Brent Olthuis is an experienced litigator with a broad practice in the areas of civil, commercial, administrative and constitutional law. He is identified in the London-based Chambers Global Guide as an up-and-coming talent in commercial litigation, has been recognized in the annual publications of Benchmark Litigation and by Lexpert Magazine as a regional star, and has recently received an “AV/Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell following a peer-review process. The AV/Preeminent rating is the top standard, and signifies that a large number of Brent’s peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence, for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.
Brent has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and Ontario, including in 10 appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada and over 35 before the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. In addition, he has conducted hearings before the trial courts in Alberta and Yukon Territory, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and various administrative tribunals including the BC Financial Services Tribunal, the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. Brent is also experienced in the commercial arbitration setting.
Brent represents individual and corporate clients in civil and commercial matters ranging from disputes over property ownership to claims in negligence, breach of contract, breach of trust and fiduciary duty, and breach of privacy. Brent also regularly acts for regulated professions and their member professionals, as well as for other public bodies. In this connection, he has acted as external counsel to the Auditor General of Canada in respect of the 2015 audit of the Senate and other matters.
Brent has published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of aboriginal law, criminal practice and gaming law, and is author of the professional conduct chapter in a leading text on the practice of law in Canada. He has also authored and presented a number of papers at continuing legal education conferences, on diverse topics including administrative, criminal and constitutional law. Brent is also a regular faculty member for professional development offerings of The Advocates’ Society.
Brent currently serves as Director of the BC Law Institute and is a member of the Vancouver Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, l’Association des juristes d’expression française de la Colombie-Britannique, the International Commission of Jurists Canada and the Canadian Bar Association, which he presently serves in the elected role of Provincial Council representative. Prior to entering practice, Brent served as law clerk to three Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Honourable Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada.