Michael N. Peirce


Michael is a member of the firm’s litigation group. His practice encompasses a broad range of civil litigation areas, including personal injury, construction, corporate/commercial, municipalities, professional negligence, and professional regulation. Michael has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia since his call to the bar in 2011. Prior to joining Johns Southward, he practiced at a leading litigation firm in Vancouver specializing in the defence of claims against medical and educational institutions and insurance defence clients. Outside of work, Michael enjoys hiking, soccer, sailing, squash, and before COVID, he enjoyed travelling.

Practice Area

Civil Litigation

Education & Year of Call

A.B. (Molecular Biology) – Princeton University, 2006
JD – University of British Columbia, 2010
Called to the British Columbia Bar, 2011

Representative Work

Harun-ar-Rashid v. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), 2019 ABQB 54– defeated a claim against a school involving allegedly improper hiring practices – Application to Strike/Dismiss

Hickey v. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, 2017 BCSC 1176 – defeated a personal injury claim made against a church involving a trip and fall in a choir loft – Summary Trial application

Pausch v. Vancouver Coastal Health Authority2014 BCSC 2552 –(junior counsel) defeated a claim made against a hospital and staff involving the hearing protection and procedures used for patients undergoing MRI scans

Pausch v. Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (c.o.b. UBC Hospital),2014 BCSC 2036 – (junior counsel) successfully applied to have certain portions of the opposing expert’s report struck due lack of qualification regarding the subject matter

M. M. v. Sullivan, 2014 BCSC 1217 – successfully applied to have the plaintiff declared a vexatious litigant with respect to the parties and their counsel in the action

Madzar v. Sullivan, 2014 BCCA 139 – defeated appeal by plaintiff – the court of appeal upheld the lower court’s summary dismissal of the plaintiff’s claim

Werner v. Fraser Health Authority (c.o.b.Chilliwack General Hospital), 2014 BCSC 1034 – (junior counsel) defeated a claim made against a hospital and staff involving the procedure for IV insertion and preparation for a medical scan

Cole v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, 2014 BCCA 2 – supported a successful appeal of a lower court dismissal of a want of prosecution application – appeal court held that respondent’s bare status as self-represented litigant was not a basis for dismissing the application (BCNU was appellant)

Madzar v. Sullivan, 2013 BCCA 335 – succeeded in consolidating numerous appeals into two “master” appeals

Yungen v. Fraser Health Authority, 2012 BCSC 933 – (junior counsel) defended a hospital in a personal injury claim regarding the amount of damages to be awarded to the plaintiff