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Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Recognitions / Rankings

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 recognizes Lawson Lundell as a leading firm in Litigation (Corporate Commercial) Law
  • Chambers Canada 2017 recognizes Lawson Lundell in the Dispute Resolution (British Columbia) category
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 recognizes our lawyers for Alternative Dispute Resolution Law
  • Legal 500 Canada 2017 recommends Lawson Lundell and our lawyers for Dispute Resolution (British Columbia) Law
  • Chambers Canada 2016 recognizes Lawson Lundell in the Dispute Resolution (British Columbia) category
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 recognizes Lawson Lundell as a leading firm in Litigation (Corporate Commercial) Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 recognizes our lawyers for Alternative Dispute Resolution Law
  • Lawson Lundell was named Energy/Resource Litigation Firm of the Year at the Benchmark Litigation Canada Awards 2015
  • Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys 2015 recommends Lawson Lundell in British Columbia for litigation in the following areas: Aboriginal Law, Class Actions, Commercial Law, Energy and Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law, Insurance Law, Labour and Employment, Product Liability, Public Law and Securities Law 
  • Chambers Global 2015 recognizes Lawson Lundell for Dispute Resolution (British Columbia) Law
  • Legal 500 Canada 2015 ranks Lawson Lundell as a leading firm in Dispute Resolution (British Columbia) Law

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Disputes consume significant amounts of time and divert attention from day-to-day operations, business strategy and long-term goals. In a world of increasing complexity and cost-sensitivity, companies expect their advocates to develop creative solutions that allow business to continue as usual, as quickly as possible.

Lawson Lundell’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group consists of an energetic team of lawyers and paralegals working out of our offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Yellowknife. We are recognized as leaders in litigation and dispute resolution in western and northern Canada. Team members have acted in all levels of court in the region and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before a wide range of administrative panels and in national and international arbitrations.

Clients value our:

  • Experience acting for a multitude of local, national and international businesses in a broad range of litigation disputes
  • Skilled courtroom and appellate advocacy, and expertise in alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and private arbitration
  • Commitment to match firm resources to client needs – whether that means a single lawyer for specific advice and representation, or a team of lawyers with technical support to handle larger matters involving multiple parties

Our experience includes the following industries and practice areas:

  • Aboriginal
  • Administrative, constitutional and public law
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Appellate advocacy
  • Class action
  • Climate change
  • Commercial litigation
  • Competition and anti-trust issues
  • Construction and engineering
  • Corporate governance and shareholder rights
  • Creditors’ remedies and collections
  • Defamation & media
  • Environmental
  • Healthcare
  • Insolvency & restructuring
  • Insurance litigation
  • Natural resources, including forestry, mining, oil and gas, wind and water
  • Pensions, benefits and trust issues
  • Privacy & freedom of information
  • Product liability
  • Public utility and regulatory
  • Real estate litigation
  • Research and opinions
  • Securities litigation
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Transportation

Key Contacts

  • Successfully represented a real estate developer in an action brought pursuant to the Real Estate Development Marketing Act (British Columbia) asserting rescission of a pre-construction contract of purchase and sale of a residential condominium due to alleged  misrepresentations (Chaisson v. Avra Development Corp. 2014 BCSC  925)

