Michelle Ma, Personal Injury Lawyer
Michelle Ma is a lawyer in Klein Lawyers’ personal injury practice group. Her practice is focused entirely on personal injury matters, and she has significant settlements that have been used as precedents in many other cases.
Michelle graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and in 1989 from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Law Degree. She was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1990.
Michelle is the co-author of two articles on motor vehicle law titled “Requirement That Surveillance Tapes Be Disclosed” and “Calderbank Letters” published by The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.
- Personal Injury Claims
- Trip & Fall Claims
- University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Laws, 1989
- Simon Fraser University, Bachelor of Arts, 1983
- British Columbia, 1990
- Associate at Klein Lawyers, 1997- current
- North Shore Law
- Family Maintenance Enforcement Program
- McGee & Company
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
- Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
- Vancouver Bar Association
- Colonna v Kienleitner – a 2023 liability trial. Ms. Ma represented a driver who was turning left at a busy Vancouver intersection and whose vehicle was struck by a vehicle travelling straight through the intersection on a late yellow traffic light. She was successful in achieving a trial judgment where the straight through driver/defendant was found 100% at fault for the accident.
- Abbott v Gerges – Ms Ma was lead counsel in a trial lasting 8.5 days. This was a complicated trial with significant pre-existing medical issues and a subsequent fall in a grocery store. Madam Justice Warren awarded $246,044 plus costs.
- Jopling v Brodowich – this started as a 10 day jury trial. The jury was dismissed on the 5th day due to the fact that Ms. Jopling’s former family physician related a story on the witness stand of how after another patient’s ICBC case settled, she never saw him again for her injuries. This was too prejudicial to Ms Jopling’s case. Damages awarded over $130,000.
- Clarke v Stricker – co counsel with David Klein – an unusual case in that the trial judge awarded damages for the effect of the accident on a music teacher’s “singing voice”. Judgment over $90,000.
- Williams v Foster – ICBC offered $5,000 prior to trial, judgment over $70,000, liability problems.
- Lewis v Wang – A 2019 soft tissue/chronic pain case in which Michelle was successful in achieving a trial award that was five times what ICBC offered in their formal offer before trial.
- Numerous settlements over $500,000 – severe psychological injuries, mild traumatic brain injuries.
Charitable & Civic Involvement
- Pro Bono work in the legal community/Access Justice.
- Volunteering at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) educational events.
- Requirement That Surveillance Tapes Be Disclosed published by The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.
- Calderbank Letters published by The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.