William McNamara

Partner
Toronto: 416.865.7988
Montréal: 514.868.5622
Fax 416.865.7380

Education

BCL, 1985
McGill University
LLB, 1981
McGill University
BA, (Honours), 1977
Concordia University

Bar Admissions

British Columbia, 2013 Québec, 1986 Ontario, 1983

Overview

William (Bill) McNamara’s practice involves a broad range of commercial litigation matters, with 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.

Bill has appeared before the courts in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia and Alberta; the Competition Tribunal; the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal; and numerous private arbitral panels. He is fluently bilingual in English and French, and completely at ease conducting trials or appellate advocacy in either language.

Representative Work

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Recognition

Benchmark Canada—Litigation star (2016)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in class actions (2017) and litigation (2017)

Law Business Research's Who’s Who Legal Canada—Leading lawyer in in life sciences (2014-2015), regulatory (2016)

Law Business Research's Who’s Who Legal—Leading lawyer in life sciences (2011–2013, 2017)

Practical Law Company's Cross-border Life Sciences Handbook (2007-2011)

Insights

The Dispute Resolution Review, 3rd Ed. - Canada Chapter

Canada - International Product Liability, 2nd Ed.

Professional Involvement

Bill served as counsel to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Presence of War Criminals in Canada between 1985 and 1987. The Commission’s report led to the adoption of amendments to various Canadian laws, including the Criminal Code. These amendments have facilitated 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.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association (Past President, National Construction Law Section; Former member, National Sections Council Executive)
  • DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar