Judy A. Rost*


Judy Rost is a senior litigator practising in civil litigation with an emphasis on business disputes and estate matters. Judy is the group leader of the firm’s Business Disputes Practice. She has acted for plaintiffs and defendants in all types of business disputes including shareholder, partnership, real estate, and franchise matters. Judy has been recognized in legal publications for her expertise in commercial litigation and franchise disputes. Often clients seek her out to enforce their intellectual property rights or to get an injunction to preserve assets. She also has handles complex trust and estate matters. Judy often deals with estates that involve a family business or commercial assets. Judy has successfully built her practice by being responsive to her clients’ needs and finding creative solutions to resolve their disputes.

Legal Industry Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell Ranking: Distinguished Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement
  • Recognized by The Canadian Lexpert Directory as a leading Canadian lawyer in Franchising Law
  • Ranked by Who’s Who Legal in both its International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers and in Who’s Who Legal Canada, noting that “She leads the firm’s commercial litigation group and has a ‘very strong reputation’ for her franchise dispute work.”

Representative Experience

  • Has represented many clients involved in shareholder or partnership disputes
  • Was counsel for the petitioner in one of the leading cases on partnership dissolution
  • Has obtained injunctions to prevent the distribution of counterfeit products
  • Conducted numerous cases involving the sale of large commercial and apartment buildings, with complex issues such as equitable mortgages, secret commissions, agency law and disclosure issues
  • Has represented both beneficiaries and trustees in matters involving large commercial and residential properties and businesses
  • Has represented landlords, tenants and indemnitors in a variety of commercial lease disputes
  • Has represented creditors in bankruptcy, foreclosure and CCAA proceedings
  • Has acted in cases involving the interpretation and enforcement of franchise agreements, including non-competition clauses
  • Has successfully obtained worldwide Mareva injunctions in cases involving the fraudulent transfer of funds
  • Has obtained Anton Piller orders including an order implemented by attending a warehouse and gathering evidence in relation to a missing film library worth in excess of U.S. $30 million
  • Has represented clients at both the British Columbia Supreme Court and Federal Court regarding intellectual property matters involving trademark and copyright infringement as well as passing off
  • Has represented brokers, brokerage firms and investors in relation to investments in various securities including private placements and publicly traded stocks
  • Has obtained oppression remedies for minor and 50% shareholders

Professional + Community Affiliations


Publications + Presentations

  • August 2018, “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way”, BC Business, Quoted
  • November 2017, “Show me the Money: Enforcement Options for Franchise Litigation, Ontario Bar Association, Franchise Law Conference, Speaker and Co-author
  • October 2017, “Fundamentals of Franchising – Canada, American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Speaker and Co-author
  • September 2017, Launched bcbusinessdisputes.ca website, Author
  • 2017, “Trademark and Other Intellectual Property Issues”, Fundamentals of Franchising, 2nd Edition, Co-author
  • May 23, 2012, “News from Around the World: Recent Developments in Canadian Franchising Law”, IBA/IFA Annual Joint Conference, Speaker
  • 2012, “ABA Covenants against Competition in Franchise Agreement”, British Columbia American Bar Association, 3rd Edition, Author
  • December/January 2012, “What’s yours may be mine. Encroachments in British Columbia”, Canadian Property Management, Co-author
  • Winter 2011, “Comparative International Perspectives of Arbitration in the Franchising Context”, American Bar Association Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 31, Number 3, Co-author
  • October 28, 2011, “Seeking the Rewards of Arbitration over Litigation? It’s all in the Drafting!”, ADR Institute of Canada, Inc., Co-author
  • April/May 2010, “Assignment of Leases”, Canadian Property Management, Co-author
  • April 2009, “Recovery of Unpaid Rent: The Rent Distress Option”, Canadian Property Management, Co-author
  • “Discovery of Electronic Documents”, Lorman Education Services, Speaker

On A Personal Note

Judy enjoys all the advantages of living on the North Shore including skiing, hiking, biking and boating with her family.

Direct Line: 604 484 1726
Facsimile: 604 484 9726
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Assistant: Lisa Fawcett
Direct Line: 604 643 2494
Email: lfawcett@nullahbl.ca

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