- Private practice of law, commercial, administrative and securities litigation
- Chief Counsel, British Columbia Securities Commission, 1992-1996
- Ministry of the Attorney General, acting exclusively for the British Columbia Securities Commission, 1989-1992
Mark joined the firm's litigation group in 2003 and is Associate Counsel to the firm. Mark has more than 25 years of experience as a commercial litigator, with a focus on securities litigation. He is recognized as one of Canada's leading practitioners in securities litigation by such authorities as the Lexpert Directory and the peer-selected Best Lawyers in Canada, where he is also listed in the category of Corporate and Commercial Litigation. Mark is noted in particular for the comprehensive nature of his practice. He typically acts on behalf of persons who are the subject of proceedings initiated by securities regulators, but he has also acted for regulators such as the TSX Venture Exchange, the TSX, the Investment Dealers Association, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission.
Mark has in-depth understanding of the senior securities regulator's perspective, reflecting his representation (including five years as Chief Counsel) of the British Columbia Securities Commission. He has frequently acted in every level of court in British Columbia, and has acted in the Alberta Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. He has also frequently acted in administrative proceedings before the British Columbia Securities Commission, as well as the Alberta Securities Commission and other administrative bodies.
Mark has a wealth of experience in the prosecution and defence of numerous complex hearings before all levels of the court. Some examples include:
- Appeared before the British Columbia Securities Commission on behalf of Eron Mortgage Corporation and Pacific International Securities Inc.
- Acted as counsel in many appeals before the B.C. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
- Acted on several of the leading court cases dealing with the jurisdiction and powers of the Securities Commission, the application of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the context of securities investigations and hearings, and procedural fairness issues such as the standards of pre-hearing disclosure.
- Acted for the B.C. Government in litigation in the B.C. Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in a trust law case securing funds for Westar employees following the company's bankruptcy.
February 25, 2008
Federated Press, Vancouver
January 30, 2006
Western Canadian Securities Litigation Advanced Forum, Calgary
November 22, 2005
Lang Michener Five O'clock Seminar, Toronto
November 15, 1999
Third Annual Western Canadian Securities Forum