Michael Yawney is a Senior Litigation Partner and part of the management team at Nixon Wenger LLP. His practice focuses primarily on accident and injury claims with a particular emphasis on traumatic brain injury claims. With over 25 years of practice as a litigator, he has experience in a wide range of litigation matters. He has represented clients in the Supreme and Appeal Courts of British Columbia and Alberta, as well as in mediations, arbitrations and before various administrative tribunals.
In addition to his personal injury practice, Michael also represents clients in Litigation matters including estate litigation and commercial litigation matters.
Michael is known for his caring, but aggressive approach to representing his clients’ interests. To further his skills and expertise in representing clients he went back to University and obtained his Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Ontario from 2009 to 2011, while continuing to practice full-time.
Michael has obtained excellent results for his clients in mediation, arbitration and in court. Among his many successes are a number of multi-million dollar awards for seriously injured clients.
Notwithstanding his personal injury focus, Michael also represents clients in a diverse range of litigation and has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia.
Education and Interests
- B.A. (Crim) Simon Fraser University (1987)
- Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia (1990)
- Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1991
- Master of Laws (LLM) from York University in Toronto, in 2011, specializing in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Professional and Civic Interests
- Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia – Board of Governors
- Executive Member, BC Brain Injury Association
- Canadian Bar Association – member
- Brain Injury Litigation Group – member
- Director of North Okanagan Brain Injury Society
- Interior BC Association for Injured Motorcyclists – long standing member
- Medical Legal Society of BC – member
- Coach of Youth Hockey, Soccer and Basketball
- Former President and Director of Vernon Hospice House
- Former Director of North Okanagan Handicapped Association
“I am so grateful for your professionalism, expertise and tremendous support over the past 2 1/2 years. You truly care for the people you represent and your dedication and compassion shows in everything you do. I will be recommending your firm to my family and friends or anyone needing legal assistance that wants the best representation and team anyone could ever ask for.”
– With highest regards, An extremely grateful client
“My initial contact with Michael Yawney was very pleasant. Over and above addressing my personal injury claim, he was caring and concerned about my well being and treatment plan. As the work load of my case increased, he brought in Allyson Edwards to help. She too was always pleasant and concerned. Their work was exemplary and timely. And Spring Marzorini, the legal assistant that I worked with, stayed in very close touch with me and kept me up to date. Her manner was always prompt and congenial. I believe they worked hard to get me the best settlement possible. I would highly recommend Michael and Nixon Wenger to anyone. They are highly professional and their fees are very reasonable.”
Kelvin Beagle was injured in a car accident on July 8, 2007. The defendants have admitted liability; at issue is the assessment of damages. Counsel for the plaintill was Partner, Michael Yawney. Click here to read the Court Decision.
Senior Litigation Partner Mike Yawney took this claim to trial in March of 2013. The Plaintiff was a back seat passenger in a vehicle driven by the defendant. The defendant was driving too fast for the road conditions and an accident occurred, including a fatality (one of the Plaintiff’s friends). The defendant denied liability for […]
Recent personal injury claim obtains a judgment of approximately $2.5 million. Senior personal injury partner, Mike Yawney, took this claim to a month long trial in January 2014, with judgment being rendered in May 2014. It involved an 18 year old young male Plaintiff from Salmon Arm who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury while […]
Michael Yawney, Senior Litigation Partner, was retained by Mr. DeMarco to pursue a claim for injuries against a long haul truck driver, and the freight company he worked for. As a result of the efforts of Mr. Yawney in a liability trial in 2012 where he successfully argued that the truck driver had gone through […]
Mike Yawney, senior personal injury litigation partner, and associate Ryan Irving, took this claim to trial. The Plaintiff, Mr. Dunbar, had been injured in a head on collision on Hwy 97 near Salmon Arm, B.C. on July 6, 2011. He was a tradesperson and was on his way to work when the accident occurred. He […]
Senior Litigation Partner Mike Yawney was retained by a 48 year old man who was hit broadside by a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign. The impact was a significant one and caused soft tissue injuries, principally back and neck, which affected the day to day functioning of the client who had […]
Senior Litigation Partner Mike Yawney was retained by the father of a 20 year old daughter who was severely injured in a motor vehicle accident to assist her in pursuing a claim for life changing injuries. She had no memory of the accident. She suffered a moderate to severe brain injury in the accident, along […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a Vernon woman who was side swiped and run off the road. She suffered soft tissue injuries in the accident, including exacerbation of prior injuries. Liability was denied, however the matter was settled prior to trial for over $200,000.00 plus costs and disbursements.
