Our Lawyers

500 - 221 West Esplanade
North Vancouver BC V7M 3J3
Tel: (604) 988-5201
Fax: (604) 988-1452

jrich [at] ratcliff.com
Alexandra Harriman
aharriman [at] ratcliff.com

B.Sc.- University of British Columbia
LL.B.- University of British Columbia

John R. Rich

Senior Counsel

John has been with Ratcliff & Company LLP for over 25 years. He represents First Nation Governments as general counsel and in litigation. He has conducted several major trials respecting aboriginal rights and historic claims and has appeared at all levels of Provincial and Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as numerous administrative tribunals.

John has conducted independant investigations into allegations of breach of fiduciary duty for First Nations. 

Professional and Other Memberships: 

Law Society of British Columbia, 1986
Canadian Bar Association

Notable Cases: 

Major Trials:

  • Mathias v. The Queen, 2001 FCT 480; Kitsilano Reserve Litigation; 200-day trial in Federal Court
  • Lax Kw'alaams Indian Band v. Canada, 2008 BCSC 447; Commercial Fishing Rights; 125-day trial in BC Supreme Court
  • Ahousaht, et al v. Canada, 2009 BCSC 1494; Commercial Fishing Rights; 120-day trial in BC Supreme Court
Community Involvement: 

John has been a long-term active supporter of many environmental and legal organizations, including:

  • Ecojustice: Honorary Director; President 1992-1997; Director 1990-1997, 1998-2004
  • Georgia Strait Alliance: Director 2000-2004
  • West Coast Environmental Law Association: Director 1986-1996; President 1998-1990
  • Islands Trust: Trustee 1976-1984; Chair 1978-1982