I was born and raised in North Vancouver. I obtained a BA from SFU in 2010 and a JD from TRU in 2014. I was called to the BC bar in 2015 and have been practicing law ever since.

I act exclusively for plaintiffs in civil actions, and have successfully run cases in Provincial Court, Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal.

My focus is on personal injury cases across all areas, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Slip-and-falls
  • Animal attacks
  • Injuries sustained at restaurants and bars
  • Medical and dental malpractice
  • Injuries from involvement with the police
  • Injuries following government liability (municipal, provincial, and federal)
  • Injuries from faulty products

I have represented clients with a wide variety of injuries, including:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Catastrophic physical injuries
  • Chronic pain
  • Emotional and psychological injuries
  • Significant soft tissue injuries

I also represent clients for other types of claims, including:

  • Life insurance denials
  • Disability benefit denials
  • Property insurance denials
  • Wills variations
  • Class actions

Among others, my clients include infants and elderly claimants.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and hiking, biking, and camping.


  • Thompson Rivers University, JD, 2014
  • Simon Fraser University, BA, 2010

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Trial Results

Disclaimer: The outcome of every legal proceeding will vary according to the facts and unique circumstances in each individual case. References to successful case results where the lawyers at Murphy Battista LLP have acted for clients are not necessarily a guarantee or indicative of future results.

Irina Kordic and Paul Bosco represented a woman for injuries she sustained in a car accident. Prior to the accident, she suffered injuries in a significant workplace accident which led to chronic low back pain, depression, and anxiety, all of which caused her to require significant amounts of medication and be permanently partially disabled. The car accident caused her back injury and anxiety to worsen, and she became largely housebound and unable to work at all. ICBC argued her existing injuries and medication use, along with several other unfortunate events in her life, were the cause of her problems. The Court, however, accepted the arguments of Ms. Kordic and Mr. Bosco that the victim’s injuries, specifically her much-worsened anxiety, was a cause of her present issues and disability, and awarded 1.5 times what ICBC offered before trial.


John Cameron and Paul Bosco represented Mr. Shrieves for injuries he sustained in a car accident when he was 67 years old. Mr. Shrieves was also involved in additional car accidents: one 20 years prior, and one 3 months prior. He also had experienced some rheumatoid arthritis. However he had worked full-time and been very good at his job in spite of those previous issues. Unfortunately, the injuries from the accident in question in this case required him to retire 2 years earlier than he had planned. ICBC argued he should not receive any money for this, but the judge accepted Mr. Cameron and Mr. Bosco’s arguments that he should. The judge ultimately accepted virtually all of Mr. Cameron and Mr. Bosco’s submissions, and awarded Mr. Shrieves $163,000, over three times what ICBC offered prior to trial.

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.

Irina Kordic and Paul Bosco represented Ms. Nessar Ali, who suffered multiple injuries in a car accident, including a torn rotator cuff which required surgery, as well as emotional injuries. All aspects of Ms. Nessar Ali’s life were significantly impacted as a result of her physical and emotional injuries, including her ability to work and her ability to perform her housekeeping tasks. The court accepted the arguments of Ms. Kordic and Mr. Bosco that Ms. Nessar Ali was entitled to an award for pain and suffering, as well as an additional amount of money for lost housekeeping ability. On top of that, the court accepted their arguments that she was entitled to an amount of money for housekeeping that was performed by a friend as well as her daughter to date, and an amount of money for housekeeping into the future. ICBC argued against each of these, but the court rejected all of ICBC’s arguments on these points. In total, Ms. Kordic and Mr. Bosco obtained an award of almost $300,000 for Ms. Nessar Ali that was almost exactly three times the amount ICBC offered before trial.

Paul Bosco and Kevin Gourlay represented a young woman who was struck from behind at high speed by a drunk driver and pushed across an intersection into a ditch. She sustained injuries to her neck, shoulders, back, and headaches, which persisted for many years despite a significant amount of treatment. She missed a few days from work, but generally pushed through her pain beyond that. The Court accepted Mr. Bosco and Mr. Gourlay’s argument that her ability to earn income in the future was negatively impacted as a result of her injuries despite having lost no income to date and having received several promotions and raises. The Court also agreed with Mr. Bosco and Mr. Gourlay that she was entitled to a significant award for pain and suffering, as well as an additional independent award for the impact on her ability to perform housekeeping tasks. In total, the Court awarded $124,000, including $85,000 for pain and suffering.

John Cameron and Paul Bosco represented VN in a jury trial. VN was an exceptional college football player with aspirations to play in the CFL. Sadly he was run over in a parking lot by a vehicle that then fled the scene. His injuries dramatically impacted his football playing and he never returned to the high level of skill he had enjoyed prior to the accident. The jury awarded VN over $190,000 an amount much higher than offered by the Defendant prior to trial.

