Patrick F. Lewis


For many years rated as a leading lawyer in commercial and estate litigation, Pat has been a member of SMR since 1990 and a partner in the firm since 1994.  His practice experience is diverse and, aside from commercial and estate disputes, includes real estate litigation, administrative matters, often entailing the defence of professionals, insurance disputes and numerous types of negligence and personal injury claims.

Pat has been lead counsel in a great many cases in the superior courts of British Columbia, has at various times appeared through written submissions in the Supreme Court of Canada, and has acted for clients before a long list of tribunals, including in private arbitrations.  He has extensive experience at mediation in cases that are conducive to settlement outside the court system.  For over 10 years Pat has also adjudicated appeals as a member of tribunals to which he has been appointed by the provincial government, and at times has acted as mediator in respect of such appeals.

Pat is a highly strategic litigator, problem-solver and negotiator who is honoured to have excellent client relationships.  He also greatly values opportunities to mentor younger members of the profession.


  • LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1984
  • Simon Fraser University, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 1985
  • Best Lawyers in Canada™, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2011 – 2024
  • Best Lawyers in Canada™, Trusts and Estates, 2011 – 2024
  • Identified as a “Litigation Star” in Commercial Law in British Columbia by Benchmark Canada
  • BV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board, 2015
  • Financial Services Tribunal Vice Chair, 2014 – 2015
  • Member of the Financial Services Tribunal, 2010 – 2015

Acted for an individual who suffered life-threatening injuries when a car crashed through a building and crushed him against a wall

Represented a Chief Operating Officer whose employment was abruptly terminated by a public company

Acted for a public company in a dispute over ownership of mineral claims in the Arctic

Represented a beneficiary in a case concerning the proper interpretation of a home-made Will involving a substantial estate

Represented people whose son was tragically killed in an automobile accident

Acted for a broadcast company and television reporter in a defamation action brought concerning a lengthy television news broadcast

Represented the owner of various hospitals in a dispute with a related fundraising organization

Counsel for various Canadian and American charitable organizations in a lengthy trial concerning beneficial ownership of their assets

Represented one of the world’s largest insurance companies in a coverage action relating to a massive product failure

Acted for a European country in two lawsuits brought in the British Columbia Supreme Court

Defended a group of individuals sued in defamation with respect to harassment complaints made about the Plaintiff in the workplace

Represented a British Columbia Crown Corporation with respect to breach of contract allegations pursued through all levels of the Court system

Acted for a public company in a dispute over its right to distribute a product being sold worldwide

Acted for an Engineer in disciplinary proceedings concerning his certification of a construction project

Counsel for a director of a public company in a claim that he had converted a corporate opportunity

Patrick F. Lewis

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T: 604-646-1011

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