I grew up in Saskatchewan and was the first member of my family to go to university. I went to law school not knowing what type of lawyer I wanted to be. I simply wanted to help people.
I started my career at a firm that defended insurance companies and would later move to another firm that did the same thing. While I excelled as an insurance defence lawyer (especially trial work), the reality is that the party with the best lawyer will almost always win. I really did not like beating the very people I wanted to help when I went to law school.
Several years ago, I stopped working for insurance companies and joined Murphy Battista LLP where I only represent victims and people who have claims against insurance companies. I eventually became a partner at Murphy Battista LLP – the first to join the original two partners.
I know firsthand the tremendous amount of resources and pressure which insurance companies direct at victims. I also know that the only thing insurance companies respond to is fear of losing at trial which is why I devoted myself to becoming an effective trial lawyer. I now use the things that I learned as a defence lawyer to help my clients win their cases. I prepare every case for trial because this is the only way my clients will be taken seriously during settlement negotiations.
I am grateful to all my clients who have entrusted me with their most important legal issues. This trust has allowed me to conduct and win some of the largest trials in the history of B.C.
I enjoy doing things that other lawyers cannot do or will not do. Many of the cases I have won at trial involve situations where multiple lawyers refused to take the case.
I believe strongly that the actual recovery from an injury or loss is far more important than the financial recovery. I devote a tremendous amount of resources to enable my clients to maximize their recoveries and to get their lives back.
My clients’ strength of character during adversity is an endless source of inspiration for me. I am humbled by their expressions of gratitude. I never lost a trial for an insurance company, but never received so much as a “thank you” for my efforts. Since I switched to representing victims, I have accumulated a large box of “thank you” cards which is my prized possession.
I love what I do and can truly say that my work is also my hobby. Each day I am excited to come to work and a little bit sad when it is time to go home.
- UBC Faculty of Law, LLB, 1994
- University of Saskatchewan B.Comm.
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.
Scott Stanley successfully represented the Plaintiff at trial. The Plaintiff was a cement truck driver who was unable to continue with his career after being involved in a car accident. The Plaintiff’s damages were assessed at $600,000.
Scott Stanley and Mike Murphy successfully represented the Plaintiff at trial. The Plaintiff was a successful window washer who was struck by a vehicle while working on his ladder, causing him to fall to the ground and sustain a brain injury. The Defendant took the position that the Plaintiff and the strata he was working at were partially at fault for the accident, noting that the Plaintiff and the strata had not followed certain WorkSafeBC guidelines. The Court found the defendant driver to be 100% at fault and assessed the Plaintiff’s damages at $648,000.
Scott Stanley successful represented the Claimant in an arbitration with ICBC. The Claimant was a young chiropractor student from B.C. who was going to school in California. He had a valid B.C. license and was stopped by a police officer who wrongly told him he needed to get a California license. He applied for and obtained a California license even though he did not meet the residency requirements to obtain such a license. He was in a serious car accident in California and the negligent driver did not have enough insurance and the Claimant needed to rely on his underinsured motor protection (UMP) which he had as a result of holding a B.C. license. ICBC denied his claim saying that the Claimant surrendered his B.C. license (and his UMP coverage) when he obtained the California license. The arbitrator found that he did not surrender his B.C. license and that he was entitled to his $1M of UMP coverage.
The Plaintiffs filed a class action seeking in excess of $900,000,000 from both ICBC and the Province of British Columbia. They alleged a scheme wherein ICBC and the Province illegally charged the costs of physician visits to accident victims which reduced the amount of rehabilitation funds available to persons injured in car accidents and caused ratepayers to pay more for their insurance. ICBC and the Province brought a preliminary application seeking an opportunity to apply to dismiss the claims prior to certification. This application was dismissed and the matter was ordered to proceed to certification.
Paul Bosco and Scott Stanley successfully defeated the appeal of a trial where tenants and a landlord were found liable for significant burn injuries sustained by their client. One of the tenants poured used motor oil on a backyard fire which caused an explosion. The landlord, who happened to be the City of Burnaby, had been warned the tenant had had fires in the past, which was contrary to their own bylaw prohibiting open fires, but did nothing about this. The Court of Appeal, the highest level of Court in BC, accepted Mr. Bosco and Mr. Stanley’s arguments that this scenario could have been reasonably foreseen by both the tenants and the landlord, and that the injured victim was in no way responsible for her injuries. This case explored new areas of the law on landlord and tenant liability, as well as liability following awareness of ongoing hazards, with an outcome that is helpful for people who are injured in BC.
Stephen Gibson and Scott Stanley acted for the plaintiff who had his ICBC claim dismissed as a result of the negligence of another lawyer at another firm. They were successful at trial, and the plaintiff was awarded damages of $175,000 against his former lawyer. Before coming to Stephen and Scott, the plaintiff had consulted with 46 lawyers who all refused to take the case. This is an example of the lawyers at Murphy Battista LLP taking the necessary steps, that other lawyers cannot do or will not take, when it is in best interests of an injured person.
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 Paul Bosco represented a young woman who was the victim of horrible burns following an explosion at a backyard fire pit. The tenant poured a bucket of used motor oil on the fire, causing it to explode. The landlord, who happened to be the City of Burnaby, had been warned the tenant had fires in the past, which was contrary to their own bylaw prohibiting open fires, but did nothing about this. In the course of a month-long jury trial, the court accepted the arguments of Mr. Stanley and Mr. Bosco that (1) a duty of care was owed by the landlord to the victim, a visitor to the premises, (2) it was impossible for the victim to be found at all at fault for the incident and her injuries, and (3) only basic factual questions should be put to the jury for consideration. The jury ultimately awarded the victim a total of $4.56 million.
