Associate Counsel | Jeff Scouten was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1984 and is a seasoned and respected courtroom lawyer. He represents corporate and individual clients in litigation before all levels of court in BC, as well as before administrative tribunals and in arbitrations and mediations. He has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial and insurance litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency, real estate litigation, professional malpractice, professional discipline and other administrative law matters, and wills and estates litigation.
He often acts as counsel on complex commercial disputes, including contractual and other disputes between businesses and on internal corporate and partnership disputes. He also represents clients in disputes arising out of real estate and other transactions that have gone awry or that involve contested ownership claims or disputed property rights. He also represents both individuals and corporations in claims for damages for professional negligence, in defamation actions, and in claims involving allegations of fraud, breach of trust or breach of fiduciary duty. He also advises real estate brokerages, real estate agents and other regulated professionals on issues arising in the course of their business, including commission disputes and licensing and disciplinary matters.
In 1997, the Canadian Bar Association honoured him with the CBA’s National Centennial Medal for his service to the legal profession. He is also a member of the editorial board for the British Columbia Civil Trial Handbook, a publication of the Continuing Legal Education Society originally conceived by him now in its 4th edition. He is also a former Governor of the Law Foundation of BC and former chair of the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
Before joining Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP as Associate Counsel, he was a founding partner and principal of a litigation boutique and previously was a partner in a major national law firm.
Jeff Scouten practices through his personal law corporation: Jeffrey Scouten Law Corporation