Nanaimo lawyer wins provincial honour

NANAIMO – Jim Vanstone was among 32 B.C. lawyers given the honorary title of Queen's counsel last week.

Nanaimo lawyer Jim Vanstone has been awarded the honorary title of Queen’s counsel.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton announced the appointment of 32 lawyers to the title of Queen’s counsel last week, including Vanstone, a civil litigation lawyer at the Ramsay Lampman Rhodes Nanaimo office.

Appointees for the annual designation are nominated by the public for their merit and contributions, and considered by an advisory committee made up of people like the chief justice of the Supreme Court of B.C. and the chief justice of British Columbia.

“The Q.C. designation is given to lawyers who have shown exceptional leadership in the legal profession while giving back to their community and colleagues,” said Anton, in a recent press release.

“I want to congratulate this year’s Q.C. recipients and thank them for their significant contributions to our justice system and their work on behalf of British Columbia and its citizens.”

Vanstone, who has been a practicing lawyer for more than three decades, said he is pleasantly surprised and honored to be given the title – the equivalent to an achievement award.

“I have had a long and rewarding career during which I have had the privilege of being able to assist many deserving clients when they were going through difficult personal experiences and I feel  honored to be recognized by an appointment such as this,” Vanstone said.

The Nanaimo lawyer focuses on personal injury law. He also serves on the Port Theatre Society board and is a 20-year member of the Malaspina Choir.