A young woman from Salmon Arm suffered soft tissue injuries when her vehicle was rear ended on a residential street where snow plowing had not yet taken place. She was able to return to work in her sawmill job, but had some months of discomfort and difficulties managing work and home. Michael Yawney QC was […]
A young man from North Vancouver was injured when he was rear ended while stopped in traffic. He suffered soft tissue injuries which required several months of physiotherapy and he missed some days of work. Mr. Yawney resolved his claim without a trial for $89,000.00 including costs.
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a mother of two children who had had a number of health issues in her life. She was injured in a motor vehicle accident and suffered diffuse pain and limitation, as well as exacerbation of her prior health issues. Mr. Yawney was able to resolve her claim through mediation […]
Michael Yawney QC took over a claim for a BC man injured in Alberta and previously represented by Alberta counsel. The client suffered serious injuries when an unidentified transport truck lost part of it’s load, travelling at highway speed, into the client’s lane of travel. The claim was complicated because of the unidentified transport truck […]
A young man from Vernon suffered a vascular injury to the main artery in his leg when a vehicle backed into him and pinned him against another. He retained Michael Yawney QC to pursue a claim for his injuries. The claim required expert medical evidence regarding the impact of the vascular injury on the client’s […]
An elderly woman was injured while travelling in Arizona with friends. She was a passenger in a truck and camper when it was rear ended by an Arizona resident that had minimal insurance and no assets. The woman retained Michael Yawney QC to pursue a claim for the injuries she suffered in the accident and […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a Vernon resident in his 50’s that had been struck down in a cross walk by a right turning vehicle. Liability was denied. The client suffered a serious ankle injury that prevented him from working at his usual job and he was required to retrain to a different position. […]
A young man from the west side of Okanagan Lake suffered shoulder and neck injuries as he was sitting in a restaurant eating a meal. A vehicle came crashing through the window and hit him. Through extensive rehabilitation, including physiotherapy and massage, he was able to substantially recover from his injuries and get back to […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a grieving husband who lost his wife in a single vehicle car accident. The client’s spouse had a life insurance policy in place at the time she passed away but the insurance company refused to pay out on it. Mr. Yawney filed legal action and forced the insurance company […]
A father and daughter from Lake Country retained Michael Yawney QC to assist them with injury claims for soft tissue injuries suffered when a teenage driver lost control of her vehicle and hit them hard from behind as they were stopped on a busy street. The injuries impacted the daughter’s post secondary school attendance and […]
Michael Yawney QC took over a claim being handled by a lawyer in Kelowna at the request of relatives of a woman injured while travelling in Washington State. The client suffered soft tissue and psychological injury in the accident. Liability and the quantum of damages were hotly contested by the defendants. Mr Yawney was able […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a Vernon man and mechanic who was knocked off his motorcycle by a motorist that did not see him. He suffered soft tissue injuries that impacted his ability to run his mechanic business. He was able to substantially recover and taking extensive physiotherapy. His claim was resolved without a […]
GLOVER v. LEAKEY Senior Litigation partner Michael Yawney and associate Ryan Irving recently obtained an interesting decision in a case called Glover v. Leakey. In that case, the Defendant was involved in a crash and injured two passengers. One sued and fault was specifically admitted; only quantum was then in issue and that issue was […]
An Alberta man was referred to Michael Yawney QC after he was injured in an accident on Hwy #1 west of Glacier Park Lodge. He was a passenger in an Alberta vehicle that was hit by another Alberta vehicle. Although liability was denied, Mr. Yawney was able to resolve the client’s claim at mediation a […]
