Biography

I joined Murphy Battista LLP in May 2015 after completing my articles with the firm.

My litigation experience includes working with senior counsel on trials for clients coping with catastrophic injuries including paraplegia and brain injuries. My practice also includes working on insurance claims related to homeowner’s insurance, fire loss, water loss, and commercial insurance claims.

When I’m able to pass on a piece of good news, like confirming ICBC Part 7 benefits are on the way or that the cost of the physio and massage that is making a client feel better are covered, it’s really rewarding. Although some of these things may seem small in terms of the big picture, you start to see it from a different perspective and you begin to really appreciate how sometimes what seems like a little thing makes a big difference to someone’s quality of life.

I approach a personal injury claim by first seeking to gain a full understanding of the challenges that a client is facing. The next step is to assess the options available to assist and taking care of the procedural aspects of the personal injury claim process, which may lead to a trial or a negotiated settlement. This work necessarily includes:

  • Researching points of law specific to a given case
  • Providing advice to clients on the likelihood of success and what they might expect to achieve
  • Drafting the documents necessary to start a claim
  • Dealing with witnesses and gathering evidence in support of a claim
  • Examinations for discovery and representing clients in chambers on applications necessary to move the client’s claim forward
  • Trial (if necessary)
  • Dealing with negotiating and formalizing settlements or court orders if the matter proceeds to trial

In addition to personal injury claims, I have experience advising and representing clients on wills variation issues and handling default judgments.

Outside of work I enjoy basketball, skiing, and snowboarding.

Education

  • Thompson Rivers University, JD, 2014
  • UBC, Bachelor of Sociology, 2011

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of BC
  • Canada Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers Association of BC
  • Vancouver Bar Association

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.

The court upheld the trial decision, that was in favour of our client, and dismissed the appeal.

Joe Murphy, Q.C. and Brandon Souza acted for the executors and estate of the deceased, Maxine Wilton, who altered her Will by completing two codicils. The defendants, the deceased’s grandchildren, were no longer beneficiaries in the Will after the second codicil was made. The grandchildren challenged that codicil claiming suspicious circumstances surrounding the making of the codicil, that the grandmother lacked the testamentary capacity, and that she was subject to undue influence. The grandmother suffered strokes both before and after the codicil which left the grandchildren out of her will. After a five day trial, the court found the codicil valid and that the grandmother knew exactly what she was doing.

Stephen Gibson, Scott Stanley, and Brandon Souza acted for the plaintiff who suffered a traumatic brain injury and a spinal cord injury that rendered her an incomplete quadriplegic. The plaintiff, an engineer, was driving across train tracks at a passive crossing when a train collided with the right side of her vehicle. The court found that Canadian National Railway Company was aware of insufficient sight lines and the dangerous nature of the specific railway crossing for many years prior to the accident and took no actions to ameliorate those risks. Despite the Plaintiff’s failure to stop at a stop sign at the railway crossing, Canadian National Railway Company was still found 60% at fault for the accident. The court awarded approximately $3,200,000 in damages.

Scott Stanley and Brandon Souza acted for the plaintiff in this case involved physical and psychological injuries sustained by a 49 year-old pedestrian on a sidewalk when a driver lost control while attempting to park, drove onto the sidewalk, and pinned the pedestrian against a wall. The pedestrian required three surgeries and had significant limitations with work as a teaching assistant and day-to-day living. The court awarded $1,064,682.07.

John Cameron and Brandon Souza acted for A.B., a 37-year-old professional resume writer who was injured in a rear-end motor vehicle accident.  The accident left her with significant ongoing pain in her neck along with post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder. Her symptoms limited her ability to work and grow her business as she had prior to the accident.  After a 3-week trial, the Court awarded damages totaling $352,000, plus costs.  The judgment included damages for the plaintiff’s future lost earning capacity of $170,000. Prior to trial ICBC’s best offer was only half of the compensation which A.B eventually received.

Scott Stanley and Brandon Souza represented two young girls, who were 15 and 11 at the time of the accident. Both sustained spinal fractures and one was rendered a paraplegic. Both girls were passengers in their mother’s vehicle which was struck by another vehicle that crossed into their lane during a snow storm. The driver that crossed into their lane was found 100% at fault for the accident.

Kevin Gourlay was counsel for a 44-year-old general contractor who was injured in two rear-end motor vehicle accidents. The accidents left him with significant ongoing pain in his neck and back that limited his ability to work as he had prior to the accidents. After a 5-day trial, the Court awarded damages totalling $468,365, plus costs. The judgment included damages for the plaintiff’s future lost earning capacity of $285,845.

