Marvin R.V. Storrow

Professional Experience

Mr. Storrow is a senior litigation partner involved in arbitration, mediation, civil and criminal law. His expertise includes general commercial litigation, personal injury, native claims, general commercial litigation, criminal law, environmental law, “White Collar Crime”, anti-dumping and international trade cases

His practice has involved numerous appearances at all levels of the provincial and federal court systems, including numerous appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Storrow was counsel on the leading First Nations cases of Guerin v. Her Majesty the Queen, R. v. Sparrow, Roberts v. The Queen, and R. v. Gladstone at all court levels along with a number of aboriginal rights and other leading Canadian cases including ApsassinDelgamuukwandErmineskin v. Her Majesty the Queen. Three of his cases have been ranked by Canadian legal scholars as among the top 15 most important cases in Canadian legal history.

Mr. Storrow has conducted several trials at all Court levels in the Northwest Territories and in every province of Canada except Prince Edward Island.

Mr. Storrow’s cases appear approximately 500 times in various Canadian legal reports.

Mr. Storrow is recognized annually in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the leading lawyers in Canada.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Storrow has been involved with a wide variety of litigious matters and alternative dispute resolution matters over the past 47 years.

  • Arbitrator since approximately 1985
  • Chartered Arbitrator – ADR Institute of Canada
  • Member of the arbitrator panels of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recipient of the Chief Justice James Valentine Milvain, Visiting Chair in Advocacy (University of Calgary) in 1987. This Award is awarded to a leading Canadian barrister.
  • The Georges A. Goyer, Q.C. Award for exceptional contributions to the legal profession.
  • Mr. Storrow was awarded the University of British Columbia Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This Award is given to recognize an extraordinary individual who through a lifetime of outstanding service and contribution to the community has demonstrated the true spirit of the Association’s mission.
  • Mr. Storrow has received an LL.D. (honoris causa) Doctorate Degree from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Mr. Storrow has written and lectured on a number of “White Collar Crime”, “Aboriginal Rights”, “Medicare in Canada” “Child Pornography” and several other matters and acted as defence counsel in one of Canada’s first money laundering cases.

Mr. Storrow has been a frequent lecturer and conference co-ordinator for both the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C. and the University of British Columbia Law School. He has delivered lectures and chaired panels both inside and outside of Canada as well as at the University of Victoria, School of Public Administration; Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice; The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform & Criminal Justice Policy, Canada; Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and Pacific Business & Law Institute, the University of Calgary Law School and Pacific Business & Law.

Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1962
Admitted to the British Columbia, Alberta and Northwest Territories Bars

Joel Richler

Professional Experience

Mr. Richler has over 35 years of experience in commercial dispute resolution as a litigation counsel, arbitration counsel, mediation counsel, arbitrator (domestic & international) and mediator.

Before establishing his independent arbitration and mediation practice, Mr. Richler was a senior partner in Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and was, for a number of years, co-chair of that firm’s Toronto litigation group.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mr. Richler has long been an advocate of the use of arbitration as an efficient means of resolving commercial disputes. He obtained a Diploma in International Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and he has been admitted as a Fellow of that organization. Amongst other accomplishments, Joel is on the Canadian and International Rosters of the ICDR, a member of the ICC International Arbitration Committee, a member of the ADRIC, a member of the North American Users’ Counsel of the LCIA, a founding member of TCAS and a founding Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers.

Mr. Richler has been counsel in numerous ad hoc and institutional domestic and arbitrations and he has acted as an arbitrator in several arbitrations, as chair of arbitral panels and as sole arbitrator. For several years he has been listed in several categories in Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Lexpert, Best Lawyers in Canada, Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration and Who’s Who. Joel is currently listed in Lexpert’s Directory of Leading Litigation Lawyers, Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada and its 2016 Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.

Mr. Richler firmly believes that arbitration and mediation are the best means through which commercial disputes can be resolved. He is committed to working with counsel and clients in order to “tailor make” processes designed to meet their cases and their interests.

