Lisa Martz

Lisa Martz

Lisa is a problem solver. She quickly identifies the issues, frankly assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the parties’ positions and then maps out the best route forward. Her incisive legal analysis and considerable people skills make her a persuasive advocate both in and outside of the courtroom.

Lisa’s diverse commercial/civil litigation and administrative law practice includes disputes involving real estate, commercial contracts of all kinds, intellectual property, technology, aboriginal rights, defamation and regulatory matters, including claims involving local governments.

Lisa also has high-profile experience in public law, having served as commission counsel for the Gove Inquiry Into Child Protection; the B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission; the Conflict of Interest Commissioner for B.C. in relation to his inquiry into the conduct of The Honourable Glen Clark; and as counsel for the Attorney General of B.C. in a range of civil litigation matters.

She is the author of numerous online publications on real estate, aboriginal law and technology law matters, and a presenter for the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C., the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C. and The Advocates’ Society.

Lisa spent 20 years at a major Canadian national law firm before joining our boutique litigation team.

While she enjoys hiking and jogging, she has never found a restaurant which she isn’t willing to try.

  • '1989
  • '1992
  • '1993
Signficant Cases
  • Successfully appealed an order interpreting a restrictive covenant preventing development of a major commercial property: 1530 Foster Street Ltd. v. Newmark Projects Ltd., 2018 BCCA 198.
  • Counsel for a construction company in a claim against employees for conspiracy and misappropriation of funds.
  • Successfully represented 27 container trucking companies who were wrongfully denied licenses to access Port Metro Vancouver facilities:  ATL Trucking et al. v. Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, 2015 FC 520.
  • Counsel for a major Canadian financial institution regarding claims arising from a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by a customer: Jer v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2014 BCCA 116.
  • Counsel for the Urban Development Institute (the pre-eminent industry association for the B.C. real estate development industry), as intervenor, in the litigation brought by purchasers in the Olympic Village development: Choi v. Brook at the Village on False Creek Developments Corp., 2013 BCSC 1535.
  • Counsel for a major international manufacturer in an arbitration regarding a contractual dispute with its Canadian distributor.
  • Counsel for a major Canadian financial institution in a significant regulatory investigation.
  • Counsel for a mine operator in a leading decision confirming the scope of the constitutional duty to consult affected First Nations in regard to the expansion of a pre-existing mine: Louis v. British Columbia (Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources), 2011 BCSC 1070; upheld on appeal: 2013 BCCA 412.
  • Counsel for a private land owner in an important decision regarding the scope of the duty to consult First Nations in regard to privately-owned land: Ke-Kin-Is-Uqs v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests), 2008 BCSC 1505.
  • Successfully defended a private sector developer in a claim of defamation involving municipal party politics: Thomas v. McMullan et al., 2002 BCSC 22.
  • Successfully upheld a developer’s right to forfeiture of the largest presale deposit approved by the B.C. courts: Amiri v. One West Holdings Ltd., 2012 BCSC 236; upheld on appeal: 2013 BCCA 155.