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Geoffrey Cowper

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Partner Litigation & Dispute Resolution Corporate/Commercial Class Actions Alternative Dispute Resolution Securities Litigation Commercial Litigation Corporate Social Responsibility Law International Arbitration Government Relations & Ethics


Senior counsel and leader of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. Chair of the BC Justice Reform Initiative reviewing BC’s criminal justice system (2012). Counsel to commissions of inquiry into Indian Affairs policy, Securities Regulation and the Frank Paul Inquiry. Counsel in the SCC on constitutional and Charter issues, commercial, tort and administrative law. Also practices competition law. Active on investor-state and international commercial arbitration matters, including CMD v. DRC. Clients include Microsoft Corporation, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, First Quantum Minerals, UBC, Royal Bank of Canada Group and Jim Pattison Group. Top ranked by Chambers Global and Chambers Canada in dispute resolution. Named one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer 2013. Named in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 as Class Action Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Vancouver. Featured by The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers. Recognized for Commercial Litigation by Who’s Who Legal 2015. Named a litigation star for arbitration, class actions and securities in Canada by Benchmark Canada 2015. Former Director and Chair of Legal Services Society and BC Chair of American College of Trial Lawyers. Appointed QC, 1997.




Legal Services Society, Chair, 2005-2008; Director, 1998-2002 and 2003-2005; Quality Assurance Committee, past Chair; Criminal Tariff Committee, past Chair American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow and Provincial Chair of British Columbia 2005-2007


LLB, 1980 University of British Columbia


Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals: Dispute resolution: British Columbia

Geoffrey Cowper QC - FASKEN

Within: Dispute resolution

FASKEN, which houses a ‘deep and diverse’ litigation practice, routinely handles class actions, administrative and public law cases, corporate and securities litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime. Considered ‘top-tier in Vancouver’, which is the seat of national practice head Geoffrey Cowper QC (‘a very senior litigator who excels on high-profile cases’), the group also has effective platforms in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City, as well as a smaller presence in Calgary. Among its recent cases, Vancouver’s Mark Andrews QC defended a utility on several environmental and construction claims. The ‘very strong’ Tracey Cohen QC is also noted in Vancouver. In Toronto, Laura Cooper defended a professional services company in a multibillion-dollar class action. Robert Harrison and Gerald Ranking are also recommended in Toronto, while Martin Sheehan and Marc-André Fabien Ad E are key contacts in Montreal.

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