John Cameron and Paul Bosco acted for A.G. who sustained injuries to her neck, back, shoulder, and arm, as well as headaches in a motor vehicle accident. A.G. was a very fit and active young woman at the time of her injury. Her injuries impacted her ability to work at full capacity as a yoga instructor and as a high-intensity fitness instructor.

In addition to advocating for fair compensation for A.G.’s injuries, one of the main issues at trial for Mr. Cameron and Mr. Bosco was fair compensation for the impact of her injuries on A.G’s employment in the fitness training industry.

Ultimately the Court awarded A.G. over $140,000 in compensation. This was over three times the amount ICBC had offered her before trial, and more than 10 times the amount she was offered before she obtained the assistance of Mr. Cameron and Mr. Bosco.

John Cameron and Paul Bosco acted for Mr. Welder, who sustained injuries to his neck, headaches, and concentration difficulties after a motor vehicle accident. His injuries impacted his life, particularly his ability to continue to work as a tower crane operator, a job he had enjoyed and performed for over 30 years prior to his injuries. One of the main issues at trial was quantifying the losses to Mr. Welder, as he had put together a successful company after his injuries and was employing others to do the tower crane work he had previously done himself. ICBC argued that, as Mr. Welder’s company was now so successful, he should be not be awarded any earning capacity losses for the loss of his ability to operate a tower crane. However the judge accepted John and Paul’s arguments and awarded Mr. Welder damages for lost past and future income. The Court found that Mr. Welder had unquestionably suffered a loss of the ability to perform a job that he was very good at and such a loss has economic value. The Court ultimately awarded Mr. Welder over $450,000 in compensation, including damages for loss of earning capacity, an award which was significantly more than ICBC offered before trial.

Kevin Gourlay, John Cameron and Paul Bosco represented an RCMP officer who was injured when he was rammed multiple times by the driver of a stolen pick-up truck who was attempting to avoid arrest. T.S. was a highly regarded and successful officer who suffered persistent post-concussion symptoms that had a devastating effect on his health, his family life, and his work as a police officer..

After a three week trial in which the defendant took the position the case should be dismissed, the jury deliberated for two days before delivering a verdict well in excess of $1M.

John M. Cameron and Paul Bosco acted for Mr. Niessen, who was the sole proprietor of a plumbing-and-heating company. Mr. Niessen sustained significant injuries (head, neck, and lower back) when his vehicle was struck by a vehicle that crossed the centre line of a highway and these injuries affected all areas of his life. The main issue at trial was the degree to which Mr. Niessen’s ability to earn income had suffered as a result of his injuries. ICBC took the position that there was a lack of documented evidence to support this loss. However, the court accepted Mr. Cameron and Mr. Bosco’s arguments that Mr. Niessen’s history of skill and ability in his industry, his business records, and the witness called on his behalf including former co-workers and customers, all were sufficient to prove that a significant loss had occurred. In the end, the Court awarded over $840,000 for this loss of earning potential. Overall, the court awarded Mr. Niessen just over $1.2 million, which was almost triple the amount the insurance company had argued Mr. Niessen deserved.

In QP v. Bolton, Alex Sayn-Wittgenstein and Paul Bosco acted for an RCMP officer who was significantly injured in the course of his duties. The court accepted their arguments that his life was significantly impacted as a result of his injuries, he missed out on earning overtime income, his opportunity for advancement in his career may be limited, and that his wife was entitled to compensation for the care she provided by way of an in trust claim. The court also accepted their argument that he and his employer should be compensated for the time he missed from work, despite having been paid by his employer for this time, finding that it would be unfair to let the wrongdoer benefit from the generosity of the employer.

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.

Kevin Gourlay and Paul Bosco acted for a 46-year-old tradesman who sustained injuries to his head, neck and back in a head-on collision. The plaintiff also claimed compensation for psychological injuries. He was initially denied benefits by ICBC who said that it was a WCB issue. Having overcome that defence, the plaintiff proceeded to trial and recovered damages of $724,000, including $150,000 for pain and suffering and $400,000 for lost earning capacity.

At issue was whether a car dealership should be found liable for injuries caused by a truck stolen from their car lot. The court accepted that not only was the thief at fault, but the dealership was as well. The evidence established that an employee left the truck unattended with the keys in the ignition, engine running, and doors unlocked for a period of about 40 minutes. Alex Sayn-Wittgenstein and Paul Bosco successfully argued their client was not at all contributorily negligent for having removed his seat belt prior to the collision in anticipation of pursuing the thief on foot.

