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 only person 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 one of the leading trial lawyers in the province. I now use the things 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 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.
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.
In addition to the cases noted under the Trial Results tab, I was also counsel in the following cases:
- Marlin Investments Inc. v. Moldovan, 2014 BCCA 364
- Atkinson (Guardian ad litem of) v. Gypsea Rose (Ship), 2014 BCSC 1017
- Brandt v. Moldovan, 2013 BCSC 1218 (Adair J.)
- Vukelich v. Vliegenthart, 2013 BCSC 879 (Butler J.)
- M. v Zietsoff
- Van Tent v. Abbotsford (City) 2013 BCCA 236
- Middelaer v. Delta (Corporation) 2013 BCCA 189
- Simmavong v. Haddock 2012 BCSC 473
- Van Tent v. Jake’s Contracting 2012 BCSC
- Knight v. Li 2011 BCSC 184
- Lennox v. New Westminster 2011 BCCA 182
- Beck v. Johnston Meir 2010 BCSC 719
- Penner v. Silk 2009 BCSC 1682
- Bradshaw v. Matwick 2009 BCSC 564
- Radke v. Perry 2008 BCSC 1397
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.
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 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.
The plaintiff 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).
This case involved 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.
This case involved mild and moderate brain injuries sustained by 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.
- This was an 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.
This case involved 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.
The plaintiff 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.
J. 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.
J. 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 an 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.
In the News
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
World News Videos | US News Videos…Continue Reading
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
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
The Law Show: Ep. 5: Why Specialists and Trial Ready Lawyers are Critical for Complex Personal Injury Cases
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.
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.
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”
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 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.
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.
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.