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.
Scott Stanley was co-counsel in defending a plaintiff against an appeal of a successful judgment of $515,057 which was awarded to the plaintiff for soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. The Defendants challenged the awards for past and future loss of earning capacity arguing these could not be justified on the facts and were not adequately explained in the reasons for judgment by the trial judge. The BC Court of appeal dismissed the appeal and let the judgment stand.
Scott Stanley represented the Plaintiff in this proceeding involved motor vehicle accidents that occurred on March 9, 2010 and December 7, 2013. Liability was admitted for both accidents.
The Plaintiff alleged that she sustained a neck injury which resulted in headaches and dizziness. While the Plaintiff was able to continue with her work for 3 years, she struggled to do so, and eventually stopped working. The Defendants position was that the Plaintiff sustained only minor injuries and was capable of working claiming that her problems were either exaggerated or not related to the accidents.
The Plaintiff’s case went to trial on April 25, 2016 and was heard by a Judge and Jury. The Jury awarded the Plaintiff $373,600 in damages, essentially accepting every claim that was advanced on behalf of the Plaintiff.
Scott Stanley, Brian Brooke and Jeff Nieuwenberg acted for the the plaintiff who alleged that the defendant municipality was negligent in its winter maintenance of the road where the accident that injured the plaintiff had occurred. The plaintiff claimed her injuries disabled her from working and most activities of daily living. While the Jury found the parties shared liability it awarded the plaintiff damages of $3,576,600. The Jury also found the plaintiff had failed to mitigate her damages. The plaintiff later appealed and was partly successful in that the BC Court of Appeal set aside the Jury finding that she had failed to mitigate her damages (see: Rhodes v. Surrey (City), 2016 BCSC 1880).
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.
Scott Stanley and Mike Murphy represented the Plaintiffs in this case involving mild and moderate brain injuries that the plaintiffs sustained as two passengers when the driver of their vehicle lost control on the highway and crashed into a ditch. The court awarded $943,889.36 and $1,525,404.77, respectively.
Scott Stanley represented the Plaintiff on this appeal from a finding that a Defendant driver was not insured under the insurance policy of a leasing vehicle. The Defendant driver only had a $1 million policy limit with ICBC but the Plaintiff’s damages were $1.6 million. The Plaintiff sought to obtain the additional $600,000 from the insurance policy of the leasing company. The Plaintiff was not successful at trial but succeeded on the appeal.
Scott Stanley and Kevin Gourlay acted for the plaintiff, an emergency room doctor who sustained a concussion when he was rear-ended by a bus. Sadly, he was among the unlucky and statistically small minority of individuals who suffer long-term disabling symptoms as a result of a concussion. That concussion prevented him from being able to return to the practice of medicine.
Result: After a 29-day trial, he received judgment of just under $6,000,000 for damages, primarily resulting from his lost earning capacity as a doctor.
In this appeal, Scott Stanley and Kevin Gourlay acted for two homeowners that were denied coverage by their insurance company, Wawanesa, after their house was destroyed by a furnace explosion. Wawanesa took the position that they were not entitled to coverage because the home had been “vacant” for more than 30 days and because they had not notified Wawanesa of a “material change” in circumstances. The homeowners lost at trial with the trial judge upholding Wawanesa’s denial of coverage. Scott and Kevin took the file over after trial and were successful in having the Court of Appeal reverse the trial judge’s finding on the basis of a 1932 Supreme Court of Canada decision that had not been given to the trial judge.
Scott Stanley and Jeff Nieuwenburg acted for the Plaintiff who lost his life savings during the stock market crash of 2008. The elderly Plaintiff had been investing with Canaccord who allowed him to participate in a highly risky option trading program. The Court found that Canaccord failed to properly screen the Plaintiff for suitability for the options trading program and awarded him $212,000 for his losses.
Scott Stanley successfully acted for the infant plaintiffs who were injured in a serious motor vehicle accident. The Court found that both drivers were negligent which allowed the plaintiffs to collect damages from each of them.
Scott Stanley successfully defended an appeal by the Defendants who were found liable for failing to correctly place warning signs in a construction zone. The Defendants tried to argue that a legal doctrine protected road maintenance contractors such that they cannot be held legally responsible if the driver is partially at fault for causing the accident. The Court refused this argument and accepted Scott’s submission that the presence of some degree of fault by a driver does not prevent a contractor from also being at fault if the roads are poorly maintained. The Court dismissed the Defendants appeal. This is considered one of the leading cases in British Columbia on the doctrine of ordinary care.
Scott Stanley successfully represented the Plaintiff at a jury trial. The Plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle accident and suffered from severe post traumatic headaches. The Defendant and his insurer denied the severity of the Plaintiff’s symptoms and tried unsuccessfully to challenge the credibility of the Plaintiff who was hard working and who had never missed a day of work before the accident and who tried multiple times to return to work. They Jury awarded the Plaintiff $2,203,719 essentially accepting every aspect of his claim.
Scott Stanley successfully defended an appeal by the Defendants who applied to dismiss a claim prior to trial. The Defendants were unsuccessful at the lower Court and the Court of Appeal upheld this ruling and dismissed the appeal. The proceeding involved a claim against a municipality for failing to properly install speed bumps which contributed to an accident.
Scott Stanley and Kevin Gourlay acted for the Plaintiff in this case involving an emergency room doctor that was injured in a rear-end accident which resulted in a mild traumatic brain injury that prevented him from being able to practice medicine. The trial was scheduled to be heard over 35 days. At issue on this application was whether the Defendants were entitled to have the trial heard by a jury rather than a judge sitting alone. We were successful in arguing that the matter was better decided by a judge sitting alone and the court ordered that the Defendant’s jury notice be struck. While jury trials can be the best method of determining the parties’ respective rights, a 35-day trial on a non-criminal matter would be very rare and difficult to manage.