Professional and Other Activities

Mr. Richler has been recognized for many years in several professional directories and publications, in litigation, arbitration and other categories, including:

  • Resident Arbitrator at Arbitration Place, Toronto
  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers Canada
  • Lexpert
  • Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration
  • International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigation Lawyers
  • Who’s Who Canada (Litigation)
  • Who’s Who Commercial Mediation
  • Benchmark Canada

Most recently, Mr. Richler was listed in:

  • Best Lawyers Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2013)
  • Best Lawyers International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2015)
  • Best Lawyers Procurement Lawyer of the Year (Toronto)(2016)
  • Lexpert Directory of Leading Litigation Lawyers
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Academic Qualifications

Civil and Common Law degrees at McGill Law School LL.B., 1977-78
Called to the Bar in Ontario, 1980

Kent G. Woodruff

 

Professional Experience

  • 1972-1991- General practice in Kamloops
  • 1991-1997-Litigation Counsel, insurance, land compensation, commercial leases, contractual, construction (court & arbitration) and appeared before Federal and Provincial administrative tribunals
  • For the last 21 years restricted his practice to alternate dispute resolution.
Dispute Resolution Experience and TrainingMediation experience:

  • Mediated over 300 commercial disputes – personal injury, estates, insurance, partnership, construction, strata, environmental damage, property, farm & ranch, forestry, intergovernmental, ALR Community Issues, workplace , Work safe Discrimination

Arbitration experience:

  • 1996 – 2008 adjudicated Residential Tenancy Disputes
  • Conducted domestic commercial arbitrations involving strata, employment, sale of businesses, commercial leases (renewals and other disputes), farms, forestry disputes, insurance (including Referee and UMP coverage), joint ventures, partnerships, professional negligence, construction and corporate disputes.
  • The appointed Appeal Arbitrator under the Canada – British Columbia Crop Insurance Program

Alternate Dispute Resolution Training:

  • Provided alternate resolution training to companies, organizations and the government of BC.
  • Developed and taught the Thompson Rivers University course entitled Conflict Resolution in the Environment

Chartered Mediator, 2001
Chartered Arbitrator, 1994
McGowan Award of Excellence –ADR Institute of Canada, 2000

Professional and Other Activities

  • A Past President of the ADR Institute of Canada and of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute
  • A British Columbia International Commercial Centre Trustee

Member:

  • British Columbia Arbitration & Mediation Institute
  • Kamloops Fly Fishers Association
  • British Columbia Wildlife Association
  • Kamloops and District Fish & Game Association
  • Wild Sheep Society of BC
  • Kamloops Bar Association
Academic QualificationsUniversity of Ottawa, B. Comm., 1963
University of Western Ontario, B.L., 1972
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1973

Christopher J. O’Connor

Professional Experience

  • Christopher O’Connor, Q.C. is a former Partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Has extensive experience in advising owners and contractors with respect to construction disputes, delay claims and all forms of construction disputes.
  • Advised sureties with respect to contractor defaults and L&M bond claims.
  • Advised fidelity insurers with respect to coverage issues under brokers’ blanket bonds, bankers blanket bonds, and subrogation claims arising from such disputes.
  • Acted for various parties in the leaky condo crisis in British Columbia including the Ministry of Education with respect to leaky schools.
  • Has experience in major matters such as the Capilano Twin Tunnel Project, the Lions gate Bridge Re-Decking, The Millennium Line, the Save-on Foods roof collapse, design and construction of a Potash Plant, design and construction of transmission lines, construction of manufacturing plants, construction of the Expo 86 ALRT guideway, the failure of posttension cables in buildings, claim arising out of the construction of hydro facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and bridges, highways and recreation centres.
Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Christopher O’Connor, Q.C. has extensive experience in arbitrations and mediations, including acting as an arbitrator in a dispute relating to the construction of mine, a dispute relating of a co-generation plant, a dispute with respect to the construction of a transmission line, the annual price under a long term gas supply agreement, a dispute relating to the construction of a school, a dispute relating to the construction of a pipe line, a dispute relating to the construction of a highways bridge, a highways maintenance contract, a hospital, a golf course club house and a hotel, disputes relating to a purchase and sale agreement of shares in number of companies in the food industry, a commission agreement for a loan, the amount of rent payable under a lease, and a real estate partnership dispute, and a law firm’s departure dispute.

