• Our Team


    Daria Batkin, Founding Lawyer, Accredited Family Law Mediator, Collaborative Family Lawyer

    L.L.B (UBC Law) 2008; LL.M (Civil) 2004

    Daria is an experienced litigator with a broad range of practical knowledge when it comes to resolving conflict. She is an excellent strategist and negotiator. She is knowledgeable, effective and deliberate in her approach.


    Daria is fluent in all aspects of in court and out of court dispute resolution and has successfully negotiated hundreds of settlements for her clients. She has appeared at all levels of British Columbia Courts.


    Daria is an accredited Family Law Mediator and she is trained in Collaborative Family Law.


    Daria is very active in her community and served as Chair of Women Lawyers Forum of B.C. Branch of Canadian Bar Association during 2018-2020 and Past Chair during 2020-2022.


    Daria speaks fluent Russian.


    Daria's Practice is Supported by:
    Dasha Fedorova
    Direct: 604.239.2001
    Email: dfedorova@iconlaw.ca

    Kenneth Armstrong KC, Associate Counsel

    L.L.B. (University of Alberta) 1995; BA Political Science (UBC) 1991

    Direct: 604.676.3337

    Email: karmstrong@iconlaw.ca



    • King’s Counsel, 2020
    • CBABC Presidential Citation, 2008
    • CBABC President’s Award, 2003/04
    • Little League BC Life Member, 2019
    • Little League BC Honour Roll, 2008

    Called to the bar in 1996, Ken has been practicing litigation since 1997.


    His practice focuses on major loss insurance claims and appellate work, employment law and general commercial litigation. He has appeared before all levels of the courts in British Columbia, the Tax Court of Canada, the Human Rights Tribunal, and an Adjudicator under the Canada Labour Code. His trial experience includes over 40 Supreme Court of British Columbia trials, judge alone and jury; he has also argued several appeals in the Court of Appeal in British Columbia. He has written articles and taught lawyers on topics including ethics and practice management, civil procedure and jury trials.


    Ken is also heavily involved in the affairs of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). He was President of the CBA BC branch in 2019-20 term and served over 20 years on Provincial Council (as a section chair and as a county representative), several terms on the branch executive committee, and as co-chair of the 2005 Canadian Legal Conference in Vancouver. He has served on various national and branch committees within the CBA. and is currently serving on the National Board of the CBA. He was also President of the New Westminster Bar Association in 2004/05.


    Ken was appointed Queen’s Counsel in December 21, 2020, a distinction of honour awarded to select few members of the legal profession for their contributions to BC’s justice system through their work as lawyers. This designation automatically converted to King's Counsel with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022 .


    Away from law, Ken is a committed youth sports volunteer, with over twenty five years of service as a Little League coach, an accomplished Little League umpire (with two World Series appearances in 2015 and 2016), Little League board member (local and provincial level), local youth soccer league board member and youth soccer coach (house and select).


    Ken's Practice is Supported by:

    Jasleen Tiwana

    Direct: 604.677.8916

    Email: jtiwana@iconlaw.ca

    Tyler Jones, Associate Counsel

    L.L.B. (UVic) 2001

    Direct: 604.676.3188

    Email: tjones@iconlaw.ca


    Tyler Jones has been practicing personal injury law in Vancouver for over 20 years. He has extensive experience acting for both plaintiffs and defendants. In addition to assisting clients in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, Tyler deals with matters involving occupier’s liability or slip and falls. Tyler is knowledgeable about all areas of the civil litigation process and has conducted trials involving various types of injuries.


    Tyler graduated from the University of Victoria Law School in 2001 and was called the bar in British Columbia in 2002. He has been practicing law in Vancouver since that time.


    In assisting clients Tyler aims to provide good service, advice and advocacy. He approaches the litigation process with the goal of achieving a good result for his clients in an economic fashion.


    Outside of practicing law, Tyler enjoys engaging in relaxing activities and eating Turkish food.


    Tyler's Practice is Supported by:
    Anna Dimson
    Direct: 604.239.2001

    Email: assistant@iconlaw.ca

    Elnaz Tahanha, Associate Counsel

    L.L.B (Hons) (U.K.) 2015; BA Political Science (UBC) 2013

    Direct: 604.676.3946

    Email: etahanha@iconlaw.ca 


    Elnaz practices exclusively in the area of civil litigation, with specific experience in personal injury, family and employment law. She is an effective advocate and experienced trial lawyer, who has appeared before the British Columbia Supreme Court and Provincial Court. As a dedicated professional, she is devoted to representing her clients' interests to the fullest extent available under the law. She is known for both her tenacity and for her collaborative approach.


