Vanessa L. Reakes*




* Practicing through Professional Law Corporation

Vanessa Reakes, a lawyer at SHK Law
  • Biography
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Professional Association
  • Community Involvement


Vanessa Reakes is a principal of SHK with expertise in professional negligence claims, construction, builders liens, commercial litigation and insurance law.

Vanessa is frequently retained to provide advice to a variety of professionals including:

  • Architects, engineers and other design professionals
  • Accountants
  • Realtors and property managers
  • Insurance brokers
  • Mortgage brokers
  • Financial advisors
  • Private health practitioners

In addition to her professional negligence practice, Vanessa frequently advises contractors, subcontractors, developers and project managers involved in construction disputes, including builders lien claims, and advises on director and officer liability matters, shareholder disputes and employment matters. Vanessa’s insurance practice includes providing advice to insurers relating to first party coverage matters.

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Speaking Engagements

Since 2010, Vanessa has volunteered as an adjunct lecturer with the UBC Engineering Department.

Professional Associations

  • Member, Civil Litigation Section, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
  • Member, Insurance Section, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
  • Member, Construction Section, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Construction Women

Community Involvement

Board Member, Board of Governors Langara College, BC Provincial Appointment, 2014

Board Member, Mole Hill Housing Society, 2015

Adjunct Lecturer, UBC Engineering Department, 2010 – present

Contributor, Real Estate Council of BC Legal Update

Contributor, Continuing Education, BC Builders Lien Practice Manual