  • Successfully represented as co-counsel the Government of Canada in major tobacco litigation, including a certified class action, and obtained orders striking the claim (British Columbia v. Imperial Tobacco 2008 BCSC 419)
  • Successfully represented the employer sponsor of a large private sector pension plan in an action brought by former management employees seeking enhanced early retirement benefits and challenging amendments to the pension plan passed by the employer (Patrick et. al vs. TELUS Communications Inc. 2007 BCCA 200);
  • Successfully obtained pre-certification dismissal of a major class proceeding which sought remedies based on trust, competition law and statutory authorization law issues (The Consumers Association of Canada v. Coca Cola Bottling Company et al 2007 BCCA 356; 2006 BCSC 1233)
  • Representing one of Canada’s largest mining companies in litigation involving historical insurance claims. A preliminary issue with respect to the appropriate jurisdiction to determine the proceeding was heard by the Supreme Court of Canada in the fall of 2008
  • Representing an exporter of electricity from Canada in connection with the Canadian aspects of high-profile American regulatory proceedings and class actions arising out of the California Energy Crisis
  • Acting as defence counsel for insured financial services companies and their licensed financial advisors in relation to multi-million dollar actions across Canada arising from the sale of limited partnerships, mutual funds, and other investments, and pursuing insurance coverage in respect of such claims
  • Representing a take-over bidder in oppression and dissent proceedings
  • Representing numerous boards of trustees of public sector pension plans in class actions involving the distribution of surplus in ongoing pension plan.
  • Representing the operator of a landfill in a constitutional and administrative challenge of bylaws
  • Representing a major oil sands company in litigation over the preparation of its new mine site
  • Acting as coverage counsel to an excess project professional liability insurer in relation to multiple claims totalling over $100 million in damages arising out of the design and construction of a gas pipeline from British Columbia to Illinois, and related processing facilities
  • Successfully representing a major U.S. manufacturer in a steel clamp failure case involving an industrial accident
  • Providing ongoing representation of a major European manufacturer of automobiles regarding product liability claims in British Columbia
  • Representing a major public utility in an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity in respect of a controversial, gas-fired generation plant
  • Representing a large international engineering firm in an action involving claims against insurers arising out of the construction of a mine in South America
  • Representing several international mining companies in respect of claims against insurers for indemnity against historical environmental claims
  • Representing a major international software developer in connection with alleged “pirating” and copyright infringement concerning software designed for industrial applications
  • Successfully overturned on appeal certification of a major pension class proceeding alleging rights to an equitable allocation of surplus in an ongoing pension plan (Williams v. College Pension Board, 2007 BCCA 19);
  • Successfully overturned on appeal certification of a major pension class proceeding involving the claim to a share of surplus in an ongoing pension plan and obtained a stay of that proceeding in favour of arbitration (Ruddell v. BC Rail Ltd. 2007 BCCA 269)
  • Acting in a judicial review proceeding challenging a decision of the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons denying permission for a new prostate cancer treatment in B.C.
  • Acting on behalf of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association in various constitutional law cases involving the rights of the homeless in Victoria, political advertising on transit buses and school board resolution prohibiting the use of books in schools depicting same sex families
  • Representing an international publishing company and author in a copyright infringement action
  • Representing an internationally recognised rock music star in relation to threats by a collaborator at an early stage of his career to advertise and profit from the unauthorised reproduction and sale of early performance tapes
  • Classification and valuation for property tax purposes of residential, commercial and industrial real estate (such as commercial/residential development properties, port facilities and other terminals, pulp and paper mills, hydro-electric facilities, sawmills, mining and other major industrial land and improvements)
  • Acting for a prominent golf and country club in a complex arbitration of a renewal of its lease with an First Nations band

Team Members

Name Office Phone Email
Allen, Katy604.631.9198
Armstrong, QC, Brad604.631.9126
Bergner, Keith604.631.9119
Bevan, Laura604.631.9106
Bourchier, Kinji604.631.9267
Boyd, Thomas604.631.9132
Brandt, Gordon604.631.9167
Christian, Jeff604.631.9115
403.218.7551 ext: 4551
Coates, Tamela403.218.7534
Cook, Lauren604.631.9111
Cushing, Deborah604.631.9282
Dhalla, Shailaz403.218.7522
Duke, Laura604.631.9129
Fancourt-Smith, Mark604.631.9110
Ferguson, Clara604.631.9175
Ferris, Heather604.631.9145
Ferris, QC, Craig604.631.9197
Fraser, James604.631.9202
Gallivan, QC, M. Patricia604.631.6718
Gibbons, Bryan604.631.9152
Graham, Mark403.218.7510
Holland, Alyssa867.669.5502
Jones, Michelle604.631.9224
Kowbel, Christine604.631.6762
Kruger, Toby867.669.5534
Lewis-Hand, Bonita604.631.9157
MacPherson, Sheila867.669.5522
Mahil, Ritu604.631.9156
Manning, Lewis403.781.9458
Morgan, Michael604.631.9227
Nathanson, Amy604.631.9268
Nelligan, Sarah604.631.9199
Nyland, Jennifer604.631.9287
Paczkowski, Anna604.631.9232
Peters, QC, Lisa604.631.9207
Pollard, Reilly604.631.9234
Proudfoot, Clifford604.631.9217
Roberts, Peter604.631.9158
Roberts, William604.631.9163
Robertson, Kimberley604.631.9142
Rodzinyak, Daphne403.218.7536
Russell, Alexandra403.218.7509
Rutland, Glen867.669.5535
Sanderson, QC, Chris604.631.9183
Shaw, Will604.631.9266
Sider, Robert604.631.6722
Skuggedal, Nicole604.631.6795
Vesely, Marko604.631.9260
Webb, Ian604.631.9117