Senior Litigation Partner Michael Yawney QC was retained by a young woman in her early twenties who was struck as a pedestrian while walking home from work in Vancouver. She was also involved in a rear end collision accident subsequent to that. She suffered physical and psychological injuries as a result of the accidents, including […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a woman from Salmon Arm BC who was hit hard from behind on Highway 97 while stopped due to a left turning vehicle infront of her. She suffered soft tissue injuries that required extensive physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Michael was able to resolve her claim prior to trial for $150,000.00 […]
A young woman from Alberta was injured in an accident on Highway 97 between Salmon Arm and Vernon. She retained Michael Yawney QC to pursue her claim for soft tissue injuries which included headaches, back and neck pain. The claim was complicated because it involved a US vehicle insured by a US insurer. Michael and […]
Michael Yawney QC represented a Vernon woman who was t-boned by an Alberta driver in a large pickup truck who pulled out of a side street onto Hwy 97 without looking. The client suffered soft tissue injuries in the accident and was unable to drive for several months due to the trauma of the accident. […]
A middle aged woman from Enderby was involved in a significant collision on Hwy 97 when a young driver pulled out onto the highway in front of her without warning. Her vehicle was written off. Thankfully her airbags deployed and she only suffered soft tissue injuries due to the blunt force trauma of the accident. […]
An Alberta couple from Calgary were referred to Michael Yawney QC by an Alberta lawyer to pursue claims against an Alberta driver that hit them from behind on Hwy #1 near Field, BC. Because the accident occurred in BC, BC law applied and it was more beneficial to pursue the claim in British Columbia. Prior […]
A young man from Lumby, BC was rear ended at highway speed while driving in the Kootenays. The female driver that hit his vehicle, bending the frame, admitted fault for the accident. Michael Yawney QC was retained to pursue his claim for damage for the injuries he suffered in the accident. His injuries impacted his […]
A young university student from Kelowna retained Michael Yawney QC to represent her on a claim for injuries suffered while a passenger in a vehicle driven by a classmate. Unfortunately, the vehicle driven by the classmate was from Washington State and ended up not having any insurance on it. This complicated the claim. Thankfully the […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a BC resident injured in Alberta while driving home from fire fighting in Northern Alberta. He was a passenger in a vehicle where the driver, also a BC resident, fell asleep and went off the highway. The client suffered soft tissue injuries, and a suspected concussion in the subject […]
An oil patch worker that lived in the Okanagan and commuted to northern Alberta retained Michael Yawney QC to pursue a claim for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. The client had initially retained different counsel, then was referred to Mr. Yawney to take over pursuing a claim. Michael and litigation associate, Ryan Irving pursued […]
Michael Yawney QC and Ryan Irving pursued a claim through to a jury trial in Kamloops BC for a Shuswap resident who had been hit head on by an inattentive driver while he was driving on a side road close to his home. The client was a tradesman and although he carried on working after the […]
A young man from Prince George BC retained Michael Yawney QC to pursue a claim for injuries suffered in a roll over accident on the Yellowhead Hwy. The client was asleep at the time of the accident and there were issues in terms of who was actually driving the vehicle at the time of the […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a young lady from Kelowna who was involved in two separate accidents a few years apart. Her injuries included a mild traumatic brain injury that healed over time, as well as debilitating headaches, neck and back pain, and psychological injury (PTSD). The injuries affected her ability to pursue post […]
A husband and wife from Kelowna retained Michael Yawney QC to represent them after they were rear ended in City traffic, stopped at a light. Both suffered soft tissue injuries that required significant physiotherapy and massage, as well as pain medications. Their claims were settled collectively for over $175,000.00 plus costs and disbursements.
