Dean P.J. Lawton, K.C.

Associate Counsel

Backed by forty years’ experience, Dean Lawton handles claims involving complex economic loss and catastrophic injury as well as those combining unusual facts and obscure or unclear legal issues. Never one to take any fact for granted, Dean conducts thorough independent investigations and applies his legal analysis to determine the best course of action for each case.

Viewing mediation as an essential part of the claims defence process, Dean has been involved in hundreds of cases as both counsel and a credentialed mediator.

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    Year Called to the Bar
    Bar of British Columbia – 1981

    Completed training as a mediator and accepted as a member of the B.C. Mediation Roster Society – 2007 (Now Mediate B.C.)
    University of Victoria: LL.B. – 1980
    Simon Fraser University,Vancouver, B.C.: B.A. Hons. – 1976
    Ministry of Education, TQS – 1976

    President, Law Society of British Columbia – 2021
    1st Vice President, Law Society of British Columbia – 2020
    2nd Vice President, Law Society of British Columbia – 2019
    Bencher, Law Society of British Columbia – 2013 to Present
    Past-President, Victoria Bar Association
    Canadian Bar Association – 1997 to Present
    Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals – 2020 to Present
    Sessional Lecturer in Civil Procedure and Insurance Law at the University of
    Victoria, Faculty of Law
    Contributing author to the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Practice Manual published by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia
    Panel member and contributing author at Continuing Legal Education Society Seminars
    Chapter author to C.L.E. reference text publication Advising B.C. Business.

    Associate Counsel, Carfra Lawton LLP – 2021 to Present
    Partner, Carfra Lawton LLP – 1985 to 2020
    Associate, J.S. Carfra & Company – 1984 to 1985
    Associate, Achtem Alexander – 1981 to 1984

    Awards / Accolades
    Named to ‘Best Lawyers In Canada’ for insurance law – 2007 to Present
    Named in Lexpert for Insurance Law

“I enjoy cycling and squash in my off hours.”