Joe Murphy, Q.C. is one of two founding partners of Murphy, Battista. He brings his talent for understanding people, especially during crisis, and his skill and knowledge as an advocate and trial lawyer to ensure each client gets the best possible representation. From his father, a doctor, and his mother, a nursing instructor, Joe learned the value of listening to people to understand them. As he explains, “I am there to learn from my clients. The starting point is them – who they are and how they are affected by a tragic event.”
Joe comes from a large family (eight children) and grew up on the prairies, moving to Vancouver to attend UBC. While studying Commerce at UBC, Joe worked summers as a salesman, traveling across Canada. He credits this experience with teaching him how to work with a wide range of people. Joe put himself through law school by working as an insurance adjuster for a private (pre-ICBC) company, which provided him with a unique understanding of the insurance industry. He graduated from UBC Law School in 1975 and has acted for injured people and their families – from all over the world – ever since.
Joe was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1998 in recognition for his excellence as a trial and appeals lawyer. He has acted in many landmark cases and prides himself on his reputation among his clients – and his reputation in the insurance industry.
Joe is a former President of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., an organization of lawyers who work to strengthen and preserve laws that protect the rights of individuals. He is a former B.C. Delegate for the American Association for Justice. Joe is in great demand as a lecturer on both medical and legal issues, appearing at conferences in B.C., throughout the prairies, in Toronto, Washington, DC, London, England, and Mexico.
Joe has 4 adult children, including one who has followed him into the practice of law, and one who may do that. He enjoys hockey, tennis, hiking and travel.
Click on the case names to read the full decisions:
- Grassick (Guardian ad litem of) v. Swansburg, 2015 BCSC 2355
Joe Murphy, Kevin Gourlay, and Mike Murphy acted for the plaintiff who was 16 when he was hit by a young woman who was not paying attention while driving on Halloween night in 2008. He suffered a significant traumatic brain injury. Before the accident, he had been an exceptionally gifted young man. Although he remained intelligent and was attending university, he was plagued by fatigue and cognitive difficulties as a result of the accident that would significantly impact his ability to work as an engineer. The Court assessed damages at $3,297,000, including $3M for loss of future earning capacity
- Danicek v. Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang, 2010 BCSC 1111 (Kelleher J.)
- Yeung v. Au, 2004 BCSC 1648 (D.F. Tysoe, J.)
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