Vasilis F.L. Pappas

Donny Surtani

David E. Gruber

Christian Carbajal, FCIArb.

Dr. Srikant Parthasarathy

Allen J. Krouse III

Marvin R.V. Storrow

Professional Experience

Mr. Storrow is a senior litigation partner involved in arbitration, mediation, civil and criminal law. His expertise includes general commercial litigation, personal injury, native claims, general commercial litigation, criminal law, environmental law, “White Collar Crime”, anti-dumping and international trade cases

His practice has involved numerous appearances at all levels of the provincial and federal court systems, including numerous appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Storrow was counsel on the leading First Nations cases of Guerin v. Her Majesty the Queen, R. v. Sparrow, Roberts v. The Queen, and R. v. Gladstone at all court levels along with a number of aboriginal rights and other leading Canadian cases including ApsassinDelgamuukwandErmineskin v. Her Majesty the Queen. Three of his cases have been ranked by Canadian legal scholars as among the top 15 most important cases in Canadian legal history.

Mr. Storrow has conducted several trials at all Court levels in the Northwest Territories and in every province of Canada except Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Storrow’s cases appear approximately 500 times in various Canadian legal reports.

Mr. Storrow is recognized annually in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the leading lawyers in Canada.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Storrow has been involved with a wide variety of litigious matters and alternative dispute resolution matters over the past 47 years.

  • Arbitrator since approximately 1985
  • Chartered Arbitrator – ADR Institute of Canada
  • Member of the arbitrator panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recipient of the Chief Justice James Valentine Milvain, Visiting Chair in Advocacy (University of Calgary) in 1987. This Award is awarded to a leading Canadian barrister.
  • The Georges A. Goyer, Q.C. Award for exceptional contributions to the legal profession.
  • Mr. Storrow was awarded the University of British Columbia Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This Award is given to recognize an extraordinary individual who through a lifetime of outstanding service and contribution to the community has demonstrated the true spirit of the Association’s mission.
  • Mr. Storrow has received an LL.D. (honoris causa) Doctorate Degree from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Mr. Storrow has written and lectured on a number of “White Collar Crime”, “Aboriginal Rights”, “Medicare in Canada” “Child Pornography” and several other matters and acted as defence counsel in one of Canada’s first money laundering cases.

Mr. Storrow has been a frequent lecturer and conference co-ordinator for both the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. and the University of British Columbia Law School. He has delivered lectures and chaired panels both inside and outside of Canada as well as at the University of Victoria, School of Public Administration; Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform & Criminal Justice Policy, Canada; Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and Pacific Business & Law Institute, the University of Calgary Law School and Pacific Business & Law.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1962
Admitted to the British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest Territories Bars

Christopher J. O’Connor

Professional Experience

  • Christopher O’Connor, Q.C. is a former Partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Has extensive experience in advising owners and contractors with respect to construction disputes, delay claims and all forms of construction disputes.
  • Advised sureties with respect to contractor defaults and L&M bond claims.
  • Advised fidelity insurers with respect to coverage issues under brokers’ blanket bonds, bankers blanket bonds, and subrogation claims arising from such disputes.
  • Acted for various parties in the leaky condo crisis in British Columbia including the Ministry of Education with respect to leaky schools.
  • Has experience in major matters such as the Capilano Twin Tunnel Project, the Lions gate Bridge Re-Decking, The Millennium Line, the Save-on Foods roof collapse, design and construction of a Potash Plant, design and construction of transmission lines, construction of manufacturing plants, construction of the Expo 86 ALRT guideway, the failure of posttension cables in buildings, claim arising out of the construction of hydro facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and bridges, highways and recreation centres.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Christopher O’Connor, Q.C. has extensive experience in arbitrations and mediations, including acting as an arbitrator in a dispute relating to the construction of mine, a dispute relating of a co-generation plant, a dispute with respect to the construction of a transmission line, the annual price under a long term gas supply agreement, a dispute relating to the construction of a school, a dispute relating to the construction of a pipe line, a dispute relating to the construction of a highways bridge, a highways maintenance contract, a hospital, a golf course club house and a hotel, disputes relating to a purchase and sale agreement of shares in number of companies in the food industry, a commission agreement for a loan, the amount of rent payable under a lease, and a real estate partnership dispute, and a law firm’s departure dispute.

