The Guardian Law team
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 are 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.
Yulina practices real estate, civil and family litigation and is an associate at Guardian Law.
Yulina was born in China and immigrated to Vancouver, B.C. when she was thirteen. She is fluent in English and Mandarin. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and minor in Economic Policy from the University of Victoria. She obtained her law degree in the United States and practiced in Seattle, Washington for a year before coming back to Vancouver. Yulina is licensed to practice in both British Columbia and Washington State.
Prior to joining Guardian, Yulina articled at a general practice firm, where she represented clients in family and civil litigation cases on property division, enforcement of foreign judgement, fraud and misrepresentation, and commercial contract disputes.
In her spare time, Yulina enjoys music, travelling, and football games. She is a die-hard New England Patriots fan.
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 in 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.
Senior Legal Assistant
Rebecca Rusznak is a senior legal assistant and executive assistant to Michelle Guy.
Having worked alongside 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 Paralegal Certificate, Jamila Punjani has been working at Guardian Law as a Paralegal with specialization in the areas of family law and wills/estate administration.
Jamila is passionate about working closely with clients over court documents such as Financial Statements, List of Documents, and matters such as Desk Order Divorces and applying Certificates of Pending Litigation.
Jamila is an active member of the BC Paralegal Association (BCPA), and enjoys attending networking events as well as participating in professional development courses. In her spare time, you can find Jamila reading, travelling, writing, spending time with her family, her friends, or her beloved cat Dorian Gray.
George Page is a former District Manager with the Walgreen Drug Company located out of Deerfield, Illinois, where he worked for 34 years. George was also Vice President and Treasurer of Page-Breedlove Homes.
George received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management in 1999 from the University of Phoenix. He attended the University of Arizona from 1974–1976. George has attended various courses including Dale Carnegie Public Speaking, Zinger-Miller Communications, the American Management Association and HRC Leadership Advancement.
George currently lives in Vancouver with his husband. When not working George enjoys cooking, wine tasting, entertaining and travel.
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