Vladimir Zhivov, Managing Counsel
Vladimir works with clients who have had the misfortune of getting into an accident that wasn’t their fault. His clients are regular people who come from all walks of life. Many have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. Others are victims of slip and fall accidents. Every client is unique and each case is different.
As a Calgary car accidents lawyer, Vladimir meets with his clients, advises them on their rights and responsibilities, and then works to determine the extent of their injuries by consulting with medical and other professionals. Once the extent of a client’s injuries are clear (whether the client has recovered or will continue to face ongoing issues), Vladimir works to determine the dollar value of the claim, involving independent experts, if necessary. He then endeavours to negotiate the best financial settlements for his clients.
Over the years, Vladimir has helped thousands of clients receive the financial settlements they deserve.
“Often clients need treatment for a long time – sometimes for the rest of their lives – and that’s expensive,” he says. “The money doesn’t restore their health, and it doesn’t make them whole, but money, at least, helps them deal with their injuries or loss.”
A graduate from the law school at the University of Calgary, Vladimir also holds a master’s degree in Russian history from Carleton University. Vladimir is an active member of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers’ Association and the Canadian Bar Association. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Vladimir speaks fluent Russian.
Mark MacDonald, Associate Counsel
Originally from Bay d’Espoir, Newfoundland, Mark MacDonald is our newest lawyer at Zhivov Law. Mark holds a degree in law from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, as well as a degree in English language and literature from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mark has previous litigation experience with the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service where he appeared before Nova Scotia Provincial Court, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Family Division, as well as the Assistance Appeal Board of the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services. Since his arrival in Alberta, he has appeared before the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Provincial Court of Alberta on numerous occasions for his clients.
Mark has already successfully obtained many injury claim settlements for victims of negligence, and works hard for each and every client, no matter the size of the injury or the complexity of the claim.
Sona Malhotra, Articling Student
The newest member of the team, Sona Malhotra recently received her JD from the University of Calgary and joins Zhivov Law as an articling student.
While in law school, Sona volunteered as a caseworker with Student Legal Assistance to represent clients before the Court of Queen’s Bench. She was actively involved in various mooting and trial competitions, and was named top oralist in addition to placing second at the 2015 Chief Justice William McGillivray Moot Shield Competition. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association.
Before attending law school, Sona received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Calgary, where she graduated with First Class Honours. During this time, she co-founded the Scribe and Muse English Club, and served on the Faculty of English Undergraduate Planning Committee.
Born and raised in New Delhi, India, Sona is a fluent Hindi speaker.