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About Filkow Law

Filkow Law

Filkow Law is an experienced, successful criminal defence and driving law firm known for its exceptional results. A British Columbia law firm, Filkow Law has offices in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and Kelowna, BC. The firm’s main focus is criminal defence with particular emphasis on driving, drug, fraud and assault cases.

Filkow Law is well known for its formidable strengths with a highly accessible culture, very skilled advocacy and a signature strategic approach to every case.

Mr. Filkow developed a highly successful criminal and court practice over 25 years before founding Filkow Law in 2014.

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Over 25 years of experience handling criminal & driving cases

Early in his career Mr. Filkow was trained and mentored by some of Canada’s leading criminal and litigation lawyers, laying the foundation for his successful criminal and court practice spanning two decades. In that period Mr. Filkow served as a partner at Michaels and Filkow, a well known and well respected boutique criminal law firm.

Having built an outstanding reputation based on an impressive track record of results for his clients across British Columbia as well as in other provinces, Mr. Filkow determined to open his own firm with a group of associates with offices in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and Kelowna, BC. Filkow Law clients now benefit from Mr. Filkow’s deep and broad knowledge of criminal law, driving law and the criminal justice system.

A strong track record of successful results in – and out of — court

Mr. Filkow enjoys excellent relationships with the police, prosecutors and the courts – and has a reputation for superior negotiation skills and a commanding courtroom presence. Mr. Filkow’s formidable skill set also results in significant victories away from the public eye, achieving favourable dispositions before the matter ever reaches court.

Mr. Filkow is also an author and sought-after media commentator for his knowledge of drinking and driving and criminal law,

Meet the Filkow Law Team

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Principal

KEVIN FILKOW

Mr. Filkow studied Law at the University of Toronto and was called to the Bars of British Columbia (1994) and Manitoba (1999). He is a member of the Canadian and American Bar Associations, the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. Mr. Filkow also serves on the Board of Governors of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. The author of many articles on issues in criminal law, he is frequently engaged by Continuing Legal Education and by the media for his views on criminal law and driving issues.

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Associate

Michael Thain

Michael completed his undergraduate education at Simon Fraser University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. He graduated from the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in 2014. During law school, Michael assisted with a Pro Bono Students Canada project dealing with immigration law issues.

Michael joined the firm in 2014 and completed his articles with Kevin Filkow, developing strong courtroom, negotiation and client service skills.

Michael brings a unique set of skills from his work experience. He worked for the Canada Border Services Agency for four years, enforcing Customs and Immigration legislation. Michael now uses that experience to assist his clients with criminal, immigration and customs issues. Michael has been involved in several smuggling cases with excellent outcomes for his clients.

Michael’s main area of practice is in criminal defence and he has appeared in courts throughout British Columbia. He has developed excellent professional relationships with the police, Crown and other parties in the justice system to ensure his clients get the best outcome. Michael’s main areas of practice are criminal litigation, plaintiff personal injury litigation, and driving and immigration and customs matters.

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Associate

Jacqueline Halliburn

Jacqueline Halliburn comes to us from Thompson, Manitoba, the crime capital of Canada, where she spent the last three years as a Crown Prosecutor.

She specialized in the prosecution of child abuse matters and serious violent crime. Accordingly, Jacqueline Halliburn knows exactly how the Crown thinks when they are prosecuting violent crime, particularly sexual assault, child abuse and pornography, and young offenders.

With her extensive experience in negotiations, bail and sentencing hearings, and trials at all court levels, we are excited to have her bring her unique perspective to the firm.

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Associate

Ermina Talic

Ermina Talic received her call to the bar in 2017 and primarily practices in the area of criminal law and driving offences. Ermina successfully completed her articles in one of the largest law firms west of Toronto dedicated exclusively to the practice of criminal defence law. In that time, she has gained a wide range of experience working on all types of files including sexual assault, murder, impaired driving, weapons offences and drug offences. Additionally, Ermina successfully wrote legal arguments that changed the interpretation of the mandatory order of prohibition section of the Criminal Code of Canada in Manitoba. As a bonus, Ermina is fluent in Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian.

Ermina graduated from Robson Hall School of Law at the University of Manitoba in 2016. During her time in law school, Ermina honed in on her skills by volunteering at the Law Centre - Legal Aid Clinic where she was involved in a number of criminal matters from the beginning stages of interview and consultation to trial.

While in law school, she was appointed President of Canadian Lawyers Abroad - University of Manitoba Chapter. The goals of this non-profit organization were to promote good governance, rule of law and human rights. Refugee rights is an area of law that has affected Ermina personally as she immigrated to Canada in 1993 under refugee status during the civil war in former Yugoslavia.

Before she was a lawyer, Ermina obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Manitoba where she worked as a research assistant studying youth involved in the criminal justice system. Additionally, she volunteered with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba in the Court Support Program which assists women navigating the justice system.

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Legal Assistant

Komal Gill

Komal started at FIlkow Law as a legal assistant in August, 2016, after working at the firm as a practicum student. Her insight and passion about the law makes her an invaluable part of the Filkow Law team.

Komal graduated with a Bachelors degree in Criminology and Legal Studies certificate from Simon Fraser University in August, 2016. She is passionate about working in law, and after graduation continued on as a vice-president of the SFU Pre-Law Society. She has been invaluable in planning large fundraising events and speaking to students on behalf of the Society. Komal has also been volunteering with the RCMP for the past five years and organized and leads her own block watch program in her neighbourhood.

Komal enjoys assisting our clients and providing excellent service. She has a background in customer service and takes the time to ensure that everyone that comes into our office has their concerns met. She takes pride in helping get the best results for our clients.

Komal speaks Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

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Legal Assistant

Lindsay Lloyd

Lindsey Lloyd joined Filkow Law as a Legal Assistant in 2017. Prior to joining our team she worked as with Legal Aid where she helped guide a variety of clients through the legal system. Now, her areas of interest are criminal law, driving offences and personal injury.

Lindsey has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Guelph, where she double majored in sociology and criminal justice and public policy. She has volunteered around the world and recently returned from a trip to south-east Asia where she worked with children in Vietnam and at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.

Lindsey is passionate about helping others and provides outstanding service and support to both our lawyers and clients.