Vancouver, BC, Canada

Phone: 604-899-5208
Fax: 604-899-5216

Assistant: Michelle El


Ryan W. Parsons


Ryan W. Parsons obtained his law degree in 2003 from the University of British Columbia. He then spent a year clerking at the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. Following his clerkship, Ryan practised for seven years in the litigation department of a large national firm. He is a partner at our Vancouver office.


Ryan has broad experience in civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on civil appeals. He has argued cases at all levels of court in British Columbia, and represented a variety of clients, including individuals, insurers, public and private companies, and regulatory agencies.

The subject areas of his cases include personal injury trials and appeals, contractual and shareholder disputes, civil fraud, construction and insolvency litigation, and administrative and regulatory proceedings involving the registration, regulation, and discipline of individuals in, among other areas, the securities, legal, engineering, nursing, ecclesiastical, and health-care professions.

Ryan’s representative cases include:

  • Harder v. Poettcker, 2016 BCCA 477, 90 B.C.L.R. (5th) 377, reasons on costs 2017 BCCA 107. Counsel for defendant in leading case on a trial judge’s power to pronounce partial judgment and continue a trial after a civil jury’s verdict under Supreme Court Civil Rules 12-6(8) and (11).
  • Borgfjord v. Boizard, 2016 BCCA 317, 403 D.L.R. (4th) 745, leave to appeal to SCC refused, 37210 (09 February 2017). Counsel for defendants on motor vehicle liability appeal engaging issues of standard of care and factual and legal causation in the context of vehicles passing on a highway.
  • R v. Melrose, 2016 BCCA 292, 338 C.C.C. (3d) 413. Counsel for accused in claim to recover costs  of successful summary conviction appeal under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms or Offence Act.
  • MacKenzie v. Rogalasky, 2014 BCCA 446, 378 D.L.R. (4th) 419, leave to appeal to SCC refused, 36266 (14 May 2015). Counsel for defendants in leading case on whether litigation financing fees and interest on disbursements are recoverable costs under Supreme Court Civil Rule 14-1(5).
  • Paquette v. The Board of Education of School District No. 36 (Surrey), 2014 BCCA 456, 66 B.C.L.R. (5th) 49. Counsel for the plaintiff in case involving the occupier’s liability of a school for injuries sustained by a student on its premises.
  • Lee v. Jarvie, 2013 BCCA 515, 53 B.C.L.R. (5th) 125. Counsel for defendants in the Court’s first consideration of the nature and scope of the court’s costs apportionment jurisdiction under Supreme Court Civil Rule 14-1(15).
  • Vilardell v. Dunham, 2013 BCCA 65, 359 D.L.R. (4th) 524, rev’d 2014 SCC 59. Counsel for plaintiff in court of appeal on challenge to the constitutionality of court hearing fees.
  • Petrelli v. Lindell Beach Holiday Ltd., 2011 BCCA 367, 340 D.L.R. (4th) 733. Counsel for defendant on appeal from plaintiffs’ application to strike pleadings on the basis of res judicata and abuse of process by re-litigation.
  • Jameson House Properties Ltd. (Re), 2011 BCSC 965, 80 C.B.R. (5th) 52. Counsel for creditor on application in support of claim and in response to debtor’s counterclaim in proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-36.
  • Steinhoff (Re), [2010] IIROC No. 28. Counsel for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada on application to prohibit the publication of information contained in a notice of disciplinary hearing.
  • Lee v. Dawson, 2006 BCCA 159, 267 D.L.R. (4th) 138, leave to appeal to SCC refused, 31464 (20 October 2006). Counsel for defendants on challenge to the upper limit on awards for non-pecuniary loss based on the equality rights and values in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.