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Vancouver, BC V6Z 2E6

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Litigation Star


British Columbia

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Lisa Ridgedale has practiced law exclusively as a litigator since 1996. She was a prosecutor in Vancouver for the Ministry of the Attorney General and a criminal defence lawyer in Seattle, Washington before becoming senior enforcement counsel at the British Columbia Securities Commission. Now, in private practice, she advises individuals and organizations in areas ranging from securities litigation to complex commercial matters. She defends clients facing enforcement action by securities regulators and advises market participants on all aspects of enforcement and compliance with regulations relating to the Securities Act, self-regulatory bodies and exchanges. 

She also represents clients in civil proceedings, such as claims for fraud or misrepresentation in connection with the purchase or sale of securities, defamation, shareholder and partnership disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, and claims of negligence and professional misconduct. She also represents parties in matrimonial cases involving complex asset division, often relating to jointly owned businesses. 

She practiced at one of Canada’s national firms before founding Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP with Tom Hakemi. Their firm has been nationally recognized as one of Legal 500’s Leading Firms in Dispute Resolution in British Columbia and the Western Canada Law Firm of the Year Excellence Award 2020 presented by Lexpert, supported by Canadian Lawyer and InHouse Magazines. Lisa has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada, by Benchmark Litigation as a litigation star and by the Canadian Law Awards as a Female Trailblazer. 

She is a returning instructor at the UBC Allard School of Law trial advocacy course. She is a past president of the Vancouver Bar Association and was an elected representative of the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch for two consecutive terms. She is a current member of the Women Presidents’ Organization and sits on several advisory boards. 


Updated March 2022