Simon B. Margolis


Simon B. Margolis

Simon B. Margolis, KC

Law office of Cornish Margolis Boyd LLP, Vancouver, BC (British Columbia), CA (Canada)

VanIAC Panel(s) : Domestic Arbitration, Mediation, Underinsured Motorist Protection (UMP)

Practice Areas : Construction, Corporate Commercial, Employment, Indigenous, Insurance and Reinsurance, Personal Injury, Sports

Professional Experience

Simon is a senior and skilled mediator and arbitrator. Following his call to the bar in 1983, he developed a broad commercial and insurance based practice, representing clients at all levels of court. Simon also earned a reputation for fairness and for providing practical and cost effective advice in assisting clients to resolve many disputes without the necessity of trial.

Recognizing a need, Simon launched his mediation and arbitration practice in 2004 while a senior partner at Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP).  In the ensuing years, he has mediated a wide range of cases in a variety of sectors, including claims involving property damage, shareholder disputes, professional liability, construction, environmental contamination, real estate, bodily injury, employment and First Nations, among others.  Simon is also regularly retained to arbitrate a variety of commercial matters and UMP claims.

As managing partner at Bull Housser & Tupper LLP from 2011 to 2016, Simon also enhanced his business acumen, demonstrating his natural ability to lead, work cooperatively and collaboratively with others and, when required, make the difficult decisions- skills he employs regularly in his mediation and arbitration practice.

Since March 2017, Simon has focused exclusively on mediation and arbitration as part of Cornish Margolis Boyd Mediation & Arbitration.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Simon has been active in alternate dispute resolution throughout his career and has acted as a mediator since 2004 and as an arbitrator since 2015.  He has focused exclusively on mediation and arbitration since 2017.  He has also served as a panelist in arbitration and mediation with the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.

Simon attended the Program of Instruction for Lawyers in mediation at Harvard University in 2004 and regularly attends professional development programs of the International Academy of Mediators, in which he has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow.

Professional and Other Activities
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2012.
  • Distinguished Fellow in International Academy of Mediators.
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: 2019 Lawyer of the Year in Alternate Dispute Resolution.
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized since 2011 as a leading lawyer in the areas of Aboriginal Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate + Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law.
  • Distinguished Fellow- International Academy of Mediators.
  • Member of ADRBC.
  • Member, Canadian Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Academic Qualifications

LLB, University of British Columbia, 1982
A.B. degree Dartmouth College, 1979
Called to the B.C. bar, 1983