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Ryan Parsons maintains a broad litigation practice, leveraging his extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on civil appeals. He is a skilled trial lawyer, including trying cases before civil juries and handling complex post-trial procedural issues. And he has argued numerous cases in the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. Ryan’s clients include individuals, insurers, public and private companies, and regulatory agencies.
Ryan’s clients benefit from the experience he has gained through his diverse, generalist practice. He represents clients in litigation involving bylaw and property disputes with municipalities, contractual and shareholder issues, civil fraud, employment law (employer and employee), insurance and personal injury claims (plaintiff and defendant), and proceedings under the Offence Act. Outside the courts, he advocates for clients subject to administrative and regulatory proceedings, including the registration and discipline of members of the Law Society of BC, the College of Registered Nurses of BC, and of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the BC Securities Commission.
He obtained his law degree from the University of British Columbia, after which he spent a year clerking for two justices at the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. Before joining Eyford Partners, he practised for seven years in the litigation department of a large national firm.
Canadian Plastic Bag Association v. Victoria (City), 2019 BCCA 254. Counsel for appellant in successful challenge setting aside a municipal bylaw banning single-use plastic bags. The case addressed the power of a municipality under the Community Charter to adopt such a bylaw, the dominant purpose of which was to protect the natural environment, without first obtaining the approval of the Province’s Minister of the Environment.
Luis v. Marchiori, 2018 BCCA 317, 427 D.L.R. (4th) 76, supplementary reasons on costs, 2018 BCCA 364. Ryan acted as successful counsel for the defendants in this leading case on recovery of lay witness fees as a disbursement under Supreme Court Civil Rules 14-1(5) and Schedule 3 of Appendix “C”.
Glover v. Leakey, 2018 BCCA 56, 420 D.L.R. (4th) 422. Ryan acted as counsel for successful appellant in leading case on inconsistent pleadings, application to strike defence as an abuse of process, and the power of the court to declare a mistrial after a jury verdict.
667895 B.C. Ltd. v. Delta (Corporation), 2018 BCCA 38, 6 B.C.L.R. (6th) 12. Counsel for successful appellant property owner in case confirming limits on powers of municipality to close a highway and remove its highway dedications under the Community Charter.
Harder v. Poettcker, 2016 BCCA 477, 93 C.P.C. (7th) 1, additional reasons on costs, 2017 BCCA 107, 100 C.P.C. (7th) 161. Ryan acted as counsel for successful appellant in leading case confirming court’s power to grant partial judgment on a jury verdict and to continue trial without jury after verdict.
Lau v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2017 BCCA 253, 415 D.L.R. (4th) 166. Ryan acted as counsel for respondent account manager in leading employment law decision on the availability of aggravated damages following wrongful dismissal.
Borgjford v. Boizard, 2016 BCCA 317, 403 D.L.R. (4th) 745, additional reasons on costs, 2016 BCCA 495. Ryan acted as counsel for successful appellants in liability appeal involving complex standard of care, and causation, and proximate cause issues.
R. v. Melrose, 2016 BCCA 292, 338 C.C.C. (3d) 413. Counsel for accused in summary conviction appeal raising issues under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Offence Act.
MacKenzie v. Rogalasky, 2014 BCCA 446, 378 D.L.R. (4th) 419, application for leave to appeal ref’d (14 May 2015), File No. 36266 (S.C.C.), additional reasons on costs, 2015 BCCA 231, 73 C.P.C. (7th) 242. Counsel for successful appellants in test case confirming interest or other litigation financing charges are not recoverable disbursements.
Ganitano v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation, 2014 BCCA 10, 370 D.L.R. (4th) 195, application for leave to appeal ref’d (15 May 2014), File No. 35766 (S.C.C.). Counsel for respondent tenant in challenge to the court’s power to grant relief from forfeiture to a residential tenant facing eviction.
Vilardell v. Dunham, 2013 BCCA 65, 359 D.L.R. (4th) 524. Counsel for successful respondent in appeal challenging the constitutionality of court hearing fees.
Petrelli v. Lindell Beach Holiday Ltd., 2011 BCCA 367, 340 D.L.R. (4th) 733. Counsel for successful appellant in municipal case involving a lawful non-conforming use and application to strike that defence as an abuse of process by re-litigation.
Jameson House Properties Ltd. (Re), 2011 BCSC 965, 80 C.B.R. (5th) 52. Counsel for successful creditor on summary trial of claims and counter-claims subject to the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-36.
In Re Steinhoff,  IIROC No. 28. Counsel for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada on successful response to a motion to prohibit publication of and strike Particulars set out in a Notice of Hearing on the basis that disciplinary proceedings ought generally to be open to the public.View all of Ryan's Cases