J. Bruce Melville

J. Bruce Melville

Associate Counsel
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
(604) 588-9321
(604) 589-5391

Areas of Practice

  • Expropriation
  • Municipal Law
  • Civil Disputes

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 1981


  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • LL.B. - 1980
  • University of British Columbia Faculty of Commerce, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - 1977

Published Works

  • Cost recovery under the B.C. Tariff, Expropriation Law Centre
  • Expropriation of Security Interests, Expropriation Law Centre
  • Loss of Access, Expropriation Law Centre
  • Regulatory takings in Canada, Expropriation Law Centre
  • Statutory rights of way in British Columbia, Expropriation Law Centre
  • Indian Reserves and Indian Treaty Problems in Northeastern British Columbia, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, Vancouver, 1981


  • Guest Speaker, Canadian Real Estate Association Conference, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Frequent guest speaker appearances at Canadian expropriation conferences
  • Lecturer, Municipal Administration program, Capilano University, North Vancouver
  • Frequent media commentator on expropriation and land compensation topics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member, 1981 - Present
  • Alberta Expropriation Association, Member
  • British Columbia Expropriation Association, Member
  • Ontario Expropriation Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Melville & Company, 1985 - 1994
  • British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, 1981 - 1985

Pro Bono Activities

  • Webmaster, Expropriation Law Centre