Nils Preshaw
Associate Counsel

Nils Preshaw

Nils Preshaw is an experienced litigator who spent the first twelve years of his career as a Crown Prosecutor.  During those years he had a heavy trial schedule that included general criminal, conspiracy, drug trafficking and large wiretap project trials.

Nils Preshaw has conducted numerous provincial and superior court trials in both BC and Alberta as well as appeals before the Courts of Appeal in both provinces.

During his time as a Crown Prosecutor Nils Preshaw worked on matters involving CSIS, the RCMP, CBSA, CRA, IRS and Interpol.  In 2008 Nils began focusing on complex fraud litigation.

In 2014, Nils Preshaw started his own practice representing clients throughout Western Canada in diverse trial matters ranging from charges of murder and dangerous offender designations to complex civil fraud.  While out on his own Nils continued to represent the Crown as an agent in both complex tax prosecutions and the defense of RCMP officers in civil litigation.

In 2018, Nils joined Kornfeld’s litigation department where he continues trial work with a particular focus on cases involving large commercial fraud.

Nils has taught prospective law students an LSAT prep course, lectured to CRA Investigators about Cross Examination; to commercial fraud specialists about Corporate Witnesses and been a guest lecturer for the Law Society of BC’s Bar Admission Course.

Nils is an avid cyclist, rock climber and skier.

Practice Areas


  • Faculty of Law, University of Calgary, LLB
  • University of Calgary, BA, Political Science and English Literature

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2006
  • Alberta, 2002


  • Tribunal member for the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada, chairing disciplinary hearings of registered persons in the mutual fund industry.
  • The CBABC has appointed Nils Preshaw to sit on the Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council of BC for a one year term commencing on September 1, 2020.

Notable Cases

  • Youyi Group Holdings (Canada) Ltd. v. Brentwood Lanes Canada Ltd., 2020 BCCA 130

    The British Columbia Court of Appeal agreed with the judge at trial that a $28.8 million contract of purchase and sale should not be enforced, being tainted by the illegality of the purchasers’ fraudulent conduct.   While the trial judge found numerous instances of illegal conduct each rendering the contract unenforceable, the Court of Appeal considered it unnecessary to look beyond the conclusion that the purchasers had designed and used the contract and related lease to falsely inflate rent for financing purposes.

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  • Youyi Group Holdings (Canada) Ltd. v. Brentwood Lanes Canada Ltd., 2019 BCSC 739

    After a 78-day trial, the Supreme Court of British Columbia allowed our client to withdraw from a $28,800,000 contract for the sale of a large redevelopment site, due to the intended purchaser’s use of the contract for illegal purposes.  This allowed our client to reap a nearly $50,000,000 increase in value.

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