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Patrick
Williams

Partner

Vancouver

Contact by email at [email protected]

t. +1 604-643-7940

2691

Law School

University of British Columbia

Bar Admission

British Columbia, 2015

Patrick brings a pragmatic and efficient approach to high-stakes litigation. His focus on the big picture guides clients through their most complicated disputes.

Patrick Williams is a partner in our Litigation Group in Vancouver. Patrick represents leading Canadian and multinational companies in complex commercial litigation, including class actions and regulatory investigations and proceedings. He focuses on product liability claims and contract disputes. Patrick also practices administrative and public law and represents clients in disputes involving municipal, provincial, and federal governments and authorities.

Patrick represents clients in a broad range of industries, including the automotive, consumer products, energy, mining, pharmaceutical, real estate, and transportation industries. Patrick has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of court in British Columbia, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, administrative tribunals, and domestic and international commercial arbitrations.

Patrick has

  • defended leading tobacco and pharmaceutical companies in health care cost recovery claims by provincial governments;
  • defended a leading railway company in litigation related to forest fires;
  • defended a variety of automotive companies in product liability matters, including class actions;
  • acted for a class of First Nations across Canada in litigation against the Canadian government related to clean drinking water that resulted in an $8 billion settlement;
  • acted for a multinational engineering firm in the litigation arising from the breach of the Mount Polley Tailings Storage Facility;
  • acted for a leading ridesharing company in litigation related to the initial regulation of ridesharing in British Columbia; and
  • defended a global online platform in a class action about the display of prices.

Patrick is a contributing author to the fifth edition of Defending Class Actions in Canada, published by LexisNexis, and National Co-Editor of the firm’s Canadian Class Actions Monitor blog.

Patrick represents individuals and non-profit organizations on a variety of matters in his pro bono practice. He acted for the successful appellant, a person with disabilities, in S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corp., 2019 SCC 4, the leading Canadian case on discretionary trusts.

Patrick received his BCom (Hons) and his JD from the University of British Columbia. Before joining the firm, he clerked for Chief Justice Bauman at the Court of Appeal for British Columbia.