D Barry Kirkham, Q.C.


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Barry Kirkham has practised exclusively in the area of civil litigation since his call to the bar in 1968. He has acted successfully in many major commercial cases involving corporate and contract disputes, shareholders litigation, first party claims under property policies, disputes under liability policies, D & O, subrogation, casualty, product liability and professional malpractice claims. Dozens of leading decisions have been made in these cases. These include several Supreme Court of Canada decisions. A case list is available on request.

Barry joined Owen Bird in 1971. Previously, he practised law in Edmonton after receiving his law degree from the University of Alberta.

  • Bachelor of Laws (with distinction), University of Alberta, 1967
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta, 1966
  • Arbitrator & Member, The panel of arbitrators operating under the auspices of the B.C. Commercial Arbitration Centre
  • Gold Medalist and the editor of the Alberta Law Review

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1986

  • Inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, 1992

  • Served as Provincial Chair of ACTL, 1998-2000

  • Recognized as a leading civil litigator in “Guide to World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers”

  • LexisNexis - Martindale-Hubbell: AV Peer Review Rated

  • Recommended in “The Best Lawyers in Canada” in categories of Corporate Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability and Insurance Law

  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of only seven “most frequently recommended” practitioners in British Columbia in the area of Litigation - Corporate Commercial and as one of only five “most frequently recommended” practitioners in British Columbia in the area of Litigation - Commercial Insurance. Barry is the only lawyer in British Columbia to have appeared on both of these lists

  • Designated as one of the leading lawyers in Canada in Chambers Global Client Guide