Luciana Brasil is a partner at Branch MacMaster and the lead of its class action practice.
Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Luciana has both civil and common law legal qualifications with a Bachelor of Civil Law degree obtained from the Mackenzie University in 1993 and a Bachelor of Law degree obtained in 1998 from the University of Victoria, in British Columbia.
Luciana’s practice is almost exclusively in the area of class actions, where she acts for both plaintiffs and for defendants. In this dual practice, Luciana understands the strategies employed by both sides, and has either worked with or against all leading Canadian class action counsel in national class actions.
Luciana has appeared before all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, Luciana’s national practice has required appearances before Courts in other jurisdictions, including Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario and New York.
Luciana teaches class actions to law students at the Allard School of Law (University of British Columbia) with Chelsea D. Hermanson.
Luciana speaks Portuguese fluently, and maintains a membership in the Brazilian Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil), Sao Paulo Chapter. Luciana has a lifelong passion for equestrian pursuits and volunteers with STaRS (Southlands Therapeutic Riding Society), a registered non-profit society that provides therapeutic riding opportunities for persons with disabilities. Luciana shares her Vancouver home with her family and their Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs.
Areas of Practice
- Class Actions
- Admitted to the Alberta bar, 2013
- Admitted to the British Columbia bar, 1999
- LL.B, University of Victoria (British Columbia), 1998
- Bachelor of Civil Law (Juris Doctor), Mackenzie University (Sao Paulo, Brazil), 1994
- “Class Actions Leading Practitioner” – Lexpert Canadian Legal Expert Directory (continuously ranked since 2014)
- “Top 50 Women in Litigation (Canada)” – Benchmark (2020) https://www.branchmacmaster.com/app/uploads/2020/09/Benchmark-2020-Luciana-Brasil-of-Branch-MacMaster-1.pdf
- “Emerging Talent of the Year” – Benchmark Litigation (2016)
- “Future Star” – Benchmark Litigation (2014)
- “Top Litigator to Watch” – Lexpert US Cross Border Litigation Guide (2009)
- Co-Chaired (with Ward K. Branch, Q.C.) CLE BC’s Western Canada CLass Actions Conference 2016
- Panellist at CLE BC’s Western Canada Class Actions Conference 2016 (Pharmaceutical Class Actions)
- Instructor of Law 435C – Mass Torts and Class Actions Course at UBC Law School, Spring 2016
- Panellist at the Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Fall Conference in Ottawa on October 1 and 2015 – “Wakelam and Bram: Implications for Class Actions Going Forward”
- Panellist at the Canadian Institute’s Class Actions Forum West (Vancouver), May 2015 – “Using the CCAA to Settle Class Actions” and “Achieving Access to Justice in Settlements”
- Co-Chaired (with the Honourable Madam Justice Carol Ross) CLE’s 2015 Civil Litigation Basics conference and presenter on direct and cross-examinations
- Instructor of Law 435C – Mass Torts and Class Actions Course at Allard School of Law (UBC), Spring 2015
- Panellist at the 11th National Symposium on Class Actions (Toronto: Osgoode Hall Law School), April 2014 – “Dividing Up the Pie: Cy-pres and the Division Between Groups of Class Members”
- Panellist at the 2014 Colloque national sur les recours collectifs – competition law developments
- Instructor of Law 435C – Mass Torts and Class Actions Course at UBC Law School, Spring 2014
- Contributing Author of Class Actions in Canada: Cases, Notes and Materials(Emond Montgomery Publications), available December 2013
- Panellist at The Canadian Institute’s 14th Annual Forum on Class Actions Litigation (Toronto), September 2013 – “Recent US Class Action Litigation Activity and the Implications to Canadian Stakeholder”
- Panellist at CLE’s Employment Law Conference, 2013 – Class Actions
- Panellist and Co-author (with Christopher Naudie), “National Class Actions in Canada: the Benefits (and Limits) of the Protocol and the Recurring Challenges to Managing National Settlements”, presented at the 10th National Symposium on Class Actions (Toronto: Osgoode Hall Law School), April 2013
- Instructor of Law 435C – Mass Torts and Class Actions Course at UBC Law School, Winter 2011
- Panellist at 9th National Symposium on Class Actions (Toronto: Osgoode Hall Law School), April 2012 – “Cross Canada Checkup”
- Co-author (with Ward Branch), “Settling a Class Action (or How to Wrestle an Octopus)”, September 2010 (Vancouver)
- Instructor (with Ward K. Branch) of Law 435C – Mass Torts and Class Actions Course at UBC Law School, Winter 2010
- Guest Instructor in Law 435C Course at UBC Law School, Summer 2009
- Co-author (with Jay Strosberg),“You Get What You Pay For: The Problem with the Canadian Appoach to Class Counsel Fees”, Western Canadian Class Actions Conference (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education of British Columbia, 2009).
- Co-author (with Charles M. Wright), “The Importance of “Schedule F”:”, How Real Access to Justice is Driven by Notice and Claim Forms, 5th Annual Symposium on Class Actions (Toronto: Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 2008).
- Co-author (with W. Branch), “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! If it is broke, fix it!”, 4th Annual Symposium on Class Actions (Toronto:Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 2007)
- Co-author (with W. Branch), Which Comes First: the Chicken or the Egg? The Order and Appropriateness of Pre-Certification Motions (updated paper), British Columbia CLE (February 25, 2005)
- Co-author (with W. Branch), Which Comes First: the Chicken or the Egg? The Order and Appropriateness of Pre-Certification Motions (original paper)(October 2004)
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Guest Instructor, Professional Legal Training Course (multiple times)
- Past Chair, CBA Class Action Subsection (2 consecutive terms)
- Member, Law Society of British Columbia
- Member, Law Society of Alberta
- Member, Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), Sao Paulo Subsection