Jessica Lithwick has a broad litigation practice and focuses on helping clients find peace of mind and practical solutions whether their legal issues concern disputes between individuals, corporate disputes or criminal charges.
Jessica has acted for clients in court proceedings before all levels of British Columbia’s Courts as well as in arbitrations. She has also represented clients before several tribunals, including the Employment Standards Branch, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board and the RCMP External Review Committee.
She has had the privilege of working on several high profile human rights cases as well as assisting people and corporations facing criminal charges or civil disputes. She is committed to helping people and businesses get the solutions they need from our justice system. Clients can expect her to be responsive, compassionate, honest and practical while she advocates strongly on their behalf.
Some of the most notable cases Jessica has worked on include: acting for the successful plaintiff who proved that his realtor and mortgage broker had breached fiduciary duties towards him in Mulligan v. Stephenson, 2013 BCSC 1384; successfully defending an application for security for costs on behalf of a company whose former director had breached fiduciary duties by secretly setting up a competing business in WestCorp Solutions Ltd. v. Collins et al, 2014 BCSC 1606; arguing that Trinity Western University’s Community Covenant discriminates against women in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia, 2016 BCCA 423; arguing that the Criminal Code defence of ‘not criminally responsible due to mental disorder’ discriminates contrary to section 15 of the Charter on the basis of race, sex and mental illness and also violates sections 7 and 11(d) of the Charter in R. v. Ejigu, 2016 BCSC 1487; and arguing that the decision to cancel the mother-baby program at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women was discriminatory contrary to section 15 of the Charter in Inglis v. British Columbia (Minister of Public Safety), 2013 BCSC 2309.
Jessica received her law degree from the University of Toronto, where she graduated with honors. A highlight of law school for her was being a member of UofT’s winning team in the Wilson Moot in her third year. Before law school, she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia. Jessica’s volunteer and extra-curricular activities in recent years include assisting in organizing educational sessions put on by the Criminal Defence Advocacy Society and being a member of the board of Hillel BC.
Areas of Expertise
- JD, University of Toronto (2011)
- BA, University of British Columbia (2007)
- British Columbia, 2011
R v. Ejigu, 2016 BCSC 2278
Jessica Lithwick was co-counsel for an individual charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of an associate.
R v. W.P. (unreported)
Tam Boyar and Jessica Lithwick represented an individual charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.
Trinity Western University v. Law Society of British Columbia
Jessica was counsel in judicial review proceedings involving the Law Society of British Columbia’s decision not accredit TWU’s faculty of law.
Inglis v. British Columbia (Minister of Public Safety), 2013 BCSC 2309
Jessica was counsel on a case involving a constitutional challenge to the cancellation of the mother-baby program at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women.
Board Member, Hillel BC