Lawyers

Our lawyers have a broad range of legal experience, described in detail below:

W. Gary Wharton

Partner

Prior to practicing law, Gary completed his Masters Degree in Marine Biology which included thesis research in the area of… more »

Peter Swanson

Partner

Peter is a founding partner of the firm with over 26 years of professional legal experience. He practices primarily in… more »

Thomas S. Hawkins

Partner

Tom is a founding partner of the firm and practices in the areas of maritime law, insurance defence and commercial… more »

David K. Jones

Partner

David practices civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on maritime, occupational health and safety, and environmental law matters. David’s… more »

Catherine A. Hofmann

Partner

Catherine joined Bernard LLP in January 2009. Her practice focuses on the purchase and sale of businesses, vessel and other… more »

David S. Jarrett

Partner

After graduating with his LL.B., David completed a 10 month clerkship with the Court of Appeal of Alberta in Edmonton… more »

Tom F. Beasley

Associate Counsel

Tom’s practice includes representation of employers and employees in all aspects of the employment relationship with an emphasis on human… more »

Concetta Risi

Associate

Connie’s practice is civil litigation-based, with a primary focus on insurance law defence in the areas of personal injury, disability… more »

Russell Robertson

Associate

Russell practices in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, with a focus on complex commercial matters, large scale insurance… more »

Michael Soltynski

Associate

Michael joined Bernard LLP in September 2015 and practices as a solicitor in the areas of maritime, insurance and aviation… more »

Megan Nicholls

Associate

After earning both a Canadian and American J.D. from the cross-border law program at the University of Windsor and the… more »

Roger Tangry

Associate

Prior to law school, Roger worked in the freight industry for over a decade, gaining experience in air and ocean… more »

Mark Gill

Associate

Mark joined Bernard LLP in August 2016 and practices as a corporate solicitor within the firm’s Business Law group. Mark… more »

Amelja Zoehner

Contract Lawyer

Before completing her law degree at the University of Victoria, Amelja participated in a co-operative education program, dividing her time… more »

Peter G. Bernard, Q.C.

(Retired June 15th, 2012)

Although Peter has chosen to retire from the practice of law, he will continue to sit as a Member of more »

Associate Counsel

Lorna A. Pawluk

Associate Counsel

Lorna’s practice focuses exclusively on occupational health and safety and workplace safety matters for employers. This includes any matter arising… more »

Joan L. Rush

(Retired)

Joan Rush is a retired lawyer who worked with Bernard LLP for many years assisting our client insurance underwriters, P&I… more »