William (Bill) is an accomplished litigator with decades of leading product liability defence and commercial litigation experience, advising clients on their most significant disputes across Canada.
Bill represents clients across a broad range of commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on the defence of product liability class actions, anti-trust law (price fixing, bid-rigging, misleading advertising, illegal trade practices and deceptive marketing practices), infrastructure and construction claims, banking law, insolvency, restructuring and corporate disputes.
He has appeared before the courts in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia and Alberta, the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as before the Competition Tribunal and numerous private arbitral panels. He is fluently bilingual in English and French and conducts trials or appellate advocacy in either language.
|2019-2023||Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in litigation: products liability and dispute resolution: class action (defence)|
|2018-2022||Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys—Litigation Star (commercial, competition and product liability)|
|2022-2023||Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in product liability law|
|2022||LMG Life Sciences—Leading life sciences lawyer in product liability|
|2020||LMG Life Sciences—Life Sciences Star in product liability|
|2017-2023||The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in litigation, class actions and product liability|
|2011-2022||Who’s Who Legal— National leading lawyer in life sciences and commercial litigation|
William is a member of The Advocates’ Society and the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar. He is also the past President of the National Construction Law Section and a former member of the National Sections Council Executive of the Canadian Bar Association.
Between 1985 and 1987, Bill served as counsel to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Presence of War Criminals in Canada. The Commission’s report led to the adoption of amendments to various Canadian laws, including the Criminal Code, facilitating the prosecution of war criminals in Canada and, in at least two cases, led to the deportation of war criminals who gained entry into Canada illegally.