Martin Bühler, C.D. brings over 18 years of litigation experience to assist clients in resolving their disputes efficiently and effectively. Martin’s practice focuses on litigation surrounding wills and estates and all aspects of commercial litigation, including corporate and partnership disputes, oppression and derivative claims, contract claims, breach of trust, fraud, and property claims.
Martin brings insightful, strategic analysis to bear on the facts of each case, in order to develop practical solutions that advance the client’s interests. If litigation is necessary, Martin has the experience to see the matter through to a successful conclusion. He has appeared before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal for British Columbia, Federal Court, and the Superior and Divisional Courts of Ontario. Martin has earned a distinguished “BV” Martindale-Hubbell rating from his peers, who note his determined advocacy and breadth of knowledge.
Martin grew up in North Vancouver, and completed his undergraduate degree in criminology at Simon Fraser University. He obtained his law degree in 1999 at the University of Toronto, and subsequently articled and practiced commercial litigation at a Bay Street firm. Martin return to Vancouver in 2003 and worked at top tier commercial litigation boutiques before moving to Nanaimo and joining Ramsay Lampman Rhodes in 2017.
Previously, Martin served as a commissioned Naval Warfare Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve. He served in leadership roles on Royal Canadian Navy ships, and at Naval Reserve Divisions in Vancouver and Toronto.
Martin is a member of the Simpcw First Nation and volunteers his time with the Law Society of British Columbia’s Indigenous Lawyers Mentorship Program.
Cases of Note
- Sheppe v. Harlingten, 2018 BCSC 1460
Martin acted for beneficiaries of a trust who felt that the trustee was favouring his own interests over the interests of the beneficiaries. Martin was successful in having the trustee removed and replaced with a new trustee.
- Mayer v. Mayer, 2018 BCSC 8
This was a complex, multi-claim proceeding involving business, trust, and property disputes between members of a family business that proceeded to a 66-day trial. The parties for whom Martin was co-counsel were overwhelmingly successful in the litigation.
- Shebib v. Canada, 2016 FC 539
Martin acted for the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada in an action in Federal Court. The application was successfully dismissed on summary application.
- Canadian Noble Cut Diamonds Ltd. v. Ben-Oliel, 2013 BCSC 1290
In a dispute between principals of a company, one principal attempted to have the company bring claims against Martin’s client in order to shield the principal from a cost award in the event that the claim was unsuccessful. Martin was successful in obtaining an order staying (stopping) the action until the company posted $45,000 as security for costs. The order was appealed and in this decision Martin was successful in having the appeal dismissed.
- Canada Deposit Insurance Corp. v. Commonwealth Trust Co. (In Liquidation), 2009 BCSC 1493
Martin was co-counsel for a law firm involved in a 26-day assessment of accounts in the winding-up of a trust company that had been ongoing since 1970. The proceeding required extensive preparation of documents and witnesses given that the evidence stretched over events that went back decades. Martin’s clients were successful in the proceeding.
- Robak Industries Ltd. v. Gardner, 2006 BCSC 1538 and 2007 BCCA 61
In this shareholder’s dispute, one set of shareholders attempted to bring claims in their own names against a rival set of shareholders. If the claims were to have been brought they should have been brought in the name of the company, but the plaintiff shareholders lacked proper authorization to do so and instead brought the claims in their own names. Martin was co-counsel for the defendants, who were successful in both having the claims dismissed without trial in the Supreme Court of British Columbia and in having an appeal of that order dismissed.
Disclaimer: The outcome of every legal proceeding varies according to the facts in individual cases. References to successful case results where the lawyers at RLR have acted for clients are not a guarantee or indicative of future results.
Recognition + Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell “Distinguished” rating with noted High Ethical Standing
- Martin was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration in 2008.
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Canadian Bar Association
- Indigenous Bar Association
- Nanaimo County Bar Association
- Advocates’ Club (2003-2009)
- Bachelor of Laws, University of Toronto, 1999
- Bachelor of Arts (Criminology), Simon Fraser University, 1995
Year of Call + Jurisdiction
- 2003, British Columbia
- 2001, Ontario (since resigned)