Edward Montague
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EDUCATION
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1987
B.A. (Hon), University of British Columbia, 1981
Biography

During his 28 years of practice, Ed has developed a robust litigation practice and is acknowledged among his peers as a highly capable trial lawyer.

He has successfully represented individuals, businesses, and non-profit societies in a wide range of civil litigation matters.

His work in personal injury matters includes serious injuries involving ICBC claims, assault and battery, slips and falls, and also disability insurance claims.

Ed provides strategic employment law advice to both employers and employees in non-union settings on a wide variety of issues. These include termination of employment, contract matters, employment policies and practices, freedom of information and privacy issues, employment standards, restrictive covenants, and human rights issues.

He has also successfully resolved commercial disputes and general litigation matters involving property and contract disputes, injunction applications, and lease arbitrations.

Ed has conducted trials and appeals at every court level in British Columbia, as well as hearings before administrative tribunals such as the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, Employment Standards Tribunal, and Canada Labour Code adjudications.  He is also skilled in negotiation, advocacy and alternate dispute resolution methods, including mediation and arbitration.

Throughout his career, Ed has devoted significant time and energies to pro-bono work, including providing free legal representation to B.C. families in their claims for compensation under the U.S. September 11th Victim Compensation Fund arising from the death of family members killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

Ed is a past President and current Governor of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Washington, D.C. based  American Association for Justice (also known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America).  He is a former member of the  Law Society of B.C. Ethics Committee, and the B.C. Supreme Court Rules Revision Committee, and presently serves on the discipline committee of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of B.C.

Ed was born in Montreal, but has lived most of his life in B.C. after moving to Vancouver in 1968. After he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1981 and before he obtained his law degree, he spent two years working as a volunteer teacher in Nigeria, West Africa with CUSO.

Ed lives with his wife and two children in Richmond, B.C.

Representative Work

Ed Frequently assists clients with the following matters:

  • Serious personal injury claims, including ICBC claims, assault and battery, slips and falls
  • Employment law, including wrongful dismissal, employment standards and human rights issues
  • Strategic advice to employers, employees and non-profit societies regarding employment relations issues (non-union)
  • Civil litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, mediation and arbitration
Professional Affiliations
  • American Association for Justice (also known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch)
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Governor
  • Vancouver Bar Association
Recognition
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating: BV Distinguished
Publications & Presentations
  • "Starting Off Right After a Wrong - The Initial Client Interview in a Wrongful Dismissal Case", The Verdict, Issue 125, Summer 2010, pages 36-41.
  • "Cross-Canada Review of Tort Recovery Restrictions (Passed or Pending)," Presenter/Panel Member, American Association of Justice Annual Convention, July 26, 2009, San Francisco, California, USA.
  • "Wrongful Dismissal Damages," Presenter, Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., Insights & Strategies for Pursuing Damages, February 15, 2008, Vancouver, B.C.
  • "Wrongful Dismissal: Starting Right After a Wrong - The Initial Client Interview," Presenter, Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., Maximize Your PI Practice: 20 Ways to Get Smart Fast, February 9, 2007, Vancouver, B.C.
  • "A Primer for Using Freedom of Information in Personal Injury Cases," Presenter, Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C., Personal Injury for Legal Support Staff - Advanced Topics, December 10, 2003, Vancouver, B.C.
  • “Direct Examination of the Plaintiff – A Diamond in the Rough”, Presenter, North Dakota Association for Justice Spring Seminar May 15-16, 2014, Fargo, North Dakota
  • "Dangers of Distracted Driving", Presenter, Notre Dame Regional Secondary School, May 29, 2014, Vancouver, BC
Community Involvement
  • Member, Board of Directors, 1993-Present, Richmond Food Bank Society
  • President, 1998-2001, Richmond Food Bank Society, Richmond, British Columbia
  • Member, Board of Directors, 1998-2003, British Columbia Centre for Ability Association
  • President, 2002-2003, British Columbia Centre for Ability Association
  • Vice-President, 2000-2001, British Columbia Centre for Ability Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, 1998-2003, British Columbia Centre for Ability Foundation
  • Volunteer, Essent ISU World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships, Olympic Speed Skating Oval, Richmond, B.C., February 2009
  • Volunteer, 2012 Winter Olympics, Olympic Speed Skating Oval, Richmond, B.C., February 2010
Testimonials