Kismet T. Bhandar


Kismet Bhandar is a seasoned litigator with 22 years of experience with personal injury, property damage and other claims. With her open, approachable and cooperative style, she fosters teamwork with her clients and works with them to reach a positive outcome. 

Kismet was born and raised in Victoria, BC. But she did not fully understand her good fortune until she moved away and lived in other parts of Canada and overseas. She came home to go to law school in 1994 and has enjoyed working on Vancouver Island ever since.

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    Year called to the Bar
    Bar of British Columbia – 1998

    University of Victoria: LL.B. – 1997
    Carleton University: CTESL – 1991
    Carleton University: B.A. in English Literature – 1987

    Community Involvement
    Board of Directors, CHAS – Canadian College of Performing Arts – 2021 to present
    Board of Directors, YMCA- YWCA Vancouver Island – 2011 to 2017


    President, Victoria Bar Association – 2014
    Vice President, Victoria Bar Association – 2013
    Board of Directors, Victoria Bar Association – 2006 to 2013

    Partner, Carfra Lawton LLP – 2014 to Present
    Associate, Carfra Lawton LLP – 2000 to 2013
    Associate, Johns Southward Glazier Walton & Margetts – 1998 to 1999
    English instructor at colleges in Vancouver, BC and Ottawa, ON – 1991 to 1994
    English Instructor, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Ishikawa, Japan – 1988 to 1990

"In my free time, I enjoy playing games with family and friends, such as Phase 10, Things, Taboo, Careers and Pickleball."