Tim is a LegalShield Associate at Watson Goepel LLP. He assists clients with a wide variety of legal issues in a diverse group of practice areas. He has taught as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Victoria and has handled cases in the BC Provincial and Supreme Courts, the BC and Federal Courts of Appeal, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, the Employment Insurance Appeal Tribunal of Canada, and the BC Human Rights Tribunal.
Tim’s passions include singing in a gospel choir, the cello, cycle touring, amateur radio, and amateur astronomy. He is the author of five books, including an internationally recognized textbook on legal writing.
J.D., University of Victoria, 1984
MFA (Creative Writing), Goddard College, 1997
BA (Botany), San Jose State University, 1974
British Columbia, 1991
Publications and Presentations
Tim has been an active author in the legal field for more than 35 years, primarily writing for popular audiences. His work includes:
Legal Writing from the Top Down: A New Approach to Better Writing for Lawyers, 2010, Rose Cottage Books, Kelowna, B.C.
Better Writing for Lawyers, 1990, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto.
Short Changed: Victims of the Canadian Financial Crisis, 1989, Western Producer Prairie Books, Saskatoon, SK.
Author or co-author of chapters
Agents, Editors, and You, Michelle Howry, ed., 2002, Writer’s Digest Books, Cincinnati.
The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing: A Professional Guide to the Business for Nonfiction Writers of All Experience Levels., Timothy Harper, ed. 2003, St. Martin’s Griffin, New York. (“…the table of contents from this guide reads like a who’s who in the freelance world.” Julie Hood, OrganizedWriter.com)
Author Law A-Z: A Desktop Guide to Writers’ Rights and Responsibilities, Sallie Randolph, Stacy Davis, Anthony Elia, Karen Dustman, 2005, Capital Books, Sterling, VA.
The Mortgage and Credit Handbook, 1989, Grosvenor House Press, Toronto.
Monthly legal column in Your Money magazine, 1985-87.
Monthly legal technology column in The Scrivener, 1993-2007.
“Tough Times Making Even Probate Practice Riskier” – The Lawyer’s Weekly, January 23, 2009.
“Lawyers Rethinking Retirement Plans” – The Lawyer’s Weekly, December 5, 2008.
“The Writer’s Contract” – Westword, November/December 2008.
“An Offer You Can Refuse” – Writer’s Digest, March 1999.
“Five Smart Tips” – Contract Professional, March 1999.
“Encroachment: Don’t Be Left Holding the Bag” – Select Homes, June 1986.
“Clarifying Legal Papers Not Such a Simple Matter” – The Financial Post, February 27, 1982.
“Legal Shadow Over Solar Energy Development” – The Financial Post, January 9, 1982.
Recognized in 2018 with a LegalShield Individual Member’s Choice, Culmination Indigo award, for excellence in customer service satisfaction.