Krista M. Johanson


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Krista resolves construction disputes. She acts for clients in litigation, domestic and international, and in dealing with project tribunals.

Her industry focus and experience acting for contractors, owners, design professionals, and sureties makes her effective at helping clients avoid and resolve disputes on ongoing projects. Krista’s experience includes disputes involving procurement, delays, design deficiencies, construction defects, contract termination, cost escalation, insurance coverage and bonding claims, on P3 and other public projects, mining projects, hydro-electric and other infrastructure projects, as well as large residential and institutional projects. Krista has appeared as lead counsel at all levels of court in British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Krista is the past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s B.C. Construction section and the current Secretary of the national Construction and Infrastructure Section. Prior to joining BLG as an articling student, Krista clerked for two justices of the Court of Appeal of British Columbia. She also serves on the board of the Vancouver Opera.


  • Has represented sureties, owner-developers, contractors, sub-trades, and strata corporations. Experience includes:
    • large-scale infrastructure disputes
    • construction and engineering disputes
    • residential construction disputes
    • construction disputes in the bankruptcy and insolvency context.
  • Has experience clearing, defending and bringing claims of builders' liens, advancing and defending claims relating to deficiencies and delays, and advancing and defending professional negligence claims against consultants.
  • Has acted for banks and other financial institutions in defending claims of breach of contract and negligence.
    Examples of commercial and private disputes work include advancing or defending the following types of disputes:
    • defamation
    • misrepresentation
    • breach of trust

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Chair, Construction & Infrastructure Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (National)
  • Vice Chair, Construction Law Section, Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch)

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, BLG Reads to Kids
  • Board of Directors, Vancouver Opera Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in 2024 edition (and since 2021) of The Best Lawyers in Canada™ (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2024 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Litigation Star and from 2019 to 2023 as a Future Star.
  • Recognized in the 2024 (and since 2023) edition of Lexpert® Special Edition: Infrastructure.
  • Recognized in the 2023 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a Leading Lawyer to Watch (Construction Law).
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2020) of the Benchmark Litigation Canada's "40 & Under Hot List".
  • Recognized as a CLE BC 'Rising Star' 2018 for her contributions to BC CLE.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Saskatchewan, 2019
  • Colombie-Britannique, 2011
  • JD, Université de la Colombie-Britannique, 2009 (received the Carswell Prize for highest standing in first-year law, the Bull Housser & Tupper Prize in Torts, the Allan McEachern Prize in Criminal Law, the Davis LLP Prize in First Nations Law, and the Malcolm MacIntyre Prize in Succession Law)
  • BA (Hons., with Distinction), Université de Toronto, (Trinity College), 2004