Lisa Ridgedale is a lawyer that practices securities & commercial litigation at Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP

Lisa Ridgedale

Partner| Lisa Ridgedale represents individuals and organizations facing business disputes or regulatory action, particularly in the area of securities law. She regularly defends clients facing enforcement action by securities regulators and advises market participants on all aspects of enforcement and compliance with regulations relating to the Securities Act, self-regulatory bodies, exchanges, quotation and trade-reporting systems, and clearing agencies.

She also represents clients in civil proceedings, such as claims for fraud or misrepresentation in connection with the purchase or sale of securities, defamation, shareholder and partnership disputes and breaches of fiduciary duty as well as claims of negligence and professional misconduct.  She also acts for high net worth individuals in family law cases where complicated asset structures and securities are at issue.

Her clients benefit from her experience as a former prosecutor, with the British Columbia Ministry of the Attorney General in Vancouver and later, as senior enforcement counsel at the British Columbia Securities Commission. She is also experienced in representing clients in the United States, having practiced law in Washington State.

Lisa is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences. She is a past president of the Vancouver Bar Association and was an elected representative of the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch. She is also a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization and serves on the boards of several non-profit and charitable organizations.


  • University of North Dakota School of Law. L.L.B.
  • Concordia University and University of Winnipeg. B.A. Honours. Journalism and Political Science


  • Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Representative Matters:

She has advised

  • Financial advisors, investment banks and individual market participants in investigations and enforcement proceedings involving the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and the British Columbia Securities Commission and related civil litigation
  • High net worth individuals in family law proceedings regarding the valuation of their assets and securities holdings
  • A national bank in litigation regarding its recruiting practices
  • A technology company alleging fraud, misrepresentations, and breach of contract against its chief technology officer
  • A blogger in a defamation action brought against him by a capital markets participant
  • A group of automobile dealers in an investigation by the Vehicle Sales Authority
  • A chief financial officer of a Chinese public company whose shares were traded on the New York Stock Exchange
  • A group of investors in real estate resulting in civil allegations of misrepresentations, fraud, and breach of contract
  • A geologist in litigation brought by a group of mine owners for breach of contract and professional negligence
  • A national flooring company in litigation regarding its trademark
  • Real estate agents and developers in regulatory proceedings before the British Columbia Superintendent of Real Estate, the Real Estate Council of British Columbia and related civil litigation
  • Investors with claims against a professional advisor involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, and negligence in the provision of investment-related services
  • A terminated executive of a private company in the recovery of damages for severance and a buyout of his partnership interest
  • Two business partners in a dispute with their third partner involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract and negligence
  • Minority shareholders in a technology company in litigation before the Supreme Court of British Columbia
  • A private equity fund in a breach of contract action against a borrower

Lisa Ridgedale practices through her personal law corporation: L.D. Ridgedale Law Corporation

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