Scott Stanley successfully represented the Plaintiff who was a hard working waitress who injured her back in a car accident. She was only able to work part time and Scott convinced the Court to compensate her for the days she could not work, including her tips. The total award to the Plaintiff was $332,000.
Scott Stanley and Kevin Gourlay represented the Plaintiff who was injured in a rear-end motor vehicle accident. The Defendant argued that the Plaintiff had cut him off and was responsible for the accident. The Defendant also disputed the magnitude of the Plaintiff’s injuries. The Court found that the Defendant was responsible for the accident as the Plaintiff was established in the lane before being hit by the Defendant. The Defendant simply failed to see what he ought to have seen: the Plaintiff’s vehicle. The Plaintiff’s evidence that he had suffered soft tissue injuries to his shoulder, neck and back was accepted. Damages of just under $50,000 were awarded, including $42,500 for pain and suffering.
Scott Stanley successfully represented the motorcyclist who lost control of his motor cycle when he drove over an uneven sheet of pavement in a construction zone. The Court found that the company responsible for the construction project had negligently placed the signage to warn of the uneven pavement edge and failed to respond to evidence that the signage in place had not been working. It was established at trial that the person responsible for placing the signage had never even bothered to read the required manual in its entirety and that his answers to basic questions “strained his credulity” and which ultimately resulted in the Court finding the company 80% responsible for the accident.
Scott Stanley and Irina Kordic acted for the Plaintiff in this proceeding involving an eye injury that occurred on September 12, 2007. The Plaintiff was helping the Defendant, Destiny Elizabeth Smith, with some renovations on her home and was being assisted by her adult autistic son, Kyle Alexander Keyes. The Plaintiff was not wearing safety glasses; knew the son was autistic; and asked the son to assist him.
The son was holding a board for the Plaintiff and moved unexpectedly while the Plaintiff was about to strike the board with a hammer. This caused the Plaintiff’s hammer to strike another piece of metal which resulted in a metal splinter entering the Plaintiff’s eye and the eventual loss of this eye.
The Plaintiff claimed that the Defendant, Destiny Elizabeth Smith, was liable for permitting her autistic son to work with the Plaintiff and for failing to warn him about the dangers of working with her autistic son.
The case went to trial on May 30, 2011 and was heard by a Judge and Jury. The jury found that the Defendant, Destiny Elizabeth Smith, was 20% liable for the injuries to Mr. Laurie.
Scott Stanley successfully brought an appeal on behalf of the Plaintiff who had her case dismissed at a jury trial conducted by another counsel. The Plaintiff was an elderly lady who fell and injured herself when she stepped on large crack on a municipal sidewalk. Scott successfully argued that the jury had been given the wrong instruction by the trial judge and the Court of Appeal awarded a new trial.
Scott Stanley successfully acted for the estate of a deceased women against her insurance broker. The deceased had been involved in an acrimonious divorce with her husband who lured her to their former home and murdered her before setting fire to the home and committing suicide. The insurance company properly denied the claim on the basis that it does not cover intentional acts. Scott achieved a partial settlement from the insurance company and successfully sued the insurance broker for the balance of $160,000. Scott convinced the Court that the insurance broker should have recommended to the deceased that she change her policy so that she would be protected if her former husband did intentional acts against the property. This case is one of the leading cases in British Columbia dealing with the negligence of insurance brokers.
Scott Stanley and Irina Kordic acted for the plaintiff in this proceeding involving a motor vehicle accident that occurred on October 8, 2003. The Plaintiff was struck from behind by another vehicle and alleged that he sustained a concussion and soft tissue injuries. The Plaintiff alleged that he experienced permanent cognitive and physical symptoms as a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident.
The Defendant denied that the Plaintiff sustained a concussion and further denied that he had any permanent cognitive or physical symptoms as a result of the accident.
The Plaintiff’s case went to trial on April 14, 2009 and was heard by a Judge and Jury.
The Jury awarded the Plaintiff $638,000 damages.
Scott Stanley successfully represented the Plaintiff who was a metal fabricator who injured his neck, back and shoulders in a car accident. Even though he continued to work full time, the Court awarded the Plaintiff $160,000 for lost overtime. The total award to the the Plaintiff was $268,000.
Scott Stanley and Joe Murphy, Q.C. successfully represented the Plaintiff at trial. The Plaintiff sustained a concussion which the Defendant and her insurer strongly contested. After several days of evidence and demonstrating the profound nature of the Plaintiff’s difficulties, the Defendants insurer agreed to pay the full insurance policy limit of $1,000,000 plus the Plaintiff’s costs. The Defendant’s insurer tried to withhold payment of the $1,000,000 settlement funds until the amount of the costs was sorted out. Scott and Joe successfully obtained an order that the $1,000,000 be paid immediately and obtained a further order that the Defendants pay double costs to the Plaintiff for refusing to accept an early settlement offer from the Plaintiff.
Scott Stanley successfully represented the Plaintiffs who are members of the Canadian rock band Nickelback. The former managers of the band claimed that they owned the copyright to one of the bands earlier albums. Scott successfully established that the copyright was owned solely by the members of the band. This case is one of the leading cases in Canada dealing with the acquisition and perfection of copyrights in a musical work.
Scott Stanley successfully represented the Plaintiff who sued her dentists for providing improper care following the removal of a wisdom tooth. This is one of the few cases in British Columbia where a dentist has been successful sued. At the time of this trial, Scott had only been a lawyer for 2 years.
