Mike is a partner at Rice Harbut Elliott LLP. He has devoted his career to exclusively representing injured plaintiffs. His practice focuses on severe and catastrophic claims, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, and orthopedic injuries, caused by motor vehicle accidents, unsafe premises, assaults, and medical and dental malpractice. Mike dedicates a significant portion of his practice to select class action litigation.
The courtroom is where Mike was meant to be. As a child, he would forgo Saturday morning cartoons to watch black and white Perry Mason reruns, much to the chagrin of his younger brothers. Mike has broad and extensive trial experience, has been counsel on numerous precedent setting decisions, and is tireless in his dedication to finding new and innovative ways to represent his clients inside and outside the courtroom. He currently advocates for his clients at all levels of Court in British Columbia.
What Mike enjoys most about his work is the opportunity to level the playing field between large corporate defendants and individual plaintiffs. Other than trial, Mike believes the most meaningful part of his job is meeting and getting to know people from all walks of life. He places particular importance on ensuring that he and his team thoughtfully guide clients through what is often the most difficult time in their lives. Mike is stubborn but compassionate – a relentless advocate for his clients but committed to listening and learning about the people whom he represents.
Member, Law Society of British Columbia
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Vancouver Bar Association
Regular Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
Regular Lecturer, Trial Lawyers Associate of British Columbia Seminars
B.A., History, University of British Columbia (2004)
LL.B., University of New Brunswick (2007)
Place And Year Of Call
British Columbia (2008)
Board of Directors, Working Gear Clothing Society (2009 to 2018)
Judge, Allard Law First Year Moot Court (2016 to present)
After a decade living in the city, Mike and his family recently returned to his hometown of South Surrey. When not at work, Mike is happiest when spending time with his beautiful wife and four children who act as reminders of what matters most. He enjoys travelling and has lived in both Ireland and New Zealand. A former varsity rugby player, Mike has taken up boxing with humbling results. His other interests include reading, following politics, road cycling, polar bear swims, and the great outdoors.