Koffman Kalef LLP Business Lawyers
Jasmin Z.
(604) 891-3604
(604) 891-3788
Bar Admissions / Year of Call: 
British Columbia 1995
McGill University B. Comm. (1991); University of Victoria LL.B. (1994)
Areas of Practice: 
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Professional Experience: 

Jasmin’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and dispute resolution.  She represents and advises primarily business clients in claims and lawsuits involving varied contract disputes including contracts for the purchase and sale of real property, shares and assets, exclusive use and non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants, construction contracts, debt instruments, commercial leases and employment contracts.  She also acts as counsel in shareholder and partnership disputes, claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duties and various corporate matters.

Jasmin has appeared as counsel before both the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of British Columbia.  In addition, she has successfully assisted her clients achieve resolution of their disputes through negotiation and other formal methods of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.

A representative sampling of some cases which Jasmin has litigated in Court or for which she has successfully achieved a settlement for her clients include:

  • Represented developer in an action to discharge its obligation to purchase development property due to frustration of the contract: KBK No. 138 Ventures Ltd. v. Canada Safeway Ltd., 26 R.P.R. (3d) 88 (B.C.S.C), affirmed 2000 BCCA 295
  • Represented commercial tenant in enforcement of its right to renew a lease agreement: Elk Valley Properties Ltd. v. Video Update Canada Inc. 2000 BCSC 1862
  • Defended company and principal in a claim alleging civil fraud, misappropriation of funds and breach of fiduciary duties in relation to use of investment funds, including a claim for a mareva injunction: Xu et al. v. Centre Pacific Management Ltd. et al. 2002 BCSC 1039
  • Represented commercial property owner in obtaining favourable interpretation of building scheme to allow contemplated use of property: Kornfeld et al. v. Intrawest Corporation, Exclusive Resorts WH1, LLC et al. 2005 BCSC 1187
  • Represented commercial client in defence of claim to enforce guarantee: Canada Life Mortgage Services Ltd. v. Gabriola Garden Homes Society et al., 2006 CarswellBC 2657
  • Prosecuted claim on behalf of property owner for trespass and to enforce client’s right to judicial process: Eagle Island Holdings (Two) Inc. v. British Columbia Hydro & Power Authority et al. 2006 BCCA 337
  • Commenced various claims and obtained orders for interlocutory injunctive relief on behalf of commercial clients to enforce the non-competition and non-solicitation provisions of employment and other contracts
  • Acted as counsel in numerous proceedings for approval of plans of arrangement and amalgamations pursuant to the British Columbia Business Corporations Act and the Canada Business Corporations Act

Professional Involvement:

  • Member of Vancouver Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association executive member (2001 -2002)
  • CBABC’s Equality and Diversity Committee member (2012 – 2014)
  • Women’s Law Forum (CBABC) Mentoring Program – mentor (2011 – present)
  • Law Society of British Columbia’s Discipline and Credentials Hearing Panel pool member (2011 – present)
  • Women’s Law Forum (CBABC) Mentoring Program – organizing committee (2016)
  • Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia (elected) (January 2017 - present)
    • Member of the Ethics Committee, Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee, Lawyer Education Advisory Committee and Adjudicator Code of Conduct Working Group
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