A retired woman from Sorrento BC retained Mr. Yawney to pursue a claim for injuries suffered when she was hit hard by an Alberta driver as she slowed for children crossing the street after getting off a school bus. The woman suffered soft tissue injuries and exacerbation of prior health issues which resulted in a […]
A local motorcycle association referred a man from Alberta to Michael Yawney QC to assist him with his claim for injuries from an accident where a BC driver pulled out in front of him on Hwy 97 without warning. The man suffered serious orthopedic injuries that required multiple surgeries and an extended stay in hospital. […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a construction contractor from Salmon Arm BC who was involved in a bizarre accident on Hwy #1 where a transport truck side swiped his vehicle and then took off. The client suffered a fracture to his orbital bone near his eye and vision and imbalance issues. The transport […]
A man in his 40’s that worked in the oil patch on drilling rigs was referred to Michael Yawney QC by a friend. The man had suffered a serious ankle injury that required surgery. He had a protracted period of recovery where he could not work, and his plans for further training to move up […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a Vernon woman who was seriously injured while a passenger in a vehicle. Mr. Yawney was actively involved in ensuring that the client received the proper rehabilitation and assistance to promote recovery from her injuries, which included a moderate brain injury. The matter was resolved prior to trial for […]
Michael Yawney QC and Allyson Edwards were able to settle the claim for a man in his 50’s where he had suffered soft tissue injuries and aggravation of prior back problems from a rear end accident in 2015. The claim settled for $97,000 plus costs.
Mr. Yawney was retained by Alberta lawyers to assist in pursuing claims for two sisters injured as passengers involved in an accident in British Columbia several years ago. Both women were seriously hurt, interrupting and delaying their plans for University. Although both were able to eventually complete their studies, they were left with some residual […]
Michael Yawney QC and Allyson Edwards assisted a young lady from Vernon who suffered soft tissue injuries in an accident where she was a passenger in a vehicle. As a server in a restaurant her work exacerbated the effects of her injuries and made it difficult for her to recover. Our team assisted her with […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a health care admin assistant from Armstrong BC to help her with a claim for injuries in an accident where a vehicle pulled out in front of her and caused an accident. She suffered a shoulder injury as well as an injury to her back, both of which affected […]
A 62 year old man was referred to Michael Yawney QC by a friend for assistance with an injury claim arising from an accident where a vehicle hit him while he was riding his motorcycle. The defendant vehicle did not see him. He suffered orthopedic injuries that limited his ability to work and enjoy his […]
A Vernon woman in her thirties was referred to Mr. Yawney by her father after she was involved in a rear end accident. Her vehicle was written off and she was plagued by neck, back and hip injuries that limited her ability to work, ride horses and enjoy her usual hobbies. Her ability to work […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a Lumby, BC resident in her late 50’s to help her with her claim for injuries from a rear end accident on a highway. The defendant driver was not paying attention and struck the client’s vehicle hard from behind. The woman suffered soft tissue injuries to her neck and […]
A retired teacher from Red Deer, Alberta was vacationing on Vancouver Island and was rear ended by a vehicle whose driver claimed had lost it’s brakes. The brakes malfunctioned because the owner/driver of the vehicle had failed to maintain them properly. The client suffered neck and low back injuries that affected her retirement travel plans. […]
A woman in her 50’s was injured when she drove off the road trying to avoid a vehicle that was turning illegally on a highway in the East Kootenays near Creston, BC. The offending driver was a Manitoba resident in a Manitoba insured vehicle. The client suffered soft tissue injuries that took her off work […]
Mr. Yawney and associate Allison Jaquish, settled a claim for a Vernon woman who was hit from behind and suffered soft tissue injuries. Her claim was resolved for just over $100,000.00.
Michael Yawney QC, resolved the claims for two sisters injured as young children when their parents minivan was hit from behind on Hwy 97 over 8 years ago. They had both forgotten about the claims that their parents had asked Mr. Yawney to take care of. They both were doing well, but there was evidence of […]
A semi-truck driver in his 40’s was referred to Michael Yawney QC, after a vehicle collided head on with his tractor trailer unit on Hwy 97. The other driver was killed and the evidence suggested that he may have veered into the truck driver’s lane intentionally. As a result of the collision, the truck driver […]
A retired woman suffered soft tissue injuries from an accident that occurred on the city streets of Vernon, BC. She retained Mr. Yawney because she was worried about the insurer of the vehicle that hit her treating her fairly. Thankfully her injuries mostly resolved. Mr. Yawney was able to resolve her claim for over $90,000.00.
