Firm Profile > Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson > Vancouver, Canada

Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson

Dispute resolution

British Columbia’s premier litigation boutique, Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson impresses with the breadth of its expertise and depth of its core team. A frequent participant in landmark regulatory cases, the group is often engaged by the Law Society of BC in matters involving major professional issues. On the commercial litigation front, the group has strong recent experience in real estate, construction and shareholder disputes. Irwin Nathanson QC is widely recognized as one of BC’s most capable litigators and focuses on corporate and commercial litigation. Stephen Schachter QC is another high-profile figure in the market. The group also includes up-and-coming partner Peter Senkpiel, who already has extensive trial and appellate experience, and associate Caitlin Ohama-Darcus.

Key clients

Law Society of British Columbia

Argus Properties

Rising Sun Investments

AdvanTec Global Innovations

Able Solutions

Raicon Developments

Pacnet Services

Hong Leong Oei, Hong Kong Expo Holdings and Canadian Metropolitan Properties Corporation

Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District

Federal Express Canada

LTS Infrastructure Services Limited Partnership

Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP is recognized as among Canada’s leading litigation firms. Led by five Queen’s Counsel, our select team has litigated many of British Columbia’s largest and most complicated business, commercial, and civil disputes. Known for its intellectual rigour, high quality advocacy, responsiveness to clients’ needs, and flexibility in procedural matters, the firm has experience arguing and defending certification motions, judicial reviews, summary trials, trials, and appeals.

In addition to the firm’s five Queen’s Counsel, the firm includes many former law clerks from the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. The firm’s lawyers serve as adjunct professors at UBC Law School; write chapters in texts on Business Torts, Government Liability, and the Annual Review of Law and Practice; frequently speak at continuing legal education events; and co-author the annual British Columbia Supreme Court Rules Annotated, and The Civil Appeal Handbook.

NST’s clients include successful private and public companies, many of whom are referred to us by leading Canadian and international law firms. The firm acts regularly in some of British Columbia and Canada’s most significant cases across the full range of commercial disputes, including contract disputes, shareholders’ disputes, securities and oppression claims, real estate development and property disputes, hostile take-over bids and derivative actions, administrative proceedings, actions for professional negligence, defamation actions and employment disputes, class actions and representative proceedings, mining claims, and pension litigation.

NST also has an active bankruptcy and insolvency practice headed by Peter Reardon and Kevin Loo. Peter has been twice recognized by Best Lawyers Canada as Lawyer of the Year for Insolvency and Restructuring in Vancouver, including for 2020. Kevin Loo has regularly been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada and Benchmark Litigation. Peter and Kevin regularly act for trustees, receivers, financial institutions and other creditors as well as for debtors and other stakeholders in restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy matters. The team is an essential complement to NST’s business litigation practice and to the corporate and commercial issues that arise for NST’s clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution Irwin G. Nathanson 604-662-8840
Dispute Resolution Stephen R. Schachter 604-662-8840
Arbitration and Mediation Murray A. Clemens 604-662-8840
Photo Name Position Profile
 Karen Carteri  photo Karen Carteri Partner
 Murray Clemens photo Murray Clemens Partner
 Heather Doi  photo Heather Doi Associate
 Emily Hansen  photo Emily Hansen Associate
 R.J. Randall Hordo photo R.J. Randall Hordo Partner
 Julia Lockhart  photo Julia Lockhart Partner
 Kevin Loo  photo Kevin Loo Partner
 James MacInnis photo James MacInnis Partner
 Irwin Nathanson photo Irwin Nathanson Partner
 Caitlin Ohama-Darcus photo Caitlin Ohama-Darcus Associate
 James Parker  photo James Parker Associate
 Stephen Schachter photo Stephen Schachter Partner
 Peter Senkpiel photo Peter Senkpiel Partner
 Kayla Strong  photo Kayla Strong Associate
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
Arbitrator and Mediator : Murray A. Clemens
Bankruptcy and Insolvency : Peter R. Reardon, Kevin D. Loo