Barbara Cornish

Board Member
Preferred Phone:
(604) 639-3174
Preferred Email:
Preferred Web Address:

Professional Coordinance

Cornish Margolis Boyd Mediation & Arbitration
#500–666 Burrard street
Vancouver BC V6C 3P6

Areas of Practice: 
Accident / Personal Injury, Catastrophic Injury Cases, Commercial, Construction, Employment, Franchise, Government, Home Owners Associations, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Claims, Intellectual Property Rights, Landlord/Tenant, Products Liability, Professional Malpractice, Real Estate, Representational Legal Practice, Rights of Way, Boundaries & Adverse Possession, Shareholder Disputes, Taxation, Wills, Trusts & Estates


Barb was called to the bar in 1990. As a litigator, she has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada and a wide variety of statutory and appellate tribunals.

For the last 15 years, Barb has focused her practice on mediation and arbitration and has experience in a broad range of areas including:

  • Insurers and claimants in bodily injury, errors and omissions and property claims

  • Insurers, property owners, lessees, design professionals and others involved in construction, property and commercial leasing disputes

  • Employers, contractors, and employees involved in employment, WCB, OHS, privacy and discrimination disputes

Through her work, Barb has been honoured as a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators. From 2011 to 2020 she was named in both the Canadian and International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation. Between 2011 and 2020 Barb was included in the Best Lawyers in Canada for Alternative Dispute Resolution. In 2014, she was named Lawyer of the Year (Alternative Dispute Resolution) by Lawyer Monthly.

Professional Information

Practice Description:

Cornish Margolis Boyd’s mediation and arbitration practice spans virtually every sector and subject matter.

We work with organizations and individuals from both the private and public sectors. Whether working alone or as co-mediators, our experience extends from two-party mediations and arbitrations to complex matters that involve numerous parties and their respective lawyers.

Education Training:
Speech Sciences Licentiateship, University of Leeds, United Kingdom 1978; Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Linguistics), University of Alberta 1985; Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Victoria 1988; BC Court of Appeal – Law Clerk to the Honourable Carrothers & Hinkson J.J.A. 1988-1989; Called to the Bar of British Columbia 1990