Vanessa Reakes is a principal of SHK with expertise in construction law and builders liens disputes. Vanessa frequently acts as counsel for architects and engineers as well as contractors, subcontractors, developers and project managers. In addition to her construction-related practice, Vanessa also acts for a variety of professionals, including insurance agents, financial advisors, realtors and private nurses and provides advice to insurers relating to first party coverage matters. The breadth of Vanessa’s experience has brought her before all levels of court in British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to traditional dispute forums, Vanessa also has significant experience in mediation, arbitration and various administrative tribunals.
Vanessa is an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association Construction section and an active member in the Civil Litigation and Insurance subsections. In 2014, Vanessa was appointed by the Province of British Columbia to the Langara Board of Governors and she also began dedicating her time to community housing in the West End of Vancouver through her board position with the Mole Hill Housing Society.
Vanessa frequently lectures and provides seminars to industry groups through Buildex BC and the Canadian Construction Institute. For the past six years, Vanessa has been an adjunct lecturer with the UBC Civil Engineering department.
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