    Elnaz joined Icon Law Group as Associate Counsel in July 2020. Before joining us, she practiced at a boutique personal injury firm in Richmond, British Columbia.


    Elnaz obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia with a major in Political Science and a minor in International Relations before obtaining her LLB from the University of Southampton in England.


    Outside of work, Elnaz enjoys attending fitness classes, indulging in Vancouver’s food scene and travelling.


    Elnaz speaks fluent Farsi.


    Elnaz's Practice is Supported by:
    Anna Dimson

    Direct: 604.676.3948

    Email: assistant@iconlaw.ca 

    Emma O'Dea, Associate Counsel

    J.D. (TRU) 2019; B.A. Communications (SFU) 2015

    Direct: 604.677.8886

    Email: eodea@iconlaw.ca


    Emma is a dedicated advocate who believes kindness and hard work are essential qualities of any lawyer.


    Emma attended Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. While in law school she participated in the Human Rights Law Club, Women in Law Club, and volunteered for Pro Bono Students Canada. Emma knew that she wanted to do client-based work after working as a summer student at the TRU Community Legal Clinic.


    Emma began her law career at a reputable personal injury law firm before switching over to family law and child protection law.


    Emma has experience appearing before the Provincial Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia.


    Outside of work, Emma enjoys hiking, trail running, and re-watching Mad Men.


    Emma's Practice is Supported by:
    Anna Dimson

    Direct: 604.676.3948

    Email: assistant@iconlaw.ca 

    Fanny Huang, Associate Counsel

    J.D. (Australia) 2016; B.A. Criminology (SFU) 2013

    Direct: 604.676.3167

    Email: fhuang@iconlaw.ca

    Fanny obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Simon Fraser with a major in Criminology and a certificate in legal studies before obtaining her JD from the University of Bond in Australia. She is qualified as a lawyer in Australia and Canada.


    Fanny practices family law, and she understands the financial toll family disputes take on her clients. Fanny has two adult children and one teenager, and as a parent, she has first hand knowledge of many intricacies of dealing with parenting arrangements, child support and spousal support. She delivers legal services in a thoughtful manner and makes it a priority to educate her clients on court procedures, relevant legal principles and out of court dispute resolution alternatives.


    Fanny is very active in the community of South Surrey and White Rock and even received a volunteer award in 2021. Outside of the office, she enjoys travelling and spending time with her loved ones.

    Fanny speaks fluent Mandarin and basic Japanese.


    Fanny's Practice is Supported by :

    Jasleen Tiwana

    Direct: 604.677.8916

    Email: jtiwana@iconlaw.ca


    Mel Naimi, Associate Counsel

    University of Leicester (L.L.B.) U.K. 2019

    Direct: 604.676.4441

    Email: mnaimi@iconlaw.ca


    Mel has practiced general civil litigation and family law, having appeared in both the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia. She received her Bachelor of Law from the University of Leicester with first class honors. After receiving her LLB, Mel articled for a boutique law firm in Surrey, B.C, gaining valuable experience in a wide range of issues related to both civil and family law.


    Mel works with her clients to maintain transparency and seek solutions. Her practice is to help her clients achieve their goals by utilizing a practical and methodical approach. Outside of work, Mel enjoys baking, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.


    Mel speaks fluent Farsi.


    Harry Saini, Associate Counsel

    J.D. (TRU) 2020; B.A. Criminal Justice (U of Fraser Valley) 2017

    Direct: 604.239.2606

    Email: hsaini@iconlaw.ca


    Harry is a litigator practicing in family law, criminal defense, and general civil litigation. Harry represents clients in both the Provincial Court and the Supreme Court of British Columbia. He has assisted clients with a wide variety of matters, including separation and divorce, strata property issues, builders liens, personal injury matters, and others.


    Harry practices a balanced approach and will help you weigh available litigation options against their costs so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed. Harry is easy to reach, and he'll respond within days rather than weeks while he works to resolve your matter.


    Harry takes pride in supporting clients, and he aims to build long-term relationships with his clients. You can count on him to provide you with a well-reasoned and straight forward analysis of your matter. Send Harry an email and ask how he can help you.


    In his spare time, Harry enjoys walks with his dog, and being outdoors.


    Harry speaks fluent Punjabi.


