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Matthew W. Van Nostrand


Matthew practices in the area of general insurance defence litigation, including the defence of municipalities, professionals, and businesses with regards to personal injury, property damage, product and occupiers’ liability actions. Matthew also has expertise in all manner of claims arising from construction disputes, as well as prosecuting subrogated claims. He also acts for the firm’s corporate clients with regards to corporate/commercial litigation.

Matthew is a contributing author of the Civil Procedure – Costs section of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia’s Annual Review of Law & Practice.

Matthew was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2010 after completing his articles at Guild Yule LLP. He was called to the Yukon Bar in 2013.

Recent decisions | Representative Work
  • Appeared before the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board in defence of a complaint against a First Responder
  • Gill v. Canada, 2013 BCSC 1703
  • British Columbia (Minister of Forests) v. Fortis Pacific Holdings Inc., 2013 BCSC 1401
  • Gosselin v. Shepherd, 2010 BCSC 755
Education | Professional Affiliations


  • Juris Doctor, May, 2009 – University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Commerce, with distinction, April, 2001 – University of Victoria

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the law society of BC, CBA
  • On the executive committee of the CBABC Insurance Section
Publications | Seminars


  • Contributing author of the Civil Procedure – Costs section of the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC’s Annual Review of Law & Practice
  • Saanich v. Aviva Insurance Company of Canada: Briefing Note on the BC Court of Appeal ruling regarding an insurer’s duty to defend.
  • Gosselin v. Shepherd: Briefing Note on the BC Supreme Court ruling with respect to the interpretation of the Health Care Costs Recovery Act as it relates to personal injury claims commenced prior to April 1, 2009.


  • Speaker at the 2015 Civil Litigation Basics, Continuing Legal Education course on the topic of closing documents: drawing up and entering orders, settlement agreement, and post-judgment execution
Community Involvement

Steering Committee Member for the MS Society of BC

Civil Chambers Duty Counsel Program, Access Pro Bono BC