  • Lectured at University of British Columbia Law School in ADR Course
  • Participated in seminars conducted by Insight, the Canadian Institute, and The British Columbia Continuing Legal Education with respect to arbitration issues and mediation issues
  • Participated as a lecturer at Forbes Conference on the Americas in Miami, Florida: The Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards in Canada and Association of Professional Engineers Annual Conference: Arbitration
  • Accredited the designation Chartered Arbitrator by the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada
  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, England
  • Accredited mediator and arbitrator at the British Columbia International Arbitration Centre
Professional and Other Activities

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada as the 2011 Vancouver Construction Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada as the 2015 Vancouver Construction Lawyer of the Year
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Chambers Canada (construction law) and Best Lawyers in Canada (construction law; director and officer liability; insurance law)
  • Recognized in Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (local litigation star – British Columbia)
  • Recognized in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (construction law)
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (construction law; international commercial arbitration; litigation – commercial insurance)
  • Featured in Who’s Who Legal: Construction and Who’s Who Legal: Canada, as well as the construction chapter in the compendium edition of Who’s Who Legal
  • One of the top 500 lawyers in Canada
  • Accredited AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Past Governor of the College of Canadian Construction Lawyers
Academic Qualifications

Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, 1976
BA with Distinction from Carleton University, 1973

Contact

O’Connor Dispute Resolution Inc.
1887 Bonito Crescent,
Nanoose, BC, Canada V9P 9J1
Email: chris@oconnoradr.com
Phone: 778-229-1708

Mr. John R. Singleton

Professional Experience

Mr. Singleton has practiced law since 1969. He has concentrated on the areas of insurance, construction, professional liability and environmental matters, on behalf of property owners, architects, engineers, contractors, regulatory agencies and insurers. He has acted as counsel in several precedent-setting cases involving insurers, architects, engineers and other participants in the construction industry and has been counsel on a wide variety of problems related to environmental issues.

Mr. Singleton is also a chartered arbitrator and mediator of complex commercial disputes, and is actively involved in both mediation and arbitration on behalf of his own clients and as a mediator/arbitrator retained by others. He also acts as a fairness advisor/monitor of procurement activities in a variety of settings.

Mr. Singleton is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University Law School and the University of British Columbia Law School.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Forty-two years of practice in dispute resolution.
  • Counsel at all levels of courts and before Administrative Tribunals.
  • Fairness Advisor on multiple construction and infrastructure projects.
  • Arbitrator/Mediator multiple disputes.
  • Professor of Law, including ADR, at UMB and Stanford.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Member, Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel
  • Member, Defence Research Institute
  • Member, Arbitrators Institute of Canada
  • Arbitrator, American Dispute Resolution Center
  • General Counsel, Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia
  • Member, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Member, Panel of Arbitrators of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
  • Adjunct Professor, UBC and Stanford
Academic Qualifications

B. A., University of Alberta, 1966
LL.L., University of Alberta, 1969
University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science, England, Master of Laws, 1970

Robert B. Morton

Professional Experience

Attorney-at-Law (now semi-Retired) formerly engaged in complex civil litigation and Trial and Appeals Court Practice, on behalf of both plaintiffs/claimants and defendants/respondents. Admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Illinois (1982-2008); and admitted practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, (1983-2008). Formerly, served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois, and more recently serving in Law Enforcement as a part-time sworn Police Officer. Also, formerly licensed as Real Estate Broker in State of Illinois (1997-2008).

