Derek Creighton


Derek is one of the most experienced trial lawyers in British Columbia and has obtained the largest death award in Canadian history. In a recent Trial lawyers Conference Derek was described by the presenter as a “hero’ for the difficult cases he has taken on and the substantial successes he has achieved. He has represented many physicians and lawyers in wrongful death actions and cases involving catastrophic injuries including brain and spinal cord injuries, massive orthopedic injuries and chronic pain.
Education & Accreditations
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia (1979)
  • University of British Columbia (1972-1975)
  • L.L.B., University of British Columbia Law School (1975-1978)
Professional Associations

Derek has been involved in a number of aspects of legal education, including designing instructional programs for the Municipal Officer’s Association, and a variety of Lower Mainland and City inspection and enforcement staff.

Derek has instructed for the Continuing Legal Education Society, Lawyers Professional Training Program, Law School Moot Court Program, BC Justice Institute, Capilano College Municipal Training Program, and the Canadian Institute.

Practice Focus

Derek achieves remarkable results for each client because he makes a personal commitment to understanding every aspect their life, their losses, their dreams and the profound disabilities they carry as a result of their injuries.

Derek not only meticulously crafts the medical and scientific aspects of each case but he brings together the family and community to effectively tell his clients’ stories of achievement and loss.

His areas of practice include:

  • Major Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Municipal, Government and Police Litigation and Consultation
  • Commercial and Construction Litigation
  • Employment and Human Rights Litigation
Trial Experience

While Derek specializes in Major Personal injury, he has a broad range of trial experience in Business litigation, Employment litigation and Municipal law. This experience provides Derek with a unique advantage in allowing Derek to fully understand the complex accounting and assessment needed to fully calculate and present a client’s business losses and employment issues including Pension and benefits.

He is able to assist his client in pursuing disability accommodations even where they are unable to return to their pre-accident position. His broad Municipal experience allows him to understand the complex public law relating to trip and falls, traffic engineering, police chases and highway design issues all central to effectively advancing a major claim.