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“Bus Stop Hop” Challenge – July 26th

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Brain Injury: The Importance of Community Rehabilitation – A Conference Recap

June 23, 2014

Murphy Battista had the honor of being a sponsor for the annual Pushor Mitchell LLP Okanagan Conference on Brain Injury. This year’s conference was titled “Living Well: The Importance of Community Rehabiliation After Brain Injury.” “Living Well: The Importance of Community Rehabilitation After Brain Injury” – See more at: ;

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Get to Know Us. Meet Personal Injury Lawyer Irina Kordic

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Murphy Battista LLP is Proud to be a Principal Sponsor in the Okanagan Conference on Brain Injury

June 12, 2013

Murphy Battista LLP is proud to be one of the Principal Sponsors of the “Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Conference on Brain Injury.” The conference is a leading educational venue for professionals, family caregivers and people living with acquired brain injury. For over two decades the conference has successfully provided an interactive…

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Testimonials

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Richa Chuttani
5

Great, personable team. I highly recommend Brandon G. Souza. Brandon went out of his way to help me- with what initially seemed to be a simple notarization request, but turned out to be quite time-consuming. Brandon made room in his busy schedule, at a short notice, and always with a great attitude.

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Katelynn Fetterly
5

I highly recommend Scott Stanley at Murphy and Battista LLP. My experience of working with this highly effective team was exceptional. Scott and Brandon took care of my case in an efficient manner and were able to advocate on my behalf throughout the complicated legal process of my injury claim. If you’re considering hiring legal representation, look no further then the professionals at Murphy and Battista LLP and Scott Stanley.

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Duncan
5

Brandon Souza, his consultant Jeff Slater, and his assistant Terrin Goodchild did a wonderful job of making sure we were treated fairly during our insurance claim. They were professional, honest, reliable, and a joy to work with. During the claim I went through the initial stages of panic and anxiety, but they calmly walked me through the process and made sure that we came out fully compensated for our loss in the end. They were very sincere and they did their best to make sure that we were taken care of. I have nothing but gratitude for these three from Murphy Battista and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is dealing with a complex insurance claim.

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N Khatoon
5

After my serious accident causing a brain injury, I interviewed a number of legal firms until I met Scott Stanley of Murphy Battista LLP and felt an immediate connection. He had handled numerous similar cases to mine successfully but it was his personal touch and compassion that sealed the deal. His first words to me, “Don’t worry. I’ll handle everything. Whatever I can do to help you, I will. You’re only task is to get better.” The highly-qualified, top-rated legal firm of Murphy Battista LLP has been in business for over 30 years. Located in Vancouver, it specializes in brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice; among others. The mission of their knowledgeable lawyers—dedicated, hard-working, fair-minded and sympathetic to their injured clients—is to see justice triumphantly served; and to help their clients to recover their financial and physical well-being and emotional equilibrium. My extremely competent team consisted Scott Stanley and Brandon G. Souza, a double-barreled shotgun blast of potent legal minds, probably the most skilled of their generation, ably backed up by Laurie Ruggles, Terrin Goodchild, and Derek Palaschuk. In my frail state, their positive, empathetic, hospitable and welcoming natures’ gave me hope for the future and made my husband and I feel as if we were family members. Due to Scott Stanley’s leadership, creative thinking and brilliant intuition—the sole key holder to every complex legal combination—and Brandon G. Souza’s dogged research and imaginative suggestions, any fears that I may have had were quickly allayed. Beside being able to explain the complex legal issues in layman terms, both were a caring, calming force throughout the lengthy run up to trial. In the end, my team’s unfailing support, attention to detail and Scott’s fierce negotiating skills hit a home run, a base-emptying, out-of-court settlement financially well beyond the scope of my wildest imagination—a life-altering award that will forever forge my life going forward. My heartfelt thanks to Scott Stanley and team. There are not enough words in the dictionary to properly describe the debt I owe them. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Siamanto Maronian
5

Our Family was blessed to be represented by Scott Stanley and Brandon G. Souza. Thank you both for your time and compassion. We commend their high integrity, knowledge, and skill set. We highly recommend Scott Stanley and Brandon G Souza at Murphy Battista LLP, A team that truly cares. One call does it ALL!!!!

When I’m able to pass on a piece of good news, like confirming ICBC Part 7 benefits are on the way or that the cost of the physio and massage that is making a client feel better are covered, it’s really rewarding. Although some of these things may seem small in terms of the big picture, you start to see it from a different perspective and you begin to really appreciate how sometimes what seems like a little thing makes a big difference to someone’s quality of life.

Brandon Souza

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