25+ Years of Litigation experience in Trial and Appeals Practice in state and federal courts, and as a certified National/International Commercial Arbitrator.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Experience includes the following areas: Contracts; Injunctions and TRO’s; Securities and Investments; Finance and Trade; Real Estate; Corporations; Partnerships; Intellectual Property rights — including Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Copyrights and Non-Compete Agreements; Probate/Estate/Will/Trust Contests; Labor and Employment Law — including Discrimination, Civil Rights, Wrongful Discharge; Negligence, Personal Injury and Insurance Coverage disputes — including Automobile Accidents, Product Liability, Malpractice, Construction & Design Defects; Consumer Rights, Creditor, Fraud, RICO; and Class Actions.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Robert Morton is a highly experienced commercial Arbitrator, presided in more than 100++ Arbitration hearings, and has been accredited by these national & international ADR Organizations (past and present):

  • ICC International Court of Arbitration/US Council for International Business (USCIB) – list of approved International Commercial Arbitrators
  • International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) – list of approved Arbitrators
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) – approved International Arbitrator panelist
  • Beijing Arbitration Commission – Panel of International Commercial Arbitrators
  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) – approved International Commercial Arbitrator
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Center (BCICAC) – approved International Commercial Arbitrator panelist
  • World International Property Organization (WIPO) – approved Int’l Intellectual Property Arbitrator
  • Arbitration Center of Mexico – registered International Commercial Arbitrator Panelist
  • Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC) – approved List of Arbitrator Practioners
  • The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)
  • The Association of Arbitrators of Southern Africa – approved Panel member
  • Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC)
  • American Arbitration Association – certified commercial Arbitrator
  • ADR Systems – approved Commercial and Employment Arbitrator
  • Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry Permanent Court of Arbitration – panelist
  • NASD Arbitrator Training Lecturer – Former invited Speaker at National Arbitrator Skills Training Conference on presiding as Arbitrator/Chair in cases involving Emergency Interim Injunctions, Trade Secrets and Non-Compete Agreements
  • National Future’s Association- certified public Arbitrator
  • New York Stock Exchange – certified (public) Arbitrator
  • Chicago Board Options Exchange- certified (public) Arbitrator
  • Cook County Court Mandatory Arbitration Program- certified Arbitrator and Chairman
  • Illinois State Board of Education – certified Hearing Officer for tenured Teacher dismissal cases
Professional and Other Activities

Arbitrator Training Lecturer – Former invited Speaker at N.A.S.D. National Arbitrator Skills Training Conference – Topic: presiding as Arbitrator in cases involving Injunctions, Trade Secrets, and non-compete agreements.

Honours

  • Judicial Candidate in 2002 Elections for Circuit Court Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit (Lake & McHenry Counties, IL.). Rated “Well-Qualified” for Circuit Judge by Supreme Court Blue-Ribbon Judicial Screening Committee.
  • Licensed as Attorney in State of Illinois (1982-2008), U.S. District Court for N.D. IL. (Trial Bar), U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit, and admitted to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Law Enforcement experience – former part-time sworn Police Officer – northern Illinois suburbs
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker in State of Illinois (1997 – 2008)
Academic QualificationsB.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1978- Summa Cum Laude and Pho Beta Kappa
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1982

Mr. Donald L. Logerwell

Professional Experience

Donald Logerwell was a trial lawyer in Seattle for more than thirty years until 2000 when his practice focused on arbitration, mediation and training lawyers to be effective representatives of their clients in both forms of alternative dispute resolution.

As a trial lawyer, he tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts and acted as counsel in arbitrations and mediations in construction disputes, intellectual property, products liability, legal malpractice and a wide range of business disputes including partnerships, limited liability companies and corporate dissolutions.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada in Reno and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. where he graduated #1 in the evening division and was an editor on the law review. After law school he clerked for The Honorable Eugene A. Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before entering private practice in Seattle.

Donald Logerwell was recognized by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine under Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation as one of King County’s Top Lawyers 2010. His peers have given him the highest possible rating, AV Preeminent, in a recent survey by the nation’s leading lawyer rating organization, Martindale Hubbell

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Donald L. Logerwell serves as an arbitrator/mediator, educator and ADR neutral in a wide range of domestic and international disputes. His ADR practice covers the entire gamut of disputes, small and large, with a focus on efficient and cost effective methods of resolving disputes consistent with the amount at risk for the parties. Don sees himself as a partner with the party representatives and strives to work with them to fashion a process that meets their needs and the needs of their clients.

Thirty years (1979-present) of experience serving as a sole arbitrator of a wide variety of commercial disputes in the U.S. and western Canada from various administrative agencies (AAA, CPR, BCICAC, Arbitration Works) and in non-administered arbitrations. First trained in mediation in 1979 by the American Arbitration Association and service since in mediations (both administered and non-administered) of disputes ranging from several million dollars to smaller, home owner-contractor disputes as low as $25,000.

