Matthew R. Voell

Matthew Voell


Direct: 604-630-3174
Fax: 604-609-6688


Assistant: Jennifer Sharein

Matthew acts for clients on a wide variety of public law matters, including disputes involving municipal (local government), administrative, constitutional, aboriginal, labour, real estate and human rights issues. He also practices insurance litigation, and has a general civil and commercial litigation practice, assisting individuals and corporations find resolution in issues involving breaches of commercial agreements, competition matters, real estate development, and strata law and condominium matters.

Matthew was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2012 and has appeared before the Provincial and Supreme Courts of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada, and a number of administrative tribunals.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Litigation
  • Administrative Litigation
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Local Government Law


  • University of British Columbia, J.D. – 2009
  • University of Wisconsin – 2001

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Canadian Bar Association, Administrative Law Section Executive
  • Vancouver Bar Association

Publications and Presentations

Matthew speaks at seminars on local government, human rights, and administrative law topics for various organizations, including the Canadian Bar Association and Continuing Legal Education of British Columbia. Matthew is also an active volunteer with the Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia.

Matthew’s recent publications and presentations include:

• “Biosafety and Intellectual Property Regimes as Elements of the IP-Regulatory Complex”, with E. Marden, et al., in The Intellectual Property-Regulatory Complex: Overcoming Barriers to Innovation in Agricultural Genomics (UBC Press, 2015)

• “Tribunal Independence and the Role of Elected Officials: A Critical Examination of the Pat Pimm Conflict of Interest Opinion” 2014 Administrative Law Conference (Continuing Legal Education Society, October 2014), with M.G. Underhill

• “Researching the Decisions of Tribunals & Quasi-Judicial Bodies” Legal Research 2014 (Continuing Legal Education society, October 2014), with M.G. Underhill

• “You Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Remediated): The New Limitation Act and Contaminated Site Remediation” 2014 Civil Litigation Conference (Continuing Legal Education Society, March 2014), with M.G. Underhill

• “PHS Community Services Society v. Canada (Attorney General): Positive Health Rights, Health Care Policy, and Section 7 of the Charter” 31 Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues 41 (2012)

• “The Baby and the Bathwater: Alberta Teaches and True Questions of Vires” 17th Annual Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Students’ Conference (May, 2012)

• “Section 7 of the Charter and Human Rights Issues” 2011 Human Rights Law Conference (Continuing Legal Education Society, November 2011)

• “Expansion of the Canadian Exemption for Biotechnology Research Tools” 30 Biotechnology Law Report 59, with R. Goulding, E. Marden & E. Levy (2011)

• “Positive Rights and Health Care Policy: Insite, Section 7 and Health Rights Litigation” 16h Annual Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Students’ Conference (May, 2011)

• “Introduction to Bioethics, Law and Morality” Providence Health Care 3rd Annual Health Ethics Seminar: Navigating Ethical Issues in Health Care (April, 2011) with Dr. A. Ho

• “Dignity in Law and Health Care: A Canadian Perspective” University of Baylor Symposium: Human Dignity and the Future of Health Care, Waco, TX (October, 2010)

• “Conceptual Elements of Open Source Architectures in Biotechnology” Reflexive Governance in the Public Interest – Democratic Governance and Collective Action, Palais des Académies, Brussels, Belgium (May 27, 2010)

• “Dignity in Health Care Law and Ethics: A Canadian Perspective” The 6th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation, Portland, Oregon (May, 2010)