Our Firm

Richter Trial Law is a boutique litigation firm with committed advocates and experienced trial lawyers. With our expertise, we advocate for clients in a diverse range of dispute areas with an emphasis on estate, family, personal injury and commercial litigation. We have a consistent track record of proven success in advocating for clients in wills variation claims, testamentary and breach of trust claims, contract disputes, complex family property issues and serious injuries.


John M. Richter and his associates have conducted numerous Supreme Court trials, appeals and chambers applications. We have represented our client’s interest before all levels of court in British Columbia as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. Our experience and focus on exceptional client service enables us to provide innovative and cost-effective strategies for our clients and effectively execute those strategies.

Our Approach

No case or client is the same. We take a personal approach and work closely with our clients to develop comprehensive strategies tailored to each client’s individual needs. John Richter created the firm for the purpose of providing exceptional legal advice and representation  outside the confines of the traditional “downtown” firm. Our team of litigators focus on trying difficult cases and advancing their client’s interest throughout the dispute process. Where possible we engage in alternative dispute resolution strategies such as mediation or arbitration while remaining litigation ready. We encourage you to visit our Kerrisdale office and meet the team.


the goodchoice for wills variation, trust litigation, and problem executors


the goodchoice for divorce and separation, property division, custody, child and spousal support

Personal Injury

the goodchoice for lawyers with experience in car accidents, slip and falls, brain injury, and chronic pain

Latest Blog Posts

You have been appointed the executor of the will. What are the duties of an executor?
February 27, 2023

General Information Once you’ve confirmed you have the most recent will, you must confirm you’re named executor. As an executor, you must always obey the law and the terms of the will. Additionally, there can be more than one executor or administrator of the will. Essentially, your job and responsibility are to carry out the […]

Prejudging Wills Variation Claims
February 21, 2023

Background Justice Douglas refused to prejudge a wills variation claim on an interim application. In Rivers v. DeVouge, 2022 BCSC 2267, John Richter successfully defended an application brought by the plaintiff wife. The deceased husband prepared a new will and created an alter ego trust shortly before he died. He transferred many of the assets […]

What our Clients Say

John Richter stands out because he is one of the most caring and committed lawyers in Vancouver. From the moment we met him, John was able to hear and identify the numerous complexities in our legal action, synthesize our pain and anguish into creative legal options for our consideration, and provide recommendations for responsive legal action. John offers a brilliant legal mind, steady and well researched responses, solid and consistent advice, and honourable and transparent facilitation. Clearly, I would not hesitate to recommend John.


John Richter’s firm has been taking care of our business for more than twenty years. We are all well supported through the legal process at all times; whether it is contractual matters, development of documents or litigation when necessary. We find John to be a fearless advocate and tireless worker on our behalf. His advice and support are exemplary, and his keen interest in our business and its success is a rare contribution we feel he is part of our team. John’s experience and understanding of the many and varied areas of the law make him a versatile resource, and his interest and understanding of construction law and he processes our company goes through to properly execute our business is invaluable. We know we are well supported with John Richter representing our interests.


It has been just over a year that my family law claim was successfully settled. My life had been shattered and I can honestly say that with John Richter’s legal expertise, his kind guidance, and his moral and emotional support, I was able to positively get through the most difficult time in my life. John’s knowledge and years of experience led to a solution in which I was able to retain my dignity and my financial stability. It was these two things that were most important to me and that John fought so hard to achieve. Thanks to John Richter and his team I have been able to continue living a secure and happy life.


Firstly I was very impressed how John and his team handled our business at a distance of some 5000 miles with an 8 hour time zone difference. Without his support I would never have achieved the settlement that we due to me following my mother’s death. The process was conducted professionally and promptly.  I was never left without an answer.John convinced me to push on when I was ready to give up and he succeeded in substantially improving the offer from the other party. A job well done.


Richter Trial Lawyers acted on my behalf in a complex estate litigation. John Richter’s exemplary case preparations, strategic and critical thinking and tenacity resulted in a very successful outcome. His approach was highly effective and he was considerate of taking my personal views into account. I would highly recommend his firm.


John Richter and Kaila Dotten assisted our family in a re-possession matter which became more complicated as time passed. We were represented very professionally, appreciated their down to earth manner throughout, and were fully satisfied with the result. We’re very pleased to recommend their team.


Richter Trial Lawyers is an established premier law firm in Kerrisdale, on Vancouver’s Westside. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking expert legal counsel in either Family law or Estate law. John Richter and his associate, Kaila Dotten, were meticulous in handling my Separation Agreement and subsequent divorce. Further, and concurrent with the divorce, I relied on John Richter’s opinion in a complicated Estate matter. Inside this friendly, contemporary legal office, I felt confident and at ease especially with their courteous, administrative staff. In trying circumstances, Richter Trial Lawyers is a good place to be.

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