Francesca Marzari

Francesca Marzari
Lawyers are trained to be risk averse, but experience teaches us when risks are worth taking.

Francesca's Biography

As a partner at Young, Anderson, Francesca is right at home with the issues and people that make local governments work.  As the daughter of a former Vancouver City Councillor and Minister of Municipal Affairs, Francesca has been immersed in municipal issues from an early age.  Now as litigation counsel she has had the pleasure of representing the interests of local government at every level of British Columbia Courts, as well as to the Province and other levels of government.

Francesca’s litigation practice is broad, encompassing everything from defending local governments for actions in liability in nuisance, bad faith and defamation, to judicial reviews, and injunctive relief.  She has a particular interest in planning law and constitutional issues, and has published articles in this area.  Her attention to precision in pleadings and analytic rigeur was gained honestly as a clerk at the Court of Appeal to Madam Justices Southin and Rowles in the 1990’s.

In addition to her work at Young, Anderson, Francesca also volunteers her time, including as past President of West Coast LEAF, and as a guest instructor for various courses at the UBC Law School, SCARP, and Capilano University.   She has acted as pro bono counsel for West Coast LEAF in a number of matters, including at the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada in a successful Constitutional challenge to BC's court hearing fees.


Is Nuisance the New Negligence?   The Digest of Municipal & Planning Law, Carswell, Thomson Reuters Canada Limited (2012) 5 D.M.P.L. (2d), August 2012, Issue 20

Local Government Regulation of Navigable Waters:  Are the Tides Changing?   The Digest of Municipal & Planning Law, Carswell, Thomson Reuters Canada Limited (2009) 4 D.M.P.L. (2d), March 2010, Issue 15

Video Surveillance of Public Places in Canada, Municipal Lawyer, International Municipal Lawyers Association, July/August 2002

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Francesca Marzari

Young Anderson
Barristers and Solicitors
1616-808 Nelson Street
Box 12147 – Nelson Square
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H2
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