Eric R. Williams

Counsel

Appellate Opinion and Advocacy, Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex Litigation Matters, Corporate Commercial Litigation, Insurance Defence, Professional Liability, Personal Injury Litigation

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Contact

T: 613-237-0520 x236 F: 613-237-3163
williams@williamslitigation.ca
Called To The Bar: 1974

Eric R. Williams

Assistant

Rosanne MacGillivary
T: 613-237-0520 x219
rosanne@williamslitigation.ca

Eric Williams is devoted to the law. He founded the firm in 1978 and has achieved recognition for his work by being selected and named by his peers as one of the best lawyers in Canada. He has represented clients in all areas of civil and corporate litigation---at every level of Court in Canada----acting as counsel in more than 185 civil court trials and appeals to date. Eric captured national media attention in 2007 in his most publicly known decision, from the Supreme Court of Canada. Eric successfully defended two homeowners and their insurance company establishing that they were not liable as social hosts, having acted as counsel at trial, at the Court of Appeal and at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Drawn to the challenge of complex cases, Eric has remarkable ability to articulate the connection between the facts and the law. His approach is characterized by diligence, hard work and a sense of humour. His first priority is always to establish a meaningful connection with his clients, helping them understand the possible risks and gains associated with the civil litigation process. He is regularly referred litigation by other lawyers around the province, particularly in complex matters or on appeal.

Eric does not shy away from risk if he believes that a client has a good legal case. A recent example includes representing a plaintiff for many years against a large financial institution. Eric took the case knowing that he would only get paid if they won. They won at trial, and the client received a range of damages, including the second highest punitive damages award in commercial cases in Canada. Eric went on to successfully defend the trial Judgment at the Court of Appeal.

Since 2006, Eric has been voted by his peers as one of “Canada’s Best Lawyers” in the categories of Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law. Outside of Canada, his accomplishments as an advocate are also recognized as he was invited into the American College of Trial lawyers in 2006, a status reserved to less than 1% of all practicing lawyers of any state or province. In addition to the clients that he serves directly, Eric served the Ottawa community as Deputy Small Claims Court Judge for over 15 years. He has developed a comprehensive advocacy-training program within Williams Litigation Lawyers. He also informally acts as a mentor and teacher to lawyers outside the firm, giving generously to maintain excellence in advocacy. He is an active participant in the Advocates’ Society and law association education and mentoring programs. Eric is known as a lawyers’ lawyer.

Credentials

  • LL.B., Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (1972)
  • B.A., (Biology & Physics), Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (1969)

Selected Professional Recognition

  • 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada in the categories of Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law (Woodward/White)
  • 2017 Ottawa Appellate Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers (Woodward/White)
  • 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada in the categories of Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Appellate Law and Bet-the-Company Litigation (Woodward/White)
  • 2014 Ottawa Appellate Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers (Woodward/White)
  • 2014 Leading Litigator in area of Product Liability (Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada)
  • 2013 Ottawa Insurance Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers (Woodward/White)
  • 2010 Ottawa Insurance Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers (Woodward/White)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada in the categories of Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law and Appellate Law (Woodward/White)
  • AV Rated for Ten Years in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards (Lexis Nexis, 2010)
  • Member of Leading Lawyers 2009 under the category of Insurance Law (LawDay)
  • Award for Excellence in Insurance Law, Ontario Bar Association, 2006
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 2006

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