Carina Chiu photo
Carina Chiu photo
Carina Chiu photo

Carina is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution Associate based in the Vancouver office. Her practice focuses on complex, corporate commercial disputes.

She has substantial experience with various types of conflicts, including oppression claims, valuation disputes under buy-out provisions in shareholder agreements, partnership disputes, commercial landlord and tenant disputes, licensing matters, breach of contract claims, breach of confidence claims, and fraud/civil conspiracy actions.

She also has extensive experience obtaining and resisting injunctive relief for clients.

She has appeared as counsel in the British Columbia Supreme Court and the Provincial Court of British Columbia. She has acted as counsel in commercial and international arbitration matters under the BC Arbitration Act and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Rules.

She is also a member of McMillan’s Transportation Group, acting on behalf of shippers seeking statutory relief under the federal Transportation Act.

Clients rely on Carina for her thorough and well considered, yet pragmatic advice.

Representative Matters

  • Acted as junior counsel for luxury car manufacturer participant in the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia.
  • Defended arbitration claim in relation to interpretation of commercial real estate contract, resulting in dismissal of all claims against client.
  • Successful defence of application to overturn garnishing order obtained on ex parte basis in the amount of $600,000.
  • Successful application to lift settlement privilege and compel production of certain documents relevant to litigation.


Rankings & Recognitions

  • Health Law Moot Top Oralist Award – 2017
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a ‘One to Watch’ in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation

Community Involvement

  • Access Pro Bono, Barristers’ Roster and Tribunal Program – Volunteer Counsel
  • Beedie Luminaries Scholarship Program – Volunteer Mentor

Directorships & Affiliations

  • NutritionLink Services Society – Director & Chair of Grants Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association British Columbia (CBABC) – Member

Education & Admissions

Called to the Alberta bar
Called to the British Columbia bar
JD University of Alberta
BA (Honours) University of Calgary


Insights (3 Posts)

Featured Insight

New AML Requirements for Luxury Goods Likely: The Cullen Commission on Money Laundering Recommendations Respecting Luxury Goods and the Automotive Sector

Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia’s AML recommendations for the luxury goods sector (including automotive) are discussed.

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Jul 8, 2022
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Excess Baggage: Round Two of the Westjet Baggage Fee Class Action

Trotman v WestJet Airlines Ltd, 2022 BCCA 22- appeal of class action certification against Westjet relating to charging of baggage fees.

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Feb 11, 2022
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In the Bag: Court Certifies Class Action for Westjet Baggage Fees

In the Bag: Court Certifies Class Action for Westjet Baggage Fees

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Jan 29, 2021