A take out food restaurant owner from Kelowna was injured when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle on the streets of Kelowna. He was referred to Michael Yawney QC by friends. He suffered debilitating neck and back injuries that impacted his ability to carry on his restaurant business. The claim was vigorously defended by […]
A career woman in the auto industry in her late 40’s was side swiped and forced into a concrete median on Hwy 97 when a large suv swerved into her lane unexpectedly. She suffered back and neck injuries and was having difficulty recovering from her injuries. She was referred to Michael Yawney QC, by friends, […]
Michael Yawney QC and partner Allyson Edwards took on a claim by a gentleman in his late 50’s, whose vehicle was written off in a collision on Hwy 97. The man suffered soft tissue injuries that aggravated prior health issues, including back problems. The defendant’s insurer labelled him as having “pre-existing conditions” and refused to […]
A Salmon Arm man in his early 50’s was seriously injured when an Alberta driver was going too fast around a corner on Hwy 1 West of Salmon Arm, BC, and collided head on with his vehicle. He had to be extracted from his vehicle by firemen after the collision, and taken by ambulance to […]
Michael Yawney QC, was asked to represent a female passenger of a vehicle that was hit at high speed on Hwy 97A north of Vernon, BC. Multiple vehicles were involved in the collision, including a transport truck. The woman suffered multiple injuries that required surgeries and a long and extensive rehab program. The client, […]
A man in his 70’s was hit and run over by a motor boat on a local Okanagan lake and retained Michael Yawney QC to represent him with his claim arising under federal marine liability legislation. The poor man suffered severe scalp lacerations, a concussion, various cuts and a broken arm and wrist. Although he […]
A Calgary man in his late 40’s was rear ended on the Island Highway on Vancouver Island. His minivan had what appeared to be minor damage, but removing the bumper showed more damage than expected. He suffered a whiplash type injury that impacted his functioning for several months, requiring physio, massage and chiropractic treatments. A […]
Mr. Yawney was retained by a middle aged Okanagan woman who suffered soft tissue injuries in a rear end accident. The client’s past medical history showed prior problems that were aggravated by the injuries in the accident. Michael Yawney QC and fellow partner Allyson Edwards were able to resolve the woman’s claim short of trial […]
The mother of a 17 year old Kelowna student retained Michael Yawney QC to help her daughter with a claim from a head on accident on Hwy 33 east of Kelowna. The defendant driver was driving too fast for the winter road conditions and crossed the centre line into the client’s lane of travel injuring […]
Michael Yawney QC was asked by an Alberta lawyer to take on a complex injury claim from a collision that occurred on Hwy # 1 in BC, near the Alberta border. A tractor trailer lost control on winter roads and hit a family travelling back to Alberta. A young baby was severely injured in the […]
A Vernon woman suffered soft tissue injuries, neck and back, in an accident in the North Okanagan. Michael Yawney QC and Allyson Edwards pursued the claim on the client’s behalf and were able to settle it shortly before trial for over $150,000.00 plus costs.
A Kelowna man was pinned between a cube van and a wall when trying to help a young driver back out of an underground parking area. He retained Michael Yawney QC to pursue a claim against the corporate owner and driver of the cube van. The claim was complicated by the fact that the van […]
A Vernon man in his 40’s suffered soft tissue injuries in an accident at a controlled intersection. The man retained Michael Yawney QC to pursue his claim for injuries. Mr. Yawney, along with his partner Allyson Edwards, was able to resolve the claim just prior to trial for over $185,000.00 plus costs.
