Vincent R. Orchard QC, CArb.

Senior Counsel

Executive Summary

Vincent is Senior Litigation Counsel in our Vancouver office. Vincent manages major litigation files for international and national corporations and public bodies, and is recognized by the foremost legal rankings publications as a leading lawyer in the areas of insurance law, personal injury litigation, and product liability. Vincent focuses his practice on civil litigation, arbitration and mediation of civil disputes, acting for a broad range of insurers, corporations and individuals. He also has expertise in class actions, professional negligence, media law including defamation, aspects of Aboriginal law, commercial disputes, insurance coverage disputes, casualty claims, contract disputes, property claims, and life and disability claims.

Vincent has appeared as counsel at all levels of courts and tribunals in British Columbia, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Court, Trial Division and Federal Court of Appeal.

He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2004. Vincent is also a Chartered Arbitrator and a Mediator.

Representative Work

  • Counsel on BC Lightweight Aggregate case, a leading civil conspiracy decision.
  • Lead Counsel for Western Rock Bit Ltd. in CP v. Jones, a propane-explosion case involving one fatality and multiple-burn victims resulting in a six-month trial and successful defence.
  • Counsel in Athey v. Leonati, a leading Supreme Court of Canada decision on causation and damages.
  • Lead Counsel in Coulter v. Ball, a successful appeal of a $6-million brain-injury damages award.
  • Lead Counsel for a helmet manufacturer in More v. Bauer Nike Hockey and others, which resulted in a dismissal of a $10-million brain-injury case after trial, dismissal confirmed on appeal.
  • Lead counsel for the successful plaintiff in Ediger v. Johnston, a recent Supreme Court of Canada professional negligence case.

Publications & Presentations

  • Regular speaker at Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC) seminars.
  • Author of numerous published papers and articles.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation).
  • Recognized as 2015 Vancouver Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: British Columbia" and a "Litigation Star: Aboriginal, Class Action, Insurance, Personal Injury, Product Liability."
  • Recognized in the 2018 (and since 2015) editions of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Personal Injury).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ 4.7 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.