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. He is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My career in finance has spanned decades. Starting as an Accounts Clerk in a small Stationery Shop, in Kamloops BC, working for small privately-owned companies, learning the ropes, working temporary contracts for Oil Companies, Temp Agencies – all the while continuing to broaden my knowledge of Accounting operations within multiple industries. Longest tenure was spent working for a Bankruptcy Trustee Firm (14 years) – while I taking care of 3 other Companies weekly needs.
1995 took a slight curve – my daughter was born and a few years were spent raising the “l’il one”. Back in the saddle in 2000 I enrolled in the CGA program completed to the 4 level. All along the way I have gathered an extensive knowledge of Business Operations – Admin, Employee’s, Inventory Control, implemented Filing Systems to say the least. Of course, this fueled my ever-growing love of numbers! Whether I help with Start-ups or Established Companies, my work is rewarding.
My newest venture is Clark Woods LLP – a Firm that has been on an upward curve since I hit “their pavement running”!
Jaclyn grew up in Burnaby, B.C. but now enjoys living and working in the Coquitlam area. She has worked in the Vancouver legal community since 2004. Jaclyn brings experience from several different legal environments and is happy to put her skills and knowledge to work in our specialized firm where the emphasis is on client contact and service.
Outside the office Jaclyn enjoys hot yoga, weight lifting, running, and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
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.
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 and then went on to article at a boutique personal injury law firm in Richmond, BC before moving on to a well-established general practice in Vancouver, BC followed by a downtown plaintiff only personal injury practice. Along with his partner, Josh Woods, Guyle founded Clark Woods LLP in 2016.
When he is not working, Guyle can be found touring wineries with his wonderful wife, whacking golf balls around Vancouver Golf Club, chasing pucks (slowly) around 8 Rinks or the Burnaby Winter Club and volunteering in on several boards and committees.
Current volunteer work:
President, Dan’s Legacy Foundation
Vice-President, New Vista Society
Commissioner, Burnaby Parks, Recreation & Culture Commission
Have you or someone you know been injured in a motor vehicle accident? Better #DialGuyle!
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.
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.
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.
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.