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Associate, Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP
As a native Mandarin speaker, Nerissa Yan works to deliver competent legal services while fulfilling the cultural and language needs of her large client base, which includes both domestic and international clients. Yan centres her practice on civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on complex disputes involving contracts, shareholders, creditor and debtor remedies, real estate, fraud and defamation. Recently, she has focused on the niche area of enforcing foreign judgments and arbitral awards in B.C. She has appeared before the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, the Employment Standards Branch and other administrative and professional regulatory bodies to litigate regulatory and professional disciplinary matters. She is also active in her community, serving as a volunteer lawyer at the Access Pro Bono legal clinic, contributing to the Centre for Asian Legal Studies blog for the University of British Columbia and acting as a guest panelist at local events involving the Chinese community and Chinese immigrants.