Koffman Kalef LLP Business Lawyers
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Bar Admissions / Year of Call: 
Manitoba 1974, British Columbia 1980
University of Manitoba, B.A., LL.B. University of London, LL.M.
Areas of Practice: 
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Professional Experience: 

Don is a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group.

Some of Don's representative cases are as follows:

  • Defended manufacturers in numerous product liability claims involving water ingress, fires, personal injury and damage to property;
  • Counsel in commercial arbitrations in British Columbia and Alberta involving business disputes, contract disputes and commercial leases;
  • Represented manufacturer-retailer in commercial litigation involving e-commerce agreement: Enterprising Minds Technology Consultants Inc. v. Lululemon Athletica Inc., 2006 BCSC 1168;
  • Defended bank against claim for negligent misrepresentation in a construction financing case: B. Cusano Contracting Ltd. v. Bank of Montreal, 2006 BCCA 52, 2004 BCSC 1385;
  • Counsel in numerous successful mediations in commercial cases and in disputes pursuant to the Timber Harvesting Contract and Subcontract Regulation of British Columbia;
  • Defended franchisor against claim for breach of contract, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty regarding a franchise agreement and a commercial lease: Duhigh Holdings Ltd. v. 24 Hour Entertainment Group Ltd., 2004 BCSC 1689;
  • Represented party in claim for dissolution of partnership and joint venture agreement for the acquisition and development of land: Carlson v. Sopow, 2004 BCSC 956, 2004 BCCA 612;
  • Represented owner of commercial property in dispute with realtor regarding real estate commission: Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Inc. v. Park Georgia Properties Ltd., 2003 BCSC 1785;
  • Defended theatre owner against wrongful death claim arising out of a shooting in a movie theatre: Mirhadi v. Famous Players Inc., 2002 BCSC 267;
  • Defended employer against numerous claims arising out of employment agreement: Beauchamp v. Columbia College, 2001 BCSC 804;
  • Represented third party in class action proceedings arising from the collapse of Eron Mortgage Corporation: Cooper v. Hobart, 2000 BCCA 151, (1999), 68 B.C.L.R. (3d) 293 (B.C.S.C.);
  • Represented commercial strata owner in dispute arising out of strata shopping centre: KBK No. 181 Ventures Ltd. v. Lee, 1999 CarswellBC 722 (B.C.C.A.), (1998), 17 R.P.R. (3d) 256 (B.C.S.C.);
  • Defended bank against claim for misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty: Canadian Western Bank v. Hanson (1995), 10 B.C.L.R. (3d) 259 (B.C.C.A.);
  • Defended property owner against claim for enforcement of option to purchase property: Wonnacott Estate v. Fraserview Mall Inc. (1992), 29 R.P.R. (2d) 104 (B.C.S.C.);
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