Johanna E. Berry

Biography

Johanna grew up in the Comox Valley and practices as both a solicitor and litigator with a focus on wills and estates, administrative law and First Nations legal issues, including on-reserve land issues, First Nation and Band Administration issues, and First Nations estates. She is mainly based out of our Nanaimo office, but can also be found working out of our Port Alberni Office one day per week.

Prior to pursuing career in law, Johanna completed an Honours degree in Biology and Ocean Science at the University of Victoria. After winning a student research grant from the National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada, she research in cooperation with Ocean Networks Canada and in particular the VENUS network of underwater observation platforms. Her honours thesis later became a publication in the peer-reviewed journal Continental Shelf Science.

Johanna attended law school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. While at law school, Johanna was member of the Kawaskimhon National Aboriginal Moot team and served on the executive committee for Law Show, the University of Alberta Faculty of Law’s annual charity show. Upon graduating, she was delighted to return to Vancouver Island to article with Ramsay Lampman Rhodes in 2017 and was called to the bar in 2018.

As a recent call to the bar, Johanna is still working on building her legal practice and exploring the ways she can serve the Vancouver Island community. At present, her practice includes helping clients with wills and estate planning and capacity planning through instruments such as Powers of Attorney and Representation Agreements, as well as Committeeship applications where a family member or loved one has lost capacity without making the proper arrangements. Johanna also provides clients with assistance in the area of estate litigation, including Wills Variation Act claims, and litigation where elder abuse or abuse of powers of attorney may have occurred.

Johanna can also assist with real estate transactions, employment and business matters such as preparation and review of contracts, terms and conditions and waivers. She also has experience in the creation and implementation of policy documents such as human resources manuals, codes of conduct and bylaws.

For Indigenous clients, Johanna can help with and has experience assisting First Nations and Indigenous persons with a variety of issues, including the estate administration issues facing on-reserve Indigenous people, employment conflicts, legal recognition of custom adoptions, development of reconciliation processes and conflicts between individuals and First Nations governments and/or the Department of Indigenous Services.

When not practicing law, Johanna enjoys horseback riding and spending time with family in the beautiful environment of Vancouver Island.

  • Nanaimo County Bar (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Alberta, 2017
  • B.Sc. (Honours), Biology and Ocean Science, University of Victoria, 2013
  • 2018, British Columbia
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