Krista M. Johanson

Krista M. Johanson  


Executive Summary

Krista Johanson is a Partner in our Vancouver office. Krista practices civil litigation with an emphasis on construction, engineering and surety disputes. She has acted for and advised clients on a variety of civil actions relating to tort and contract claims.

Krista has advocated on behalf of clients at all levels of court in British Columbia and in commercial arbitration proceedings. She has appeared as lead counsel at trial in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Prior to joining BLG as an articling student, Krista clerked for two justices of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia.

Representative Work

Construction and Engineering Claims

Has represented sureties, owner-developers, contractors, sub-trades, and strata corporations. Experience includes:

  • large-scale infrastructure, construction and engineering disputes;
  • residential construction disputes; and
  • construction disputes in the bankruptcy and insolvency context.

More specifically, has experience clearing, defending and bringing claims of builders' liens, advancing and defending claims relating to deficiencies and delays, and advancing and defending professional negligence claims against consultants.

Banking Claims

Has acted for banks and other financial institutions in defending claims of breach of contract and negligence.

Commercial and Private Disputes

Examples of commercial and private disputes work include advancing and defending the following types of disputes:

  • breach of non-competition agreements;
  • defamation;
  • breach of trust; and
  • strata owner-corporation disputes.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, "How much is too much? ," On-Site Magazine, August 2018.
  • Co-Author, "The Enforceability of "No Damages for Delay" Clauses," Construction Law Letter, July/August 2018.
  • Author, "When Can a Lien Be Secured for Less Than Face Value?," BLG Bulletin, May 2018.
  • Co-author, "Don’t make these 5 mistakes about performance bonds," On-Site Magazine, February 20, 2018.
  • Author, "Bidder Beware-Bids Must be Completed When Submitted," The Canadian Bar Association, September 2017.
  • Author, "Contractors and the law: breaki​ng up is hard to do," On-Site Magazine, June 20, 2017.
  • Author, "An Estimate is Never 'Just an Estimate'," On-Site Magazine, February 28, 2017.
  • Co-Presenter, "The Duty of Good Faith: At Work on Your Projects," BLG U, May 2016.
  • Co-Author, "How New Climate Change Policy Could Impact Design/Construction Companies," Construction Canada, April 2016.
  • Presenter, "Joint Defence Agreements: Ethical and Practical Issues," BLG U, September 2015.
  • Author, "Duty of Honesty: Principle Underlies Every Commercial Contract," On-Site, Canada's Construction Magazine, February 2015.
  • Author, "Civil Procedure: Small Claims Court," Annual Review of Law and Practice, CLE BC, 2014.
  • Presenter, "The New Code of Professional Conduct: What In-House Counsel Need to Know Now," BLG U, September 2012.
  • Co-Author, "It's Worth Noticing Notice Provisions," Journal of Commerce, November 2012.
  • Co-Author, "Preparing for Delays" On-Site, Canada's Construction Magazine, October 2012.
  • Co-Author, "Builders' Lien Update: An Extraordinary Remedy Requires Expeditious Enforcement," VRCA Newsletter, June 2012.
  • Co-Author, "BC's New Limitation Act," Construction Business Magazine, May/June 2012.
  • Presenter, "The new Supreme Court Civil Rules and Your Creditors' Remedies Practice," Creditors' Remedies for Lawyers, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC), May 2012.
  • Co-Author, "Equitable Remedies," BC Creditors' Remedies — An Annotated Guide, CLE BC, 2012.
  • Co-Author, "JEL Investments Widens Gate for Leave to Appeal Arbitral Contractual Interpretations," The Advocate, January 2012.
  • Co-Author, "Employee Fraud:  Boost Your Bottom Dollar by Banning the 'F' Word," Western Canada Construction Magazine, Sept/Oct 2011.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • ​Recognized as a CLE BC 'Rising Star' 2018 for her contributions to BC CLE.