While every case is distinct, Bill understands that the underlying methods to effectively resolving disputes are tried and true: thorough preparation, coupled with confident and persuasive execution, helps to ensure that our clients are well-protected and -equipped to succeed.

Work Highlights

Venture capital and private equity investor

  • Multiple appearances in the Court of Appeal successfully resulting in a rare guillotine order forcing a multinational oil and gas corporation to post security of over $3 million dollars, leading to a dismissal of the corporation’s appeal and execution on the client’s trial judgment

Staburn Group

  • Won judgment from the Court of Appeal in respect of the payment of real property taxes by two anchor tenants of a large commercial centre in Kelowna, BC

Henderson Development (Canada) Ltd.

  • Lead counsel on the effective defence and resolution of a multiple Plaintiff action for $10 million dollars brought by tenants in a large Vancouver shopping centre
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Through negotiation, litigation and mediation, Bill resolves complex issues that are key to our clients’ businesses. He protects their interests when disputes arise in a variety of areas.

Services
Real property disputes Cross border executions
Commercial lease disputes Creditors Remedies/collections
Mediation

As a senior litigator, Bill combines a deep understanding of the law with a wealth of strategic experience in assisting our clients on a range of business issues. Bill is also a qualified mediator in addition to being a senior litigator. This enables him to see all sides of an issue and help our clients find the best solution to their case, whether in or out of the courtroom.

As head of the litigation department, Bill also manages the business of our team, including its finances, assessments, planning, HR and more. This gives Bill relevant insight into the everyday business issues faced by our clients and allows him to serve them better.

Bill was born in the Prairies, and his upbringing instilled a sense of practicality. He can still hear his grandfather’s admonition not to spend $20 solving a $5 problem. Persuasive and results-driven, Bill is highly committed to our client’s success. He measures that success not just in the actual outcome of a given case, but in the speed with which the result is obtained and the costs saved in resolving disputes effectively and efficiently.

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Venture capital and private equity investor
  • Multiple appearances in the Court of Appeal successfully resulting in a rare guillotine order forcing a multinational oil and gas corporation to post security of over $3 million dollars, leading to a dismissal of the corporation’s appeal and execution on the client’s trial judgment
Staburn Group
  • Won judgment from the Court of Appeal in respect of the payment of real property taxes by two anchor tenants of a large commercial centre in Kelowna, BC
Henderson Development (Canada) Ltd.
  • Lead counsel on the effective defence and resolution of a multiple Plaintiff action for $10 million dollars brought by tenants in a large Vancouver shopping centre
Major Vancouver Real Estate Developer
  • Developed and implemented litigation strategies resulting in the successful cancellation of numerous tenancies to permit a $275 million dollar mixed use development to proceed
Private developer
  • Lead counsel in several Court actions concerning the development of an apartment complex by Osoyoos Lake and the cancellation of a related long term lease of lakeshore property. Numerous appearances in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal ultimately resulting in a successful declaration as to the leasehold interest
University
  • Obtained judgment of over $850,000 dollars against a fraudulent university employee followed by the successful collection of all stolen monies through the use of injunctive relief and execution proceedings in both BC and Quebec
"Bill has been an invaluable and highly regarded resource for Larco for over twenty years. A dexterous and clever problem solver, Bill frequently strategizes or negotiates a solution to legal challenges with pragmatic and cost-efficient outcomes. Should matters need to escalate to litigation, he is at the ready with sharp legal expertise, compelling courtroom advocacy, and a nimble support team. As In House Counsel, he makes me look good, gets the results I need, and provides indispensable service with efficiency, pragmatism and care."

Jennifer Williams, Legal Counsel, Commercial Real Estate, Larco Investments Ltd./Park Royal Shopping Centre

"Bill has assisted the Beedie Development Group on litigation matters for many years. He provides us with well-reasoned, practical legal advice aimed at resolving commercial real estate disputes in our favour while being mindful of our greater business objectives. We appreciate the strategic thinking he brings to bear on each file he handles."

Kyle Wilson, General Counsel, Beedie Development Group

"Clark Wilson has been our company’s law firm for over 30 years, and Bill is who we call for legal advice. We trust Bill’s experience and knowledge and know that our best interests are served at all times."

Richard Lui, Vice-President, Polaris Realty (Canada) Limited

Industry Involvement
  • Canadian Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution (Vancouver) Subsection, Co-Chair
  • International Council of Shopping Centers State and Provincial Government Relations Advisory Group, Canadian Representative, 2010-2012
  • International Council of Shopping Centers, Governance Chair (BC), 2007-2010; 2016-Present
  • Law Court’s Inn, Former Director
Community Commitments
  • Zone 5 Karate Association of BC, Past President, 2006-2015
  • Volunteer Karate Instructor and NCCP Certified Coach – Assistant Coach to BC Karate Team, 2011-2012
  • “A WOD to Remember”, CrossFit Charitable Project Supporting Wounded Warriors Canada, Head Organizer, 2016-Present
Education & Call to Bar
  • Advanced Mediation Training, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, 2016
  • Call to Bar: British Columbia, 1981
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1980