John W. Bilawich

Telephone: 604-681-1310 Ext. 104
Legal Assistant: Marlise Buchi –

John’s practice consists of wills, estates, and trust litigation, civil litigation, and commercial litigation including business disputes, real estate, and debt collection. He has acted as counsel for clients at numerous Arbitration and Mediation proceedings and has represented clients at the B.C. Supreme Court, B.C. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. John has lectured and written articles on civil procedure matters, including costs, limitation deadlines, and preservation orders as well as estate litigation matters.

Practice Areas
Wills, Estates and Trust Litigation; Civil Litigation; Commercial Litigation

Admitted: 1992, British Columbia
Law School: University of Alberta, LL.B. (1991)

Memberships / Professional Associations

  • Law Society of British Columbia (May 1992)
  • Attorney General’s BC Supreme Court Rules Committee, 2017+ Member
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
    • 2015 – 2017 Member, Board of Governors (At-Large)
    • 2015 – 2017 Chair, 2013-2017 Member, Rules Committee
    • 2010-2011 Member, New Rules Litigation Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association
    • 2012-2014 Member – Legislation and Law Reform Committee
    • 2012-2015 Member – Court Services Committee
    • 2011-2014 Chair – Civil Litigation – Vancouver Section
    • 2009-2011 Secretary – Vancouver Civil Litigation Section
    • 1999-2000 Secretary – Victoria Family Law Section
    • 1998-1999 Legislative Liaison – Victoria Family Law Section
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • Advocates Society

Articles Written

  • 2016 – Pre-Trial Preservation, Physical Examination and Inspection”, November 18, 2016, Trial Lawyers Association of BC seminar: “Under Pressure: Interim Tactics That Apply Pressure In Commercial Litigation”
  • 2016 –Rules Amendments – What’s New … And Almost Was“, The Verdict, Summer 2016, Issue 149 – ‘Trial’ pp 46-49.
  • 2016 –Costs In Estate Litigation “, May 6, 2016, Trial Lawyers Association of BC seminar: “Attacking the Will 4”
  • 2015 – “Comments Concerning the Report on Uniform Civil Enforcement of Money Judgments Act”, July 31, 2015, Member of TLABC ad hoc working group providing comments to BC Ministry of Justice
  • 2014 – “Beneficiary Designations – An Overview of Part 5 of WESA”,June 6, 2014, Trial Lawyers Association of BC seminar: “WESA: Everything a Trial Lawyer Needs to Know About the Wills, Estates and Succession Act”
  • 2013 –Costs Against Solicitors”, August 26, 2013, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Rules Committee – Submission to the Supreme Court Rules Revision Committee.
  • 2013 –Special Topics and Practice Update”,  May 2013, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Discovery Practice seminar – May 2013
  • 2011 –Termination Clauses in Employment Agreements”, May 2011, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia Employment Law Conference – 2011
  • 2010 –Comments in Response to the ‘White Paper on Limitation Reform: Finding the Balance’ and proposed amendments to The Limitation Act”, co-authored with William G. MacLeod and Stephen E. Field, CBA-BC Vancouver Civil Litigation Section, Limitation Act Reform Sub-Committee (Chair), November 15, 2010
  • 2010 –Decisions Addressing the New Rules”, October 30, 2010, Trial Lawyers Association of BC Seminar, Making Sense of the New Rules