Nikta Shirazian

Nikta Shirazian

Nikta Shirazian

PRACTICE AREAS

  •    Administrative Law
  •     Appellate Advocacy
  •   Construction Defects
  •     Personal Injury
  •    Product Liability
  •    Professional Liability
  •    Property Loss/Subrogated Claims

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Dean’s List, Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law, 2016
  • Course Prize, Law of Unjust Enrichment, Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law, 2015

 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association – British Columbia Branch
  • Law Student Mentor, Thompson Rivers University

PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

  • Contributor, CanLII Guide to British Columbia Civil Litigation – British Columbia Court of Appeal Procedure, Forthcoming 2021
  • Insurance Law and COVID 19 – Continuing Legal Education BC, May 2020
  • Homeowners Coverage Gaps and Overlaps – Insurance Brokers Association of BC, April 2020
  • Cyber security, data breaches and compliance with regulatory framework in Canada  CLEBC – Insurance Conference, November 2019
  • Settlements with Self-Represented Litigants – Important Considerations for Insurance Adjusters  – Risk Management Conference of Canada, November 2018
  •  Fire Investigations – The Application of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act –  International Association of Arson Investigators, December 2018
  • What constitutes “Property Damage” Under a CGL Policy of Insurance – Lindsay LLP Client Seminar
  • Introduction to Statutory Privacy Torts – Canadian Bar Association –  Legal Research, April 2018
  • Introduction to Strata Property Claims in British Columbia – Lindsay LLP Insurance Law Seminar, October 2017
  • Nikta Shirazian and Vanessa Gauthier, “The Protection of Litigation Privilege” (2017) Risk Management Conference of Canada
  • Chris DL Hunt and Nikta Shirazian,”Canada’s Statutory Privacy Torts in Commonwealth Perspective” (2016) Oxford U Comparative L Forum 3.

RECENT JUDGEMENTS

  • Kim v. Choi, 2020 BCCA 98 (With John J. Kim) Successful in the dismissal of an appeal concerning the application of the doctrine of ex-turpi causa non oritur actio (defence of illegality) to unjust enrichment claims.
  • Perrick v RJS Electrical Contract Ltd.2020 BSCS 211 – Successful on dismissal of a construction defects/faulty workmanship claim seeking approximately $722,000 in damages against our client.
  • The Owners, Strata Plan BCS 1589 v. Nacht  2019 BCSC 1785 – Successful on dismissal of the statutory appeal of a decision of the Civil Resolution Tribunal concerning whether a Strata Corporation could charge back its insurance deductible to an owner.

EDUCATION

  • Thompson Rivers University, J.D., 2016
  • University of British Columbia, B.A., 2013

BAR ADMISSION

  • British Columbia, 2017

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Farsi

Associate

Nikta Shirazian is a civil litigator and practices primarily in the area of insurance law. She has gained experience in insurance defence claims relating to construction defects, property liability, professional liability and bodily injury. Nikta also maintains a subrogation practice, particularly relating to construction defects and product liability. Nikta has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia.

Nikta also has a keen interest in the law of privacy, particularly in relation to privacy torts and legislation pertaining to safe handling and non-disclosure of information. She has presented numerous times on these topics and co-authored an article with Dr. Chris Hunt titled  “Canada’s Statutory Privacy Torts in Commonwealth Perspective” which was published in the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum. Nikta recently completed the CLM level 1 Cyber Claims course on cyber security, data breaches and compliance with regulatory frameworks in Canada, United States and Europe.

Nikta maintains a very client-focused practice and often presents at client seminars on various insurance related subjects as well as new developments in the law. She is also a contributor to CanLII’s “Guide to British Columbia Civil Litigation”, where she annotated, synthesized and provided summaries of cases concerning judicial interpretation of the British Columbia Court of Appeal Rules.

Nikta joined Lindsay LLP as an articled student after completing her law degree at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. Nikta stayed on with the firm as an associate following the completion of her articles. She was called to the Bar in 2017. While studying law full time, Nikta served as a research assistant to five professors and a senior editor for the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law. She also earned a place on the Dean’s List for academic achievement.

Outside of work, Nikta loves to travel and explore new cities. Her favourite travel destinations include Napa Valley, USA; Osaka, Japan; and London, England.