In the News
Province planning to introduce retroactive legislation to scuttle proposed class action.
April 27, 2021
The BC government plans to introduce retroactive legislation to provide statutory authority for the reimbursement that is the subject of a proposed class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that successive provincial governments since 1973 have been using ICBC monies (between $16 million and $60 million annually) to reimburse BC’s Medical…Continue Reading
ICBC Apologizes to Class Action Representative Plaintiff
April 20, 2021
Read the full story in the Vancouver Sun: ICBC apologizes to accident victim in class action lawsuitContinue Reading
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 allegesContinue Reading
Arlene Westervelt’s Family Launches Estate Litigation Claim in Search of Justice.
April 8, 2021
Scott Stanley is representing the family of Arlene Westervelt in an estate litigation case against Ms. Westervelt’s husband, Bert Westervelt. The claim is based on the equitable legal concept that people should not profit from their misdeeds, including unlawful or dishonourable acts. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Westervelt was responsible…Continue Reading
Court upholds $1.14M fire-pit explosion decision against City of Burnaby and tenants
May 24, 2020
B.C.’s top court recently upheld a trial court decision awarding $1.14 million in damages to one of Murphy Battista’s clients. Scott Stanley and Paul Bosco represented Ms. Abdi who was seriously injured in a backyard fire-pit explosion caused when the tenants of a property owned by the City of Burnaby…Continue Reading
Scott Stanley Asked to Comment on COVID-19 Lawsuits Regarding Care Homes
May 6, 2020
The pandemic has been a tragedy for many Canadian families particularly those with relatives in care homes. This has resulted in the filing of at least two class action lawsuits regarding the standard of care in nursing homes. Scott Stanley was recently asked by CBC for his take on the…Continue Reading
Scott Stanley Talks Class Actions on The Digital Forensics Files Podcast
November 20, 2019
Scott Stanley joined host Tyler Hatch on The Digital Forensics Files podcast. Tyler quizzed Scott about jury trial selection in civil trials and then asked him about the rationale for class action lawsuits and how they work in the context of privacy and data breaches. Scott noted…Continue Reading
Scott Stanley representing client in BC’s first non-class action law suit over alleged Roundup-related illnesses.
October 18, 2019
Scott Stanley was interviewed by the CBC as part of an article on his client Cliff Sissons. Scott is representing Mr. Sissons in a law suit against the makers of Roundup, a glyphosate-based weedkiller. Mr. Sissons is alleging that exposure to Roundup cause him to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Read the…Continue Reading
BC’s fatality laws put seniors and children at disadvantage in pedestrian accidents. Scott Stanley quoted in the Vancouver Star.
April 3, 2019
In the first quarter of 2019, six pedestrians have been fatally injured in traffic accidents in the Lower Mainland. This tragic statistic has prompted calls to increase safety measures to protect pedestrians, particularly the elderly and children. Distracted driving is once again singled out as a factor, along with speed,…Continue Reading
Scott Stanley comments on BC changes limiting expert evidence in motor vehicle accident cases that compromise access to justice
February 21, 2019
Scott Stanley recently commented in the Lawyer’s Daily on the B.C. government’s move to change the Supreme Court Civil Rules to limit the number of expert witnesses allowed in motor vehicle accident claims. The limits would affect the number of experts and expert reports allowed to address critical issues for…Continue Reading
Scott Stanley interviewed on Global News about ICBC’s decision to end negotiations with personal injury lawyers
January 16, 2019
ICBC’s sudden decision to stop negotiating with personal injury lawyers, combined with the trend in lowball offers that the Trial Lawyers Association of BC has noticed, means it’s likely that more cases (not less) will end up in court. This is not going to help ensure that claim settlements are…Continue Reading
Scott Stanley quoted in Lawyer’s Daily article on impending changes to BC’s automobile insurance.
August 3, 2018
The proposed cap on minor injury claims in BC continues to garner criticism from groups, including the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, who are concerned that the legislative changes favour the financial interests of ICBC over protecting innocent injury victims. Additional issues of concern are the standard of review for…Continue Reading
Scott Stanley discusses the impact of waivers with CTV in the wake of a fatal accident at Richmond Trampoline park
January 26, 2018
Murphy Battista LLP lawyer Scott Stanley discusses the impact of waivers with CTV Vancouver reporter David Molko, in the wake of a fatal accident at the Richmond Trampoline park earlier this month. This sad event serves as a tragic reminder to be aware of the rights you may be signing away when you sign…Continue Reading
Scott Stanley representing plaintiffs in civil suit against Ivan Henry.
October 20, 2017
“When the criminal justice system fails you, and any other legal forum fails you, they really have no choice but to resort to their own civil claim,” says Stanley. “Not because they want money, but because they want justice.” Murphy Battista LLP’s Scott Stanley interviewed by CBC about representing the…Continue Reading
CBC’s Go Public interviews Scott Stanley about the problems with accident insurance policies
January 4, 2017
The bottom line is that accident insurance almost never pays off. This was the situation the mother of a 12-year-old soccer player found herself in this past November. Emily Laprise’s mother, Nancy Desrosiers had experience as an emergency room nurse and had seen first hand how a serious injury could…Continue Reading
Scott Stanley highlights the complications with travel cancellation insurance plans on Global BC News
September 21, 2016
Murphy Battista’s Scott Stanley highlights the importance of understanding the fine print in travel cancellation insurance plans. Recently featured on Global BC news, Scott states: “You’re basically gambling with a slot machine that in many instances has been engineered to never pay out.” As a result, the consequences of being…Continue Reading
ABC News interviews Scott Stanley’s client Alissa Afonina
May 5, 2015
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Travel Insurance: Snowbirds (and Other Travellers) Beware. Accurate Medical Disclosure is Critical.
