Over 100 Years of Combined Personal Injury Law Experience
The MacIsaac Group injury lawyers have over 100 years of combined personal injury law experience. It is unusual to have a team of personal injury attorneys with such extensive experience in injury claims. In addition to the personal injury team, the advantage of the MacIsaac Group is that all of the lawyers in the Group are available when legal issues arise. When you retain the services of a lawyer in the MacIsaac Group, you avail yourself of the resources, wisdom, experiences and talents of the entire Group. Together the lawyers in the MacIsaac Group have over 700 years of combined legal experience.
B.A. (UBC ’71), LL.B. (UBC ’75)
John Godfrey began the first two years of his career in law working as a prosecutor with the Ministry of the Attorney General before joining MacIsaac, Clark & Company in their Nanaimo office in 1978. Since 1986, John Godfrey has practiced out of the Victoria office of MacIsaac & Company. A member of the British Columbia Bar and the B.C. Trial Lawyers Association, he services clients throughout British Columbia. John Godfrey’s practice is focused on civil litigation with emphasis in the area of injury claims, and particularly head injury and other serious trauma and death claims.
“Experience not only counts – it makes a difference. I am proud to have represented seriously injured clients for over 30 years.”
B.A. (Honours)(Sask. ’80), LL.B. (Sask. ’84)
Michael Pohorecky is a member of the British Columbia Bar. He belongs to the Canadian Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, and American Trial Lawyers Association. He was on the executive of the Victoria Bar Association for three years. His practice is focused on civil litigation, primarily injury claims. Mr. Pohorecky has helped clients throughout British Columbia and Alberta.
“As a long time commuter cyclist, I have a special concern for those injured while cycling.”
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Since 1981, Lorne Sinclair has been based in Victoria and Duncan and served clients throughout British Columbia and Alberta. He has focused his law practice on acting for plaintiffs in personal injury claims including brain injury, spinal injury, fractures and chronic pain disorders. Lorne Sinclair is a past governor of the British Columbia Trial Lawyers Association and a frequent instructor with the British Columbia Legal Education and Professional Legal Training program. He is a member of the British Columbia and Alberta Law Society.
“I appreciate the difficulties that may occur to innocent victims of negligent conduct by drivers and property owners and will strive to provide the best advocacy for my clients.”
“I have practical solutions and problem solving ability from over 25 years experience in personal injury law.”
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B.Sc. (Physics)(UBC ’77), LL.B. (UBC ’81)
John Jordan carries on a civil litigation practice focusing on personal injury law, estate litigation, condominium law and litigation, and general civil litigation. He is a member of the B.C. Trial Lawyers Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Jordan participates in and financially supports many local charities. He is the executive director of the Salvation Army Pro Bono Legal Clinic, having instituted its creation, and supervises its operation; and is a Director of the Central Vancouver Island Crisis Society. Mr. Jordan is an avid windsurfer, golfer, skier/snowboarder and hockey player. He lives in Nanaimo with his wife and four daughters.
“I am proud to have been born in Nanaimo and to have represented seriously injured accident victims for over 20 years, applying negotiation and trial skills to achieve settlement and trial results in very difficult cases.”
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David MacLeod’s practice focuses on criminal defence, civil litigation and medical malpractice claims and he has assisted clients throughout British Columbia. He is an avid golfer and runner.
Raised in Victoria, Edith Lau holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria.
After articling with MacIsaac and Company, Edith was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 2009. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia.
Edith speaks fluent Cantonese and has worked and studied overseas. She hopes to use her language and cross-cultural skills to assist clients of various backgrounds.
In her spare time, Edith enjoys badminton, volleyball, travelling and spending time with her family.
Donal C. McKay
B.A. (Victoria ’82), LL.B (Victoria ’85)
Prior to joining MacIsaac & Company, Don acquired extensive experience as a trial lawyer practicing personal injury law, insurance defense litigation, general civil litigation and criminal law (defense and prosecution). Don has represented clients in all levels of Court, including the British Columbia Supreme Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. At MacIsaac & Company, Don has focused his practice and will be practicing primarily in the area of personal injury litigation. In his spare time, Don enjoys playing hockey, fishing and boating with his family.
“Reasonable out of Court settlements are always preferred when resolving claims but my 24 years of Courtroom experience serve my clients well in the event that a trial is necessary to achieve fair results.”
Martin O. Screech
B.A. (Honours)(Victoria ’83) M.A. (Toronto ’90) LL.B. (Victoria ’92)
Martin Screech practices in the areas of personal injury law, general civil litigation, family and criminal law. Prior to joining MacIsaac & Company, he practiced law in Nanaimo and Victoria, B.C., in the areas of family, criminal and immigration law.
“I believe in client service and bring a practical approach to the resolution of legal issues.”
B.Comm (UBC ’92) LL.B. (UBC ’05)
Paul Pelzer practices in the areas of personal injury, general civil litigation and criminal law. He is a member of the British Columbia Bar and belongs to the Canadian Bar Association. A former volunteer firefighter, Paul Pelzer continues to volunteer in the community as an active member of the Salvation Army Pro Bono Legal Clinic. He enjoys classic cars and snowboarding. Paul Pelzer is a proud single father and lives in Nanaimo with his son.
“The circumstances surrounding the decision to hire a lawyer are always stressful. I will work with you to ease the stress and obtain a fair and equitable resolution as quickly as possible while still vigorously protecting your legal rights.”