J. Kenneth McEwan, QC

McEwan Partners - British Columbia

Partner

900-980 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 0C8

604 283 7988

Litigation Star

Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada


Practice areas:

Arbitration
Class action
Commercial


Ken McEwan practices as general counsel at McEwan Partners, Benchmark Canada’s 2019 Litigation Boutique of the Year. His practice focuses on complex corporate-commercial litigation, class action litigation, commercial arbitration, and administrative law at the trial and appellate levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada.  He received the designation of Queen’s Counsel from the Attorney General of  British Columbia in 2004.

 

Mr. McEwan is Benchmark Canada’s British Columbia litigator of the year for 2020, and also received that award in each of 2013-2016, and 2018-2019. During the same period, he has also been named one of Canada’s top 50 trial lawyers, and a finalist for both Canadian class action litigator of the year and Canadian competition litigator of the year.

 

In 2019, Chambers Canada ranked Mr. McEwan in Band 1 for dispute resolution describing him as a “force”, and noting “He’s nonstop, very determined and focused, really, really good at what he does.” Best Lawyers recognized Mr. McEwan as Vancouver’s 2019 Corporate and Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year. Mr. McEwan has been named in Lexpert’s 2019 Guide to the leading 100 U.S./Canada cross-border litigators, as well as being named in the 2019 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He is rated by Lexpert as most frequently recommended in corporate commercial litigation, and is recognized in class actions, director and officer liability, and securities litigation. He is listed in the Legal Post Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of securities law, corporate commercial, and class action litigation. Mr. McEwan is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Litigation and Who’s Who: Legal Product Liability for 2019, with the former stating, he is “one of Canada’s most distinguished silks and litigators.” Martindale-Hubbell has given Mr. McEwan a ranking AV-Preeminent.

 

Mr. McEwan is the first vice president of the International Society ofBarristers, director of the Canadian Foundation of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a Director of the Advocates’ Society, as well as chair of its national standing committee. He has been appointed by the Law Society of British Columbia as the civil litigation representative to the Committee on Relations with the Judiciary. He was appointed by the Attorney General of British Columbia to the Supreme Court Rules Revision Committee where he served until 2016.

 

Mr. McEwan is the author of the third edition of Sopinka on the Trial of an Action, published in 2017. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia Law School, teaching its advanced trial advocacy course. He is a past president of the Sopinka Cup Society, and contributes regularly to both the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and the Advocates’ Society. He chairs a panel of the British Columbia Inns of Court project which was established to foster professionalism among young lawyers. Outside the courtroom, Mr. McEwan also acts as both arbitrator and mediator of commercial disputes. He is a co-author of Commercial Arbitration in Canada: A Guide to Domestic and International Arbitrations which has been cited as authority in judgments across Canada. He is a contributing author to A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial Arbitration, published by Irwin Law in September 2017. He is listed in Expert Guides – Commercial Arbitration for 2018. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society.

 

Last updated March 2020