January 9, 2013
J. Scott Stanley, a lawyer at Murphy Battista LLP, was recently featured on the CBC news and information show “Marketplace.” “Marketplace” bills itself as “Canada’s Consumer Watchdog” and prides itself on vigorously tackling issues that affect Canadian consumers. The episode that Scott was interviewed for focused on travel insurance and…Continue Reading
Disability claim denied? Consult a lawyer before you walk away.
March 10, 2021
I have seen insurance companies do many terrible things to people over my 25 years as a lawyer. The cruellest thing I have seen is when a disability insurer wrongly denies a claim. It is absolutely heart-wrenching to learn that a hard-working person has paid their premiums only to have…Continue Reading
Claims against the Ministry of Children and Family Development
May 19, 2020
In 2019, the Spotlight: Child Welfare collaborative journalism project published a report revealing that the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) was failing to meet the basic requirements for children in their care. The MCFD looks after about 6,500 children. In about 40% of these cases, the MCFD…Continue Reading
Designated drivers now indemnified against injuries caused by a drunk passenger…for now.
November 16, 2015
As we head towards the season of work celebrations and holiday parties the prevalence of designated driver’s is likely to rise. A recent case from the BC Court of Appeal addressed the indemnification of designated drivers and has found that a passenger whose actions cause injury is a “user” of…Continue Reading
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I was really impressed with my Legal Team! From the very beginning, they were all straight up with me with everything that was relevant in the Case and how they were going to approach it! Their confidence in my case helped me to stay calm and focus on my Rehabilitation knowing I was in good hands legally. Thank you Scott Kevin and Ashika for your unbelievable support throughout my Case!!
I first met Scott Stanley from Murphy Battista on a weekend. He came out on his day off to meet with us to learn about our son’s accident and his status. He agreed to represent our son and immediately put his team on the job of supporting his recovery. Scott and his team treated us professionally and with respect. They always made the needs of our son a priority and never stopped fighting for him. We are very pleased with the work that Scott and his team did in supporting our son’s recovery and the settlement he negotiated for him. Thanks to Scott and his team our son has the funds to support himself for the rest of his life. Scott treated us like family. He will always be a part of ours!
I contacted Scott Stanley via my friends recommendation for help with my disability claim. Scott was quick to reply and took time to clarify a bunch of my concerns . Friendly, knowledgeable and transparent. Thoroughly satisfied with his professionalism and experience. I’ll be back
I was referred to Murphy Battista, and had the pleasure of speaking with Scott Stanley. I have a current case with another law-firm and wanted a second opinion. Scott went above and beyond with advice he gave off his own time and genuine care. He definately was just wanting the best for me, out of a really unfortunate circumstance that I’m currently facing. He has a great charisma, and was even open to me phoning if I had any questions he could help with. In my opinion, he’s a genuine nice man, who most importantly knows what he’s doing. He will give you the most honest advice that will help you handle your case the right way, with an outcome that will benefit you in the long run. If you want care, honesty, professionalism & a realist on your side – Scott’s your man. Thank-you for your time & advice Scott!
Scott Stanley was my legal counsel for my motor vehicle accident claim. The injuries I sustained in the accident were life changing. Prior to retaining Scott, I was represented by another lawyer from a different law firm. I soon realized that this was not the right lawyer for me. Now enter Scott Stanley into the picture. I am truly blessed to have stumbled across Scott Stanley. After doing some research and reviewing his long list of successful court cases, I knew he was the right lawyer for me. Scott has a long history of holding insurance companies feet to the fire. Insurance companies take him seriously. He isn’t a push over. Immediately after retaining him I was put at ease. He got the insurance company to start paying for all of my medical treatment. (something my previous lawyer couldn’t do). Anytime I had questions or concerns he was always made himself available to answer them. Calls and emails were returned promptly. The same can be said for his staff. They were also excellent to deal with. Overall, I am truly impressed with how Scott handled my claims and the results he obtained. Words can’t describe how impressed I am. I cannot recommend Scott Stanley enough. Thank you to Scott and all of the the amazing staff at Murphy Battista LLP.
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.
In 2013, I asked Scott Stanley to represent me after an accident with a vehicle while riding my bicycle. Scott and his team immediately secured me an occupational therapist which was vital to beginning my recovery from a serious concussion I sustained amongst other injuries. Throughout the process, I found Scott to be open and forthright when discussing my case/claim and tried to paint a very realistic picture of what the process would be like and what I could expect. Without hesitation, I would recommend anyone one who has any form of injury claim or accident to retain Scott for guidance and assistance. Many thanks Scott, Jacinda and team…
I retained Scott Stanley to represent me in a personal injury case. I was very pleased with the service and performance from Scott and his team. When they became involved, I didn’t need to worry about anything, and they took control of everything. At the end of the day, Scott was able to negotiate a settlement that well surpassed my expectations. I would highly recommend Scott Stanley to others seeking legal counsel.
Couldn’t be happier with the care and treatment I received from Scott Stanley and the Murphy Battista team. Despite the horrible circumstances of my accident, the team\firm was patient and diligent with me in all aspects of the litigation process. It was a very long road that began with Joe Murphy personally visiting me in the hospital. Highly recommend this firm (and Scott Stanley specifically) to anyone.
