Joe grew up in the interior of BC and fled to Victoria to do his undergrad at the University of Victoria beginning in 2011. He took a meandering route through his undergrad ultimately finishing with a BSc. in Psychology and a desire to go to law school. Before starting law school Joe spent his summers working as a wildland fire fighter in Alberta and assisted with some notable forest fires including the Elephant Hill fires of 2017 in BC and the Fort McMurray fire of 2016. After inhaling more smoke than is good for anyone, Joe spent the summer before law school as a gravedigger at Ross Bay Cemetery and then took a few more laps around the UVic campus for his JD.
During law school Joe found a passion for advocacy and civil litigation with a focus on acting as a problem solver. Joe’s ultimate goal is to assist his future clients with settling disputes through practices like mediation, in an effort to problem solve creatively and provide satisfying outcomes. He hopes to one day have a practice focused on advocacy, negotiation, and problem solving that eliminates the need to ever go to court. Nav says Joe is an idealist, but Joe prefers to view it as a measured optimism.
Joe spends most of his spare time golfing and hopes to be in contention for the best golfer at Infinity within the next couple years. Joe also enjoys woodworking, and rebuilding motorcycles. He recently finished a fairly complicated coffee table and is working on customizing a 1983 Suzuki GS550ES. Joe lives with his partner, their dog, and their cat, he’ll happily show you pictures if you ask.