Our Team

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John Godfrey, Partner

B.A. (UBC ’71), LL.B. (UBC ’75)

John Godfrey began the first two years of his career in law working as a prosecutor with the Ministry of the Attorney General before joining MacIsaac, Clark & Company in their Nanaimo office in 1978. Since 1986, John Godfrey has practised out of the Victoria office of MacIsaac & Company. A member of the British Columbia Bar and the B.C. Trial Lawyers Association, he services clients throughout British Columbia. John Godfrey’s practice is focused on civil litigation with emphasis in the area of injury claims, and particularly head injury and other serious trauma and death claims.

“Experience not only counts – it makes a difference. I am proud to have represented seriously injured clients for over 30 years.”

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Michael Pohorecky, Partner

B.A. (Honours) (Sask. ’80), LL.B. (Sask. ’84)

Michael Pohorecky is a member of the British Columbia Bar. He belongs to the Canadian Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, and American Trial Lawyers Association. He was on the executive of the Victoria Bar Association for three years. His practice is focused on civil litigation, primarily injury claims. Mr. Pohorecky has helped clients throughout British Columbia and Alberta.

“As a long time commuter cyclist, I have a special concern for those injured while cycling.”

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John R. Jordan, Partner

B.Sc. (Physics) (UBC ’77), LL.B. (UBC ’81)

John Jordan carries on a civil litigation practice focusing on personal injury law, estate litigation, condominium law and litigation, and general civil litigation. He is a member of the B.C. Trial Lawyers Association and the American Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Jordan participates in and financially supports many local charities. He is the executive director of the Salvation Army Pro Bono Legal Clinic, having instituted its creation, and supervises its operation; and is a Director of the Central Vancouver Island Crisis Society. Mr. Jordan is an avid windsurfer, golfer, skier/snowboarder and hockey player. He lives in Nanaimo with his wife and four daughters.

“I am proud to have been born in Nanaimo and to have represented seriously injured accident victims for over 20 years, applying negotiation and trial skills to achieve settlement and trial results in very difficult cases.”

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Erik Y. Magraken, Partner

LL.B (UBC, 2002)

Since obtaining his law degree from UBC in 2002 Erik has focused his practice entirely on litigation. Mr. Magraken currently restricts his practice exclusively to plaintiff-only personal injury claims with a particular emphasis on ICBC claims involving orthopaedic injuries and complex soft tissue injuries. Mr. Magraken’s professional associations include membership with the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Trial Lawyers’ Association of British Columbia and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.

David MacLeod, Associate

B.A. (UBC ’72) LL.B. (UBC ’75)

David MacLeod’s practice focuses on criminal defence, civil litigation and medical malpractice claims and he has assisted clients throughout British Columbia.

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Donald C. McKay, Associate Counsel

B.A. (Victoria ’82), LL.B (Victoria ’85)

Prior to joining MacIsaac & Company, Don acquired extensive experience as a trial lawyer practicing personal injury law, insurance defence litigation, general civil litigation and criminal law (defence and prosecution). Don has represented clients in all levels of Court, including the British Columbia Supreme Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. At MacIsaac & Company, Don has focused his practice and will be practicing primarily in the area of personal injury litigation. In his spare time, Don enjoys playing hockey, fishing and boating with his family.

“Reasonable out of Court settlements are always preferred when resolving claims but my 30+ years of Courtroom experience serve my clients well in the event that a trial is necessary to achieve fair results.”

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Martin O. Screech, Associate

B.A. (Honours) (UVic ’83) M.A. (Toronto ’90) LL.B. (UVic ’92)

Martin Screech practices in the areas of personal injury law, general civil litigation, family and criminal law. Prior to joining MacIsaac & Company, he practiced law in Nanaimo and Victoria, B.C., in the areas of family, criminal and immigration law.

“I believe in client service and bring a practical approach to the resolution of legal issues.”

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Donna Krakowec, Associate

B.A. (UVIC ’94), LL.B. (UVIC ’97)

Donna Krakowec was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (with distinction) and a Bachelor of Laws degree, both from the University of Victoria. After graduating from law school in 1997, Donna articled with MacIsaac & Company, and has remained an associate ever since. Her practice focusses on plaintiff personal injury work, assisting injured clients with ICBC and other insured injury claims.

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Paul Pelzer, Associate

B.Comm (UBC ’92) LL.B. (UBC ’05)

Paul Pelzer practices in the areas of personal injury, general civil litigation and criminal law. He is a member of the British Columbia Bar and belongs to the Canadian Bar Association. A former volunteer firefighter, Paul Pelzer continues to volunteer in the community as an active member of the Salvation Army Pro Bono Legal Clinic. He enjoys classic cars and snowboarding.

