Robin Dean

Associate

  • rdean@jfklaw.ca
  • P 604-687-0549 Ext 123
  • C 604-351-3081
  • 340 - 1122 Mainland Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5L1

Robin is an associate in JFK’s Vancouver office, where she practices aboriginal, environmental, and constitutional law with a focus on litigation and dispute resolution.

Robin is honoured to assist First Nation clients in achieving their goals and is motivated by a deep commitment to social justice and strong drive to move the law forward. She works with clients to find timely, practical solutions to complex issues.

Robin helps clients push for greater recognition of their rights, including self-government and stewardship of the natural resources in their territories. Robin also assists clients on governance matters, including elections issues, drafting laws and land codes, and implementing policies. She is dedicated to spending the time necessary to get to know her clients and the unique issues facing them so that she can deliver the best legal services possible.

Robin has represented clients before the Federal Court of Appeal, at all levels of court in British Columbia, and before federal and provincial regulatory tribunals.

Robin is passionate about creating greater access to justice and commits a substantial part of her practice to pro bono work. This work has included acting as co-counsel for B.G. in J.P. v. British Columbia (Children and Family Development) and assisting a residential school survivor in the judicial review of a decision of the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation. She regularly volunteers with Access Pro Bono.

Immediately following law school, Robin clerked to the Washington State Court of Appeal. Robin also practiced commercial litigation and municipal law in Vancouver prior to joining JFK in 2018.

Robin holds a B.A. from Vermont’s Middlebury College, where she studied art history and German, and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle.

Robin grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Although she misses the biscuits and cornbread of her childhood, she has been very proud to call Canada home since 2013.  Robin enjoys spending time outside, looking at art, and baking pies.

Highlights

  • Co-counsel to a First Nation in a Federal Court of Appeal judicial review challenging the 2017 NGTL System Expansion Project based on inadequate consultation.

  • Co-counsel at the British Columbia Court of Appeal in J.P. v. British Columbia (Children and Family Development), which focused on the vital “gatekeeper” role that a trial judge plays when admitting expert evidence.

  • Plaintiff’s counsel in Scoretz v. Kensam Enterprises Inc. which clarified important elements of a bare trustee’s legal duties.