Vanessa Werden

Vanessa joined SHK as an associate in 2012 after articling with the firm. A civil litigation lawyer, Vanessa’s practice focuses on construction law and insurance defence.

In her insurance practice, Vanessa represents both insurers and insureds, typically in commercial and construction disputes.  Her practice includes defence of professional negligence claims and regulatory complaints on behalf of construction design professionals, including engineers (civil, structural and geotechnical) and architects.  She also regularly acts as defence counsel for professionals such as insurance brokers, mortgage brokers, accountants and home inspectors.

In her construction law practice, Vanessa advises clients, including developers, contractors, construction managers and trade contractors, on builders liens, contract disputes, cost overruns and delay claims.  Vanessa’s experience includes a complex stadium construction litigation matter, the commercial arbitration of insurance coverage disputes, and the arbitration of delay, extra work and deficiency claims following the construction of hydropower facilities on Vancouver Island and in northern British Columbia.

Professional Activities & Memberships

Outside the office, Vanessa sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Construction Women and is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) Young Lawyers Lower Mainland Subsection. Vanessa volunteers her time as a mentor to law students through the Canadian Bar Association Student Mentorship Program. She also regularly volunteers as a supervising lawyer for the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, a non-profit society that provides pro bono legal advice and representation to clients who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance.

Current professional associations and memberships:

  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Co-Chair, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) Young Lawyers (Lower Mainland) Subsection
  • Director, Canadian Construction Women
  • Editorial Board Member, BarTalk Magazine, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
  • Executive Committee Member, Business of Law Committee, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)


Contact Information

Areas of Practice

Education and Year of Call

  • Called to the Bar of Alberta 2015
  • Called to the Bar of British Columbia 2012
  • J.D., University of British Columbia 2011
  • B.A., Humber College 2008