Donald Logerwell has attended and taught countless arbitration and mediation courses including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) Fellowship course.

Professional and Other Activities

ADR Affiliations:

  • American Arbitration Association: construction, commercial, intellectual property and large complex case arbitration and mediation panels.
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (Vancouver, B.C., Canada): arbitrator and mediator.
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR): Seattle, construction and intellectual property panels.
  • Certified mediator for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
  • Fellow (ret.), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London).
  • Member, ADR Roundtable, Seattle WA.

Mr. Logerwell is a frequent speaker on ADR related topics for the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, the Office of the Attorney General of Washington and the University of Washington among others. He was selected as a member of the National Faculty of the American Arbitration Association and conducted more than fifty AAA sponsored training programs for construction arbitrators in the western United States including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and California.

Donald Logerwell selected as one of the Top Lawyers in 2010 by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine in the field of alternative dispute resolution and mediation.

Academic Qualifications

University of Nevada, B.S. in Mathematics, 1962
Georgetown Law Center, Washington, J.D., 1970

John Scott Logan

Professional Experience

John is one of the founding partners of Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP and is the managing partner. John restricts his practice to the areas of construction and commercial litigation and alternate dispute resolution.

Over the last 29 years, John has been counsel on a multitude of complex construction and commercial cases in British Columbia. He is frequently asked to act as a mediator, arbitrator or referee in construction and commercial disputes.

John is a member of a variety of construction, development and legal associations and is a frequent lecturer at conferences organized by those associations, including the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and the British Columbia Professional Legal Training Program. He is the author of numerous commercial and construction law articles and other publications.

John is committed to the use of alternative dispute resolution and pragmatic, business oriented approaches to the resolution of disputes.

John is included in the 2012 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, has an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell in construction and commercial litigation, and is rated as one of British Columbia’s top construction lawyers in Best Lawyers.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • In one of British Columbia’s first high-rise “leaky condo” claims, acted for Vancouver’s largest high-rise residential developer against the designers and constructors of twin high-rise towers in Vancouver.
  • Acting for a large group of unpaid contractors and material suppliers, successfully advanced a claim against a national surety company all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Acted successfully for the general contractor against the owner and a sub-contractor in a multi-million dollar dispute involving the refit of Vancouver Grain Terminal.
  • Successfully defended British Columbia’s largest privately owned forest products company against a multi-million dollar claim brought by a private land owner.
  • Acted as a referee in a multi-million dollar dispute between a Crown corporation and a private contractor on an infrastructure project.
  • Acted as counsel for the successful parties in several construction tendering cases, including three leading cases, Fred Welsh v. B.G.M. ConstructionStanco Projects v. Her Majesty the Queen, and Hub Excavating v. Orca Estates.
  • On a well known downtown Vancouver twin high-rise tower project, successfully acted for the developer against the general contractor and the strata corporation in relation to very significant claims for construction deficiencies and delays. Successfully represented one of the two shareholders of a large British Columbia construction company in a multi-year string of disputes arising from the dissolution of the company.
  • Acted successfully for two of the first strata corporations to advance and resolve “leaky condo” claims involving large, multi-unit wood frame construction projects in British Columbia.
  • Regularly acts for lawyers, their clients and insurers in resolving claims arising from errors and omissions.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Member of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association
  • Member of the British Columbia Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association
  • Member of the British Columbia Construction Association
  • Member of the British Columbia Urban Development Institute
Academic Qualifications

LL.B.: Dalhousie University, 1982
Called to the Bar in British Columbia, 1983
Called to the Bar in Nova Scotia, 1986

Simon B. Margolis

Professional Experience

Simon has returned to full time practice as a litigator, mediator and arbitrator after having served the firm as Managing Partner from February 2011 to February 2016.

Simon is a senior litigator who continues to provide practical and effective advice to clients in a variety of commercial and insurance related matters. He counsels clients on alternate dispute resolution methods and represents them before all levels of court. Simon is regularly retained as mediator in a wide variety of commercial disputes, many of them involving multiple parties, and is also frequently retained as an arbitrator.

