Dan Soiseth was born and raised in small town Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan for his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in History, then travelled and worked overseas for several years, principally in Japan. He returned to Saskatchewan to go to law school, then articled and began his legal career at a law firm in North Battleford.
After moving to British Columbia twenty years ago, Dan practiced first at a downtown litigation law firm, then joined the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS) in the BC Human Rights Clinic and the Mental Health Law Program. He represented individuals and groups who had experienced discrimination in the workplace and other settings, and persons involuntarily detained under the Mental Health Act and Criminal Code. He has also been a speaker on these topics for UBC’s Allard Law School, the Continuing Legal Education program for lawyers, the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch, and Lancaster House (one of Canada’s leading resources for labour, employment and human rights).
Handling many difficult, sensitive and high-profile cases, Dan has appeared at mediation and in hearings before tribunals such as the BC Human Rights Tribunal on many occasions. He has extensive litigation experience and among his many successes are several significant rulings and one of the largest awards ever made by the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Out of court, he has also negotiated outcomes for clients with complex circumstances and he has worked collaboratively with opposing lawyers to solve rather than perpetuate problems in businesses and groups.
Dan is known for his affable easygoing manner coupled with intelligent problem-solving ability and strong work ethic. He greatly enjoys trial and other courtroom work, but also has a high value for mediation and negotiated outcomes. Dan likes to bring people to the table and ensure all are heard. He sees a case from both sides and looks for solutions that are fair to everyone.
Dan has family in the Shuswap and moved to Vernon to join Martin Estate and Injury Law. He enjoys skiing at Silver Star, golfing at Predator and other courses, bicycling and camping. His family also keeps him busy with his children’s activities.
Bachelor of Laws, University of Saskatchewan
Honours Certificate (History), University of Saskatchewan
Bachelor of Arts, University of Saskatchewan