Faiz-Ali Virji
Faiz-Ali Virji
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Faiz-Ali Virji is a business-focused lawyer with general litigation and insurance practices representing corporate and commercial entities in Alberta.

His experience includes advising on a broad range of issues including: 

  • Commercial, shareholder and collections matters 
  • Condominium and tenancy actions
  • Corporate and construction dispute resolution

His insurance practice includes matters involving coverage, defense and subrogated actions for property and injury matters under automobile, property and commercial general liability policies. For his commercial clients, Faiz’s solutions-focused approach helps them navigate misunderstandings around shareholder agreements and business disputes, as well as debt recovery matters.

Owning or renting a mobile home can present some unique legal challenges for both tenants and landlords. Faiz is well versed with the Mobile Home Sites Tenancies Act (MHSTA), which sets out the rights and responsibilities for people who own a mobile home and rent the mobile home site from a landlord. He works with these owners and managers of modular and manufactured home communities in a variety of areas including:

  • Manufactured home community lease enforcement, including terminating leases for non-payment of rent, terminating leases for a variety of breaches in the lease agreement and recovery of the site when homes are abandoned
  • Commercial Lease Enforcement, including terminating commercial leases and landlord’s distress seizures
  • Unsecured debt recovery and judgment enforcement for debt actions, including commencing actions and enforcement of judgments
  • Subrogated insurance claims, including commencing actions and enforcement of judgments
  • Personal property security enforcement, including the seizure of secured goods
  • Specializing in the enforcement of residential manufactured home leases
  • Specializing in the enforcement of debt actions

Value to Clients

"Offering my clients a holistic perspective on their cases is critical. We evaluate each situation thoroughly and objectively so that we do what’s best for the client. As a valued advisor, it’s my role to help them avoid lengthy and expensive litigation through creative and personal solutions that educate them on the best route to take."

Outside the Office

Faiz’s love of hockey has seen him be a player and a coach, as well as an avid Oilers fan. During law school, Faiz’s creative side saw him in the roles of video director and actor for the Law Show productions of “Charlie and the Law Factory”, “Allawdin”, and “Harry Lawter”, Vice-President Social of the Law Student's Association, a writer for the Canons of Construction and a member of the Litigators Hockey Team. A good book and a trip “anywhere” are also high on his list of things he likes to do.

Canadian Bar Association Northern Alberta Junior Lawyers Section Executive
Member-at-Large
2017 - Present
Seminar on the United Nations and International Affairs
Secretary
2017 - Present
Geertsma v McCann's Building Movers Ltd, 2019 ABQB 93
Haymour v. The Owners Condominium Plan No 802 2845, 2016 ABCA 367
Haymour v. Condominium Plan No 802 2845, 2016 ABQB 393
November 2021 - 6 min read
Frustration + Force Majeure in Commercial Leases: Is COVID a Valid Reason to Not Pay Rent?
When the COVID-19 pandemic started, governments worldwide reacted to this unprecedented health crisis with similarly unprecedented public health measures, including orders for non-essential businesses to close their doors to the public. Many busines...
August 2020- 9 min read
Time's Up! SCC Provides Clarification on When the Limitation Clock Starts Running
The Supreme Court of Canada ("SCC") recently set the standard for what knowledge a claimant needs to have to trigger the limitation period to sue. In In Grant Thornton LLP v. New Brunswick, 2021 SCC 31, the SCC rejected the Court of Appeal...
March 4, 2020
Legal Fundamentals for Manufactured Home Communities
Workshop
Join Field Law for an informative session on issues that affect modular and manufactured home community associations. Topics covered will include: Fundamental principles and enforcing lease agreements and community guidelines Evictions Post...
February 2020
Bill 3 - Proposed Amendments to the Mobile Home Sites Tenancies Act
On February 26, 2020, the Government of Alberta tabled Bill 3: Mobile Home Sites Tenancies Amendment Act, 2020. When passed, this Bill will change the current dispute resolution regime for mobile home disputes. Currently, all disputes relating to ...
May + June 2019
Drone Workshop: Updates on Canada's Drone Regulations
Seminars
Canada's Latest Drone Regulations - Are You Ready to Fly?The Field Law Emerging Technology Group invites you to take to the sky with your drone, but before you do, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the regulation, risks and responsibili...
July 2016
If Your Expert Doesn’t Know the Product he is Testifying on, You’re Gonna Have a Bad Time
Insurance Alert
Most will remember the case McDougall v. Black & Decker Canada Inc. as being the leading Alberta case on the issue of spoliation. A fire occurred which burned down the Plaintiffs' house. The Fire Department who initially inv...
Education
University of Alberta, 2015, Juris Doctor
Admissions
Alberta,2016
Northwest Territories,2017