Biography

Angela has been class counsel in a number of high profile national class actions, with combined settlement values totalling over $800 million. She has been recognized by the Federal Court as “a leading practitioner” in the field of class actions and was named Plaintiff Litigator of the Year for 2021 by Benchmark Litigation Canada. She was also named Canada’s Class Action Lawyer of the Year 2021 by Global Law Experts and one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers of 2020 by Canadian Lawyer magazine. Angela has been recognized as a leading class action lawyer by Who’s Who, Global 100, Lawyer International, and Advisory Excellence.

Class Action Practice Highlights

Angela was lead counsel on a class action brought against the RCMP on behalf of female workers who had been subjected to sexual harassment, discrimination, and assault in the RCMP workplace. Despite the legal and logistical challenges associated with this complex action, Angela successfully negotiated a settlement with an estimated value of $100 million, which was approved by the Federal Court. The action was innovative and paved the way for class proceedings to be used as vehicles for addressing systemic sexual misconduct.

Angela was also class counsel in several class actions centred on Indigenous rights, including the Sixties Scoop class action, the Indigenous Boarding Homes class action and the Indigenous Hospitals class action. And she was counsel on motion for Gowling WLG at their fee approval hearing in the Indigenous Day Schools litigation, where they were awarded a $55M fee.

Angela is currently class counsel on numerous class actions that seek to push the boundaries of the law, including actions focused on commercial wrongs, pension calculation errors, privacy breaches, veterans’ rights, sexual misconduct, and Indigenous rights.

Angela is an author on the subject of class actions and a regular presenter at conferences on class actions and emerging areas of the law.

Recognition / Awards

Professional Associations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society

Year of Call

  • British Columbia, 2008

Education

  • University of Victoria Faculty of Law, LL.B / JD, 2007
  • Simon Fraser University, BFA, 2002

Trial Results

Disclaimer: The outcome of every legal proceeding will vary according to the facts and unique circumstances in each individual case. References to successful case results where the lawyers at Murphy Battista LLP have acted for clients are not necessarily a guarantee or indicative of future results.

Angela Bespflug and Janelle O’Connor were counsel on this action and its ground-breaking settlement that provided compensation for female class members who were subjected to sexual harassment and assault in the RCMP workplace. The action is part of an emerging and innovative body of jurisprudence that seeks to push our Canadian judicial system to accept class actions as the preferable procedure for resolving systemic sexual misconduct.

Angela Bespflug was counsel on this class action and settlement that provided compensation to Indigenous class members for the loss of culture they suffered as a consequence of the Sixties Scoop.

Angela Bespflug acted as counsel in this sister case to Tiller v. Canada, 2020 FC 321. This action and its settlement provided compensation to female RCMP members who were subjected to sexual harassment and assault in the RCMP workplace.

Angela Bespflug was counsel for the successful respondents on this appeal of a class action certification decision related to adverse side effects associated with hair loss medication.

In the News

Benchmark Canada names Angela Bespflug Plaintiff Litigator of the Year 2021

May 12, 2021

The firm is absolutely delighted to congratulate Angela Bespflug on her well-deserved award from Benchmark Litigation Canada as Plaintiff Litigator of the Year 2021! The 2021 Benchmark Canada Virtual Awards celebrate the leading litigators, law firms, and the most impactful disputes across Canada. The awards celebrate Canadian firms and individuals…

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Angela Bespflug Ranked as 2021 Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation

April 28, 2021

We are delighted to congratulate our colleague Angela Bespflug on being recognized as a 2021 Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation Canada, the definitive guide to Canada’s leading litigators. View Angela Bespflug’s Benchmark Litigation Profile.

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Angela Bespflug Shortlisted for Benchmark Litigation Canada’s Special Honors Award – Plaintiff Litigator of the Year 2021

April 22, 2021

The firm is delighted to share the news that our colleague Angela Bespflug has been shortlisted by Benchmark Litigation Canada for a Special Honor Award for Plaintiff Litigator of the Year 2021. See the full Benchmark Litigation Canada 2021 Shortlist.

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Murphy Battista files proposed class action against courier giant DHL over “processing fees”

April 15, 2021

Murphy Battista has filed a proposed class action against DHL, alleging the courier has profited by misrepresenting some of the fees it charges customers, in contravention of the federal Competition Act. Read the full CBC news story: Courier giant DHL padded own pockets with ‘hidden fees,’ class action alleges

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Impact of the CRA Privacy Breach Starts to Emerge as Tax Season Begins

March 22, 2021

Repercussions continue for Canadians affected by the privacy breaches to their CRA accounts. While some individuals have had their identities stolen, others are now receiving T4s from the CRA for CERB benefits they never applied for or received. Read the full CRA privacy breach story: Months after identity theft detected,…

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Federal Government in Exploratory Talks to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Over Veterans Affairs $165M Accounting Error

January 19, 2021

CBC reports on recent steps by the federal government to address an accounting error by Veterans Affairs Canada regarding the calculation of disability awards and pensions. The $165 million accounting error, affecting over 250,000 veterans, began in 2002 and continued undetected until 2010. You can learn more about the lawsuit…

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Angela Bespflug named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers of 2020

September 15, 2020

Murphy Battista LLP would like to congratulate our colleague Angela Bespflug on being named one of Canada’s Top 25 most influential lawyers of 2020. Angela is recognized in the category of Human Rights, Advocacy, and Criminal for her exceptional work as class action counsel. Most recently, Angela was lead counsel…

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Murphy Battista LLP Files Archdiocese of Vancouver Abuse Class Action

September 10, 2020

Murphy Battista LLP Files Archdiocese of Vancouver Abuse Class Action

Murphy Battista LLP has filed a proposed class action against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver alleging systemic sexual, physical and psychological abuse of parishioners by individuals who, at all material times, were employees, agents or servants of the Archdiocese – including cardinals, bishops, archbishops, priests, deacons and lay ministers…

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Canadian Underwriter magazine reports on CRA data breach class action.

