Janet De Vita* Partner


Janet became a Partner at Watson Goepel LLP in 2014, after joining the firm in 2003 as an articling student and becoming an associate in 2004. She practices in Personal Injury, Insurance and Estate Litigation areas, helping people find clarity and support when dealing with painful and complex circumstances.

As the Personal Injury Group leader, she handles and oversees a wide variety of accident claims such as slip and falls, bouncers’ negligence, recreational accidents, and numerous other claims resulting from neglectful or wrongful acts.

As part of the Estate Litigation legal team, Janet represents people who are affected by unfair inheritances and where assets are in dispute.

As part of the Insurance Group, Janet represents people affected by brokers who are negligent in providing insurance coverages to their clients.

Janet represents her clients every step of the way, until the matter resolves completely. She has appeared before the Provincial Court of British Columbia, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Supreme Court Chambers, and the British Columbia Court of Appeal, on a variety of matters. She has also helped clients successfully resolve their cases through negotiation and mediation.

Janet has acted as a mentor to female lawyers within the firm and through the Canadian Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Forum. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and Trial Lawyers Association of BC.

On a personal note, she was born, raised, and remains living with her family in the Deer Lake area of Burnaby. When not at work, she is often seen taking her teenagers to hockey and gymnastics, going to cheap Tuesday night movies with her husband, and walking her frenchie, Carlii.


  • LLB, University of Victoria, 2003
  • BA, Simon Fraser University, 2000


  • Alberta, 2024
  • British Columbia, 2004


"I'm an Alberta resident who was in two different MV accidents that happened in BC two years apart from each other. I retained the services of Watson Goepel after the second accident in 2016 and my cases were just settled out of court this past September in 2019. It was a lengthy and arduous process but my lawyer, Janet DeVita, was an absolute gem at staying the course and assuring me that there was light at the end of the tunnel. My cases were complicated, especially more so since I live in Alberta, but Watson Goepel made me feel valued as a client and went to great lengths to get me the best settlement possible. I would recommend them hands down." Gillian M.
“Janet was always a step ahead of me, and took measures to help me feel prepared, reassured, and supported. I appreciated her direct communication and how she took an approach to my case that was personal to my situation. If you are needing legal representation, I highly recommend Janet De Vita as your lawyer.”K.R

Work Highlights

  • Acted on behalf of a victim of a wrongful act committed by a nightclub’s bouncer, successfully securing a $700,000 settlement for her client.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Access Pro Bono
  • Mentor, CBA Women Lawyers Forum

* Practicing through a Professional Law Corporation.

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8 March 2023

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When Women Get a Disproportionate Part Of a Will and/or Estate Due to Cultural Traditions

This article is part of a series of educational blog posts created by a team of Watson Goepel women lawyers in light of International Women’s Day 2023, to empower, celebrate, and encourage women in Canada.   In certain cultures, women are gifted substantially less under a will compared to their brothers.   In Prakash and Singh v Singh et al, 2006…

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In personal injury cases, evidence is frequently given by witnesses who have first-hand knowledge of facts or circumstances related to the case that can help the court understand post-accident changes in a plaintiff’s life. This “lay evidence” provides a broader context for the court to properly assess the true extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. This…

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ICBC Claims Adjusters: What is Fair?

When you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of your own, dealing with ICBC claims adjusters can be stressful and confusing. Watson Goepel’s experienced Personal Injury Group can help you understand your rights, deal with ICBC claims adjusters on your behalf, coordinate your rehabilitation, and help you obtain fair compensation…

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