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John RicePartner

John Rice

P 604.682.3771

F 604.682.0587

E jrice@rhelaw.com


A fourth-generation lawyer born and raised in Vancouver, John has dedicated his career to fighting for the legal rights of individuals and their families against corporations and insurance companies.  After starting his career practicing labor and employment law, John shifted to exclusively practicing plaintiff’s personal injury litigation including motor vehicle negligence, commercial host and occupier’s liability claims, medical, dental and other professional malpractice, and wrongful death family compensation claims.  Over the last several years John’s practice has expanded to include wrongful denial of insurance coverage, mass torts and class action proceedings.  Advocacy is John’s greatest strength and privilege. He is dedicated to the craft of trial law.  

Known for providing exceptional, ethical service, John quarterbacks a legal support team that helps clients and their families navigate through some of the most upsetting and stressful periods of their lives. There is no substitute for good health and peace of mind – and there is no limit to the time, effort and financial resources that John will devote to helping his clients heal as quickly as possible, obtain justice and move forward with their lives. A joy of John’s job is getting to know his clients and their families, which motivates him to relentlessly fight on their behalves. 

 “I think what distinguishes our legal team is that we really, really give a sh#t.  We are relentless. RHE squares-off against insurers, governments and corporations every day, and sometimes fairness must be forced on them in the courtroom. So that is what we do. It’s our life’s work. And we love what we do”. 

John’s injury law practice includes  soft tissue injuries, chronic pain, psychological injury, and severe and catastrophic claims, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, neurological, orthopedic and dental injuries. A significant component of John’s practice is devoted to negligent injury to children, and holding those responsible for their health and safety accountable for any harms and losses they cause to children in our communities.

Since 2019 John has been annually selected by his legal peers for inclusion in the publication The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of personal injury litigation.  John is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at medical-legal education seminars on emergent legal issues and litigation and trial strategy. He was the 2020 President of the Trial Lawyers Association of a British Columbia. John has been counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases, including: the largest punitive damages award ever ordered by a Canadian judge for reckless driving causing injury; and the largest British Columbian special costs award ever ordered against an insured Defendant for conduct during litigation.  John has also been counsel in some of BC’s largest ever damage awards for soft tissue injuries and chronic pain, post-traumatic headaches, and emotional and psychological trauma.

John was the 2020 President of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia (TLABC), which holds powerful insurance companies like ICBC to account by shining a light on their conduct.  The TLABC fights for the rights of individuals, access to justice and the independence of the judiciary, while educating law-makers and the public about right and wrong in our systems of law.

Professional Activities
Member, Law Society of British Columbia
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Civil Litigation and Employment Law Sections, BC Branch, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

B.A., History, McGill University (1999)
LL.B., University of British Columbia (2003)

Place And Year Of Call
British Columbia (2004)


  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia:
    • Past President (2021)
    • President (2020)
    • 1st Vice President (2019)
    • Executive, Secretary Treasurer (2018)
    • Co-Chair ICBC Committee (2016-2018)
    • Board of Governors, Vancouver (2012 to 2017)
    • Executive-at-Large, Board of Directors (2009-2011)
  • Parkinson Society of British Columbia:
    • President & Chair of the Board of Directors (2010-2011)
    • Vice President of the Board of Directors (2006-2010)
    • Member, Board of Directors (2004-2011)
    • Chairperson, Advocacy Committee (2005-2010)
  • Member-at-Large, Vancouver Quadra Riding Association (2004-2007)

Interests: Away from the office John spends time with friends and family. John and his wife Karley have two boys, Lewis (“Lewie”) and Maxwell (“Max”). Other favourite pursuits include reading, cooking, playing mediocre golf, watching rugby, and following politics and the Vancouver Canucks.