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Michelle has practiced civil litigation and family law for more than 11 years. She has successfully represented hundreds of clients in their real estate and family law disputes, including numerous high net-worth divorces. She also advises clients on real estate transactions and marriage and separation agreements, particularly where large estates or high incomes involved.
Michelle has a B.A. from Simon Fraser University and a law degree from the University of Victoria. Having taken numerous courses in the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Simon Fraser University, Michelle is comfortable with complex accounting matters and corporate financial statements. Michelle took the case of Sinai v. Mahmoud 2017 BCCA 155 to the British Columbia Court of Appeal, which changed the law previously prohibiting the application of a tax deduction to corporate assets during the division of family assets.
It is Michelle’s business knowledge combined with her real estate family law trial experience that enables her to approach litigation law matters, especially complex property issues, with skill and practical insight.
Michelle has appeared in all levels of Court in British Columbia, including numerous appearances at the Court of Appeal. While she has extensive litigation experience, Michelle is also a trained mediator and will exhaust all viable resolution options prior to going to court.
After practicing for many years, Michelle founded Guardian Law with the goal of modernizing the practice of law to make litigation more efficient, organized and accessible.
Notable cases in which Michelle has been successful include:
Sinai v. Mahmoud, 2017 BCCA 155
Marquez v. Zapiola, 2013 BCCA 433
Kooner v. Sangha, 2016 BCCA 147
C.H.T. v. P.V.L., 2015 BCSC 419
P.H.H. v. N.R.Y., 2015 BCSC 320
Bruce practises civil, family and child protection law and has strong experience in negotiation, mediation, and litigation before all levels of Court in British Columbia.
Bruce particularly specializes in helping families navigate matters regarding child custody, visitation, and parenting arrangements. He also assists parents in their disputes with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Bruce brings compassion, a comprehensive skillset and a strategic approach to his practise.
After receiving his undergrad at the University of British Columbia, Bruce went on to complete his law degree at the University of New Brunswick. During this time, he interned at the New Brunswick Court of Appeal under the Honourable Mr. Justice Bradley V. Green. He also spent a semester studying law in China at Xiamen University. Bruce is a member of both the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association.
In his spare time, Bruce enjoys music, hockey, hiking and spending time with his daughter. He is a recovering political junkie.
Marina grew up in Vancouver and obtained her J.D. from the University of Victoria. During her time in law school, she volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and gained practical experience working at the university’s Law Centre clinic. Prior to law school, she attended the University of British Columbia where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in history. In her free time, Marina enjoys baking, hiking and playing volleyball. She also likes to read, as well as watch, almost anything related to fantasy and science fiction.
Dana is an articled student at Guardian Law gaining experience in all practice areas of the firm. She has a passion for real estate, family and civil litigation.
Dana obtained her Bachelor of Arts with majors in English Literature and History from the University of the Fraser Valley and then a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree from the University of Southampton, School of Law in the United Kingdom. At law school, Dana worked with the Innocence Project as a caseworker to provide justice to persons wrongfully convicted of serious crimes.
Dana was born and raised is Chilliwack, B.C. and enjoys spending time in the Fraser Valley exploring the outdoors and spending time with her friends and family. Dana is a dual citizen of the Netherlands and Canada and is conversationally fluent in Dutch.
Rebecca Rusznak is a senior legal assistant and executive assistant to Michelle Guy. Having worked along side Michelle for over 6 years of her 9 years in the legal field, she has an abundance of experience working in the area of family law and civil litigation while heavily assisting with court hearings, trials and court of appeal matters.
Rebecca is completing her Paralegal Certificate through Capilano University and hopes to be graduating by late 2019. Rebecca enjoys a healthy and active lifestyle with her husband and young daughter.
Since graduating with her Legal Administrative Assistant (LAA) certificate from Douglas College in 2017, Jamila Punjani has been working as a legal assistant with specialization in the area of family law. She is now in pursuit of her Paralegal designation at Vancouver Community College and hopes to complete her program within the next year. Meanwhile, Jamila is an active student member of the BC Paralegal Association (BCPA). In her spare time, Jamila enjoys reading, travelling, running, and spending time with her family, her friends, and her beloved cat Dorian Gray.
Tonya is detail-oriented and personable with a passion for everything she dives into. She thrives in fast paced work environments and is always up for taking on new challenges in the workplace. Guardian Law is Tonya's first step into the legal industry and she is eager to expand her knowledge and grow with the team.
Tonya has a passion for floral design and you can find here getting her hands dirty at a local flower shop in the city of Burnaby whenever she finds spare time!