and enjoys listening to all kinds of music.

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Cristin McCambridge

Cristin is one of our most recent additions to Clark Woods, and the friendly voice you hear on the other end of the phone. She has an extensive background in the hospitality industry. While new to law, she brings with her a wealth of experience and fantastic interpersonal skills. She used to give Guyle a hard time at the Vancouver Golf Club, and is thrilled she now gets to do this at his firm! In her spare time, Cristin enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing soccer and going on road trips.

Rosa Kontzamanis

Rosa brings a decade of paralegal experience to the firm, specializing in debt collection and foreclosure law. During her tenure as a paralegal, Rosa has amassed a large array of tools to assist clients in realization of debt in all types of difficult situations with expertise and ease. She’s highly skilled in dealings with clients and their debtors. Rosa takes great pride in analyzing the situation, presenting a strategy, and then implementing her plan to attain a successful result for her clients.

Rosa was born and raised in the Lower Mainland and hails from an extended Italian family and then joined an equally large Greek family in marriage. She enjoys the chaos of family time and spends her spare time cooking, cleaning, and enjoying her husband and children’s company, especially when camping, baking, or playing games. As Rosa likes to say, it’s never a dull moment in her household.

Rosa not only brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Clark Woods LLP, but a great sense of humor, pleasant demeanor, and a vibrant personality.