Professional Background

Jessica Taylor is a civil litigator experienced in commercial and business litigation. In addition to trial experiences at both the provincial and superior court levels, Jessica has appeared before a number of tribunals, and has participated in multiple mediations and arbitrations.  She has also represented clients in foreign jurisdictions seeking the enforcement of foreign judgments in British Columbia, and clients in this jurisdiction seeking to resist the enforcement of foreign judgments.

Jessica’s litigation experience includes acting for commercial clients in actions pertaining to:

  • construction disputes
  • contract disputes
  • debt claims
  • lease disputes
  • corporate oppression and corporate opportunity claims
  • Charter infringement claims

In addition to general civil litigation, Jessica has extensive experience in health law, and has represented health care professionals, as well as private health care business owners.

Her health law experience includes representing:

  • professional regulation defending health care professionals, such as physicians, nurses, dentists and chiropractors, in professional regulation disputes before their respective colleges;
  • defending health care institutions and businesses in negligence actions and informed consent claims
  • advising private sector health care clinics, and physician-entrepreneurs, in matters ranging from legislative compliance to commercial disputes
  • advising health care professionals in the medical marijuana space, as well as medicinal marijuana business owners ranging from dispensaries to commercial growers, on legislative compliance, liability mitigation, and licensing schemes and applications
  • teaching as a guest lecturer on Medical Law and Ethics yearly at both the UBC Faculty of Medicine and the UBC Faculty of Law

Jessica also advises clients on workplace law matters involving:

  • employment contracts
  • terminations
  • commercial and employer host liability
  • policies and issues relating to privacy, substance abuse, and harassment

Jessica’s speaks both Spanish and English fluently.

Education

  • Bachelor of Art, University of British Columbia & University College of London: 2006
  • Juris Doctor, University of British Columbia: 2013
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar: 2015

Memberships

  • Member, Medical Legal Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association

Community + Volunteering

  • Member, Future Leaders,  St. Paul’s Foundation Board subcommittee 2016-present
  • Member, SPLASH Gala Committee 2017, and 2018, for Arts Umbrella
  • Judge, Courage to Come Back Awards 2018, Coast Mental Health, final judging panel
  • Member, Taste the World Gala Committee
  • Judge, TD Canada Trust Scholarship final judging panel
  • Director, Board of Generation Child Foundation
  • employed by a national law firm to assist in a large Charter infringement claim pertaining to access to private health care (2012-2013)
  • employed by the government of British Columbia for the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry under the supervision of the Honourable Wally T. Oppal, QC Commissioner

Publications

  • 2014 CLE Anatomy of a Medical Expert. Co-Author “The Scalpel or Bone Saw. Choosing your Expert.”
  • 2014 CLE Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Co-Author “Working with Medical Experts on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases.”
  • 2014 CLE Fundamentals of Judicial Review. Contributing researcher “Interlocutory Applications.”
  • 2012 Document Analyst for “The Report of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry” by the Honourable Wally T. Oppal, QC Commissioner

Presentations

  • Guest Lecturer for Law and Medicine, UBC Medical School
  • Guest Lecturer for Medical Law and Ethics, UBC Faculty of Dentistry