A fourth-generation lawyer born and raised in Vancouver, John exclusively practices Plaintiff’s personal injury litigation including motor vehicle negligence, commercial host and occupier’s liability claims, medical, dental and other professional malpractice, wrongful death family compensation claims, wrongful denial of insurance coverage, 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 one 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.
In the context of personal injury John prosecutes whiplash and soft tissue injuries to severe and catastrophic claims, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, neurological, orthopedic and dental injuries, as well as psychiatric trauma and chronic pain. 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.
In 2019 John was 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. 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 is 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.
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:
- 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.