Michael Yawney QC was retained by the father of a 16 year old girl who was involved in a multiple roll over accident on a highway in the Kootenays where her mother was driving and passed away as a result of the accident. The client suffered a mild brain injury and psychological injuries that impacted […]
The daughter of a corporate client of the firm retained Michael Yawney QC to assist her with a claim for injuries suffered in an accident where the plaintiff had been hit hard from behind. The whiplash injuries she suffered impacted her sports and ability to work as a hair dresser, limiting how many clients she […]
A young lady in her early 20s suffered debilitating back and neck injuries, along with psychological problems as a result of a motor vehicle collision on a rural secondary road near Armstrong, BC. Liability was admitted for the collision after Michael Yawney QC and his team investigated the collision. Mr. Yawney was able to resolve […]
Michael Yawney QC , along with Partner Ryan Irving and Associate Allison Jaquish took a complex mild traumatic brain injury claim to the brink of trial and resolved it for over $3,900,000 plus costs. The plaintiff was injured when she was 11 years old when the vehicle she was a passenger in veered off the […]
ichael Yawney QC was retained by Alberta legal counsel to assist an Alberta resident for a claim for injuries from a head on collision on Hwy #1 east of Golden, BC. Both the BC and Alberta vehicles involved in the collision were destroyed. Liability was initially contested, but after Mr. Yawney prosecuted the claim and […]
A woman in her early 30’s suffered a significant injury to her wrist when she fell down the stairs of her rental unit in a poorly designed and poorly lit foyer. She had rented a room in a duplex set up for multiple suites, but after investigation it became apparent that it did not meet […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a gentleman in his late 50’s who was struck as a pedestrian while walking along the side of the road west of Vernon, BC. Liability for the accident was contested, however, after Mr. Yawney retained expert engineers and investigated the accident, he was able to resolve the claim. The […]
A disabled woman in her 50’s was rear ended in city traffic and suffered aggravation of prior neck and back injuries. As a result of the offending driver being rude and aggressive towards her at the collision scene and afterwards, she also suffered psychologically. After assisting the client in arranging psychological and physical rehab assistance, […]
Michael Yawney QC was asked to help a young man in his mid 20’s who was injured on Hwy 97 on his way to celebrating his graduation from UBCO. A vehicle turned onto the highway from a side road without looking, right in front of the young man requiring him to take evasive action and […]
A woman in her early 40’s was referred to Michael Yawney QC to assist her with an injury claim resulting from a collision on Hwy 97 north of Vernon where a truck and trailer from Ontario pulled onto the highway in front of the woman’s vehicle, without warning and without the right of way. The […]
A physiotherapist from the North Okanagan referred a university student to Michael Yawney QC to help her with a claim for soft tissue injuries suffered in a motor vehicle collision with an out of province vehicle. The young lady had to endure physical pain and limitation while trying to complete her university studies, including a […]
Michael Yawney QC was asked to help a middle aged man on disability that was involved in a t-bone collision with a young driver that had pulled onto Hwy 97 in front of their vehicle. The young driver did not have the right of way and his sudden action caused a significant collision. The man […]
A nice lady in her late 70’s was hit on a city street while walking in a cross walk with her dog. She suffered a hip injury that significantly disabled her for over a year. She did get back to walking her dog and being able to maintain herself and her home, but she required […]
Michael Yawney QC was asked to assist a young man and his family as a result of an electrocution injury that occurred on rented property. The young man was seriously injured when a faulty electrical circuit that was not installed in accordance with electrical code requirements, resulted in his being electrocuted. The financial impact on […]
A woman in her late 30’s was referred to Michael Yawney QC by a friend. She had suffered a severe whiplash injury after she was rear ended in traffic in Kelowna, BC. The injuries completely disabled her from working. The claim was resolved at mediation a few weeks before trial for over $650,000.00 plus costs […]
Michael Yawney QC was retained by a professional woman in her early 40’s after she suffered injuries in an October 9, 2013 motor vehicle collision where she was hit hard from behind when she was stopped at a crosswalk to allow a pedestrian to cross the road. The defendant driver had failed to slow down […]
Mike Yawney, QC, along with Associate, Allison Jaquish, were retained by a 30-year old single mother after she suffered significant injuries in a T-bone collision in the North Okanagan. The woman suffered a broken clavicle and soft-tissue injuries to her neck, back, and bruising to both knees. Her injuries made it extremely difficult for her […]