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900-980 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 0C8

+1 604 283 7840

Litigation Star

Top 50 Trial Lawyers in Canada


Practice area:

Commercial


Craig Dennis is a leading trial and arbitration lawyer who regularly represents clients in significant litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Dennis’ practice has a business focus with an emphasis on the effective resolution of complex commercial disputes. His litigation experience includes the defence of class actions, professional liability, shareholder and related corporate disputes, product liability, real estate and other land-related disputes, as well as administrative and constitutional law. 


Mr. Dennis has appeared as counsel before all levels of Court in British Columbia, and has also appeared before courts in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. He often acts as counsel before regulatory bodies. 


Mr. Dennis’ counsel experience includes numerous appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Appeal for British Columbia. As appellate counsel he has acted on appeals concerning the law of negligence (Ryan v. Victoria (City), [1999] 1 S.C.R. 201), liability of government (R. v. Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd., 2011 SCC 42; Babcock v. Canada (Attorney General), 2002 SCC 57), the constitutional division of powers (Law Society of British Columbia v. Mangat, 2001 SCC 67), certification of class actions (Simsek v. United Airlines, Inc., 2017 BCCA 316), arbitration (Tresoro Mining Corporation v. Mercer Gold Corp. (B.C.), 2018 BCCA 160), and mitigation of damages (Lynch v. Ueland, 2019 BCCA 431). His varied trial experience includes claims in contract, fiduciary duty, professional negligence, defamation and breach of trust and has involved issues arising under statutes such as the Real Estate Development Marketing Act and the Environmental Management Act. His class actions experience covers areas such as product liability, alleged price fixing, consumer protection and breach of privacy claims. He has successfully represented several global or national professional services firms. In the public law area, Mr. Dennis also has acted as counsel in constitutional cases involving constitutional challenges to restrictions on private health care (appeal of Cambie Surgeries Corporation v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2020 BCSC 1310) and restrictions on the ability to tender expert evidence in civil cases (Crowder v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 2019 BCSC 1824). His work in the professional liability sphere includes representation of an engineer in ongoing proceedings arising from a 2014 tailings storage facility breach at the Mount Polley mine in British Columbia. 


Industry publications consistently recognize Mr. Dennis as leading counsel in the area of corporate and commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Dennis is a fellow of the International Society of Barristers and the Litigation Counsel of America and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 


Mr. Dennis began his legal career as a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin (then puisne justice). He holds law degrees from the University of Toronto and Harvard Law School. 

 

Updated March 2021