    Harry's Practice is Supported by:

    Jasleen Tiwana

    Direct: 604.677.8916

    Email: jtiwana@iconlaw.ca

    Gessica Bitencourt, Paralegal

    L.L.M. (Osgoode Law) - enrolled; L.L.B (Brazil) 2014


    Email: gbitencourt@iconlaw.ca


    Gessica is an internationally trained lawyer from Brazil. She earned her LL.B Degree in Civil Law in 2014 and was called to the Brazilian Bar in 2015. She practiced law in employment law and civil litigation before moving to Canada in 2020. Since 2020, she has worked her way up from administrative assistant to legal assistant to paralegal, focusing her attention on personal injury litigation.


    Gessica is working towards becoming a lawyer in Canada. She has completed her credentials evaluation and has been accepted into the L.L.M. in Canadian Common Law program at Osgoode Hall Law School.


    Outside of the office, Gessica enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.


    Gessica speaks fluent Portuguese.

    Yuliia Pshets, Paralegal

    L.L.M. (Zaporizhzhiia National U) Ukraine 2013; Masters Degree in Foreign Languages (Zaporizhzhiia National U) 2006

    Direct: 604.676.2655

    Email: ypshets@iconlaw.ca


    Yuliia is an internationally trained lawyer from Ukraine. She obtained her Master’s degree in the Faculty of Foreign languages (2006), where she studies English and French, before obtaining her Master’s degree in Civil Law (2013) from the Zaporizhzhiia National University in Ukraine. Yuliia was called to the Ukrainian Bar in 2018. She practiced mostly family law and civil litigation before moving to Canada in 2022.


    Outside of the office, Yuliia enjoys spending time with her family, and doing long runs around the city.


    Yuliia speaks fluent Ukrainian.


    Leila Ashoori, Paralegal

    Law Society of Ontario, Canada 2016; Seneca College, Canada 2015

    Direct: 604.239.2600

    Email: lashoori@iconlaw.ca


    Leila has a Bachelor (First Honours) and Master of Arts (Second Honours) in English Literature. She is a graduate of Seneca College and is licensed as a paralegal by the Law Society of Ontario. She is currently enrolled in an online-LLB program at the University of Essex in the UK .


    Leila has appeared before Toronto Licensing Tribunal, Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Court), Ontario Court of Justice (Summary Convictions), and Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).


    Leila is fluent in Farsi and English, with English writing being her strong suit. She also speaks French.


    Jasleen Tiwana, Paralegal

    CDI College (Paralegal Diploma) 2023; B.A (SFU)

    Direct: 604.677.8916

    Email: jtiwana@iconlaw.ca


    Jasleen graduated from Simon Fraser University with her Bachelor of Arts before she completed her Paralegal Diploma. Jasleen is passionate about assisting the lawyers and clients to achieve their goals.


    Outside of the office, Jasleen enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family.


    Jasleen is fluent in Punjabi.


    Kate P, Accounts Department

    UBC Sauder School of Business 2005, CGA, CPA

    Direct: 778.389.6966

    Email: accounts@iconlaw.ca


    Kate has been integral in establishing Icon Law. She is an expert when it comes to financial matters.


    When not at the office, Kate is an avid tennis and padel player. She enjoys the sun, the beach and a good movie.


  • Testimonials

    I can't say enough about my lawyer, Daria Batkin!


    After 6 long years, 3 lawyers, and 3 law firms, I had given up on getting a fair (if there is such a thing) settlement! Daria was my 4th lawyer. In less than 4 months, Daria did the impossible! My case was complicated but Daria took it on. The amount I walked away with was 3 x higher than each previous lawyer had told me. Without exaggerating, Daria got me my life back.


    Daria, as a person, amazed me! She cared about me as a client, but she also cared about my story! She returned all calls and emails. No matter the contents. Promptly! She answered my questions before I'd asked them.


    To keep a long story short, in essence, I wish every disheartened client had a warrior like Daria to fearlessly fight for them.


    Most Sincerely,

    M. C.


    Daria helped us with a legal issue involving an international transaction settlement spanning several jurisdictions. It was a sensitive matter that could have escalated into a costly trial. When she got involved, it immediately became clear to all parties that they were dealing with a seasoned professional. This helped change the demeanour of the discussion. We avoided several legal liabilities we were about to step into prior to retaining Daria's help."


    Alexandra Fedorova, PhD

    Associate Professor, UBC


    I had the pleasure of working with Daria Batkin for my personal injury case. She is very professional and dedicated to her job. As well as being knowledgeable in her field, she is also a caring individual.




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