Alina Chekh

Associate

Direct: 604-637-2160
Fax: 604-609-6688
E-mail: achekh@gkn.ca
Assistant:   Aman Aujla  aaujla@gkn.ca

Alina joined Grant Kovacs Norell as an associate in January 2020. Her practice is litigation based with a focus on insurance defence, but she also has experience in personal injury, family law, estate litigation and general civil litigation.

Alina obtained her J.D. degree from the University of Ottawa after completing her undergraduate and masters degrees at York University. Alina found her passion for litigation in law school where she competed in the Nelligan O’Brien Payne Moot Court Competition, the BLG Negotiation Competition in Family Law, and the Hicks Morley Labour Law Moot. During this time, she also completed an intensive 4-course advocacy bundle and interned at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic where she provided legal aid to low-income families and students.

To date, Alina has appeared as legal counsel before both the Provincial Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia and has assisted senior counsel with a number of legal matters at the B.C. Court of Appeal. In addition to her litigation experience, she has also represented clients at mediations and negotiations.

Outside of work, Alina enjoys travelling, cycling, and indulging in different cuisines. She also likes going on long walks around the courthouse and critiquing legally inaccurate shows and movies.

Alina emigrated from Ukraine when she was a child and remains fluent in both Russian and Ukrainian.


Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defence
  • Personal Injury
  • Occupiers Liability
  • Contract Disputes
  • Estate Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Family

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2018

Education

  • University of Ottawa, Juris Doctor (J.D.) Common Law - 2017
  • York University, Master of Arts (M.A.) History (York Graduate Scholarship) - 2013
  • York University (attended Queen's University, 2008-2009), Baccalaureate of Arts (Hons., B.A.) History & Psychology, Graduated Summa Cum Laude - 2012

Published Work

  • News Media:
    • ‘Birth tourism’ case presents quandary for parents after break-up: to settle their custody dispute in Canada or China? – National Post
  • Social Media:
  • Cases:
    • P.B. v. K.E., 2018 BCSC 885
    • Green v. John M. Richter Law Corp. & Others, 2018 BCSC 1449
    • Sandhu v. Sidhu, 2019 BCSC 514

Professional Associations

  • The Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association

Languages

  • English
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian

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