Giaschi & Margolis (a partnership of law corporations) is a boutique firm of litigation and commercial lawyers located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. We have three partners, Christopher Giaschi, Elyn Underhill and Robert Margolis.
Our litigation practice is primarily in the fields of insurance, maritime and transportation law. Our clients include insurance companies (who specialize in marine, cargo and transportation related insurance), Protection and Indemnity Clubs, large and small commercial marine operators, marine terminals and Government agencies. Our litigation practice is largely subrogation work on behalf of underwriters and defence work for P&I Clubs and liability underwriters.
Our commercial practice is very broad and includes transportation contracts, the purchase and sale of ships, chartering, international trade and ship building.
Christopher Giaschi is consistently recognized as a leading practitioner of shipping and maritime law in Canada and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. He is a Titular (Honorary) member of the Comite Maritime International, a Past-President of the Canadian Maritime law Association (2011-2013), a past Chairperson of the National Maritime Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and a past Chairperson of the B.C. Branch of the Maritime Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association. He has also served as an adjunct Professor of Maritime Law at the University of British Columbia (2004 - 2009), as a member of the Executive Committee of the Marine Insurance Association of British Columbia, as Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Marine Insurance Association of British Columbia, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Branch of the Maritime Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association. He has practiced law in both Ontario and British Columbia and has appeared as counsel in numerous cases before the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court Trial Division, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the British Columbia Supreme Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Ontario Court General Division. He is the founder of and principal contributor to Admiraltylaw.com. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1988 and to the Bar of British Columbia in 1991. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A., 1982), Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 1986) and York University School of Business (M.B.A., 1986). (To review Chris' Curriculum Vitae, click here. To contact Chris by email click here. To download Chris's contact information in a vcard, click here.)
Elyn Underhill was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1985. She is a graduate of Trent University (B.A., 1981), Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 1984) and University of London (LL.M., 1988). She is past Chairperson of the Air Law Subsection of the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. Elyn has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Court of Appeal for British Columbia and the Federal Court of Canada (both at the trial and appellate level). She practices extensively in the areas of both air and marine law. (To review Elyn's Curriculum Vitae, click here. To contact Elyn by email click here.)
Robert Margolis was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1985 and was admitted as solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1993. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (B.A., 1979; LL.B., 1983), the University of Western Ontario (M.A., 1980), the University of Oxford (B.C.L., 1984) and the University of London (LL.M., 1986). He has been a lecturer at the Faculties of Law of the University of British Columbia, University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore. He is the author of numerous learned articles on maritime law and has practiced maritime law in both Canada and Japan. (To review Rob's Curriculum Vitae, click here. To contact Rob by email click here.)
Giaschi & Margolis
Barristers & Solicitors
401-815 Hornby Street
V6Z 3E6, Canada.