Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm

Mike Wagner


Telephone: 604 661 9388

Facsimile: 604 661 9349

Email: mwagner@farris.com

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Mike is a litigation partner.  Since 2002 his broadly based commercial litigation practice has grown to involve the litigation and arbitration of high value and high stakes disputes.  His cases have included contract, shareholder, estate, technology and intellectual property, trade secrets, and related matters, along with several class actions.

Mike’s clients include private companies and their shareholders, officers and directors; publicly traded and privately held companies in the manufacturing, mining, financial services, technology and software sectors; and local governments.

Mike’s media law work includes appearing in court for major media organizations, to oppose applications for publication bans in high-profile cases.

Mike has appeared in the B.C. Provincial Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal; and in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.

Mike has published papers and spoken at conferences in the areas of injunctions, class actions, cyber security & data breaches, internet defamation, and open courts.

He is peer-recognized (2017 and 2018) by The Best Lawyers in Canada for Corporate Commercial Litigation; and by respected Canadian legal publication Lexpert Magazine, as “One of Canada’s Leading Lawyers under 40” (2012); and a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” - 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.

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Industry and Community:

  • Crossing the Rubicon – Worldwide Developments in Data Breach Liability and Risk Transfer. (June, 2015 International Cyber Risk Management Conference; Speaker)
  • Privacy and Data Breach Class Actions – What’s Next? (Class Actions West, May 2015; Speaker)
  • Using Mareva Injunctions Effectively (March 2015, Pacific Business & Law Institute; Speaker)
  • Dealing with the Media - Inns of Court Program (Group Leader; annual and ongoing)
  • Presenter, Canadian Association of Journalists – 14th Annual Conference (May, 2014): Media Court Challenges (The Rob Ford Files and The Surrey Six Murder Trials)
  • Guest Lecturer, Langara College Journalism School:  Publication Bans (Fall 2013)
  • Member of the Advocates’ Club, a group of litigators from leading Vancouver firms (2007-2012)
  • Executive Member (Elected), Vancouver Bar Association (2007-2009)
  • Member, Canadian Media Lawyers’ Association (2009-present)
  • Chair - Articling Committee, Vancouver Bar Association (2008-2009)
  • Judge, B.C. Professional Legal Training Course Mock Civil Trial Program (ongoing)
  • Inns of Court Program, 2004


  • University of British Columbia (LL.B., 2001)
  • University of British Columbia (B.A., International Relations, 1994)

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2019)
  • Lexpert "Litigation Lawyer to Watch," 2013
  • Lexpert Rising Star (2012)
  • Published in The Advocate (May 2013 and November 2014)
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (2002)