Timothy S. Chan

Barrister & Solicitor

Timothy S. Chan received his Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary in 2020. He joined Daunais, McKay + Harms in 2019 as a summer student, and was called to the Alberta bar in 2021. He has appeared as sole counsel in the Alberta Provincial Court, Alberta Court of King’s Bench, and the Alberta Court of Appeal.

Timothy treats his clients with empathy and respect, drawing upon his previous non-profit work in youth programs, healthcare, and indigenous self-governance. He has experience across many types of family issues, including high-conflict parenting, property division, child support, spousal support, protection orders, appeals from arbitration, appeals to the Court of Appeal, pre-marital agreements, and international child abduction. He is a creative problem-solver and explores all options for his clients, whether through the courts or an alternate dispute resolution process (mediation and arbitration).

Timothy is a loyal and effective advocate, cutting his teeth as an accomplished mooter in law school. He was the top-ranked oralist in the 2019 McGillivray Shield Moot and went on to achieve a 5th place team finish in the prestigious Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot (2020 Canadian National rounds). He is the recipient of the 2020 Owen Saunders Prize in Public International Law. Timothy’s peers describe him as trustworthy, quick-thinking, and calm under pressure.

As a born-and-raised Albertan, Timothy believes in giving back to the community. He is the Vice President/President-Elect of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) – Western Chapter, where he champions diversity in the legal profession and leads the organization’s various initiatives and committees. He is also a regular mentor for the University of Calgary Diversity and Law Society and a panelist for their speaking events.

Timothy presented at and co-wrote a paper on civil procedure for family lawyers for the Legal Education Society of Alberta’s Family Law Fundamentals seminar. He also judged mooting teams across the world at the preliminary and advanced international rounds of the 2021 Jessup International Law Moot.

During law school, Timothy volunteered with Student Legal Assistance (SLA), representing clients in court on family and civil matters, and with Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) in the Family and Civil Duty Counsel Projects. He was also involved in student governance as the Vice President: Marketing of the Society of Law Students (SLS) and in student advocacy as an executive of the Diversity and Law Society (DLS).

In his spare time, Timothy enjoys road cycling, hiking and scrambling, and tabletop gaming.

Education

Juris Doctor – University of Calgary

Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, Double-Major in English Literature & German Language – University of Alberta

Reported Decisions

Feeney v Fiset, 2022 ABCA 315 – Clarifying the “leave to appeal” test for vexatious litigants 

Publications

Counsel Comments, Oslanski v Oslanski, TakeFive September 2020 Edition (with Diane Harms, Q.C.) 

Family Law in a Time of COVID-19 (LESA Family Law Fundamentals, January 27, 2021) – with Emily Koch and Imogen Jenkins

Presentations

Family Law in a Time of COVID-19 (LESA Family Law Fundamentals, January 27, 2021) – with Emily Koch and Imogen Jenkins 

Navigating the Recruitment Process (Panelist) (Diversity and Law Society, University of Calgary) – January 5, 2021  

Contact Me

Timothy S. Chan

Phone: 403-351-3631
Email: [email protected]

Social Media

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