Carina Chiu Photo
Carina Chiu Photo
Carina Chiu Photo

Carina is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution lawyer 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

  • Meadow Lake Mechanical Pulp Inc. (MLMP) in its level of service complaint against Canadian National Railway Company (CN) culminating in Canadian Transportation Agency Letter Decision No. CONF-R-2023, including successful defense of CN’s motion for leave to appeal that decision, and the Agency’s determination of expenses payable to MLMP due to CN’s service failures in Agency Decision-CONF-R-9-2023 (2023)
  • Successful petition for commercial landlord in well-publicized matter requiring department store retailer to pay full rent during pandemic.
  • Successful defence of arbitral claim in relation to interpretation of costs under commercial real estate contract, resulting in dismissal of all claims against client. Decision upheld by British Columbia Court of Appeal.
  • 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.
  • Counsel for software provider in international arbitration in relation to breach of software licensing agreement.
  • Counsel for winery group in respect of valuation dispute relating to alleged bias of valuator in context of share buy-out.


Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2024) as a “One to Watch” in the area of  Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2023) as a ‘One to Watch’ in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Law
  • 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

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association British Columbia (CBABC), Civil Litigation – Member-at-Large
  • NutritionLink Services Society – President (Former Chair of Grants Committee)

Education & Admissions

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


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Money in the Bank: Guidance from B.C. Court of Appeal on Characterizing Funds as an Investment or Loan

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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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