Geoff Cowper, Senior Counsel and Leader of the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group, has served as counsel in a broad variety of significant cases both in Canada and abroad. He is top ranked in dispute resolution by Chambers & Partners; endorsed by Practical Law Company; named 2010 Vancouver Corporate and Commercial Litigator of the Year by Best Lawyers; listed by National Post-Best Lawyers in Canada for administrative and public law, bet-the-company litigation, class action litigation, corporate and commercial litigation, director and officer liability, legal malpractice law, and securities law; and featured in The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers.
Geoff was Counsel to commissions of inquiry into the BC justice system's response to the death of Frank Paul, Indian Affairs policy, and Provincial Securities regulation. He has been Counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada on cases involving constitutionality of legislation, charter rights, commercial, tort and administrative law issues. Geoff is active in investor-state and international commercial arbitration matters including most recently First Quantum v. DRC Congo; and Loewen v US.
Geoff has lectured on a variety of topics of legal and public interest. He has also served on the boards of a number of community, charitable and legal organizations.
Geoff served as a Director and Chair of the Legal Services Society (LSS) for three terms. In that period LSS developed a national and international reputation for its innovative approaches to cost effective access to justice and the Board provided substantial strategic leadership in defining an outcome focused outlook for legal aid in BC.