Manuel Azevedo graduated from Osgoode Hall law school in Toronto and holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics in England. Manuel was called to the Bar in 1992 and is an experienced trial lawyer who has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia, the Federal court, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He is the last pupil of the distinguished lawyer and politician Harry Rankin Q.C. (1920-2002). Through his career as a criminal lawyer, Manuel brings a unique evidence based perspective to insurance litigation, in particular cases of bad faith and punitive damages.
In a precedent setting case, he convinced the BC Supreme Court that the Charter of Rights applies to ICBC investigators and has discredited and brought judicial awareness to unfair and biased ICBC medical experts and investigation tactics. Manuel is one of the last of a dying breed of old school litigators with fearless determination to stand up for his client’s rights and hold large corporations and government responsible for their actions.