Simon obtained his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in 1979 before attending and graduating from law school at the University of British Columbia in 1982. He articled at Bull Housser and has continued to practice at the firm his entire career. Simon was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2012.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Recently acted as mediator in a wide variety of disputes involving property damage, professional liability, construction, environmental contamination, real estate, bodily injury and employment.
  • Recently acted as arbitrator in several cases including a commercial dispute following the sale of a business and a series of fee disputes following the departure of a lawyer from a firm.
  • Tzeachten First Nation v. Canada (Attorney General), (2008) 297 D.L.R. (4th) 300 (Federal Court), counsel for Canada Lands companies in proceedings regarding the Crown’s duty to consult prior to transfer of the CFB Chilliwack lands to Canada Lands.
  • International Hi-Tech Industries Inc. v. FANUC Robotics and General Electric Capital Canada Inc. (GECC) 2006 BCSC 1934, counsel for GECC in defence of products liability, fraud and conspiracy claim resulting in special costs award against Plaintiff and individual director.
  • Powerex Corp. v. Alcan Inc. 2004 BCSC 876, counsel for Alcan Inc. in proceedings against it to enforce a foreign arbitral award.
Professional and Other Activities

  • 2017 Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate + Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law.
  • 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate + Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law.
  • 2015 Legal 500 Canada: Recommended lawyer in the area of Dispute Resolution.
  • LexisNexis – Martindale-Hubbell: BV Peer Review Rated.
Academic Qualifications

LLB, University of British Columbia, 1982
A.B. degree Dartmouth College, 1979
Called to the B.C. bar, 1983

Mr. Joseph A. Boskovich

Professional Experience

Joe has more than 30 years experience as a civil and criminal law litigator with a diverse range of experience in the Provincial, Supreme and Federal Courts. His practice has focussed in the area of personal injury, insurance law and commercial litigation. He also has extensive experience with fishing and maritime law, a natural outgrowth of his family’s long involvement with the British Columbia fishing industry.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

In 1985 Joe qualified as a mediator, completing the Mediation Training course given by the B.C. Justice Institute and National Centre for Mediation Education in Washington, D.C. Since 1987, Joe has had an active practice as an Arbitrator and Mediator. He has mediated over of 3,500 cases involving personal injury, insurance disputes, commercial disputes, contracts, professional negligence, construction (“leaky condo”), family, partnership matters, estate matters, corporate shareholder disputes, and disputes involving Crown corporations and Ministries. He has acted as an Arbitrator and as Counsel in domestic commercial arbitrations involving insurance issues, franchising, construction, partnerships and general commercial disputes.

In 1993 Joe took part in a lengthy multi-party Mediation Institute seminar orientated towards the design of multi-party negotiation processes, aboriginal interests, cross-cultural dynamics and the structuring of the complex multi-party agreements. This training also included institutional and public conflict resolution. His training with multi-party mediation was extended in 1995 to include environmental disputes.

In 1995 Joe participated in a course, ADR & Negotiation for the Defence, given by the American Defence Research Institute (DRI) in San Francisco. In 1996 he attended Harvard Law School’s Advanced Mediation Course. In 1997 he participated in a Harvard Law School mediation workshop at Simon Fraser University, and in 1998 attended a Defence Practise Mediation and Arbitration Seminar given by DRI in Chicago, Illinois. In June 1999 he attended the Advanced Mediation Course at Osgood Law School, Toronto, Ontario.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member and former director (2006 to 2010) of the B.C. Mediation Roster Society and alternative dispute resolution sub-sections of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Defence Research Institute and a past member of the Joint Committee on Dispute Resolution
  • Member of a British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Panel member.
  • In January 2004 Joe spoke on the topic of mediation in Mexico at a Medical-Legal Conference presented by the B.C. Trial Lawyers and Department of Continuing Medical Education, Kelowna Hospital.
  • He gives regular lectures to PLTC students and for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) on the topics of negotiating and mediation.
Academic Qualifications

University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1969
University of British Columbia, B.A., 1965