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Our Team

Luke Zacharias at Zacharias Law

Luke Zacharias

Managing Partner

I am the founding partner of Zacharias Vickers.  I have a passion for helping people.  In the context of law, people often need assistance during some of the most difficult times of their lives.  I care about being able to make a real difference during these difficult times.

 

I believe in giving back to my community.  I have focused much of my community involvement on helping those in need.  Below are some of the community organizations that I have been involved with.

I grew up in Chilliwack and graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Arts in 1999.  I attended law school at the University of British Columbia and graduated with my Juris Doctor in 2002.  I have been a member of the British Columbia Bar since completing my articles in 2003.

 

I care about obtaining great results for my clients.  Many cases are resolved by way of negotiation, however, this is not always possible.  Below are some of my trial results.

  1. Godbout v Notter, 2019 BCSC 1481 (court costs for personal injury action)
    The judge awarded my client double costs for the trial and awarded 1.5 times the double costs for two counsel attending trial.
  2. Gascoigne v Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company (Desjardins Insurance), 2019 BCSC 1241
    In this case, our client’s disability benefits were terminated.  The court ordered that the disability benefits had to be reinstated and payment be continued going forward.  The court also awarded $30,000 in aggravated damages against the insurance company.
  1. Noftle v Bartosch, 2018 BCSC 766 (personal injury)
    In this case, ICBC offered my client $300,000 to settle.  At trial we sought $1.2 million. The judge awarded $1.18 million.
  2. Godbout v Notter, 2018 BCSC 1043 (personal injury)
    In this case ICBC denied liability offering no compensation until making a small offer on the eve of trial.  The judge determined the other driver to be fully liable and awarded $583,000.
  3. Schlachter v. Foster, 2017 BCSC 300 (personal injury)
    In this case, ICBC found my client to be fully at fault for the accident.  The judge determined the other driver to be fully at fault for the accident.
  4. Renaerts v. Renaerts, 2015 BCSC 1028 (personal injury)
    In this case ICBC offered$100,000 to settle the case.  The judge awarded $321,000.
  5. Toor v. Aujla, 2015 BCSC 1104 (removal of CPL)
  6. Derksen v. Canada Safeway Limited, 2013 BCSC 2346 (production of privileged documents)
  7. Spenst v. Reemeyer, 2013 BCSC 1394 (production of privileged documents)
  8. Hood v Zulyniak, 2013 BCSC 2616 (document production in a fast track action)
  9. Jarvie v. Banwait, 2013 BCSC 337 (commercial lease and estate litigation)
  10. Hood v. Wrigley, 2013 BCSC 231 (personal injury)
    In this case ICBC offered $50,000.  The judge awarded $253,000.
  11. Bains v. Bhullar, 2012 BCSC 1418 (real estate transaction)
    In this case, we successfully established fraud against a vendor in the sale of a blueberry farm.
  12. Prins Greenhouses Ltd. v. Garden Back to Eden Organic Ltd., 2010 BCSC 1939 (debt claim upheld at the Court of Appeal)
  13. Learie v. Garg, 2010 BCSC 1938 (foreclosure and equitable set-off)
  14. Riverside Equipment Inc. v. Tige Industries Ltd., 2009 BCSC 1921 (contractual interpretation and contra proferentem)
    In addition to these judgments, I have successfully run numerous jury trials, which do not result in reported decisions.
  • Board Member, Chilliwack Community Services 2010-2011
  • Vice-President, Chilliwack Community Services 2011-2012
  • President, Chilliwack Community Services 2012-2016
  • Past President, Chilliwack Community Services – 2016 – present
  • Director, Chilliwack Children’s Foundation 2008-2012
  • Vice Chair, Chilliwack Children’s Foundation 2012-2013
  • Chair, Chilliwack Children’s Foundation 2013-present
  • Member, Chilliwack Mt. Cheam Rotary Club 2006-present
  • Board Member, Mt. Cheam Rotary Club 2015 – present
  • President – Elect, Mt. Cheam Rotary Club 2016-2017
  • President – Mt. Cheam Rotary Club 2017 – 2018
  • Past President – Mt. Cheam Rotary Club 2018 – 2019
  • Advisory Committee Member, Starfish Backpack Program 2015 – present
  • Board Member – Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation – 2017 – present
Contact me at lzacharias@zachariasvickers.com  or  604-392-8644
Brian Vickers at Zacharias Law

Brian Vickers

Partner

I was born and raised in Abbotsford and grew up playing baseball with the Abbotsford Cardinals. With the guidance and support of my local community, I went on to play for various universities in Canada and across the United States. After exhausting that dream with a short professional career, I returned to British Columbia to obtain my Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University in 2014. I was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2015.

 

Since being called, I have developed a strong record in the courtroom, running six Supreme Court trials recently. My most notable achievements have come in the areas of personal injury, employment, defamation, commercial law, wills and estates litigation, real estate, and insurance defence law.

 

My primary focus is to provide value to my local community. Whether this is accomplished by providing practical legal advice in a clear and easy to understand manner or by advocating for clients at trial, I am committed to working with my clients to alleviate stress and dispel any uncertainty regarding the litigation process. My overriding objective is that every client is better off for having retained me.

 

The desire to provide value to my community is a trait shared by all members of Zacharias Vickers, as are our strength, comfort, and familiarity in the courtroom.

