John W. Elwick*

Senior Counsel

John Elwick is a member of the firm’s Business Disputes, Insurance and Labour + Employment Practices. His practice in the general commercial litigation area is primarily focused on employment, pension and benefits and insurance law. His employment law practice involves advising both employers and employees on employment law issues and acting as counsel in employment law litigation. In his pension and benefits practice, Mr. Elwick acts for trust companies, third party administrators and employers and employees on various pension matters. His insurance practice is primarily directed to acting as local counsel for several national insurance companies in life and disability claims as well as undertaking regulatory work for insurance companies. Mr. Elwick also has an administrative law specialty in property tax assessment representing owners of commercial and industrial properties in tax appeals before administrative boards and the courts.

Legal Industry Recognition

  • 2019 Martindale-Hubbell® Labour and Employment, Insurance and Commercial Litigation Distinguished® with high ethical standing

Representative Experience

  • Acting as counsel in employment, pension, life and disability cases. Has appeared in class action cases involving group employee dismissals, pension plan windups and pension surplus cases;
  • Appearing in insurance regulatory hearings before the British Columbia Utilities Commission as well as acting for insurers in matters involving National and Provincial insurance regulators;
  • Representing industrial and commercial property owners in appeals before the Property Assessment Appeal Board and the courts; and
  • Serving in a general counsel capacity for two of British Columbia’s largest non-profit societies, coordinating legal work and advising in such areas as contract preparation, litigation and board governance.

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On A Personal Note

John moved to Vancouver from Winnipeg in 1967 to practice law. He and wife Penny, married 45+ years, have 3 married children and 7 grandchildren. A long-time resident of West Vancouver, John has been involved in various community activities, such as coaching soccer and serving on the board of the local swim club. He is a member of the Terminal City Club and a board member of a Maui condo association. Particular interests include golf, swimming, aqua-fit workouts, photography and overseas travel.

Direct Line: 604 484 1707
Facsimile: 604 484 9707
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Assistant: Eileen Scorse
Direct Line: 604 643 2165

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