Criminal Lawyer


Chris Johnson, K.C. was born and grew up in Vancouver. He attended the University of Victoria where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1980 and subsequently his law degree, a Juris Doctor, in 1985. Chris has practiced criminal law for over 35 years, since 1987. His successful career has included appearances at all levels of court in British Columbia, and the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, representing people charged with everything from shoplifting to drug cases to murder. Chris has appeared as Counsel on many notable cases, including as lead counsel on the Surrey 6 trial, and has obtained successful outcomes in a number of other well-known murder cases. Additionally, he has been appointed by the Attorney General as a Special Prosecutor in relation to select cases within the province.

In his spare time, Chris has contributed significantly to the practice of law. He served as President of the Law Student’s Society while in law school, has sat on numerous committees, including the Main St. Court Users Committee, for the past 25 years, the Community Court Steering Committee, the Trial Lawyers’ Association of B.C., and is currently a founding Director of A.L.L., the organization which represents Legal Aid practitioners in B.C. Chris is also the President of the historical East End Bar Association, which originated over 60 years ago to honour some of the greatest members of the criminal bar.

Chris was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Attorney General of British Columbia in 2016, and subsequently became King’s Counsel in 2022.

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