Ritchie is a vastly experienced litigator and courtroom lawyer. He was educated at the Royal Military College of Canada, and at Dalhousie Law School from which he graduated in 1973. He was awarded his Q.C. in 1998. Since his call to the Bar, he has practiced exclusively as counsel, appearing frequently in all levels of the courts of British Columbia, both levels of the Federal Court, the superior courts of four other provinces, and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before an extensive range of regulatory tribunals, inquiry commissions and both arbitration and discipline panels.
Over his career, he has appeared in numerous seminal cases covering a varied range - criminal conspiracy, reorganization legislation, shareholder rights, and creditors' rights and remedies to name a few. Despite some emphasis latterly on both commercial and insolvency litigation, his practice remains broad. He is well versed in both trial and appellate practice and procedures, as well as in the principles and requirements of criminal, civil, discipline, regulatory and administrative law. Ritchie is equally comfortable arguing a complicated point of law before the Court of Appeal, or cross-examining an informant in the Provincial Court. His wide and long experience is a valuable asset to all his clients.
Director, Vancouver Bar in 1985