  • Lectured at University of British Columbia Law School in ADR Course
  • Participated in seminars conducted by Insight, the Canadian Institute, and The British Columbia Continuing Legal Education with respect to arbitration issues and mediation issues
  • Participated as a lecturer at Forbes Conference on the Americas in Miami, Florida: The Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards in Canada and Association of Professional Engineers Annual Conference: Arbitration
  • Accredited the designation Chartered Arbitrator by the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada
  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, England
  • Accredited mediator and arbitrator at the British Columbia International Arbitration Centre
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada as the 2011 Vancouver Construction Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada as the 2015 Vancouver Construction Lawyer of the Year
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Chambers Canada (construction law) and Best Lawyers in Canada (construction law; director and officer liability; insurance law)
  • Recognized in Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (local litigation star – British Columbia)
  • Recognized in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (construction law)
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (construction law; international commercial arbitration; litigation – commercial insurance)
  • Featured in Who’s Who Legal: Construction and Who’s Who Legal: Canada, as well as the construction chapter in the compendium edition of Who’s Who Legal
  • One of the top 500 lawyers in Canada
  • Accredited AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Past Governor of the College of Canadian Construction Lawyers
Academic Qualifications

Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, 1976
BA with Distinction from Carleton University, 1973

Contact

O’Connor Dispute Resolution Inc.
1887 Bonito Crescent,
Nanoose, BC, Canada V9P 9J1
Email: chris@oconnoradr.com
Phone: 778-229-1708

David S. C. Ngai

Professional Experience

David Ngai has over 30 years experience as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in North America, Asia and Europe. David also has over 30 years experience in Building and Civil Engineering Projects.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • ICBC Arbitrator, 2003
  • Arbitrator since 2000
  • BCAMI – Part 1, 2000, Part 2, 2001, Part 3, 2002
Professional and Other Activities

  • Instructor at BCIT since 1999 – Excellence Award 2009
  • Professional Fellowship – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (U.K.)
  • Professional Member of Quantity Surveyor of British Columbia
  • Professional Member of Canadian Institution of Quantity Surveyors
  • Member of American Association of Cost Engineers (U.S.)
  • Gold Seal Certified of Canadian Construction Association
  • Chartered Member of British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • Chartered Member of Vancouver International Arbitration Centre
  • Chartered Member of ADR Institute of Canada
Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Law – Honors 1995

 

Leslie E. Maerov

 

Professional Experience

Leslie E. Maerov was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia in 1975, and as a solicitor of England & Wales in 1991. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto and also obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He was in private practice in Vancouver from 1975 until 1997, initially as a litigator and then as a corporate and commercial lawyer, and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2011.

Between 2001 and 2014, Mr. Maerov was Chief Executive Officer and President as well as a founder of a public-listed telecom company. Between 2014-2018 he was Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel of the company until it was sold. As CEO he leveraged his commercial law expertise and business mindset to develop and implement the company’s strategic growth plans. He was responsible for financing the company’s operations, mergers and acquisitions, all contractual negotiations and regulatory compliance. Since July 2018, he has resumed full time practice as a commercial arbitrator and solicitor.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Leslie E. Maerov has numerous domestic and international arbitrations as sole arbitrator and as member of three-person panels under ICDR (International Centre for Dispute Resolution) and FINRA (U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) and ad hoc rules.

Fellowship training by CIArb. (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators).

Professional and Other Activities

  • 2012 to Present – Director, presently Governing Director & Chair, BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC)
  • 2004 to Present – Director & Past Chair, Childhood Cancer Family Support Society
  • 2004 -2017, Director and presently Treasurer, Pacific Coast Baseball Umpires Association
  • 2018 to Present – Director and presently Secretary, British Columbia Baseball Umpires Association
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Panelist, International Centre for Dispute Resolution Canada (ICDR Canada)
  • Member, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Canada Arbitration Committee
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of BC (ADRBC)
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of B.C. (1975)
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (1991)
  • 1997 to 1998 – Past Chairman, School Consultative Committee Academic Committee on Curriculum, Kitsilano Secondary School, Vancouver
  • 1978 to 1995 – Lecturer, Law Society of British Columbia, Bar Admission Course: Company Law
  • 1978 to 1995 – Lecturer, UBC Faculty of Commerce, Certified General Accountants program: Commercial Law
  • 1980 to 1985 – Member-at-large, Advertising Standards Council: B.C. Region
  • 2011 to present – National-level umpire, Baseball Canada
  • 1994 – Author, Bare Bones WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, Publication by Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
Academic Qualifications

LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario (1974)
B.A., University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta (1971)