Craig A. B. Ferris

Professional Experience

Mr. Ferris has practiced with Lawson Lundell LLP for over 30 years. He has been involved in many (in excess of 20) international and domestic arbitrations as counsel. These arbitrations have covered a wide range of legal issues including most recently (last 2 years) mining, charitable giving, construction, and shareholders rights. For the past 3 years he has been Chair of the Law Society Tribunal and is currently President of the Law Society.


Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • 2017 – Present Law Society of BC, Tribunal Chair
  • 2016 – Present Law Society of BC, Chamber Bencher
  • 2013 – Present Law Society of BC, Panel Member
  • 2018 – Present Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member (achieved CIArb. Designation)
  • 2013 – BC Council of Arbitrators Tribunals – Completed Tribunal Member training
Professional and Other Activities
  • 2014 – Appointed Queen’s Counsel
  • Best Lawyer in Canada 2010 – 2020
  • Chambers Canada: recommended in Litigation
  • Benchmark Litigation 2020: listed as one of the Top 50 Trial Lawyers in
    Canada
  • Chambers Global: recognized in Dispute Resolution
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Litigation – Corporate Commercial
  • L’expert Zenith Awards 2018
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Academic Qualifications
British Columba (1991)
Queen’s Counsel, British Columbia (2014)
University of British Columbia (B.A., 1986)
University of British Columbia
(LL.B., 1989)

William C. Kaplan

Professional Experience

Bill now focuses his practice on arbitration and mediation work as a neutral. He has been engaged on a variety of matters reflecting his experience in corporate/commercial matters, restructuring, securities legislation, real estate and development, and a broad range of business-related issues. Bill has appeared before all levels of the Court system in British Columbia, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as appearing before numerous administrative tribunals, private arbitration panels, and mediations. He is experienced in alternative dispute resolution and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Bill provides legal services through WCK Law Corporation.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

  • Appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, and the Supreme Court of Canada, on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters.
  • Acted as counsel for many arbitration hearings over the last 30+ years and engaged as counsel for labour relations arbitration hearings earlier in career.
  • Attained FCIArb in 2016 and continue to hold FCIArb designation.
  • Counsel for many mediations and have acted as mediator on 7 matters in the last 6 months.
Professional and Other Activities

  • Bill is a member of Insolvency Institute of Canada, and a past chairman and a member of the board of directors of the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. He was a founding member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee to the National Centre for Business Law at the University of British Columbia.
  • Bill was an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia for over 25 years, where he instructed a negotiations course.
  • Bill was appointed Queen’s Counsel (British Columbia) in 2001. Admitted to FCIArb: 2016
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: 2008, 2010 – 2019 (Appellant Practice, Construction Law and Insolvency)
  • Legal 500 Canada: 2014 – 2019
  • Chambers Global: 2009 – 2018
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: 2008 – 2018
  • I FLR1000: 2014 – 2018 (Leading Lawyer)
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada: 2013 – 2015, 2017
  • Benchmark Canada: 2013 – 2018
Academic Qualifications

Admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – 2016
LL.M., Harvard University – 1981
Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 1980
LL.B., University of British Columbia – 1979
B.A., University of British Columbia – 1975

Michael P. Carroll

Professional Experience

Michael Carroll, QC, is counsel to the firm DLA Piper. Throughout his career he has practised general litigation with an emphasis on commercial and corporate disputes. He has appeared in cases at all trial and appellate levels including the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Canada, Superior Court and Court of Appeal of Québec, Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta and the Supreme Courts of the Northwest Territories and Yukon. He has also appeared before an international panel of arbitrators in Washington, D.C., in a dispute under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since January 2007, his practice has focused on domestic arbitration and mediation. Originally from Montréal, Michael began practicing in Québec in 1968 where he was a partner in the firm of Martineau Walker until 1980 when he moved to Vancouver. Michael was the managing partner of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP from 1986 through 1989.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Mediation Experience

Michael has acted as Mediator in over 100 disputes in a wide variety of commercial matters including claims involving multiple Plaintiffs and Defendants. Some examples are Real Estate ( REDMA, Strata Property Act claims) construction law, Professional Liability of accountants and lawyers, claims for breach of contract, fiduciary duties, negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation, Forestry Act disputes, and bankruptcy and insolvency priority claims.

Arbitration Experience

Michael has acted as a sole arbitrator and chaired arbitration panels in Alberta and British Columbia in numerous commercial disputes. Examples are claims for breach of contract or fiduciary duties, negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation claims, Professional Partnership disputes, employment law matters, and disputes between doctors and Provincial Health Authorities.

Training

Has attended mediation training sessions conducted by CLE and Dispute Resolution Inc and Arbitration training sessions conducted by the Western Canadian Commercial Arbitration Society.

Professional and Other Activities

  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1996
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (Alternative Dispute Resolution), 2006-2017
  • Expert Guides: Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers, 2014
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • President, Golf Canada, 2013
  • Chair, Air Canada Championship (PGA Tour golf tournament), 2000-2002
  • Director, Physical Medical Research Foundation, 2000-2003
  • Director, Tantalus Management Inc., 2000-2005
  • Member, Advisory Board, Willis Canada Inc., 2002-2006
  • Member, Arbutus Club, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Member, Pt. Grey Golf Club, Vancouver, B.C.
Academic Qualifications

LL.L., Laval University, 1967
B.A., McGill University, 1964