Paul McGivern

Pacific Medical Law

British Columbia and the Yukon

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Well known in the medical legal community, Paul McGivern is a senior litigator who acts exclusively in plaintiff’s medical negligence and infant injury litigation cases. For the past 25 years, his practice has been focused on complex catastrophic cases, especially infant birth trauma cases. Paul is one of the founding members of the Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance of Canada.

Paul brings to his practice a unique background of 17 years as a medical malpractice defence counsel and has been involved in hundreds of medical malpractice claims, many of which have involved multi­-million dollar claims. He has litigated a number of high-profile cases, some of which have set legal precedents. In his career he has appeared as a lead counsel before every court level in British Columbia and also in the Supreme Court of Canada.

With a reputation for understanding the technically intricate medical and legal issues of complex malpractice actions, Paul is consistently recommended in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leader in the area of medical malpractice litigation. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2007 inaugural edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada publication, and he has been included in each annual issue since then. In 2016 Paul was named Vancouver’s “Lawyer of the Year for Medical Negligence”. He has been a member of the Western Canadian Medical Malpractice Association since its inception.

In addition to his work as an advocate for clients of Pacific Medical Law, Paul is frequently invited as a speaker at numerous continuing medical/legal education programs and has been involved in the organizing and chairing of continuing medical and legal education programs focusing on medical legal issues. Paul also served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia, where he taught civil procedure for 18 years.

A former director of the Medical Legal Society of B.C., he is a member of the Trial Lawyers Association of B.C., as well as belonging to the Plaintiff’s Medical Negligence Litigation Group. In addition to his other professional involvements, Paul is active in the community, serving as a director of the Advisory Committee of the Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C.

Paul is married and has 3 daughters. In his “off hours”, he coached his daughter’s teams in both soccer and basketball, from grade 8 through high school.


Education

  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of British Columbia, 1978
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1979

Select Experience

  • Spent 17 years as a medical malpractice defence counsel
  • Successfully litigated two compromised infant cases through the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Has taught Civil Procedure for 18 years at U.B.C.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Medical Legal Society of B.C.
  • Trial Lawyers Association of B.C.