The Guardian Law team

Michelle Guy

Principal

Michelle has practiced civil litigation and family law for more than 14 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 Walkinshaw

Lawyer

Bruce practices family and child protection law and has strong experience in negotiation, mediation, and litigation before both the Provincial and Supreme Court of 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.

David Exel

Lawyer

David is an associate at Guardian Law and primarily practices family law and wills and estates.

David obtained his Bachelor of Arts at McGill University and graduated with distinction in 2015. After teaching English in Japan, David completed his Juris Doctor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in 2020. During his studies, he provided legal services to marginalized clients with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and the Rise Women’s Legal Centre.

Prior to joining Guardian Law, David articled at a boutique firm in downtown Vancouver where he represented clients in both the Supreme and Provincial court. David was called to the bar in 2021.

In his spare time, David enjoys long runs while listening to audiobooks.

George Page

Office Manager

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.

Ratinder Mundi

Articling Student

Ratinder is an Articling Student at Guardian Law helping lawyers with files, research and communication with clients and law firms.

Before attending law school, Ratinder graduated from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) with a Bachelor of Business Degree in Marketing and Public Relations. Ratinder received her Law Degree (Honours) from Leicester University, UK in 2016 and then came back to Canada and successfully completed the National Credential Associations qualification exams.  During this time, she was a member of the Access Pro Bono where she received hands on experience in litigation and dealing with clients.

Ratinder is married to her college sweetheart Gurki Rai and has two amazing little kids whom she adores and pretty much spends all her free time with. Ratinder enjoys watching Disney movies, working out, and volunteering as her daughter’s grade one class rep and her Rookie softball coach. She is most proud to be Sikh and teaching her kids all about this amazing culture. Ratinder is fluent in both Punjabi and English.

Abhilash Attri

Articling Student

Abhilash holds a Master of Laws degree from Kurukshetra University, India and has over seven years of experience as a litigation lawyer in India.

Abhilash moved to Canada in 2019 and was awarded a Certificate of Qualification from the Federation of Law Societies, Canada in December 2020.

Abhilash is a well-versed legal professional, he is highly motivated and tenacious, backed by a strong work ethic. His personable nature has allowed him to form bonds with clients, colleagues, and other professionals.

Abhilash relishes his spare time playing with his kids, listening to music while cooking, travelling, and hiking.

Keisha Elliston

Legal Assistant

Keisha has worked in the Legal Industry for over 15 years after graduating from the Legal Assistant Program with Honours at Capilano University.

Keisha was a Legal Assistant to counsel for the Director of Child, Family and Community Service on child protection matters. She is excited to expand her knowledge of Family and Real Estate Law at Guardian Law.

Keisha was born in England and immigrated to Vancouver, BC in the 90’s. Keisha loves travelling, spending time with her 3 children biking, camping, and exploring new lakes.

Natashia Oriecuia

Legal Assistant

Natashia has worked as a litigation legal assistant since 2017 after attending Capilano University for General Studies then graduating from the Legal Assistant program at Vancouver Career College. She has a passion for family law and assists with all aspects of file management including drafting pleadings, preparing for hearings and trials, communicating with clients and scheduling support for Michelle’s busy practice.

Outside of work, Natashia enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking, cycling and watching Formula 1 races.

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