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.  For the past 18 years he has litigated, arbitrated and negotiated the resolution of high value and high stakes commercial and media law matters. His commercial cases have included contract, tort, shareholder, mining, technology, intellectual property, confidentiality, trade secrets, estates, and local government matters.

Mike is experienced in both the prosecution and the defence of class actions.

Mike’s media law work involves court challenges on behalf of major media organizations, where he advocates for the freedom of the press to report on high-profile cases.

Mike has published papers and appeared as a speaker in the areas of injunctions, class actions, cyber security & data breaches, internet defamation, and open courts.

Mike is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only fellowship of highly experienced trial lawyers and attorneys, with membership throughout North America.  In addition, Mike has access, through Farris’s membership in Lex Mundi, to a global network of preeminent law firms, and the knowledge of thousands more lawyers in those firms around the world.

Mike is peer-recognized (2017, 2018, 2019) by The Best Lawyers in Canada for Corporate Commercial Litigation.

In 2012, Lexpert named Mike as one of Canada’s 40 Leading Lawyers under 40.  Lexpert has also named him a cross-border litigation lawyer to watch.

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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)

  • A Member of the Litigation Counsel of America (2018)
  • 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)