Scott Wright

Vancouver Criminal Lawyer

Scott Wright is a founding partner at Pender Litigation. Prior to his call to the Bar he earned a bachelor of arts degree at Simon Fraser University with a major in Communications. He then completed law school at the University of Manitoba.

Mr. Wright was the recipient of the prestigious University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law, Archie Dewar Advocacy Award in 2005. He also represented the University at the Gale Cup National Criminal Law moot court competition. While in law school he volunteered in the Legal Aid Clinic where he represented a number of clients in the Provincial Court of Manitoba.

In 2006, he returned to British Columbia to article for James Sutherland at the firm Gordon & Sutherland. After completing articles he remained as an associate with the firm until it became Sutherland Jetté in 2010.

Since his call to the British Columbia Bar, he has developed an extensive trial and appellate practice focusing on criminal law and related administrative matters such as security clearance applications and revocations, professional discipline, extradition, civil forfeiture proceedings and driving prohibitions. He has acted as counsel for clients at all levels of court in British Columbia and Alberta as well as the Federal Court of Canada.

In addition to working on his own cases, Mr. Wright has written papers for the CBA National Criminal Justice Conference and The Verdict, the quarterly publication of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia. Mr. Wright has also worked as an Ad Hoc prosecutor and supervised trials as part of the Law Students Legal Advice Program at UBC.

Areas of Practice
  • 75% Criminal Law
  • 25% Administrative Law, including Professional Discipline, Security Clearance Applications and Revocations, Extradition, Civil Forfeiture Proceedings and Driving prohibitions
Litigation Percentage
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions
  • British Columbia, 2007
  • University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    • LL.B., 2006
  • Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
    • B.A.
    • Honours: With Honors
    • Major: Communications
Published Works
  • “Lost Evidence” prepared for the 2014 CBA National Criminal Justice Conference
  • “Murder v Manslaughter – a question of intent” prepared for the 2013 CBA National Criminal Justice Conference
  • “Post-Trial Criminal Justice: Sentencing Considerations” published in The Verdict Issue 150 – Fall 2016
Representative Cases
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member, 2007 – 2016
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Member, 2007 – Present
Past Employment Positions
  • Gordon & Sutherland, Associate, 2007 – 2010

Scott Wright

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