I obtained my law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1976 and was called to the Bar in 1977. I continued my legal career as in-house counsel with the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia, which is the part of the Ministry of the Attorney General that looks after the interests of minor children and people with developmental or cognitive challenges. My work in this area made me very aware of how people caught by events beyond their control can easily be overwhelmed by the complexity of the legal system and related bureaucracies.
In 1982 I joined Joe Murphy, Q.C. in creating a unique law firm that places a strong emphasis on an individual’s health and rehabilitation and on support for the client and their families in their recovery. We both recognized how crucial it is to develop a proper rehabilitation plan as early as possible to maximize recovery. Joe and I agreed that while good legal representation is very important, a lot of other support is needed along the way if you really want to do the best job possible for a client. Our lawyers understand that every case is unique and we recognize that there is no one-size fits all solution to client challenges. As a result, we built our firm on client-focused principles. Our goal as a law firm is straightforward, we will do whatever we can to help our clients get their lives back in so far as that is possible given their injuries.
I am a frequent presenter on brain injury, mental health, mental competency, and other injury-related topics. I had the fantastic opportunity to present at the World Congress on Brain Injury in Italy in 2001.
In 2009, I had the honour of being appointed Queen’s Counsel.
I have frequently spoken to brain injury support groups throughout the Province as a supporter, educator, and advocate for survivors of brain injury. I have presented at the annual Medical/Legal Conference, Trial Lawyers of British Columbia seminars, Continuing Legal Education seminars, the Annual General Meeting of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference, and numerous other professional conferences and seminars.
I’m an avid soccer fan and a lover of all things “Italian,” including frequent visits to my family home in a small town in southern Italy. I enjoy spending my free time with family and friends, golfing, and riding my motorcycle.
UBC Faculty of Law 1976
- Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
- Canadian Bar Association
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.
Joe Battista, Q.C. and Paul Bosco represented a pedestrian plaintiff who sustained catastrophic injuries, including a brain injury, after being struck by a drunk driver. The driver had recently left a pub, and made several brief stops, including at his home, before colliding with the plaintiff. The law up to this point was that if a patron makes it to their home, by whatever means, the establishment would no longer be liable for injuries caused by the patron, full stop. The court rejected this proposition, and found the pub partially liable for the plaintiff’s injuries. This decision effectively became the new law in BC on commercial host liability, expanding the responsibility owed by establishments, and creating a more favourable legal landscape for claimants who have been injured by intoxicated patrons.
In the News
Host liability case: Pub found 25% liable for drunk driving accident – Guiseppe (Joe) Battista, QC quoted.
March 17, 2017
Precedent setting BC case finds pub 25% liable for a drunk driving accident that left a pedestrian brain injured. One of our founding partners Joe Battista, QC sums up the significance of the decision in a recent CBC article. “In BC, you owe a duty to patrons not to over…Continue Reading
Motorcycle Safety Awareness
May 1, 2019
Although any accident has the potential to end in a serious injury, in our experience motorcyclists are particularly prone to being involved in collisions that have catastrophic consequences for the rider. Notably, our anecdotal experience is backed up by hard data. The US non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)…Continue Reading
The Law Show: Ep. 7: Parental Consent, Car Insurance and Teen Drivers, The Value of a Good Homeowner’s Policy, Limits on Damages for Pain and Suffering and the Importance of Capacity and Elderly Parents
Our goal as a law firm is straightforward, we will do whatever we can to help our clients get their lives back.