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Jesse Dunning is a dedicated litigator, whose areas of practice include employment/human rights law, estate litigation, and general litigation.  As part of his employment law practice, Jesse assists both businesses and employees with terminations, employment contracts, discrimination complaints and all manner of other employment issues.

In his estate practice, Jesse helps estates, beneficiaries and disinherited individuals with litigation issues arising from disputed estates, whether these are claims to vary a will, dispute the capacity of an executor, or recover funds wrongfully removed from an Estate.

Jesse’s general litigation practice includes a variety of matters, including contract issues, business disputes, and personal injury claims, but he is happy to deal with any area of law which lets him get into court and solve problems for his clients.

Jesse was born in Cambridge, England, but it is Abbotsford, British Columbia where he grew up and calls home. He graduated as Valedictorian of Trinity Western University with a Political Studies degree in 2009. After graduation, he worked as a correspondence writer in the Office of the Prime Minister in Ottawa, Ontario, before returning to Law School at the University of British Columbia in 2010. Jesse graduated from UBC with a Juris Doctor in 2013, and has been a proud member of the BC Bar since 2014. Following his graduation, Jesse cut his teeth at a mid-sized full-service law firm in the Fraser Valley. Jesse joined Kane Shannon Weiler LLP as a litigation associate in 2017.

Considering he thought he wanted to be a solicitor for the longest time, it came as much of a surprise to Jesse as to anyone else when he discovered that he has a passion for litigation. When he is not busy fighting the good fight for his clients, Jesse enjoys spending time with his wife and children (preferably outdoors), weightlifting, and writing stories, surprisingly few of which have anything to do with being a lawyer. He is also active in his community and church.

  • Trinity Western University: Political Studies Degree - 2009
  • Law School: University Of British Columbia - 2013

Bar Admission:

  • British Columbia, 2014

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Ken Mill

Jesse Dunning of KSW was very helpful and professional. The expertise and advise given were on point. I did not have any negative experience what so ever and my case was negotiated to fair settlement. I highly recomend Jesse and KSW for your legal needs.

12.15.2021

Hester VanBraeden

As a small business owner I know that there is a lot that I don't know around the legalities of running a business. So I was pleased that Jesse Dunning had advised me that I needed a particular kind of contract drawn up. During the interview process where I was asked questions to create the contract, I could see the wisdom of what we were doing. He addressed all my questions and presented the contract in a timely manner. The contract that he wrote up for me has been through a couple of subsequent professionals who have commented on it's solidity, and also on the wisdom and foresight that I had in drawing this contract up in the first place. I've been so pleased to say that it really wasn't me, it was my legal quarterback team.

10.10.2021
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3.3.2020
Human Rights
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Our client was injured in a helicopter crash at work. The employer then terminated her employment while she was on medical leave and WorkSafeBC benefits. Our client filed a complaint under the Human Rights Code and the employer applied to dismiss the complaint under s. 27(1)(c) of the Code. We resited the application to dismiss and it was denied as the employer was unsuccessful in showing that the complaint had no reasonable prospect of success. Importantly, the tribunal found that “determinations made by WorkSafeBC abour whether an employee can return to a pre-injury job are not based on a human rights analysis of whether an employer has fulfilled its duty to accommodate.”
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1.21.2020
Commercial, Insurance & Criminal
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Chris was co-counsel for the defendant in a case where the plaintiff claimed that the defendant intentionally ran him over with her vehicle. After a six day trial, the Court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims for aggravated and punitive damages and found the plaintiff was in fact 50% responsible for the incident.
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11.19.2019
WorkSafeBC Compensation
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Judicial review – Workers Compensation Board accepted our client’s claim for a back injury sustained on a first day on the job with her new employer. In setting her long-term wage rate, WCB found her to be a ‘temporary’ worker. We argued for our client that her employment was permanent. WCAT dismissed our claim and affirmed the initial WCB decision. We petitioned the BC Supreme Court, and the Court found the WCAT decision was patently unreasonable as it failed to make findings about the words of our client’s oral employment contract. This judicial review presented an interesting intersection of employment law, workers compensation law, and administrative law. Read Chris’ blog post about this case here.
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9.20.2019
Employment Insurance & CPP
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Chris’ client was denied Employment Insurance benefits after the Commission determined that she had left her job voluntarily. We appealed to the Social Security Tribunal and successfully argued that our client was in fact terminated from employment and therefore she was entitled to EI benefits. She received a retroactive payment and ongoing support during her search for new employment.
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