Joseph J. Berta

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Assistant: Lisa Atamanchuk

As a solicitor in our corporate-commercial group, Joe assists a wide array of clients with their business law needs.

Joe’s clients include individuals starting out in the business world, family-owned operations, and mid-sized businesses. Joe regularly works with realtors, brokers, accountants, and bankers, to ensure that his clients’ particular interests are properly addressed.

Joe’s areas of practice include:

Commercial Law

  • Incorporations
  • Reorganizations and amalgamations
  • Drafting, negotiation, and review of legal contracts

Buying and Selling a Business

  • Negotiation, drafting and review of letters of intent and purchase and sale agreements (asset and share transactions)
  • Related financings including vendor takeback financing

Real Estate

  • Acting for buyers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate, including farms, shopping centres, and multi-tenant buildings
  • Drafting and negotiation of commercial leases (on behalf of the landlord or tenant), assignments of lease, and subleases

Commercial Lending/Borrowing

  • Acting for institutional lenders and commercial borrowers for commercial financings

Corporate Reorganizations

  • Reorganizations, amalgamations, s. 85 agreements, and other tax-driven transactions

Representative Work

  • Co-counsel on a complex $40,000,000.00 business sale to a public company
  • Representing landlord on the drafting of a contentious and complex commercial lease
  • Representing purchaser of multi-acre multi-tenant commercial land in Surrey
  • Representing vendor of multi-location franchised business

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Surrey Board of Trade’s Business Excellence Awards Committee.
  • Regular guest lecturer at The Self Employment and Entrepreneur Development Society (SEEDS), where he lectures on matters relating to entering into business ventures.

Hobbies / Interests

  • travelling
  • keeping fit
  • collecting/restoring pinball machines


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 2003
  • Bachelor of Sciences, Queen’s University, 1996

Years of Call & Jurisdiction

Called to the BC Bar in 2004