At Somers Poulin Hall, we provide the resources of a large firm, while maintaining the personalized service and feel of a small neighbourhood business.
Madeline Hall completed her Bachelor of Arts at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1990. Ms.Hall then commenced law school at Dalhousie University and graduated with her LLB in 1994.
Ms. Hall articled with a criminal law firm and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1995.
In 1995, Ms.Hall joined Somers and Company practicing mainly in personal injury litigation. Over twenty years later, Ms. Hall is now a partner in the firm and continues with her practice in defence personal injury litigation.
After completing her BA in history at the University of Ottawa, Ms. Poulin studied Civil Law at the University of Montreal and graduated from the National Law Program at the University of Ottawa, Cum Laude. She was called to the British Columbia bar in 1998. Transitioning from her employment as a flight attendant, Ms. Poulin articled with a personal injury firm in downtown Vancouver. Ms. Poulin then worked as a federal crown counsel and conducted some family law matters. She joined Somers and Company in 2005, where she handled child protection work. Ms. Poulin continues to be employed at Somers and Company but her main focus is now insurance and personal injury litigation. Since January of 2014 Ms. Poulin has served as a non-bencher committee member of the Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee of the Law Society. Ms. Poulin is currently a member of the Automobile Insurance Committee of the Canadian Bar Association as well as a member of the Awards and Recognition Committee of the Canadian Bar Association. Finally, she is a member of the New Westminster Bar Association. Ms. Poulin has been on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations, including Trotin Trottinettee and North Shore Female Ice Hockey Association. She has coached and still currently plays hockey. She enjoys outdoor activities, golf, reading and theatre. Ms. Poulin has had conduct of matters and or appeared before the Provincial Court, the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Scott Somers completed both a Canadian ( LL.B.) and American (J.D.) law degree in 2008. Scott was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2009 and has worked at Somers and Company since that time. Scott practices in the field of Insurance Defence, Personal Injury, Estates, Wills and Conveyancing. Scott has appeared and argued in Provincial Court, Supreme court and Court of Appeal.
Matthew Somers attended Kwantlen University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus on Entrepreneurial Leadership in 2004. After working for both a Crown Corporation and a Fortune 500 Company, Matt left the workforce to pursue a law degree. In 2014 Matt was called to the bar in British Columbia practicing in the field of Insurance Defence and Personal Injury litigation. Matt has appeared in both the Provincial Court and Supreme Court. Matt is an active member of the New Westminster Bar Association and sits on an external advisory committee assisting a local university with their legal administrative program. Matt is an avid golfer and enjoys getting outside whenever he can.
Douglas Chadwick obtain his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2003 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2004.
Prior to his arrival at Somers and Company Doug gained a broad experience in general civil litigation, including motor vehicle and personal injury claims; family law; business and property disputes. Doug has been involved with claims at the Small Claims, Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal level.
Doug commenced employment with Somers and Company in 2012 and has focused his practice primarily in insurance defence.
Gwen Chambers graduated with a BComm from the University of British Columbia in 1988. Gwen attended University of Victoria where she obtained her Law Degree in 1991 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1992.
Gwen commenced employment at Somers and Company in 2007 and has practiced insurance defence law since that time.
Kiran K. Dhaliwal obtained her Bachelor of Science, with honours in Biochemistry, in 1999. Ms. Dhaliwal attended law school at the University of British Columbia where she obtained her law degree in 2003. Ms. Dhaliwal was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2004.
Prior to joining Somers and Company in 2014 Ms. Dhaliwal worked at a law firm in the Fraser Valley practicing in the area of plaintiff personal injury. At Somers and Company Ms. Dhaliwal's practice has been primarily insurance defence law. Ms. Dhaliwal has had experience in both the Provincial Court and Supreme Courts of British Columbia.
Outside of work, Ms. Dhaliwal is actively involved in her community through her work with arts and culture organizations as the Chair of the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration and as Treasurer of the Canada India Education Society. Ms. Dhaliwal is fluent in Punjabi.
Maria Fazio attended for her undergrad at the University of British Columbia and obtained her law degree from the University of British Columbia. Ms. Fazio was called to the British Columbia bar in 1989.