Scott Stanley was my legal counsel for my three motor vehicle accident claims. The injuries I sustained in the three accidents were life changing. Prior to retaining Scott, I was represented by another lawyer from a different law firm. I soon realized that this was not the right lawyer to handle a serious personal injury claim like mine. An upgrade in counsel was needed. Now enter Scott Stanley into the picture. I am truly blessed to have stumbled across Scott Stanley. After doing some research and reviewing his long list of successful court cases, I knew he was the right lawyer for me. Scott has a long history of holding insurance companies feet to the fire. Insurance companies take him seriously. He isn’t a push over. Immediately after retaining him I was put at ease. He got the insurance company to start paying for all of my medical treatment (something my previous lawyer couldn’t do). Anytime I had questions or concerns, he always made himself available to answer them. Calls and emails were returned promptly. The same can be said for his staff. They were also excellent to deal with. Overall, I am truly impressed with how Scott handled my claims and the results he obtained. Words can’t describe how impressed I am. I cannot recommend Scott Stanley enough. Thank you to Scott and all of the the amazing staff at Murphy Battista LLP.
Scott Stanley took my case. He and the MB team were extremely helpful and supportive. He listened, he was responsive and acted in an upfront and professional manner – and he successfully negotiated my claim with ICBC; exceeding my expectations. You can’t ask for better than that!
If you are seeking legal representation due to a significant MVA, I would highly recommend the firm of Murphy Battista LLP (Vancouver). Scott Stanley accepted my case after I experienced the typical negative experience one encounters when trying to deal directly with ICBC; and he was nothing but professional, responsive, empathetic, and supportive during the lengthy period that my case worked it’s way thru the legal twists and turns. Scott, and his team, kept me apprised at regular intervals, and was open and forthright during discussions on my case’s possible outcomes. He has the experience and track-record that made me very comfortable in authorizing direction on my file, and I was very pleased with the outcome. I wouldn’t hesitate to seek Scott’s services again if ever unfortunate to require it….Let’s hope not 🙂
Scott literally showed up at my house on his bicycle after i had just been run over by bus while riding my own bike. His sincere concern for my health was obvious straight off the bat. He agreed to represent me in court fighting a major insurance company and treated the whole process as professionally as possible and delivered on what he had promised without any headache. I would recommend Scott and his team over anyone else if you’re looking for a top lawyer in Vancouver to fight for you after a serious accident.
Murphy Battista LLP provided the highest-level professionals time and time again. I was able focus on what I needed to while Scott and his associates took care of my legal affairs. I take this time to implore you to make the wise decision by allowing Murphy Battista LLP to represent you. Thank you, Scott, Paul, Jacinda and the entire office for your assistance.
M Fay Patkau5
Scott Stanley from the firm Murphy Battista was highly recommended to be legal council for a motor vehicle accident that I had been involved in. I found him to be very knowledgeable, honest, sincere and caring. It made me feel that I had chosen a lawyer with integrity and who was there to protect me. He was a tremendous help to me through the process of filing the claim which had a successful outcome. Hans Patkau
I want to say thank you to Kevin Hide, Steven Gibson, Scott Stanley and crews for helping me with my ICBC case. I would recommend this law firm to everyone that’s needs a professional and caring law firm. Steven, I thank you for being there for me at the time when I needed you most. Scott, this was a very difficult situation for the extenuating circumstances that presented themselves, and they went above and beyond to ensure my interests were always at the forefront. I was amazed at how much Kevin Hikes had dug into my files, and how he was indeed putting his full attention to this matter, which realistically is a small dollar amount in the grand scheme of things, but all that didn’t matter to Kevin, his pride and focus was on getting me the best result he could under the circumstances… even though I was in an accident that was not my fault, Murphy Battista continued to cover the cost of my rehabilitation. Kevin’s explanation of the risks and consequences of going to court, and the costs associated, and the rewards I might expect from such a judgment and possible subsequent appeal, helped me better understand that I was in a very unique position, between a rock and a hard place. Kevin, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, after 4.5 years of this turmoil, your work and efforts got me the most I could expect under the unique circumstances that presented themselves, and for that I am truly grateful. You’re pride and focus helped me to write a final chapter in dealing with ICBC!
Conversations with Scott Stanley over the phone were very informative and to the point. Scott provided me with valuable advise related to my personal injury claim. I found Scott to be knowledgeable and up to date on personal injury claims. His advise was comforting and provided reassurance that things would be okay. Through the many conversations I had with Scott we built a close friendship. I highly recommend Scott for any injury claim service that may be needed. Scott is a very personable person who demonstrated to me that he truly cared about me and my situation. Scott is very professional in his approach. A special thank you to Scott Stanley for going above and beyond and to his firm Murphy Battista LLP.
Scott Stanley is an extraordinarily gifted, strategic and focused person and lawyer. His sage guidance, commitment to service and his expertise are profound. Very grateful for his service.
I am a blue collar guy from northern BC. The people at this firm were always polite and courteous to me and explained each step of my injury suit against a drunk driver. Thanks to this firm I am in the process of buying a business with the proceeds from this suit. I have nothing but gratitude for the people at Murphy Battista and would recommend them to anyone
I am very thankful for the referral I received for Scott Stanley at Murphy Battista. I could not be more pleased with the outstanding – professional service- Scott Stanley and his team provided over the years . Scott Stanley is an amazing lawyer as well as Paul Bosco always respectful taking the time to listen and provide information as required.