“The circumstances surrounding the decision to hire a lawyer are always stressful. I will work with you to ease the stress and obtain a fair and equitable resolution as quickly as possible while still vigorously protecting your legal rights.”

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Mitchell Selly, Associate

B.A., (SFU) LL.B. (Victoria)

Mitchell Selly obtained his law degree in 2003 from the University of Victoria and began practicing in Victoria after completing his articles in 2004. His practice is focused on representing people who have been injured due to the negligence of others. He handles motor vehicle accidents, occupier’s liability (a.k.a. slip-and-fall), and medical malpractice cases. Mitchell has helped people with a vast array of injuries, including complex brain, orthopaedic, psychiatric, vestibular, and chronic pain disorders / soft tissue injuries. He currently sits on the executive council of the Victoria Bar Association and is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and the Canadian Bar Association.

“I think it is important to recognize that each person’s individual characteristics can result in one person being affected very differently by an accident than another person, even though they may have suffered similar injuries. I like to get to know my clients so that I can better understand how their injuries have affected them and use that information to achieve a result that is fair in their individual circumstances.”

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Edith Lau, Associate

B.Com. (UVic) LL.B. (UVic)

Raised in Victoria, Edith Lau holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Victoria.

After articling with MacIsaac and Company, Edith was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 2009. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia.

Edith speaks fluent Cantonese and has worked and studied overseas. She hopes to use her language and cross-cultural skills to assist clients of various backgrounds.

In her spare time, Edith enjoys badminton, volleyball, travelling and spending time with her family.

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Iain McCreath, Associate

B.Sc. (UVic) LL.B. (University of Leicester, U.K.)

Iain was called to the British Columbia bar in October 2014, after having articled with MacIsaac & Company. Iain’s focus is helping clients and building his practice in personal injury and wills and estate litigation.

Iain was born and raised in Victoria and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology (distinction) from the University of Victoria. After completing his science degree, Iain made a change of scenery and field and moved to the United Kingdom and attended the University of Leicester receiving his Bachelor of Laws. While at the University, Iain became involved with the University’s ProBono legal clinic and worked as both an administrator and advisor. Iain excelled and received an award for Administrator of the Year.

Iain enjoys reading, traveling, hiking and discovering the hidden gems that the Pacific North West has to offer. You will often find Iain at the gym and he is always looking for friendly competition on the squash court.

Iain is a member of the Trial Lawyers of British Columbia and the Victoria Bar Association.

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Brian McAllister,
Director of Client Services

Brian McAllister is our Director of Client Services. He is the manager of our Personal Injury Referral Program and Client Appreciation Programs throughout British Columbia. Brian investigates and reviews evidence-based information required to properly document and assess a client’s injury claim. Brian often meets directly with clients at our offices located throughout British Columbia.

Prior to joining MacIsaac & Company Brian was a consultant to the insurance industry for twenty-five years investigating high complexity personal injury and motor vehicle accident claims. Brian is a former RCMP member who served for several years on special investigation units. Now working for MacIsaac & Company on behalf of accident victims, Brian brings his extensive experience and expertise to your case.

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Rob Guenter,
Rob White,
Bob Burrows,
Paralegals

Rob Guenter, Rob White and Bob Burrows came to MacIsaac & Company after working for many years as adjusters in the I.C.B.C. Claims Division investigating, assessing and negotiating personal injury cases for I.C.B.C. Now working with MacIsaac & Company they bring to your case those years of experience and knowledge of the inner workings of the insurance industry and will put that experience and knowledge to work for you.

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Lorne Sinclair , Retired

B.A. (Regina ’76), B.Ed. (Regina ’77), LL.B. (Sask. ’81)

Since 1981, Lorne Sinclair has been based in Victoria and Duncan and served clients throughout British Columbia and Alberta. He has focused his law practice on acting for plaintiffs in personal injury claims including brain injury, spinal injury, fractures and chronic pain disorders. Lorne Sinclair is a past governor of the British Columbia Trial Lawyers Association and a frequent instructor with the British Columbia Legal Education and Professional Legal Training program. He is a member of the British Columbia and Alberta Law Society. I appreciate the difficulties that may occur to innocent victims of negligent conduct by drivers and property owners and will strive to provide the best advocacy for my clients.

“I have practical solutions and problem solving ability from over 25 years experience in personal injury law.”

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