Kevan Hanowski is an associate in our Litigation Group. Kevan maintains a general civil litigation practice in which he helps businesses and individuals navigate a wide array of commercial disputes. Kevan has a particular focus on class action defence, administrative and constitutional litigation and private dispute resolution. He has represented clients at all levels of court in British Columbia and before the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also represented clients in commercial arbitrations and mediations, administrative proceedings, and before a provincial commission of inquiry.
On the class action front, Kevan has acted for defendants facing various types of claims, including financial services, privacy and data breach, product liability and worker classification. Kevan has experience with pre-certification motions, contested certification proceedings and with preparing a class-action defence for trial, including retaining and instructing experts.
In the public law realm, Kevan has experience with administrative proceedings, including challenging decisions of statutory decision makers, bringing appeals to administrative boards, and conducting judicial reviews. He also has experience litigating constitutional challenges to legislation, primarily on federalism grounds, both before administrative tribunals and before the courts.
Kevan is an advocate of private dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, and finds that both processes can be effective ways for parties to resolve their disputes confidentially and with greater control over the procedural and evidentiary “rules of the road”.
In addition to his practice, Kevan regularly engages in pro bono litigation, most often for non-profit organizations and public interest advocacy groups.
Kevan received his J.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2016. During law school, Kevan was a member of the 2014-2015 UBC Gale Cup Moot Team, the Law Students Legal Advice Program, and the UBC Business Law Clinic. Prior to starting law school, Kevan received a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in political science at the University of Alberta.