 

I also strive to provide value to the community beyond the office or the courtroom. The following are some of the community organizations that I have been involved with:

Board Member – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley (2017 – present)

Regional Counsel Member – United Way of the Lower Mainland (2018 – present)

Campaign Cabinet Member – United Way of the Lower Mainland (2017 – present)

President – Chilliwack District Bar Association (2016 – 2017)

Treasurer – Chilliwack District Bar Association (2015 – 2016)

Contact me at bvickers@zachariasvickers.com  or  604-392-8644

Shane Rutledge

Associate Councel

I am an experienced solicitor with a practice focusing on corporate/business transactions, commercial lending and real estate development. I work with a broad range of clients from individuals and small business startups to large institutional lenders. I assist business clients with a wide variety of matters including the purchase or sale of businesses, the preparation and review of contracts and leases, incorporation, shareholders agreements and corporate reorganizations. In my commercial lending practice, I act for both lenders and borrowers with respect to the preparation, review and registration of security documentation and have experience with both local and multi-jurisdictional transactions. In my real estate development practice, I assist developers with all aspects of the development process including land acquisition, municipal approvals, marketing compliance, preparation of required encumbrances, subdivision and sale of properties.

 

I value the relationships I have built with my clients over the years. The best part of my job is the opportunity to assist my clients with the opportunities and challenges of their business and to watch them develop and grow.

 

I was born and raised in Southern Ontario and completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at the University of Waterloo in 2003. I obtained my LLB from the University of British Columbia in 2007 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2008. Prior to joining Zacharias Vickers LLP I practiced for 12 years at a mid-size Fraser Valley Law Firm, first as an Associate and then as a Partner.

 

When not practicing law I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking and camping. I’m also a strong advocate for health and fitness and when time permits I provide personal training coaching as a certified personal trainer. I am also a member of the Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department which has proven to be an incredible opportunity to become involved and give back to the community.

Contact me at srutledge@zachariasvickers.com  or  604-392-8644
Brittany corwin at Zacharias Law

Brittany Corwin

Associate

I am passionate about helping people and making a positive difference in my clients’ lives when it comes to their various legal problems. I understand the difficult and stressful nature of litigation and I will be there to provide legal advice and guidance each step of the way.

 

I was born in New Westminster and grew up in Maple Ridge, BC. Upon completion of high school, I attended Simon Fraser University and obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in 2012, majoring in Psychology. I subsequently attended law school at Thompson Rivers University where I received my Juris Doctor in 2015.

 

Prior to joining Zacharias Vickers as a founding member of the firm, I practiced at a mid-sized regional firm in the Fraser Valley where I completed my articles and practiced as an Associate following my call to the British Columbia Bar in 2016.

 

My main practice areas include personal injury, disability law, commercial litigation and civil litigation. I have appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia.

 

Outside of the office, I enjoy being involved in my community. I am currently the Vice President of the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and am a founding member of the Chilliwack Women’s Leadership Collective. I’m also a member of the Rotary Club of Chilliwack After Hours and sit on the Board of Directors for the Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society. In my spare time, I enjoy soccer, golf, snowboarding and travelling when time permits.

Contact me at bcorwin@zachariasvickers.com  or  604-392-8644
Trent Zoobkoff at Zacharias Law

Trent Zoobkoff

Associate

I am a civil litigator and associate at Zacharias Vickers. I maintain a broad civil litigation practice and advise clients in a number of areas of law including employment, estate, and commercial litigation. I also have experience in personal injury, family, disability insurance, and traffic law.

 

Originally from Nelson, British Columbia, I worked in construction in Northern Alberta and the Kootenays prior to becoming a lawyer. I built a strong work ethic in this industry, which I have been proud to incorporate into my legal practice today. I also understand that just like in construction, there are multiple ways to solve the most complex of legal issues. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is working closely with my clients to help them understand their legal matter and path to resolution. I have appeared before the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia and am a strong advocate for my clients both in and out of court.

 

Prior to joining Zacharias Vickers, I completed my articles and practised as an associate at a prominent Fraser Valley firm in Chilliwack. I obtained my Bachelor of Business before earning my Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law, in 2017. I was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2018.

Contact me at tzoobkoff@zachariasvickers.com  or  604-392-8644

Stephen Gillman

Associate

I am an experienced civil litigator and my practice focuses on labour and employment law. I assist both employees and employers in drafting employment contracts, negotiating severance packages, developing and navigating workplace polices and in litigating matters involving wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal, harassment, human rights, occupational health and safety, employment standards claims and labour disputes.

 

Before joining Zacharias Vickers LLP, I gained vast experience practicing labour and employment law at a national law firm, working out of both Vancouver and Toronto. I am called to the bar in British Columbia and Ontario and I have represented clients across the country and appeared at all levels of court in Canada as well as at various employment related tribunals and at labour arbitrations.

 

I cherish the relationships I have developed with my clients throughout my years of practice. Whether it be assisting an employee to improve a severance package or working with an employer to develop a multifaceted human resource policy, I am results orientated and take pride in providing a premium service to all my clients.

 

When not engaged with my clients or in the courtroom, I enjoy exploring the Fraser Valley, being involved in the community and attempting to improve my culinary abilities.

Contact me at sgillman@zachariasvickers.com  or  604-392-8644