Farris LLP: Vancouver's Law Firm

Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C.*


Telephone: 604 661 9338

Facsimile: 604 661 9349

Email: jarvay@farris.com


Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C. holds law degrees from the University of Western Ontario Law School and Harvard Law School and is called to the Bars of both British Columbia and the Yukon. He has a very busy litigation practice with an emphasis on public law and in particular constitutional, aboriginal and administrative law matters. Mr. Arvay has been counsel on a number of landmark cases in the Supreme Court of Canada - a court he has appeared in dozens of times.

He has also acted on cases that involve a wide variety of other areas of law including medical malpractice cases, class actions, commercial litigation, intellectual property and defamation cases.  Mr. Arvay has acted for a diverse list of clients that includes public interest organizations, private citizens governments, First Nations and many public corporations.

Mr. Arvay has also been listed as “Most Frequently Recommended” in the area of Public Law Litigation in both Vancouver and Victoria in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. As well he was “Consistently Recommended” in the areas of Aboriginal Law, Class Action Litigation and Corporate/Commercial Litigation. Mr. Arvay has been named as one of the top 100 Best lawyers in Canada in a publication of the same name for the last several years and in 2013 and 2015was named Vancouver Lawyer of the Year in Public Law and Administrative Law.

Mr Arvay has been the recipient of many awards and honours including most recently the Advocate Society’s Justice Award 2015. In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 he was named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada.

Mr. Arvay is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In 2012, Mr. Arvay was the University of Toronto’s Asper Centre’s inaugural Constitutional Litigator in Residence and the York University’s Osgoode Hall McMurtry visiting clinical fellow.

Mr. Arvay was elected Bencher for Vancouver for the two year term commencing in January 2014.

*Denotes a Professional Law Corporation.

  • Appointed Queen's Counsel (1987)
  • Lexpert Leading Lawyers in Canada (2016)
  • Chambers Canada Ranked Lawyer
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" (Administrative and Public Law, 2016)
  • Called to Yukon Bar (2011)
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar (1982)
  • Called to the Ontario Bar (1977)