Guy J. Collette

Email: gjc@cphlaw.ca Phone: 604.662.7777

Guy grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, and started working in his father's painting business from an early age. At 18, he travelled extensively, including hitchhiking around most of Europe and into Asia. In 1974, he moved to Vancouver where he worked as a longshoreman and later as a bottle-maker at Dominion Glass. He subsequently attended BCIT and graduated as a registered psychiatric nurse in 1977. While working at Riverview, Valley View and then the Maples, he completed a degree in psychology at Simon Fraser University. He attended law school at the University of Victoria and was admitted to practise law in British Columbia in 1987. Guy married his wife, Ann, in 1978 and the couple have two adult children.

From the outset, Guy's law practice has focused exclusively on acting for injury victims. Guy frequently acts for clients whose cases present complicated medical and legal issues. He has achieved successful trial judgments and settlements on behalf of his clients in major personal injury and medical negligence cases. Guy has acted for accident victims who have suffered a range of injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

In his medical negligence practice, Guy has successfully acted for clients who have sustained serious injury at the hands of medical practitioners and hospitals, including clients who have undergone unnecessary medical procedures, misdiagnoses including HIV, heart attack and cancer, obstetric and gynecological injuries and spinal cord injuries.

Guy has successfully argued a number of landmark cases that further the rights of victims. Guy fought and won a case at the British Columbia Court of Appeal that helps define an insurance company's duty to the people it insures. In a precedent-setting case, Guy represented 22 women who were sexually assaulted by a doctor. The British Columbia Supreme Court held that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia could owe a duty of care to the patients of the doctors it regulates. It was the first case in the Common Law where a lawsuit was permitted to proceed against a regulatory body for the actions of the professionals it regulates. The case was confirmed by the British Columbia Court of Appeal and leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada was denied.

Guy is a longstanding member of the British Columbia Trial Lawyers Association, Canadian Bar Association, Vancouver Bar Association, Medical Legal Society and the American Association of Justice.

  • Client Testimonials

    I suffered a brain injury in a car accident. I hired Collette Parsons Harris* and they fought my case very hard. My case settled prior to trial. I recommend Collette Parsons Harris* to anyone injured in an accident.

    P.A., Vancouver

    Crossing at an intersection as pedestrians my grandparents were run down and seriously injured by an uninsured and unlicensed motorist. The claims department of ICBC falsely told my grandparents there was nothing that ICBC could do to help them because the driver was uninsured. As a fellow lawyer myself, practicing business law, I was able draw upon contacts to find and retain Collette Parsons Harris* to act for my grandparents. My grandparents' claims were handled professionally and settled favorably at mediation.

    S.J., Vancouver BC

    I suffered a brain injury in an accident. Collette Parsons Harris* acted for me and my case was settled without having to go to trial. I am very happy to have the case behind me and to move on. I sincerely appreciate the professional, unbiased, and selfless approach Collette Parsons Harris* took in bring my case to conclusion. I am glad that I called them and I would recommend them to any friend or family member who was ever in need of their skills and service.

    C.E., Toronto

    I developed chronic pain and fibromyalgia from a car accident. I hired Collette Parsons Harris* to act for me and they fought my case very hard for years. The defendants denied that I was injured leading up to the 15 day trial but Collette Parsons Harris* always had my back and went above and beyond the call of duty. They cared about me and my case and treated me with commitment and respect. We attended a mediation a few months before the trial but walked away when an insufficient offer was made. Weeks before the trial the defendants made an acceptable offer and my case settled. I don't know what I would have done without them. I have referred other people to Collette Parsons Harris* since my accident and I would highly recommend them to anyone, without question!

    K.L., Vancouver

    I live in Lake Tahoe California and I was involved in a head on collision with a jack-knifed semi trailer on a highway in central British Columbia. I suffered serious injuries that changed my life. I hired Collette Parsons to act for me and I was extremely happy with their work and the result in my case. Because Richard Parsons is licensed in British Columbia and California he was able to deal with the BC part of my case and my case against my own insurance company in California for refusing to pay my medical and disability benefits. I strongly recommend Collette Parsons Harris* to other Americans who are involved in accidents in Canada.

    S.M. Homewood, California

    I suffered a spinal cord injury and I was told it was my own fault and there was nothing I could do. I hired Collette Parsons Harris* and they reviewed my case and started a medical negligence case against the doctors who failed to diagnose me in time and against my accident benefits insurer. I recovered money in both cases and it made a big difference in my life.

    R.G., Vancouver

    I became disabled from physical and psychological injuries after I was in a car crash. I hired a law firm and they acted for me for a couple of years and then the law firm told me my case was too complicated for them and referred me to Collette Parsons Harris*. I hired Collette Parsons Harris* and they prepared my case for trial and my case settled at mediation. I would without question recommend Collette Parsons Harris*.

    D.T., Kamloops

    I became a quadriplegic after I fell from a ladder. I hired a law firm to act for me and after a year they told me they did not think I had a good case and they were unwilling to continue as my lawyers. Then I hired Collette Parsons to act for me. They examined the defendants in my case and sent me to see experts and got my case ready for trial. The insurance company made a settlement offer prior to trial and my case settled. The settlement will make a big difference in my life. I have complete trust in Collette Parsons and I recommend them to anyone who has been injured.

    B.B., Burnaby

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