Susan was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1989. For most of her legal career, Susan’s practice has been focused on personal injury litigation for plaintiffs, defendants and their insurers. Susan has acted as counsel in matters covering the broad spectrum of personal injury claims, from low velocity impacts to catastrophic injuries and fatalities.
Susan has considerable experience in providing the care, commitment and compassion to guide injury victims through the litigation process. She has had a particular emphasis in claims involving PTSD, the loss of a loved one, orthopedic injuries, and head injuries. In addition she has an interest in WorkSafeBC issues.
Susan first joined Harris Brun in 2003. After a sojourn to Kelowna where she opened her own firm and travelled extensively, she returned to Harris Brun to practice from their new branch location in Victoria. Prior to joining Harris Brun she acted as in-house counsel with ICBC’s litigation department. During her 10 years with ICBC, Susan co-founded ICBC’s first regional office in Victoria and helped to develop strategies and protocols for a variety of issue specific programs.
Susan has appeared in the Provincial, Supreme and Appeal Courts of British Columbia and has conducted numerous judge alone and jury trials. In addition to her trial experience, Susan has considerable experience in Chambers applications, including production of computer data and other medical and/or wage related documents, the scope of medical examinations and the inspection and preservation of property.
Before becoming a lawyer, Susan was an agrologist, a commercial airline transport pilot, and a chief flying instructor. In her spare time she is a municipal volunteer, avid gardener and an active member of her Vancouver Island community.
Reported (and Unreported) Cases
- Semkiw v Wilkosz, 2009 BCSC 533
A case involving the failure of a party to properly list documents and maintain its claims of privilege over same.
- Hutchings v Dow et al, 2006 BCSC 629
A case which addressed the application of indivisible injuries to subsequent tortuous events, an area of tort law which is evolving.
- Gemmell v Reddicopp et al, 2005 BCCA 628
An appeal of a mistrial which was ordered following an application by the defendants after jury closing submissions by opposing counsel, and involving the appropriate scope of counsel submissions. Ms. Rowed was counsel in both the Supreme and Appeal Court decisions.
- ICBC v Ng, March 9, 1999 Victoria Registry
A case involving multiple car accidents and a number of claimants wherein ICBC was successful in having all of the matters heard at the same time in light of its allegations of civil conspiracy. The matters thereafter reached an out of court settlement.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Canadian Bar Association
- Trial Lawyers Association of BC
- Canadian Defence Lawyers
- Medical Legal Society of British Columbia.
- Susan has also been a past contributor to Continuing Legal Education and past Secretary of the Victoria Civil Litigation Subsection.
- Bachelor of Laws, Dalhousie University, 1989
- B.Sc. (Agr.) degree in Animal Science,