Partner / Litigator
Eli completed undergraduate education at the University of British Columbia and law school at the University of Victoria. He was called to the bar in 2008. After practicing for several years at a prominent Vancouver corporate commercial firm, Eli joined Aaron Gordon Daykin Nordlinger LLP in 2011, and has practiced exclusively in family law since then. Eli joined the partnership in 2016.
Eli has an interest in complex asset division and child and spousal support cases, and takes pride in crafting sensible, lasting solutions to these cases. He also drafts and negotiates cohabitation and prenuptial agreements, with a particular focus on managing the interplay of family law issues with individuals and families’ estate and tax planning goals. Eli has appeared as lead and as junior counsel before the British Columbia Supreme Court and Court of Appeal on a number of significant decisions:
2023 BCSC 1519, successful defence of a trust and unjust enrichment claim by a spouse against a mother-in-law.
2021 BCSC 1079, successful defence of reapportionment claim where the defendant spouse was terminally ill (affirmed 2022 BCCA 371).
2021 BCSC 653, interim spousal support order in favour of husband after a lengthy marriage without children.
2019 BCSC 881, successful application in an interjurisdictional case to exclude British Columbia’s jurisdiction over division of property and spousal support issues.
2018 BCSC 960, reapportionment of the share value of a professional corporation to recognize the distinction between value accumulated post-separation due to market forces vs. due to the shareholder’s employment (spousal support var’d on appeal, 2020 BCCA 265).
2016 BCSC 1300, a leading analysis of the criteria for determining the date of separation (rev’d on other issues 2018 BCCA 199).
2014 BCSC 2423, successful defence of a contempt of court application.
2014 BCSC 1846, substantial reapportionment in favour of the property-owning spouse after a brief common law relationship without children.
2011 BCCA 364, application of the doctrine of merger to strike out corollary civil claims advanced by a child support recipient against a child support payor’s second spouse.
2011 BCSC 1010, recognizing the differences in the determination of a payor’s income for child support purposes vs. spousal support purposes.
2006 BCSC 663, successfully defending the second spouse of a deceased husband against the deceased’s first spouse’s claim to an interest in the second spouse’s survivor pension.
To book an appointment with Eli, please contact Sandi Anweiler at email@example.com.