Jessie J. Skinnider

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Biography

Jessie Skinnider is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. She has a diverse litigation practice that spans many areas of law, including insurance defence, property-related disputes, employment, human rights, and personal injury. Jessie also has experience with shareholder disputes, administrative law, regulatory offences, and criminal law.

Jessie’s approach to practice proceeds from a careful study of the legal fundamentals relevant to each case. Clients can expect thorough, practical and balanced advice.

She has represented clients in proceedings before all levels of court in British Columbia, and has also assisted clients with tribunal matters and administrative review procedures.

Jessie first joined RBS as a Summer Articling Student in 2017. Prior to returning to the firm for her articles, Jessie clerked for seven judges of the British Columbia Supreme Court. As a Judicial Law Clerk, she conducted legal research, prepared written memoranda, and edited draft judgments. Her experience in this role also included observing trials, appeals, and chambers hearings.

She obtained her law degree from the University of British Columbia in 2018. She has been drawn to litigation ever since competing in the National Labour Arbitration Competition as part of the UBC Law Team. Throughout law school, she volunteered for various initiatives of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI/CCEL). In recognition of her academic excellence and leadership, Jessie was awarded the Peter Howard Memorial Scholarship, the John J. and Patricia A. Campbell Scholarship in Law for mediation and dispute resolution, as well as course prizes for high academic standing in contract law, family law, and labour law.

Jessie is a graduate of the prestigious interdisciplinary Arts & Science Program at McMaster University, with a specialization in economics and statistics. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking and kayaking around British Columbia with her husband and their dog.

NOTABLE CASES

Der v. Kwok, 2021 BCCA 82 (with Alex Eged)

  • respondent in an appeal addressing whether residential property owners owe a general duty of care to pedestrians to clear abutting sidewalks of snow and ice.

Hale v. Hill, 2021 BCSC 46 (with Michelle A. Quinn)

  • second-chair in an 8-day trial, representing a plaintiff who was injured as a result of two motor vehicle accidents.

Dubois v. Milne, 2020 BCCA 216 (with Jonathan Woolley and James D. Vilvang, Q.C.)

  • respondent in an appeal of a finding of oppression pursuant to s. 227 of the Business Corporations Act arising from the breach of the reasonable expectations of a minority shareholder who was also an employee of the company.

Woo v. Crème De La Crumb Bakeshop Ltd., 2020 BCCA 172 (with Alex Eged)

  • appeal of liability finding based on standard of care and causation rulings of the trial judge and response to cross appeal of 50% contributory negligence finding by the trial judge.

Decision of the Residential Tenancy Branch dated January 17, 2020

  • counsel for the landlord in a tenancy dispute resulting in an order of possession in favour of the landlord and the dismissal of the tenant’s application without leave to reapply.

Woo v. Crème De La Crumb Bakeshop Ltd., 2020 BCSC 42; 2020 BCSC 1595 (with Alex Eged)

  • challenge to the admissibility of a certificate issued by the Ministry of Health for recovery from the defendant under the Health Care Costs Recovery Act (2020 BCSC 42); and
  • determination of the extent to which the plaintiff’s cost of future care award is affected by benefit-conferring legislation, engaging an interpretation of the Continuing Care Fees Act and Regulation, and the Ministry of Health’s Home and Community Care Policy Manual (2020 BCSC 1595).