Prior to joining Somers and Company in 2013, Ms Fazio was an associate at a Vancouver Law Firm for 10 years followed by 10 plus years primarily as litigation counsel with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.
Ms. Fazio's practice focus is insurance and personal injury litigation. Ms. Fazio has attended in Court at the Provincial Court, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal level.
Ms. Fazio has residied in New Westminster for over 20 years and is an active member of the community through the extra-curricular and school activities of her children, two of whom are St. Thomas More Collegiate graduates. Ms. Fazio enjoys working with clients to help them navigate their claims to a satisfactory result.
Outside of the office Ms. Fazio enjoy volunteer work, at the schools of her children, hiking, travel, tap dancing and fitness classes.
Tom Hulley attended the University of Lethbridge where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1978. Tom attended the University of British Columbia where he obtained his law degree in 1988 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1989.
Tom started practicing law at Somers and Company in 2008 where he has primarily practiced in the area of personal injury, both Plaintiff and defence.
Kate Jenkins attended university at Acadia University and obtained her law degree from the University of Victoria. Kate's practice at Somers and Company is focused on insurance litigation and risk management. Kate has broad practical experience including subrogation, property damage, construction defect, fire related losses, group disability and defence of "bad faith" claims. Kate has provided coverage opinions and argued coverage defences on behalf of insurers. Kate has worked as inhouse counsel for one of Canada's largest insurance and financial service companies where she defended group disability and life insurance claims as well as claims for punitive damages.
Ms. Charna completed her BA in English Literature and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. While studying at the University of British Columbia, Ms. Charna became a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society. After completion of her BA she attended Law School at the University of Calgary. She was called to the British Columbia bar in 2012. At the outset of her legal career,Ms.Charna articled with a downtown Vancouver law firm where she gained experience in civil litigation matters, including personal injury and family law. She joined Somers and Company in 2012 where her main focus has been personal injury litigation. Ms. Charna has actively participated in volunteer programs such as the Student Legal Assistance program during law school. She has also volunteered with organizations such as the Surrey Minor Hockey Association and the South Fraser Regional crisis line. In her free time Ms. Charna enjoys traveling, yoga and the theatre.
Stephen Thorpe attained a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dalhousie in 2012. Stephen attended law school at the University of British Columbia and graduated in 2013. Stephen was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2014.
Stephen has articled at Somers and Company and has continued there after being called to the Bar practicing in the fields of child protection; family law and defence personal injury.
Dannielle Dunn graduated with a law degree from the University of Victoria in 1997 and was called to the British Columbia bar in 1998.
Immediately after law school Ms. Dunn joined Langley Legal Assistance Centre as a Poverty Law Staff Lawyer.
Ms. Dunn joined Somers and Company practiced solely in the area of counsel for the Director. Ms. Dunn has Court experience in Provincial Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Louisa Nishimura graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BComm degree in 1990. Ms. Nishimura obtained her law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1993 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1994. Ms. Nishimura joined Somers and Company in 1995 and has exclusively practiced in the field of child protection and family law since that time.
Kimberly Wallace obtained a Bachelor of Social Work from UBC in 2001.
Prior to obtaining her law degree from the University of Calgary in 2007, Kimberly Wallace worked as a social worker.
Kimberly Wallace was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2008 and has practiced exclusively in the fields of child protection and family law.
Rupinder Gosal obtained her BA in Political Science and International Relations at the University of British Columbia. Rupinder completed her LLB at the University of Birmingham in England in 2013 and completed her NCA examinations in 2014.
Ms. Gosal articled at a firm that practiced solely in the area of Worksafe BC and Canada Pension Plan Disability appeals. Ms. Gosal was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2015.
After a short time practicing personal injury Ms. Gosal joined Somers and Company in 2016 and has been primarily practicing in the area of child protection and family law. Ms. Gosal has attended in both Provincial Court and Supreme Court.
Ms. Gosal has been a member of the South Asian Bar Association since 2015 and is the Chairperson of the SABABC Student Mentorship Committee.
In her spare time Ms. Gosal enjoys yoga, softball, hiking and traveling.
Nadja Rence obtained her law degree at the University of British Columbia in 2004 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2005. Ms. Rence has practiced primarily in the area of child protection and has continued with that practice since joining Somers and Company in 2015.
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