How can I describe Scott Stanley and his team? Excellent communication, well spoken, punctual, well organized, thorough, detail oriented, client-oriented, protecting client well-being, in-depth knowledge of personal injury laws/case laws, experienced team. I have been working with Scott and his team (Leslie McDougall (legal Assistant) & Andrew Brine (lawyer)) for many years on my case and I am extremely impressed with their professionalism and staying on top of my case amongst many others, while maintaining consistent contacts and keeping me up to date through emails and phone calls. I had a previous lawyer before Scott and trust me, I have never met the previous lawyer aside from his articling student who were negligent in their job. Scott was willing to taken on my case and was able to attain a great outcome through hard work and commitment in his responsibilities as my legal representatives. Being able to contact Scott, Leslie and Andrew when I needed them, either, at the office (in person), email or cell phone, was very important and they were quick to respond if, they were in trial. Having a team like Scott’s has been life saving and most importantly, mentally supportive, for me and my family as it was tough at the beginning as my 2 vehicle accidents negatively affected my way of life and work. Having them close by with just a phone call away gave me a peace of mind that I am well taken care of. Don’t be attracted to flashy advertising on TV/internet or newsprints or being amongst the top searched personal injury lawyer on google, because that was how I found my first lawyer. It was a bad decision. I was lucky enough to have met Scott through an acquaintance who was also his past client. Working with Scott and his team has been the wisest and smartest decision as Scott was able to get me an excellent outcome without going to trial. My family and I are thankful and appreciative of everything Scott and his team has done for us and would 100% refer everyone to him when they need someone who will stand by them after suffering any injuries. I stronger encourage you to first do your research (to fill the questions and curiosity you have about personal injuries)and then consider Scott Stanley, at Murphy Battista, as your personal injury lawyer. There are lots of information on what to do on their website when you’re injured so check it out. Thank you so much for everything Scott & Team!
I would recommend MB in a heartbeat. Their treatment of my daughter, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, was compassionate and professional. At every point along this harrowing road they offered expert advice, impeccable professional recommendations and secured the best possible financial outcome from ICBC. Even in full crisis mode, I always had faith in their genuine concern for her welfare on all levels, which never wavered.
Tanvir Uppal5Scott Stanley and his team were great to work with. My life changed drastically post injury but they allowed me to focus on my recovery and life while looking after the legal side of things. Both Scott and Aaron Wadley were great resources to help me try to piece life together again.
I can not even begin to express my gratitude towards the hard and dedicated work of Scott Stanley, Paul Bosco and their team. My case was one of the harder cases as I was up against the city of Burnaby. Wit the chances of winning being slim, Scott and Paul did not give up, in fact they worked that much harder to fight for me. Their professionalism, integrity, dedication, and genuine care towards me as a person gave me hope when I had no hope. They were always understanding of my recovery, of my needs, of answering any questions I possibly had to the best of their abilities, and at the same time always had my best intentions in doing what’s best in winning my case. This was quite the complicated case and guess what? After 4 years of hard work endless days and nights, we won against the city. They went ABOVE AND BEYOND for me and I can never ever thank them enough! I keep saying over and over again “I could NOT have asked for a better team to take on this case.” They are my heroes and will forever be a part of my story. If you are looking for a team who is going to work hard to fight for you, this is hands down the team I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone and everyone. <3
J. Scott Stanley and his team of completely dedicated, experienced and highly personable professionals were given my accident file from another law firm. Lucky me! My life changed in an instant. I was suddenly surrounded by a team of compassionate people who could answer all my questions and put my mind at ease so I could focus on my recovery. Scott’s assistant, Laurie Ruggles, has the patience of an angel and made sure I was informed as to specialist appointments, etc. and made sure I had transportation there, maps etc. Just the finest details were all taken care of. I never felt alone, I felt always informed and part of the decision making process. I would give them 100 stars if I could ….
Scott Stanley and his team treated me more than just a client. They were always willing to go above and beyond and answer any questions I had about anything. Everyone involved in my case was very easy to talk to and always had my best interest in mind. I would definitely recommend this firm to anyone looking for legal representation.
My husband and I were fortunate enough to receive services and representation from Murphy Battista. First off, you need to know that Scott Stanley is firmly planted to this earth, and lives by a strong moral code based on fairness and justice. As a client, we felt very listened to and taken care of. We knew that once we left his office, he would do whatever it took to represent us. It’s refreshing to know that there’s people/lay firms out there willing to take on the snakes of the world!
Scott Stanley is a great lawyer and I am forever grateful for getting the opportunity to meet him and have my file transferred to him! Throughout my case, Scott and the Murphy Battista team were understanding, supportive, professional, polite, prompt and fully transparent in all their communications with me. I would highly recommend Scott and his team.
I would highly recommend this law firm. Scott Stanley really goes the extra mile in having the best representation for your case. I would give more stars if I could!
Joe Murphy and Scott Stanley are not only great Lawyers they are truly great people. Over the course of my almost 5 year lawsuit I got to know them fairly well and left with the sense that they actually cared about my well being. They aren’t just doing it for the pay check they are actually trying to make people’s lives better. Great to work with and highly recommend.
Scott provided excellent service for my case. He held my best interests in mind throughout my journey recovering from a head injury. The case lasted for several years and we are very happy with the outcome of the settlement. I am most impressed by his commitment to integrity, stability, and wisdom. Scott is a thoughtful man who works hard to serve others. I wholly appreciate the relationship we’ve formed, and I hope that we will continue to find opportunities to stay in touch, albeit under happier circumstances.
Scott and his team worked hard on our son’s behalf after a traumatic accident. We really appreciated that they did not only care about the business aspect, but also genuinely care about their clients. I highly recommend this firm.
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!
Working with Scott Stanley and Irina Kordic was the best decision I made after my accident. Throughout the whole process my family and I were so grateful to have them by our sides and now that our litigation is over I consider both of them to be friends and would highly recommend them to friends, family, and strangers alike.
5/5 Excellent! Brian Brooke guided us through a difficult process. With Joe and Scott in the background you can’t go wrong. We were able to get a great settlement without having to go through a difficult trial. Brian worked tirelessly and always on course. It is difficult to say in a few words how well he took care of us. Also his team was easy to work with. Personal injury is not an easy field in law. This is their specialty and they proved it.
