Tricia joined Harper Grey’s commercial litigation group in 2018 as an associate.
In her commercial litigation and insurance law practice, Tricia’s focus has been in pursuing legal remedies in the context of civil fraud, conspiracy and conversion claims. Her collaborative approach coupled with her excellent analytical abilities, skill in working with witnesses, the police, investigative organizations and Crown Counsel have contributed to many successful results in both judge and jury trials and to negotiated settlements. She has also acted as defence counsel in coverage claims involving allegations of theft and fraud.
Tricia obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University and thereafter worked in Vancouver in forestry consulting as an editor and project administrator. In 1999 she moved to Edmonton to attend law school at the University of Alberta and received her LL.B. in 2002. Tricia articled with Alberta Justice in Calgary gaining experience in all facets of criminal law, as well as family and civil law, and was called to the Alberta bar in 2003.
Tricia began her litigation career in Calgary as a Crown Prosecutor, prosecuting a wide range of criminal and regulatory offences in both the Provincial Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench. In 2006, she moved back to British Columbia, where she was born and raised. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in September 2006 and honed her civil litigation skills at a regional Vancouver law firm.
Representative cases include:
- High profile prosecution on behalf of ICBC to recover damages caused by Stanley Cup rioters: ICBC v. Stanley Cup Rioters, 2016 BCSC 1108.
- Fraud recovery on behalf of BC Hydro and Power Authority. Acted as second counsel in jury trial that resulted in recoupment of special damages and $200,000 award of punitive damages: BC Hydro and Power Authority v. Heathcote, unreported (July 9, 2015).
- Large-scale, multi-action, fraud recovery on behalf of ICBC involving claims of conspiracy and conversion that resulted in significant damage awards against almost 100 defendants: ICBC v. Ben-Jafaar, 2011 BCSC 1106; ICBC v. Atwal, 2010 BCSC 338.
- Defence of insurance coverage claims involving allegations of fraud: ICBC v. Singh, 2017 BCSC 967; Singh v. ICBC, 2014 BCSC 797; 0724969 BC Ltd. v. ICBC, 2010 BCSC 662.
- Successfully prosecuted accused for aggravated assault involving life-threatening stab wound: R. v. Bazinet, unreported (January 18, 2005), Calgary, Court of Queen’s Bench; R. v. Bazinet, 2005 CarswellAlta 2112 (ABQB), varied 2005 ABCA 388. (Alberta Justice)
- Participated as Crown counsel, second chair, on high profile prosecution of egregious aggravated assault of homeless, First Nations person: v. Hilderman, 2004 ABQB 864, and R. v. Hilderman, 2005 ABQB 106. (Alberta Justice)
- University of Alberta, LL.B., 2002
- Simon Fraser University, B.A.,1994
- British Columbia, 2006
- Alberta, 2003
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- BC Branch
- Member, The Law Society of British Columbia
- Member, The Law Society of Alberta
- Guest Blogger, Life in Law
President’s Entrance Scholarship, Simon Fraser University,1990