Biography

Joel Morris maintains a general litigation practice, representing clients in a broad range of civil and administrative law matters at the trial and appellate level and before administrative tribunals.

Joel is a member of Harper Grey's Health Law, Commercial Litigation, Professional Regulation, and Insurance Law practice groups.

Joel’s practice focuses on professional liability; commercial litigation, including multi-party cases and class actions; and administrative law. He routinely acts as co-counsel on complex cases and appeals. He has represented clients at all levels of court in British Columbia and before various administrative tribunals.

Joel acts as pro bono counsel in civil and administrative law matters. He serves as Harper Grey’s LSLAP (Law Students’ Legal Advice Program) coordinator and volunteers as a supervising lawyer with LSLAP.

Prior to joining Harper Grey, Joel clerked at the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Experience

Professional Liability

Joel has acted both for and against professionals in matters involving professional negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, ‎and intentional torts. 

Representative cases include:

  • Counsel for physicians in medical negligence actions.
  • Counsel for professional defendant on successful motion to strike claim and dismiss action on basis of witness immunity: J.P. v. Eirikson, 2015 BCSC 847.
  • Counsel for professional defendants on successful motion to enforce settlement agreement: Roumanis v. Hill, 2013 BCSC 1047.

Commercial Litigation

Joel has acted in a broad range of commercial matters, including disputes involving breach of contract‎, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, statutory causes of action and remedies, and class actions. 

Representative cases include:

  • Counsel for defendants in tobacco health care cost recoupment actions across Canada.
  • Counsel on appeal challenging enforceability of limitation of liability provision in professional engagement agreement: Felty v. Ernst & Young LLP, 2015 BCCA 445.
  • Counsel on appeal from order denying costs to successful party at trial: Dawson (Town of the City of) v. Carey, 2014 YKCA 3.
  • Counsel on appeal in leading decision regarding interpretation of “deposit” provisions in standard form real estate agreements:  Tang v. Zhang, 2013 BCCA 52.
  • Counsel for pre-sale purchasers in proposed class action and individual actions under Real Estate Development Marketing Act, S.B.C. 2004, c. 41, in relation to Hotel Georgia residential development.

Administrative Law

Joel has acted for individual and corporate clients in administrative law matters, including as counsel for regulated professionals and for corporations operating in regulated industries before administrative bodies and appellate tribunals.

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LL.B., 2010
  • Queen’s University, B.A.(Hons.), 2007

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 2012

Leadership

  • Supervising lawyer, Law Students' Legal Advice Program.
  • Volunteer lawyer, Access Pro Bono
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Contributing Author - Administrative Justice: A Practitioner's Guide, 2016, Published by LexisNexis Canada

 

News

March 28, 2012


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Newsletter

May 1, 2017
Administrative Law Observer, May 2017
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Joel Morris, Adam Way
February 1, 2017
Administrative Law Observer, February 2017
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Joel Morris, Joel Morris, Adam Way, Adam Way
February 1, 2017
Administrative Law Observer, February 2017
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Joel Morris, Joel Morris, Adam Way, Adam Way
October 1, 2016
Administrative Law Observer, October 2016
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyer: Joel Morris
June 1, 2016
Administrative Law Observer, June 2016 Update
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Kara Hill, Joel Morris
April 1, 2016
Administrative Law Observer April 2016
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Scott Marcinkow, Joel Morris
January 1, 2016
Administrative Law Observer January 2016
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Scott Marcinkow, Joel Morris
October 1, 2015
Administrative Law Observer October 2015
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Scott Marcinkow, Joel Morris
August 1, 2015
Administrative Law Observer August 2015
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Kara Hill, Joel Morris
July 1, 2015
Administrative Law Observer July 2015
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Scott Marcinkow, Joel Morris
April 1, 2015
Administrative Law Observer April 2015
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Lindsay Johnston, Joel Morris
January 1, 2015
Administrative Law Observer January 2015
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyer: Joel Morris
May 1, 2014
Administrative Law Observer May 2014
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Scott Marcinkow, Joel Morris
February 1, 2014
Administrative Law Observer February 2014
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Joel Morris, Lara Zee
December 1, 2013
Administrative Law Observer December 2013
Administrative Newsletter
Harper Grey Lawyers: Joel Morris, Lara Zee