Areas of Practice
Criminal Law, Administrative and Regulatory Matters
Joe Saulnier has a wide range of experience – from defending murder and sexual assault, to securities investigations and regulatory work, driving offences and IRPs, extraditions and appeals – and in all cases Mr. Saulnier represents his clients with a focus on results. A client’s main concern might be defending the charge at all costs, working out the best deal, avoiding publicity or keeping a job. We always focus on what the client wants and we work to achieve what is in the client’s best interests.
Mr. Saulnier has represented clients at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada; in regulatory proceedings before the B.C. and Alberta Securities Commission, FICOM, and other regulatory and administrative tribunals; and frequently Mr. Saulnier advises clients during the investigatory stage, prior to charges being laid.
Mr. Saulnier is a former adjudicator at the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (now RoadSafetyBC) and has unique knowledge of the training and decision-making process involved in driving prohibition reviews, including for IRPs and ADPs.
Education and experience
- University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - 2003, J.D.
- University of Utrecht, Faculty of Law, The Netherlands 2003
- University of British Columbia, B.A. 1999
Honors and Awards
BC Trial Lawyers Association President’s Award for outstanding counsel work
Canadian Lawyer Magazine, Top Five Criminal Law Boutiques in Western Canada 2022
Professional Associations and Memberships
Advisory Committee to Judicial Counsel, BC Canadian Bar Association: appointed to committee September 2020 to August 2022
Advocates Club, president 2012-2014; member 2009-2014
Criminal Justice Subsection, BC Canadian Bar Association, Vancouver: Chair 2017-18; board member 2014-2018
Past Employment Positions
British Columbia Supreme Court, Law Clerk
Associate, large full-service law firm, Vancouver
Counsel on Pickton defence team