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. His practice includes corporate/commercial matters, class actions, shareholder disputes and other high value litigation and arbitration matters. Mike has acted for clients in the manufacturing, mining, financial services, technology and software sectors; for private companies and their shareholders, officers and directors; and for government.

The early years of Mike’s career included work as ad hoc Crown Counsel for the B.C. Ministry of the Attorney General, where he conducted numerous criminal prosecutions.

Mike also appears in court for major media organizations, to oppose applications for publication bans in high-profile cases.

Mike is peer-recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada for Corporate Commercial Litigation.

Mike has been recognized twice by Lexpert Magazine, Canada’s most respected legal publication:

  • In 2012 Lexpert named Mike one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers under 40.
  • In 2013 Lexpert named Mike a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in its Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.

Mike’s client Ashleigh McIvor, 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist, said, “Mike Wagner has represented my interests with skill and vigour. He pays attention to the details, and above all, is an extremely effective lawyer and advocate. I would recommend him to anyone needing top-tier representation.”

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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 (2018)
  • 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)