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.

Alex Sayn-Wittgenstein and Paul Bosco represented an 83 year-old plaintiff who sustained life-threatening injuries, including a brain injury and various fractures, when he was struck by a vehicle while standing at a bus stop. ICBC denied liability but court found that the driver’s testimony was “littered with enormous credibility issues.” The driver, who had fled the accident scene, was found fully at fault. The plaintiff was awarded over $800,000 at trial, including $315,000 for pain and suffering, over $400,000 for future care, and $55,000 in-trust for the care provided by his wife during his recovery.  Due to the plaintiff’s age and injuries, the case was brought to trial quickly, with the trial judgment being made less than 2 years after the accident.

In the News

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…

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Woman burned in backyard fire pit explosion awarded $1.1M

July 3, 2018

Paul Bosco and Scott Stanley acted for a BC woman burned by flames from a fire pit who has been awarded $1.1 million in damages after she sued the hosts for negligence. CBC coverage of the case. French edition of the CBC story.

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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…

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Commercial hosts serving alcohol owe a duty of care to patrons.

October 24, 2017

This past March, Mr. Justice Kent of the Supreme Court of British Columbia set a new precedent in Widdowson v. Rockwell, 2017 BCSC 385, a summary trial of a commercial host liability claim. Murphy Battista LLP’s Paul Bosco and Joe Battista, Q.C. represented the plaintiff, Stuart Widdowson who was walking…

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Dog Bites: What you Need to Know About Proving Your Claim

June 9, 2015

Now that the good weather is upon us and people are flocking to the parks and beaches it is inevitable that the interaction between people and dogs will increase. This means a corresponding rise in dog bites. Dog bites can be both traumatic and cause serious injury.  In this blog…

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Proud to support continuing professional development events for audiologists and speech-language pathologists

September 29, 2014

On October 24-25, 2014 the BC Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (BCASLPA) is holding their annual conference here in Vancouver. The conference provides a venue for audiologists and speech-language pathologists to learn from leading practitioners and researchers in the field present on current topics of interest to members. This…

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Joe Battista, Q.C. rises to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

September 4, 2014

You may have noticed a certain trend sweeping the internet lately involving ice, buckets, and fully clothed people. In fact, as you’re reading this online right now, there’s no way you haven’t. Joe Battista, Q.C., is not one to shy away from a challenge, and his ice bucket challenge nomination…

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Changes to the BC Limitation Act – What They Mean for You

June 17, 2013

On June 1st, 2013, the new Limitation Act came into force in BC. This Act sets out the time limits a person has to make a civil claim, most commonly performed by suing another person or company for money to compensate for a loss. The most significant change in the…

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Disability Insurance Basics with Paul Bosco

In this seminar, Paul Bosco reviews the basics of disability insurance and making sure you are protected. Disability insurance includes coverage of medical expenses, partial coverage of payment while you are unable to work, and can sometimes include a one-time lump-sum payment. Choosing the right insurance for you. It’s important…



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David Hall

Your in the best hands with Paul Basco and his legal secretary Melissa Virgil !! I recommend them very highly ! Paul is a very intelligent, lawyer with compassion and a real go getter attitude. Every step of the way I knew he had my back and never gave up on me ever . He’s very professional and someone I’m proud to recommend and to have met . Melissa always returns my calls and had great manners and compassion for me and my journey. Together they worked very hard , a legal dream team , working into the late hours of night on my case . Don’t hesitate to hire this firm and I highly recommend Paul Basco to everyone, don’t look any further !!! I’m so happy that I hired this legal firm !!

Paven Pahal

Paul Bosco had represented me for my ICBC injury claim and did a excellent job with my case. Great, professional team that was there for any concerns that I had. Would highly recommend Paul to anyone looking.

Alexandra Zarycka

Murphy Battista is an excellent law firm. I had the privilege of having Irina Kordic be my lawyer for my case. I am so very grateful for her work and help through it all, along with her assistant Avis Shiu and other workers Paul Bosco and Samir. They are helpful and professional. They know what they’re doing. I am happy with their service.

Sue Carson

Professional, caring dedicated , hard working lawyers . Thank you Paul Bosco and Kevin Gourlay for representing my daughter in her ICBC trial. I was thoroughly impressed with you both and extremely happy to hear of the settlement outcome. Very grateful for your excellence in law and time and effort you spent on the case. Great team effort!! Would definitely recommend!!

Jonathan Poole

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.

