Joel Zanatta, Partner, has practiced personal injury law for 15 years. He began his legal career at a large insurance firm in downtown Vancouver. For five years, Joel represented large insurance companies, lawyers, doctors and a variety of other professionals. As such, he developed a keen understanding of ICBC and how other insurance companies defend personal injury claims.
Joel is a highly focused and determined advocate for people who need strategic yet straightforward legal advice following all types of accidents resulting in simple to complex injuries. He leverages his knowledge of the insurance-company side to his clients’ tactical advantage. He anticipates the defendant’s approach and plans accordingly. Notably, Joel was involved in a precedent-setting BC Court of Appeal decision that resulted in requiring ICBC to extend benefits to a catastrophically injured motorcyclist operating a vehicle with a learner’s driver’s licence. He brings the same vigor to all his clients’ legal challenges, including taking time to update his clients on a regular basis so that they feel involved and fully informed throughout the entire litigation process.
Admitted to the Bar of British Columbia, 2001 LL.B., University of Victoria, 2000 B.A., The University of British Columbia, 1995 Member, Canadian Bar Association Member, Law Society of British Columbia Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia Chair, 2015 “Essential Issues in Personal Injury Conference," 2015 Lecturer, “Assessment and Management of Sports Injuries in Cycling,” University of British Columbia Medicine: Continuing Professional Development CME for physicians, September 6, 2019