Donald Sorochan was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1972 and joined Swinton & Company, the predecessor of Miller Thomson, Vancouver, as an articled student the previous year. As one of the firm’s senior partners, his practice encompasses the areas of securities, criminal defence work, commercial and construction litigation, administrative law, and criminal prosecution for both the federal and provincial governments. Donald's advocacy work has resulted in several landmark decisions in Canadian law in those areas.
Throughout his career Donald has brought constitutional and public interest litigation challenges to youth sentencing practices, prison conditions, residential school abuses and criminal justice issues. Currently Donald is lead counsel on a pro bono constitutional challenge to the treatment of veterans of the Candian Forces under the New Veterans' Charter.
Donald is an experienced securities litigator who has led the way in the exploration of issues relating to the trading of securities across international borders. He has also lectured to legal and securities industry groups on various aspects of securities regulation. His involvement in international commercial matters also includes serving on the Attorney General’s Task Force which drafted British Columbia’s International Commercial Arbitration Act and established the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre.
As one of the firm’s leading construction lawyers, Donald has acted on behalf of clients on matters relating to contracts, negligence and professional errors and omissions. He has argued such issues at all levels of court. Recently, he appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of a general contractor in a milestone lawsuit involving breach of contract, negligence and negligent misrepresentation.
He has also acted as lead counsel in several provincial and federal inquiries and Royal Commissions. His clients include public and private companies, private citizens, and provincial and federal bodies including the British Columbia Police Commission, for which he is general counsel. He has frequently been appointed to be a special prosecutor under the Crown Counsel Act of British Columbia.
Donald is an active member of the legal community, and frequently lectures and presents papers on various aspects of law for the Canadian Bar Association, the Continuing Legal Education Society and other legal education organizations. He has published several papers for The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law and is the editor of the Society’s newsletter. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial and Appellate Advocacy for the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law (1978-89).
Donald is a director, the treasurer and a member of the management committee of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. He was a founding director of the Justice Institute of British Columbia and has served on various boards and committees including the Western Correctional Association, the National Parole Board of Canada, and the CBA Criminal Justice Review Committee. Additionally, he represented the Canadian Bar Association as a consultant to the Law Reform Commission of Canada in re-drafting Canada’s Criminal Code. Donald is also a member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the American Society of International Law, the Canadian Council on International Law, the American Correctional Association, the American Probation and Parole Association, and the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch.
After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta (B.A., 1966), Donald graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law (LL.B., 1971). He was called to the Bar of Yukon in 1990 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel (BC) in 1990.