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Paul Mitchell, Q.C.

Paul’s practice is limited to serious personal injury claims, and art law.

In his personal injury practice, he acts only on behalf of the injured, with an emphasis on brain injury claims, spinal injuries, death claims, and medical malpractice claims. He also has considerable experience in product liability cases, and has been involved with product liability claims involving the design and manufacture of automobiles (including roll over and roof crush cases), trucks, motorcycles, drive shafts, bicycles, bicycle forks, motorcycle forks, seatbelts (seatbelt failure), swimming platforms, and medical components, in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Paul acts for clients throughout B.C. in multi-million dollar claims. His clients include a wide range of complex personal injury claims ,and he has earned a reputation as a well prepared tenacious advocate for his clients. He is the author of a number of articles on Brain Injury and Personal Injury and is often sought out to speak on these topics.
Paul was a founding director of Brain Trust Canada, and was on their board for over 20 years. He is a past director of the B.C. Brain Injury Foundation. Paul has also presented at numerous brain injury conferences, including the Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference, and the Okanagan Brain Injury Conference.
Paul Mitchell’s paralegal, Lynne Holmes, is currently a Director of Brain Trust Canada. She is also a director of the Association of Injured Motorcyclists (Interior Chapter).

Art Law;
Includes acting for buyers and sellers, dealers, collectors, artists, galleries, museums, and art institutions around the world.

He has been involved in the art business in a variety of capacities for over 30 years. He has been involved as a dealer and high quality art advisor for many years.
Paul has lectured on art including events hosted by the University of British Columbia, and the Kelowna Art Gallery.

He is a Director of the Kelowna Art Gallery, and is Chair of their Acquisitions Committee.

Continuing with our long history of acting for and supporting the brain injured, our firm is the main sponsor of the Pushor Mitchell Conference on Brain Injury, which is an annual brain injury conference organized by Brain Trust Canada, and presented in Kelowna every year in June.
See here for more details of the Pushor Mitchell Conference on Brain Injury ; http://www.braintrustcanada.com/event/okanagan-conference-on-brain-injury/
Paul was born and raised in Kelowna. He left to attend the University of British Columbia where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and his Bachelor of Law Degree. He returned to Kelowna in 1979, was called to the Bar in 1980 and became a partner in the firm in 1983.

Paul has a long history of service to the community. His efforts have been recognized many times over the years including the following awards:

1998 Central Okanagan United Way – Local Hero Award
1999  Kelowna Chamber Of Commerce - Volunteer Award of Excellence
2000 Kelowna Chamber of Commerce - Excellence in Leadership Award
2000 Canadian Bar Association - Community Service Award
2001  Kelowna Minor Hockey Association - Volunteer of the Year Award
2002 Kelowna Capital News - Kelowna Newsmaker of the Year Award
2004 Kelowna Civic & Community Award for Memorial Cup - Anita Tozer Memorial Award 
2004  Rotary International - Paul Harris Fellow Award
2008 Queens Counsel (Q.C.) Appointment
2009 UBC Okanagan Alumni Community Builder Award
2010 B.C. Community Achievement Award
2012 Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Honorary Life Member
2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
2012 UBC Alumni Achievement Award, Volunteer Leadership Award

Practice Focus: 
Only represent / act for the injured.
Strategic counsel for clients with claims arising from catastrophic injuries including traumatic head injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Successfully represented personal injury clients throughout B.C. in multi-million dollar claims.
Personal Injury litigation including claims arising from chronic pain, disability, insurance, medical negligence, car accidents, whiplash and wrongful death.
Art Law
LL.B - University of British Columbia
B.Comm. - University of British Columbia
Professional and Community Activities: 
Institute of Corporate Directors, Member
Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., past member of the Board of Governors and Executive
Okanagan Innovation Fund, Director, past Chair
Central Okanagan Brain Injury Society, past Director
U2000 Society (for creation of a university in Central Okanagan), Founding Director
American Trial Lawyers' Association, Member
Association for Injured Motorcyclists, Member
North American Brain Injury Association, Member
British Columbia Trial Lawyers' Association, Member
British Columbia Trial Lawyers, past Executive and Board of Governor
Canadian Bar Association, Member
Kelowna Bar Association, Member
UBCO Faculty of Management Advisory Board, Member
Canadian Paraplegic Association (BC), Member
United Way Campaign, Past Chair
Coquihalla Connector Coalition, Past Chair
Kelowna Memorial Cup 2004 Bid Committee, Past Chair
Kelowna Memorial Cup 2004 Society, Past Chair
Public Legal Education Committee Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch), Past Chair
Canadian Bar Association, past Member of Provincial Council
Canadian Bar Association, past Member of Federal Council
Thompson Okanagan Regional Transportation Committee, Past Chair
2006 World Junior Hockey Championship, Past Committee Member
BC Brain Injury Foundation, Past Director
UBC Alumni Association, Past Director
BC Chamber of Commerce, Past Director
Kelowna Convention Centre Task Force, past Co-Chair
Gyro Club, Past Director
Kelowna Triathlon Society, Past Director
Central Okanagan Foundation Past Director / Vice Chair
Provincial Council Canadian Bar Association, Past Member
Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Past President
Kelowna General Hospital, Past Trustee
Kelowna Art Gallery, Acquisitions Committee, Member

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