September 4, 2020

Canadian Underwriter magazine reports on CRA data breach class action.

Canadian Underwriter magazine provides a review of the proposed class action filed August 24, 2020 by Murphy Battista LLP class action lawyers Angela Bespflug and Janelle O’Connor. The class action involves the fallout of cyberattacks on CRA and GCKey accounts earlier in the year that resulted in the disclosure of…

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CRA cyberattacks ramifications not yet fully known.

September 3, 2020

CRA cyberattacks ramifications not yet fully known.

HuffPost Canada article about the proposed class action on behalf of Canadians whose personal or financial information in GCKey or Canada Revenue Agency accounts were disclosed to a third party on or after March 15, 2020. The article includes an interview with representative plaintiff Anne Campeau who explains what occurred…

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Demande d’action collective contre l’Agence du revenu du Canada après des cyberattaques

September 2, 2020

Demande d’action collective contre l’Agence du revenu du Canada après des cyberattaques

Cliquez pour lire l’article complet: Demande d’action collective contre l’Agence du revenu du Canada après des cyberattaques

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Angela Bespflug quoted on class action filed regarding CRA Privacy Breach – CBC News

August 31, 2020

Angela Bespflug quoted on class action filed regarding CRA Privacy Breach – CBC News

Read the latest from CBC news on the CRA privacy breach in this news article from Eric Rankin: CRA’s handling of COVID-19 benefit cyberattacks ‘reprehensible,’ alleges proposed class-action lawsuit If you have been affected, learn more here: CRA Privacy Breach Class Action

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Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver covered up systemic abuse, silenced survivors for decades, lawsuit claims

August 28, 2020

First class-action filed in B.C. Supreme Court since the district released its report on clergy sexual abuse last November. The article notes, “The proposed class-action lawsuit filed this week said the Archdiocese of Vancouver not only knew for years about allegations of systemic sexual, physical and psychological abuse, but “fostered…

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Angela Bespflug and Janelle O’Connor support call for culturally sensitive claims process in class actions for wrongs against Indigenous people.

May 25, 2020

Angela Bespflug and Janelle O’Connor recently provided an overview for The Lawyer’s Daily of The National Truth and Reconciliation Commission (NTRC) report, Lessons Learned: Survivors Perspectives. The NTRC report reviewed the Indian Residential Schools Settlement process from the survivor perspective. A key finding in the report is that a western-centric…

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Settlement estimated at $100M approved for women sexually harassed while employed by RCMP

March 19, 2020

Settlement estimated at $100M approved for women sexually harassed while employed by RCMP, covered in the March 2020 issue of Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Read the article

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Federal court approves next $100M RCMP sexual harassment class-action lawsuit

March 11, 2020

The Federal Court of Canada has approved a $100-million class-action lawsuit for women who worked for the RCMP in non-policing jobs and were subjected to gender-based discrimination. Read the full story

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Settlement in RCMP lawsuit approved by the Federal Court

March 11, 2020

Settlement in RCMP lawsuit approved by the Federal Court, Global News, March 11, 2020:

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Changing the culture of sexual harassment and bullying in the RCMP

January 19, 2020

Coverage of the Merlo-Davidson class action against the RCMP brought by female members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) alleging they were or had been victims of discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation, intimidation and harassment in their workplace. Read the full story by Jane Gerster, Global News:…

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RCMP sexual harassment lawsuits

July 9, 2019

RCMP sexual harassment lawsuits, Global Morning News, July 9, 2019,

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$100 million RCMP settlement for female civilian workers

July 8, 2019

$100 million RCMP settlement for female civilian workers, CTV National News, July 2019 (at 4:15 into video clip)

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Second settlement announced in sexual harassment suit against RCMP

July 8, 2019

Second settlement announced in sexual harassment suit against RCMP, Global News, July 8, 2019:

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Lawyer provide details of second $100M settlement reached in RCMP sexual harassment case

July 8, 2019

Lawyers provide details of second $100M settlement reached in RCMP sexual harassment case, Global News, July 8, 2019:

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Women Harassed in RCMP Reach $100 Million Settlement after Class Action Lawsuit

July 8, 2019

Women Harassed in RCMP Reach $100 Million Settlement after Class Action Lawsuit, July 8, 2019, HUFFPOST,

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Settlement reached in class action lawsuit (RCMP)

July 8, 2019

Read the full article: Settlement reached in class action lawsuit, July 8, 2019, The National Post,

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New $100M settlement reached in RCMP sexual harrassment case

July 8, 2019

Read the full article: CBC News, July 8, 2019,

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I love travelling and take every opportunity to explore the world. I enjoy spending time outdoors. I love beaches and enjoy walking, hiking, running and biking.

I am passionate about human rights and, through class actions, strive to make positive changes within Canadian society. Class actions help eliminate legal wrongs by holding defendants accountable for their conduct and, in this context, give class members the closure they deserve.

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