Vernon lawyer earns top recognition

Michael Yawney, managing partner at Nixon Wenger, has been named Queen’s Counsel.

Vernon lawyer Michael Yawney has earned the designation of Queen's Counsel.

Vernon lawyer Michael Yawney has earned the designation of Queen's Counsel.

A Vernon lawyer has received the highest honour in his profession.

Michael Yawney, managing partner at Nixon Wenger, has been named Queen’s Counsel.

“It’s a real honour,” said Yawney, whose practices focus as civil litigator and trial lawyer.

In his more than 20 years at the firm, he has appeared before all levels of courts in B.C., as well as administrative tribunals and regulatory agencies.

His community involvement includes North Okanagan Brain Injury Society, United Way, the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and Vernon Hospice House. He is also involved with the Thompson Rivers University law school mentorship program.

“You put in enough time in the profession and work hard and it’s nice to be recognized. It’s very humbling,” said Yawney.

The QC designation is conferred each year on members of the legal  profession to recognize exceptional merit and contribution.