Bradley Bryan
Bradley Bryan

Associate Counsel

In his role as associate counsel at Woodward and Company, Brad’s practice focuses on taxation and corporate-commercial law issues of First Nations. He is dedicated to working with Indigenous peoples to leverage their inherent rights and legal traditions in service of their collective livelihoods.

Brad works with a wide array of Indigenous organizations, businesses, artists, and innovators to confront the effects of colonial legal regimes. In his current practice, Brad advises clients on tax-effective business structures, trusts, property taxation and assessment, GST / PST, First Nations GST laws, charitable status, and on tax aspects of treaties, settlement and accommodation agreements, and policies.

Brad is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria, and teaches and researches in the areas of First Nation taxation, finance, and corporate law. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria in 1998, and went on to serve as a Law Clerk to the Honourable Justices Lance Finch and Douglas Lambert of the B.C. Court of Appeal in 1998-99, and completed articles with the Sierra Legal Defence Fund (now Ecojustice). He subsequently completed a doctorate in law (PhD) at Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley, and more recently a master’s degree in tax law (LL.M.T.) from Allard Hall School of Law at U.B.C.

Selected Presentations & Publications

“Corporate Structures, Corporate Governance, Taxation, and Trusts”, Woodward Workshops in First Nations Law and Governance, Knowledge Sharing Series, Whitehorse, Yukon, October 2016.

“On the Jurisprudential Foundations of First Nation Taxation: From Exemption to Governance”, Tax Law & Policy Workshop, University of Victoria, September 2016.

“The Lack of Jurisprudential Foundations for Aboriginal Taxation: The Investment Income Exemption under s. 87 of the Indian Act after Bastien Estate v. Canada”, Peter Allard School of Law Graduate Student Law Conference. Vancouver, BC, May 2015

“The History of the Corporation in light of the History of Taxation”, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association. Victoria, BC, June 2013

“Taxation Against Tribute: On the Legitimation of Neo-Economic Orders in Aboriginal Communities”, Canadian Association of Law Teachers Annual Meeting. Montreal, QC, June 2012

“Practicing Law in a Rapidly Changing World: The Role of Innovation and Technology for the Practice of Law”, Organized with the Faculty of Law (Victoria), the CBABC, and LSB of the Ministry of the Attorney General (BC), March 2010 – February 2011

“The Fate of the Commons: On the Disappearance of Alternative Property Relations”, Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. Montreal, QC, May 2008

“The Perils of Participation in an Age of Expertise”, Canadian Law and Society Association Annual Meeting. Saskatoon, SK, May 2007

Commentator, Colloquium: Property Rights in the Colonial Imagination and Experience”, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. Victoria, BC, February 2001

Resisting Colonial Law: Nostalgic Legalism and Indigenous Subjection, (Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2016) (in review )

“Legality Against Orality: How the Legal Record Hides the Truth of Indigenous Oral Traditions”, Journal of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, June 2013 9:2, 261-74

“Justice and Advantage in Civil Procedure: Langbein’s Conception of Comparative Law and Procedural Justice in Question”, Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law, 11: 2 (2004)

“Property as Ontology:  On Aboriginal and English Conceptions of Ownership”, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, January 2000, 13:1, 3.


Bradley Bryan


Assistant: Lisa Spaven


Professional Standing

Member in Good Standing, Law Society of B.C. (2000)

Member, Law Society of Yukon (2016)

Member, Canadian Tax Foundation

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Treasurer, CBA Aboriginal Law Vancouver Island Subsection


LL.M. in Taxation Graduate Award, Faculty of Law, UBC, 2014-15

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, (with the highest standing in national competition: 30/30) Faculty of Law & Department of Political Science, University of Victoria, 2005-07

Dean’s NT Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 2002-03

University of California Regents’ Fellowship, U.C. Berkeley, 2000-02

British Columbia Law Foundation Fellowship, 2000

Law Society of British Columbia Scholarship, 2000

Ric Careless Dist. Alumni Scholarship, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, 1998

John McAlpine Prize in Civil Liberties, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, 1997

B.C. Superior Court Judges’ Scholarship, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, 1997

Other Activities

Former Director and Officer of the Victoria Cool Aid Society, and Victoria Minor Hockey Association