Joe and Scott took my head injury case when other lawyers either didn’t know how to proceed or didn’t feel confident moving forward with it. They were thorough, organized, detailed, and knowledgeable. Further, they are both kind and compassionate. Last, but not least, they were SUCCESSFUL. 5/5 stars, look no further.
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!!!!
Words cannot express how grateful I am for Scott Stanley at Murphy Battista. During a very difficult time after a car accident, Scott always knew what to say to put me at ease. He is not only knowledgeable and skillful, he is kind, funny, and personable. I highly recommend Murphy Battista if you need a personal injury lawyer.
“My wife and I highly recommend Murphy Battista’s law firm. Scott Stanley and his staff did an excellent job representing my wife’s case. They were very professional, competent, and diligent in their work. Scott is an experienced lawyer who genuinely cares about his clients and is very knowledgeable in his field. Thanks to Cecilia Kwok, paralegal assistant, for her many communications and patience in dealing with us. We are very grateful for their persistence”
If it wasn’t for Scott Stanley and the highly professional knowledgeable and caring team at Murphy Battista I wouldn’t be hear today. I can’t begin to describe how helpful they were with all aspects of my personal injury case.
I highly recommend Scott Stanley at Murphy Battista. He helped me through a difficult time in my life. He is a genuine and kind hearted man. I’m happy I was able to have him on my side. His best interest is always you. Much appreciated for all your work and time. His secretary Jenny is awesome too. Great team.
I was extremely pleased with the outcome of my ICBC case and felt that Scott Stanley truly had my best interest at heart. Scott and his team supported and guided me through very difficult process. I highly recommend Scott Stanley and Murphy Battista LLP.
I highly recommend Scott Stanley and the Murphy Battista team. I had a personal injury claim that was being handled by another lawyer. Out of concern, a dear friend referred me to Scott Stanley, stating that I would receive the best care and attention that my case deserved; and she was right. At my first meeting with Scott and his team, I knew I needed to switch lawyers immediately. It was a decision I have not regretted. Scott Stanley is a fantastic lawyer, who is direct, honest and genuinely cares about his clients. He is extremely well versed in personal injury law and ferociously defends his clients. I went through one of the hardest times in my life after the accident. Scott and his team shared great guidance and support during that time and ensured I was well taken care of. From my personal experience, I can honestly say, one of the most important things to help survive a devastating accident and injuries is knowing you have a great legal team protecting your rights and interests. Scott Stanley and the Murphy Battista firm are that great legal team, that I highly recommend. Please don’t waste your time going anywhere else, like I did. Choose the best from the start.
Scott Stanley represented me in a lawsuit after a devastating house fire. Not only is Scott an excellent lawyer and a fierce negotiator but he is an ethical advocate you can trust. I highly recommend Scott Stanley to everyone I know.
Scott Stanley helped me when i needed direction dealing with my claim. Thank you Scott
Scott Stanley and his fantastic team helped us get a settlement we had very little hope of ever seeing. I highly recommend this team with their high integrity, knowledge and strategic skill.
We were most blessed to have Scott Stanley and his team at Murphy Battista represent us in a personal injury case. Amazing individuals, who truly look after you in all ways. We highly recommend this firm and would again entrust our lives to them, we would not go anywhere else.
After an accident I was fortunate to have J. Scott Stanley represent me in a civil claim. In every respect it was a successful experience. Since then, I have referred others to Scott/Murphy Battista and I also have had the opportunity to come to know the work of some of their other lawyers including Brian Brooke, Steve Gibson, Dianna Robertson and Alex Sayn-Wittgenstein. I hold Scott, these lawyers, and their firm in the highest esteem. In addition to being exceptionally skilled lawyers, they genuinely care about their clients and are dedicated to achieving the best results available in each and every case. Their dedication to their clients and taking into consideration every aspect of a person’s well-being is shared by their team of accomplished paralegals and other support staff. I encourage anyone who has been involved in accident in BC to contact Scott Stanley or any of the Murphy Battista lawyers.
After researching several law firms we decided to go with Murphy Battista LLP. The decision could not have been better. Scott Stanley represented the claim for our daughter with great knowledge, care and compassion. Bringing our case to Murphy Battista gave us piece of mind in this very painful time and let us help our daughter to heal from the accident. We would highly recommend Murphy Battista to anyone who is in need of personal injury lawyer.
Thank you Scott for you wonderful help.
Scott at Murphy Battista, got my life back. I highly recommend the firm Murphy Battista for their dedication and professionalism dealing with my case. I was always notified and brought up to date whenever I asked. A truly caring firm. Regards, Brad
I’m forever thankful to Scott, Mike, Laurie and crew for helping me with my ICBC case. They made a long, drawn out and scary process as smooth and stable as possible. I felt prepared every step of the way. They negotiated a fair compensation and — more importantly — I was able to close a bad chapter of my life and move on after my injury. I recommend Scott Stanley to everyone looking for help.
When I first met Andrew Brine, I knew I was in good hands. He gave me the ability to focus on healing and also a sense of hope, while he took care of the rest. Paul Bosco and Scott Stanley also helped with my case, and they are all amazing lawyers. They genuinely care about their clients and work together as a team, to help you get what you deserve. I had a different lawyer before I switched to Murphy Battista and I am so glad I did! The amount of work Andrew and his team did in two years, was way more than what my previous lawyer had done in five years. I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for me. I highly recommend Andrew to anyone who is looking for a lawyer. Thanks once again!!
I am grateful for all my clients who have entrusted me with their most important legal issues. This trust has allowed me to conduct and win some of the largest trials in the history of B.C.