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less commercial litigation career—no discovery, multiple witnesses, complicated
expert evidence and no safety net.
Whether it was Roberts, Muir & Griffin; Roberts & Griffin; or Roberts &
Baker, Wendy’s near decade of working with the lawyers and staff at this
unique firm (and clearinghouse for judicial appointments) was the foundation
for how Wendy practised law throughout her career. Having received
exceptional mentoring from Darrell Roberts and Susan Griffin (now Griffin
J.A.) Wendy was encouraged to build an eclectic litigation practice centred
around hard work and innovative thinking.
In 2001 Roberts & Baker merged with Miller Thomson and Wendy (with
her history of anarchistic endeavors) joined a national law firm where over
the years she took on many important leadership roles. In particular, in
Vancouver, Wendy built a strong and close-knit commercial litigation group
where Wendy’s exceptional and natural mentorship pushed many young
lawyers (mostly women) to fledge in the face of daunting cases and big
clients. Wendy built a working environment where lawyers were given
meaningful opportunities to realize their strengths.
Joining Miller Thomson also gave Wendy the opportunity to expand her
commercial litigation practice to include specialties in agricultural law and
Having “cracked” her first egg-hatching case, Wendy saw the massive
opportunity of creating a dedicated agricultural industry group within the
national firm structure. Working with lawyers across the country, Wendy
and her team developed a deep knowledge of many aspects of agricultural
law, including supply management, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
compliance, right to farm laws and so much more. On the strength of a
national team co-lead by Wendy, Miller Thomson’s National Agribusiness
and Food Production Group is currently ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global.
A true professional, Wendy’s strict pescetarianism has never stood in the
way of her being one of Canada’s leading “chicken” lawyers. It is often said
that Wendy can talk turkey, but she doesn’t eat the chicken.
The highlights of Wendy’s counsel work are too numerous to list. She has
been named in The Best Lawyers in Canada in a number of practice areas,
named a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Canada and listed in the Canadian
Legal Lexpert Directory. Wendy has been a tribunal member of the Motor
Dealer Customer Compensation Fund Board, the British Columbia Civil
Resolution Tribunal and the Financial Services Tribunal.
Of all Wendy’s successes as a lawyer, two experiences stand out. The first
was the opportunity to be commission counsel on the Commission of
Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River with then