Hon. Richard B.T. Goepel, KC


Hon. Richard B.T. Goepel, KC

Hon. Richard B.T. Goepel, KC
Senior Counsel

Law office of Watson Goepel LLP, Vancouver, BC (British Columbia), CA (Canada)

VanIAC Panel(s) : Appeal Tribunal, Domestic Arbitration, Mediation

Practice Areas : Corporate Commercial, Defamation, Employment, Insurance and Reinsurance, Partnership and Shareholder, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Sports, Wills and Estates

Professional Experience

The Honourable Richard B.T. Goepel is Senior Counsel in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group where he focuses on arbitration, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution and providing strategic advice in litigation matters. Rick returned to Watson Goepel following his retirement from the BC Court of Appeal in August 2022.

Rick was admitted to the BC Bar in 1974. In 1984 he co-founded Watson Goepel Maledy, now Watson Goepel. During his career as a lawyer, he practiced mainly in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance law. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was recognized as a leading litigator and appeared in all courts of British Columbia and the Supreme Court of Canada. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999. In September 2001, he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. In 2013, after 12 years on the trial court, he was appointed to the BC Court of Appeal. During his 21-year judicial career, he presided over all manner of cases, including criminal, civil and family claims. He is highly regarded as an effective and respected decision-maker.

Rick is actively involved in arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. With his wealth of experience and knowledge gained from serving on the bench for over 20 years,

Rick brings unique insight, objectivity and thoughtful guidance to all forms of alternative dispute resolution. He also provides strategic counsel and assistance to lawyers on a wide range of litigation issues including court applications, potential appeals and the conduct of mock hearings as part of the preparation for court appearances at all levels of court.

In his free time, Mr. Goepel is an avid runner and a voracious reader. For the last 15 years he has been on a quixotic quest to run faster than his age in the annual Sun Run.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Rick has participated as counsel or mediator in more than 50 mediations. Rick has attended Mediation and Arbitration CLE courses. As a Supreme Court judge Rick has rendered decisions in over 1,000 matters and also conducted numerous settlement conferences. He has also sat on approximately 450 appeals and written over 135 appeal decisions.

Professional and Other Activities

Member, Law Society of British Columbia
Domestic, Mediation and Appeal Panelist, Vancouver International Arbitration Centre

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia, 1969
Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1973