Jason Hicks Partner
Jason practices business law, with particular expertise in contracts, transactions, and project development. Jason has advised on, negotiated and drafted agreements on a broad range of business legal matters, including asset purchases and sales, professional services, construction, procurements, project finance, commercial leasing, information technology, intellectual property, regulatory compliance, aboriginal rights and title, and business organizations including partnerships, corporations and joint ventures.
Prior to joining Bernard LLP, Jason was an in-house lawyer for more than a decade, first at the Vancouver International Airport Authority, then the Infrastructure Construction division of SNC-Lavalin, and most recently Pacific NorthWest LNG. In his in-house capacities, Jason’s advice and guidance typically addressed legal as well as strategic, commercial, risk, and corporate governance considerations.
Jason has particular expertise in the development, engineering, procurement, and construction of major infrastructure projects. He has acted as engineering, construction, or owner’s counsel on more than 15 public-private partnership, design-build, and EPC project pursuits and executions across Canada and internationally.
Jason began his legal career as an articling student and associate in the Vancouver office of a national law firm, specializing in real estate development and business law agreements and transactions.
Senior local legal counsel for the pre-construction development of a large-scale LNG plant in British Columbia.
Lead lawyer for the design and construction of the Evergreen Line SkyTrain extension project in Metro Vancouver.
Lead lawyer for the procurement of the design and construction of an automated airport baggage movement and storage system.
Lead lawyer for the procurement of a large in-terminal airport security services contract.
Lead coordinator, writer and reviewer of a Joint Venture Best Practices Guide, intended for company-wide use at an international engineering and construction company.
Professional and Other Affiliations
- Called to the Bar of British Columbia, 2005
- Law Society of British Columbia, Member
- Canada Japan Society of British Columbia, Member
- Canadian Bar Association, Member of the Business, Construction & Infrastructure, and Maritime Law sections
- Canadian Bar Association, Construction & Infrastructure section, former Board Member
Jason’s personal interests include running, cycling, sea-kayaking, hiking, camping, and travel. Jason has travelled to 5 continents and more than 30 countries, lived in 3, and is proficient in Japanese.