Joven Narwal is the founding partner of Narwal Litigation LLP, an Adjunct Professor at UBC Law, Past-President of the Vancouver Bar Association, appointed member of the judicial council of the Tsawwassen First Nation, currently sits on the executives of the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and the South Asian Bar Association and is a former Crown prosecutor. He has made significant contributions to the legal community, through his leadership in the profession, academic engagement, and through his proven track record of success in high-stakes litigation.
In 2021 he was named a Litigation Star and shortlisted for White Collar Crime / Enforcement Lawyer of the Year by Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to the world’s leading law firms, recognized as a Leading Lawyer to Watch in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.
His practice is devoted to complex and serious cases where liberty and reputation are at stake, primarily in the areas of criminal litigation, securities litigation and professional discipline. Some examples of his recent cases and reported decisions in these areas include: in criminal litigation, an acquittal following several months of trial in what was billed as one of BC’s largest drug prosecutions; in criminal tax litigation, successful defence of a senior Canada Revenue Agency employee charged with tax evasion; in securities litigation, the successful appeal of a $7.3 million disgorgement order made by the BC Securities Commission and the successful dismissal of fraud allegations brought by the enforcement division on a motion for non-suit; in professional discipline, the dismissal of a citation after a full hearing before the Law Society of BC for a lawyer who was alleged to have offered false testimony and the dismissal of public allegations brought by a variety of other regulators. He is also frequently retained at the investigation stage where he has successfully employed strategies to prevent the laying of charges or the issuance of citations altogether thereby resolving cases before they draw public scrutiny and has much experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of both private and public companies.
He also takes on civil matters with criminal overtones involving civil forfeiture, fraud and intentional tortious conduct. For corporate entities and institutions, he is regularly retained to provide preventative advice regarding the implementation of effective compliance procedures designed to reduce expose to regulatory prosecution as well as to provide advice to entities in connection with their obligations in responding to warrants, judicial authorizations and other law enforcement requests for information.
He also has an extensive practice involving cross-border enforcement actions and investigations including U.S. Grand Jury Investigations, Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty requests, extradition and enforcement of international sanctions.
Mr. Narwal obtained his first law degree from UBC where he earned many awards for academic achievement and later earned a Master of Laws from Columbia University in New York City, a leading ivy league university. He continues to maintain a strong relationship with the Allard School of Law at UBC where he serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching two highly sought-after seminars on complex criminal litigation: (1) White Collar Crime and (2) Criminal Organizations. Additionally, as a previous winner of awards at trial advocacy competitions at the regional and national levels while in law school, Mr. Narwal coaches law students in the competitions and is the Sponsor of the Trial Competition at UBC Law. Alongside his active involvement in academia, he remains committed to providing practical continuing legal education to lawyers, frequently being invited to speak at seminars and at conferences.
Mr. Narwal holds leadership positions in the legal profession. He is Past President of the Vancouver Bar Association (the “VBA”), having first been elected by his peers to serve as a director of the VBA, then Vice-President, and subsequently VBA President. Established in 1892, the Vancouver Bar Association is a non-profit organization serving the interests of the 1500-plus lawyers that practice in the city of Vancouver. Its mission is to advance, protect, and uphold the honor and dignity of the profession by encouraging high-standards of education and ethics as well as by fostering harmonious relations among its members.
Mr. Narwal was also elected Life Fellow of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). Established in 1955, the ABF is a global honorary society of lawyers, judges, law faculty, and scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the ABF. Membership as a Fellow in the ABF is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.
He also serves the legal profession through his appointment to the Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council of British Columbia, which is the primary source of information for assessing the suitability of lawyers who seek appointment as Judges of the Provincial Court of British Columbia and he also serves on the executive of the Canadian Bar Association’s Criminal Sub-section. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and the National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers.
Respected among his peers for his skill and good judgment, he regularly acts for lawyers who are in trouble, often without fee or on a reduced fee basis and is often referred complex and challenges cases by his colleagues in the profession.
He is also an appointed member of the Judicial Council of the Tsawwassen First Nation where he is responsible for resolving disputes that arise on Tsawwassen Lands, resolving disputes between Tsawwassen Members and elected officials, hearing appeals from administrative decisions and adjudicating the validity of Tsawwassen Laws.