British Columbia, 1987
Ken McEwan practices as general counsel focusing 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. Martindale-Hubbell has given Ken a ranking AV-Preeminent.
In 2018, Chambers Canada ranked Ken in Band 1 for dispute resolution noting “he recently left Hunter Litigation Chambers to establish McEwan Partners, and enjoys a stellar reputation … interviewees say he is “absolutely spectacular,” describing him as “incredibly detail-orientated” and “very talented.” In 2018, Benchmark Canada recognized Ken as British Columbia litigator of the year, a distinction he has held for five of the past six years. In 2017, Benchmark named Ken one of the top 50 trial lawyers in Canada. Ken has been named in Lexpert’s 2018 Guide to the leading 100 U.S./Canada cross-border litigators, as well as being named in the 2018 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. Ken is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Litigation and Who’s Who: Legal Product Liability for 2018. Who’s Who Litigation says Ken “is one of Canada’s most distinguished silks and litigators.”
Ken is the current Second Vice-President of the International Society of Barristers, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Director of its Canadian Foundation, and a Director of the Advocates’ Society. 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 for many years until the committee disbanded in April 2016.
Ken is the author of the third edition of Sopinka on the Trial of an Action, a leading text on trial practice, including jury trials, 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 which hosts the national finals of the Canadian law school trial moot competition in Ottawa and contributes regularly to both the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and the Advocates’ Society on topics related to litigation and arbitration. He chairs a panel of the British Columbia Inns of Court project which was established to foster professionalism among young lawyers.
Outside the courtroom, Ken 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 published by Canada Law Book, annually updated, and 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.
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