About

Jeffrey Zilkowsky, B.A., LL.B.

Lawyer

  • Received Bachelor of Arts from UBC Okanagan, graduating with distinction in the top 1% of class.
  • Began legal education at the University of Alberta, and then transferred to the University of Victoria to complete legal studies, graduating in 2009.  After graduation, completed articles with a criminal defense firm in Vancouver.
  • Joined Hergott Law in 2010, practicing in the areas of personal injury, collections/foreclosures, real estate conveyancing, and wills and estates.
  • Operated as sole practitioner in Surrey, BC in 2013/2014, practicing in personal injury, collections/foreclosures, general civil litigation, family law, criminal law, and wills and estates.
  • Joined CBM Lawyers, practicing almost exclusively in family law.

Memberships

  • Member of the Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section – Okanagan
  • Member of the Kelowna Bar Association

Awards

  • Merv Leitch, Q.C. Memorial Scholarship for Leadership & Academic Achievement
  • West Kelowna Chamber of Commerce – Community Social Development Award 2011
  • Canadian Bar Association-British Columbia Branch – Community Service Award 2012

Community Involvement

  • Since November, 2011, writes weekly Law Matters columns that are been posted on the Castanet website.  Columns are intended to reduce public misconceptions about the law and the justice system:
  • Provides advice and assistance in criminal and civil matters through the Advocacy Resource Centre’s Access Pro-Bono Program and through the Salvation Army’s Pro-Bono clinic.
  • Regularly takes on pro-bono files, assisting those who cannot afford a lawyer and those who fall through the ‘cracks’ of Legal Aid.
  • Mentors and supervises UBC law students in the running of their criminal law trials.
  • Guest lectured to students in local and Calgary secondary schools about legal issues and about becoming a lawyer, as well as participated in local career fairs, answering questions from secondary and university students.
  • Guest lectures to students in the Legal Administrative Assistant Program at Okanagan College about personal injury law.
  • Facilitates conferences for young offenders through the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club’s Restorative Justice Program, which, among other purposes, is aimed at repairing harm caused by young adults.
  • Since 2004, volunteered and continues to volunteer annually for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Program.
  • Before and during law school, spent many years volunteering for community organizations, including the RCMP, SPCA, Canadian Blood Services, Kelowna General Hospital, Cat’s Cradle, Kelowna Drop-In Centre, Kelowna Street Help, Okanagan University College, University of Alberta, and University of Victoria.

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