Jarrett Plonka – Senior Associate Lawyer at Dominion GovLaw LLP

Jarrett is an adaptable litigator with extensive experience in a broad variety of civil and public law matters. Jarrett’s practice comprises two distinct practices areas.

First, Jarrett practices in all areas of local government law, including bylaw and statutory enforcement, judicial reviews, tree-cutting prosecutions, land use enforcement, dangerous dog applications, employment law, and complex litigation. Jarrett also has a particular interest in advising and assisting local governments to update their bylaws and policies to mitigate risk and to optimize local governments’ abilities to seek compliance out of court.

Second, Jarrett continues to serve private clients in all areas of commercial and civil litigation, including creditor/debtor matters, collection and judgment enforcement, construction disputes, business and shareholder disputes, foreclosure and insolvency matters, contamination claims under the Environmental Management Act, land disputes, and contract matters. Jarrett also maintains a substantial practice in insurance defense.

In addition to his litigation work, Jarrett is frequent contributor to various courses and presentations offered through GovLaw, at post-secondary institutions, and through the local bar association. He is a past sessional instructor in Civil Procedure at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, and is a popular and entertaining speaker for various presentations concerning local government law.

Jarrett is fluent in French and studied law in France for a year.

  • Miller v. Qualicum Beach (Town), 2020 BCSC 1412
  • Thompson Nicola Regional District v. Cade, 2019 BCSC 1644
  • Nanaimo (City) v. Mercier (Unreported)
  • Nanaimo (City) v. Courtoreille, 2018 BCSC 1629
  • 888 Fort Street Holdings Ltd., 2017 BCSC 579 and 2019 BCCA 154
  • C. Jensen v. Sand Dollar Enterprises, 2017 BCSC 185
  • Langford (City) v. Dos Reis, 2016 BCCA 460
  • University of British Columbia (J.D., 2010)
  • University of Victoria (B.A. (Hons), 2007)
  • Case Law Update – LIBOA – June 2019
  • Collection Law Basics For Local Governments – May 2019
  • Legal Solutions to Homeless Encampments – June 2018
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement – June 2018
  • Case Law Update – April 2018

Representative Courses

  • Sessional Instructor: Law 307B Civil Procedure – University of Victoria, Faculty of Law – (Spring 2017 ad Spring 2018)
  • Guest Lecturer: Bylaw Basics (Justice Institute of British Columbia)
  • Guest Lecturer: Animal Control Law (Langara College)
  • Prosecute This!—March 2017, April 2018, March 2019, April 2019, June 2019
  • Bite Back—March 2017, June 2019
  • Be Quiet! – June 2019

Representative Webinars

  • Case Law Update – April 2020
  • Collecting From Those Who Profit from Bylaw Breaches – November 2019
  • Tree Cutting and Environmental Prosecutions –March 2019
  • Bylaw Enforcement Strikes Back (Cannabis Regulation: Part 2) – February 2019
  • Fineapple Express (Cannabis Regulation: Part 1) – January 2019
  • Sessional Instructor: Law 307B Civil Procedure – University of Victoria, Faculty of Law – (Spring 2017 ad Spring 2018)
  • Guest Lecturer: Bylaw Basics (Justice Institute of British Columbia)
  • Guest Lecturer: Animal Control Law (Langara College)
  • Prosecute This!—March 2017, April 2018, March 2019, April 2019, June 2019
  • Bite Back—March 2017, June 2019
  • Be Quiet! – June 2019
  • Case Law Update – April 2020
  • Collecting From Those Who Profit from Bylaw Breaches – November 2019
  • Tree Cutting and Environmental Prosecutions –March 2019
  • Bylaw Enforcement Strikes Back (Cannabis Regulation: Part 2) – February 2019
  • Fineapple Express (Cannabis Regulation: Part 1) – January 2019

Contact Jarrett

Email: jarrett.plonka@govlaw.ca

Phone: (250) 590-1840

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