Brian Cheng is a member of our Litigation Group with a focus on commercial litigation and insurance defence.
After graduating from law school in Seattle, Brian was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2011 and remained in Seattle to practice and gain experience in a wide range of areas. He returned to Vancouver in 2014 to establish his long-term practice closer to family. While remaining involved in his practice, Brian completed his Master of Laws at UBC, where he was top of his class in many courses. He then secured articles and was an associate in Downtown Vancouver with a leading insurance litigation boutique, where he focused on insurance law and civil litigation.
Brian has experience in various practice areas, including insurance, construction, landlord–tenant, corporate/shareholder disputes, professional negligence, property damage, and personal injury. He has represented property developers, corporations, telecommunication companies, government agencies, non-profit societies, and insurance companies.
Brian has appeared in the Provincial Court, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeal in British Columbia. In Washington, Brian has appeared in matters before the district court, superior court, and the Court of Appeals. Previously, as a law student, Brian summered at the King County Superior Court in Seattle and “externed” at the Washington State Court of Appeals, and he was an Assistant Editor of the UBC Law Review during his LL.M. studies.
In addition to his practice, Brian is also a Trial Supervising Lawyer through UBC’s Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, where he supports students on criminal defence trials. Additionally, through the Canadian Bar Association, Brian has given presentations to lawyers on topics such as aviation law and American civil procedure.
Brian seeks to resolve legal disputes efficiently. Sometimes, that means obtaining results for his clients through alternative dispute resolution measures like mediation, but when necessary, Brian will apply his courtroom experience to seek a resolution in court.
Brian’s personal interests include outdoor pursuits such as snowboarding, skiing, biking, and hiking, and he volunteers as a trainer for Scouts Canada and as a member of South Fraser Search and Rescue.
- Master of Laws (Common Law), University of British Columbia, 2014
- Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, 2011
- Bachelor of Science, University of British Columbia, 2006
- Member, Law Society of British Columbia (called 2015)
- Member, Washington State Bar Association (admitted 2011)