Biography

I have been a trial lawyer my entire legal career, whether as a prosecutor ensuring the safety of the community as a whole or as a defense lawyer protecting the Charter Rights of individuals. At the core of my belief system are the principles of fairness and respect. These principles have guided my practice over the last 25 years as both a civil servant and a lawyer in the private sector.

My law practice with Murphy Battista is focused on representing clients in civil litigation, class action lawsuits, and personal injury law matters.

I have appeared in all levels of Court in both Newfoundland & Labrador and British Columbia, having acted for both Plaintiffs and Defendants. I understand the unique challenges that come with resolving disputes through the trial process. I strive each and every day to ensure that my clients have access to the justice they are entitled to and deserve.

Sometimes results are achieved through negotiation but other times it is necessary to litigate the issues to achieve the results desired for my clients. I take great pains at all times to keep my clients involved in the process, after all it is their lives. I know how stressful the court process can be and I am committed to working on your behalf to protect your rights and achieve results.

My Philosophy

Being of service and working to provide access to justice have always been motivating factors in my personal and professional life. I began my life of service to the community as a high school student when I enlisted as a soldier in the First Royal Newfoundland Regiment. This Regiment has a long history of young soldiers serving the community. My commitment to public service saw me commissioned as an Officer in Regiment, where I worked collaboratively as part of a team to accomplish common goals.

I started my legal career in Newfoundland & Labrador in 1995, working in private practice and for the Federal Prosecution Service of Canada. These early years taught me the importance of access to justice for those who became involved in the court process, whether through contact with the criminal justice system, civil disputes, or family breakdown.

I continued to contribute to my community by sitting on the board of the Central Northeast Health Foundation, eventually taking the position of the Chair of the Board. In 2001, I received the Gordon M. Sterling Distinguished Service Award for service to charitable causes through my participation in an all lawyer band who performed regularly and donated the proceeds of our performances to needy groups in our community.

In 2010, I moved my family to British Columbia on a new adventure.

Education

  • Dalhousie, LL.B, 1994
  • Memorial University, BA, 1991

 

Called to the Bar

  • British Columbia, 2010
  • Newfoundland & Labrador, 1995 to 2010

 

I understand the unique challenges that come with resolving disputes through the trial process. I strive each and every day to ensure that my clients have access to the justice they are entitled to and deserve.

Juan O'Quinn

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