Mohamed Heebaan

If you are searching a law firm to represent you, Please read my story, it may help you make an informed decision. A little over a year and half ago, I was searching the net to find a law firm to represent me with ICBC. I am a huge believer of customer reviews. So every time I want to buy a product or service, I read the reviews first, because customer reviews are the best indicative of the quality of the product or the service that you are about to obtain. After I checked out several law firms, I narrowed my choice between two law-firms that had the rating of 4.3 and 4.5 stars. These ratings are very good, and the people who wrote them said nice things about both firms. So, I was weighing options between the two firms. Then, by chance, I came across this law firm, Murphy-Battista, which had a perfect 5 star rating! If this rating was given by one person, or 3 people, or even 5 people, I would not have selected this firm because the margin would have been too small to rely upon. However, I read the reviews of 25 people who used this firm, who reviewed it, and each one of them gave it a perfect 5 stars! That is really impressive. And based on the glowing recommendations of those who dealt with it, I retained this law firm, and Paul Bosco was my lawyer. When I first met Paul at his office, he told me to concentrate on my rehabilitation, and leave everything else for him. That was very reassuring. I found Paul to be honest, transparent and caring. When I recovered from my injury, Paul quickly settled my cause on amount that was much higher than I expected. It so happened that my wife, unfortunately, got into an accident several months later. And naturally, we retained Paul for that as well. And just, as in my case, Paul settled my wife’s case for amount that was higher than we expected. The company did not give me one cent to commend them or say nice things about them. I am doing it because I enormously benefited from the writers of the previous reviews who enticed me into this law firm. And I am doing the same thing so that potential customers would benefit from this amazing firm just as I did. The bottom line is this: You cannot go wrong on this law firm. Hire them. You will be glad you did.

Alla Lala

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

Joey Placek

I hired Brian Brooke and he kicked-ass, defeated the bad people, and won me the Kentucky Derby. I am grateful for all his hard work, all his team’s dedication, and all the firm’s resources that ultimately, took care of me every step of the way. Thanks to Murphy Battista and especially Brian Brooke! A few other people to note that played important roles during the fight are Paul Bosco, Lynne Praud, and Joanne Forrest. No man can navigate the seas on his own but with Murphy Battista’s support, I made it to shore. Thank you.

Beatrice W

Couldn’t be happier with my case with Murphy Battista. Paul took on my MVA case. It was fairly settled. He was always professional, timely and open in his communication. You’re in good hands if you work with him. The team here made the difference so that I could get the treatment I needed, be stress free and fully recover after my accident.

I highly recommend Paul and the team at Murphy Battista.


Roger Sangra

When my father suffered life threatening injuries which were some of the most severe and traumatic types of injuries a human being could suffer, I called upon Murphy Battista to handle my families case during these traumatic times. Mr. Alex Sayn-Wittgenstein not only acted on behalf of my family handling the ICBC side of things, he also became my friend and treated my mother with a lot of respect and comfort which goes to show the character of this man. Alex, alongside fellow lawyer Paul J Bosco, helped my family receive the correct compensation that i felt was “right” and “just” given the devastating injuries my father suffered. When ICBC tried to downplay the situation and place a monetary value on my fathers life that was not even close to what he needed to survive moving forward, Murphy Battista handled the situation swiftly and dilligently correcting ICBC’s flawed view; and in doing so went to trial and won. The one thing i learned through this whole process is that even though the money during a devastating and traumatic time does matter, Its more about the comfort that is received and knowing that their is winner fighting for you in your corner when your up against the ropes so to speak. A human life is a sacred thing and comes but once because life is short. Therefore,  the money families receive for injuries when things like the cost of care in the moment and in the future are on the table make all the difference for your loved one because they add up when elements like physiotherapy, message, and brain and speech therapy are needed like my father needed and still needs to this day.  The one lasting impression and memory my family and I will always share with Murphy Battista and specifically Alex Says-Wittgenstein and Paul J Bosco is that these individuals took the time and effort out of their busy lives and busy schedules to make sure that my mother and I felt secure and comfortable in the worst of times. They helped us see the light in a dark place, and i would not only recommend Murphy Battista to anyone and everyone but i would also recommend that if you are faced with a loved one who is fighting for their life with tubes hooked up to their neck, face and body laying in a coma in the ICU of a hospital to call Alex Sayn-Wittgenstein to fight in your corner because he’s a winner and winners always have your back in the end.

Kay S

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!!


Couldn’t be happier with my case with Murphy Battista. Paul took on my MVA case. It was fairly settled. He was always professional, timely and open in his communication. You’re in good hands if you work with him. The team here made the difference so that I could get the treatment I needed, be stress free and fully recover after my accident.

I highly recommend Paul and the team at Murphy Battista.

I act exclusively for plaintiffs in civil actions, and have successfully run cases in Provincial Court, Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal.

Paul J. Bosco

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