I am one of the founding partners of Gehlen Dabbs. My practice focuses on insolvency matters and other commercial disputes. I advise on business restructuring, bankruptcy and receivership, commercial tenancies, lending and security recovery, asset-sheltering strategies and related matters.

Geoffrey Dabbs and I formed Gehlen Dabbs in 1998. At that time, almost all lawyers advising on insolvency matters practised at large law firms, and we wanted to provide insolvency expertise outside the “big firm” milieu, emphasizing practical and responsive solutions to our clients’ problems. Since then our practice has grown, but our focus remains the same.

  • Assisting in proposal proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
  • Assisting businesses in negotiating significant reductions in their secured debt as part of a voluntary liquidation and sale into a new corporate shell
  • Representing commercial landlords in significant insolvencies under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, including the Canadian Petcetera and Please Mum insolvencies
  • Chair, Insolvency Discussion Group of Vancouver
  • Member, Insolvency Section of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Insolvency Foundation
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association, Northwest Chapter
  • Member, International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Practitioners
  • Volunteer lawyer, Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Vancouver Board of Trade

I have acted as chair, lecturer, and author for publications, conferences, and courses for professional groups such as:

  • Presenter for the Bankruptcy & Insolvency CLE TV
  • Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association BC Branch
  • Pacific Business & Law Institute
  • Credit Institute of Canada
  • British Columbia Medical Association
  • Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Publications include:

  • “Bankruptcy and Insolvency”, Annual Review of Law & Practice (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society, January of each year, 2001 to 2016)
  • “Priorities In Insolvency”, Bankruptcy and Insolvency – 2019 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society, Ocotober, 2019)
  • “When Trusts Collide: Bankruptcy in Wills and Trusts Practice” (Kelowna: CBA Okanagan Wills and Trusts Section, September, 2015)
  • “Priorities In Bankruptcy”, Priorities – 2013 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society, November, 2013)
  • “Insolvent Tenants: Are Model Receivership Orders Unfair to Landlords?”, Canadian Property Management (Toronto: MediaEdge Communications Inc., October, 2009)
  • “Beyond Insurance: Strategies for Protection”, Architecture BC (Vancouver: The Architectural Institute of British Columbia, Fall 2004)
  • “Asset-Sheltering Strategies”, BCMA Business and Income Tax Day Conference Papers (Vancouver: British Columbia Medical Association presented by Thorsteinssons, December, 2003)

Our Team

Our lawyers are experienced and pragmatic problem solvers with expertise advising and representing clients in commercial litigation and insolvency matters.

Carol M. Cash


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Geoffrey H. Dabbs


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Gregory J. Gehlen


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Lee J. Marriner


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