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J. Scott Stanley*

J. Scott Stanley was born in Pennsylvania and, as a young child, moved with his family to Northern Saskatchewan where he grew up. Although not born in Canada, Scott is a ferociously proud Canadian.

Scott obtained a commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, majoring in finance and business math prior to obtaining his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1994.

He was called to the bar in 1995 and worked at firm where he handled personal injury claims, acting for both victims and insurers. In 2002, Scott joined one of the leading insurance defence firms where he continued to act for both victims and insurers. Within 2 years of joining that firm, he became a partner and remained there until joining Murphy Battista LLP in 2007 where he now works exclusively for accident victims and their families as well as others who have claims against insurance companies.

Having acted for both sides for many years, Scott brings a balanced perspective to his work as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Scott has thoroughly enjoyed his transition.

“When I represent a victim and their family, there is no doubt in my mind that I am doing the correct thing. I get to help them recapture the things that were important to them such as family life, work and hobbies. Because insurance companies increase premiums for people that cause accidents, it is my hope that my work actually encourages people to take greater care and makes the community safer. I personally found that acting for insurance companies was quite different and not as gratifying as representing victims. Often you would simply be trying to help a big company avoid paying victims or avoid its financial responsibilities to people who bought insurance policies from it. In order to do this, you often had to ask the Courts to excuse actions and behaviors that would endanger the community or that would create uncertainty for people who purchase insurance. Everyone is entitled to legal representation and I commend the lawyers who handle the difficult assignments offered by insurance companies. For me, I am grateful to be able to work with victims and their families.”

Scott recognizes the importance that work has to a person’s dignity and self esteem. A great deal of Scott’s time is spent helping his clients return to work, or to find employment that will accommodate their disabilities.

Scott gives considerable amounts of time to organizations that provide free legal advice to people who can not afford lawyers. Scott frequently acts as pro bono counsel for people who can not afford a lawyer and who have cases that are too complex to handle by themselves.

Scott is married with two beautiful daughters, and knows first hand the importance of family. When work and family life permit, Scott enjoys biking, basketball and reading.

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Successful Cases

Click on case names to read a selection of Scott's decisions*

  • McCrory v. Komar, No. N120671 Vancouver (Jury Trial)
    The Plaintiff sustained neck injuries from two car accidents which ultimately led to an inability to work. The Defendants claimed the injuries were minor, she was exaggerating or that the injuries were unrelated to the accidents. The Jury disagreed and awarded $373,600 in damages. Read the Trial Summary McCrory v. Komar.
  • Rhodes v. City of Surrey, No. 127541 New Westminster (Jury Trial)
    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. Read the Trial Summary.
  • Robinson v. Bud's Bar Inc., 2015 BCSC 1767
    This case involved a significant brain injury suffered by the Plaintiff. The injury was the result of a shove in retaliation for the Plaintiff teasing the Defendant in the aftermath of a bachelor party. The BC court reviewed the law regarding liability in connection with stag parties and in the result awarded the firm's client $790,000 in damages.
  • Millard v. Singleton, 2015 BCSC 1015
    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.
  • Afonina v. Jansson, 2015 BCSC 10
    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.
  • Stroszyn v. Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company Limited, 2014 BCCA 431.
    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 $600k from the insurance policy of the leasing company. The Plaintiff was not successful at trial but succeeded on the appeal.

*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 are not necessarily a guarantee or indicative of future results.

The Law Show

Episode 40 Topics:

  • the nuts and bolts of the legal system vs the justice system
  • the concept of legal fairness
  • caps for catastrophic injuries such as brain or spinal cord injury
  • click for more information and to view Episode 40

Episode 39 Topics:

  • concussions and brain injury
  • car technology advancements and the impact this can have
  • click for more information and to view Episode 39

Episode 26 Topics:

  • the importance of retaining an experienced lawyer to guide a child’s personal injury case
  • the danger of litigation loans
  • options that allow injured people to avoid litigation loan financing
  • key questions that should be asked when you’re in the process of retaining a lawyer
  • click for more information and to view Episode 26

Episode 25 Topics:

  • myths surrounding fraudulent insurance claims
  • the differences between judge alone trials and jury trials
  • common surveillance practices used by private insurers and ICBC and how the use of social media might negatively affect your claim
  • click for more information and to view Episode 25

Episode 22 Topics:

  • brain injuries with a specific focus on mild traumatic brain injury
  • legal issues surrounding sport-based injuries including injuries that are the result of boating and equestrian accident
  • the complex issues of waivers and how these documents can limit your ability to seek compensation for an injury
  • click for more information and to view Episode 22

Episode 21 Topics:

  • new Kelowna branch of Murphy Battista LLP
  • Bill’s experience as a personal injury lawyer
  • common fears and anxieties personal injury clients have in anticipation of trial
  • click for more information and to view Episode 21 

Episode 12 Topics:

  • the Importance of expert and lay witness evidence pre and post accident particularly in brain injury cases
  • the types of cases where getting a lawyer is in your best interests
  • click for more information and to view Episode 12

Episode 5 Topics:

  • the value of hiring a lawyer that is ready, willing, and able to go to trial
  • why you should retain a specialist in complex personal injury case
  • the importance of retaining a personal injury lawyer that does not also do work on behalf of ICBC
  • click for more information and to view Episode 5

Episode 4 Topics

  • the nuts and bolts of insurance law
  • what your insurance policy covers and more importantly what it does not cover
  • what to watch out for in insurance policies and why certain claims get denied
  • click for more information and to view Episode 4 

Episode 2 Topics:

  • ICBC claims involving children
  • steps to take immediately following an accident
  • how to deal with the paperwork that ICBC adjusters ask you to sign
  • click for more information and to view Episode 2

Episode 1 Topics:

  • Murphy Battista LLP's philosophy
  • unfair myths surrounding personal injury law and personal injury victims
  • click for more information and to view Episode 1 

 

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