Bill Burden

Senior Counsel | 
Toronto

William (Bill) Burden* serves as counsel in the Litigation Group at Cassels. Bill practises commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contract disputes, Aboriginal law and shareholder remedies. He has extensive trial (both in the courts and before various tribunals) and appellate experience and has been involved in many significant arbitrations involving the interpretation of contracts.

Bill’s experience includes being involved in the following significant matters:

  • Grassy Narrows First Nation v. Ontario (Natural Resources), 2013 ONCA 158; aff’d 2014 SCC 48 (an appeal before the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada involving constitutional and aboriginal law principles, and the interpretation of a First Nations treaty)
  • Stetson Oil & Gas Ltd. v. Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc., 2013 ONSC 1300 (an action involving the interpretation of an underwriting agreement in the context of a failed bought deal transaction)
  • Healy v. Canadian Tire Corp., 2012 ONSC 77 (a proceeding, which included a 42-day arbitration hearing, an appeal before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List), and a motion for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, involving allegations of breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of the Arthur Wishart Act – leave to appeal to CA denied)
  • Ontario Energy Board Case Nos. EB-2011-0040, EB2011-0041, EB2011-0042 (a proceeding before the Ontario Energy Board concerning proposed natural gas facilities and whether the Crown met its duty to consult with affected First Nations)
  • A private arbitration proceeding involving a 42-day hearing before a three-member arbitral panel concerning allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of the duty of good faith

Bill has written extensively about contract interpretation principles, debtor/creditor issues, and shareholder disputes. Bill is a member of The Advocates’ Society, the Insolvency Institute of Canada and the International Insolvency Institute. He is a former lecturer at the Bar Admissions Course, and a former member of the Executive of the Ontario Insolvency Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

*denotes Professional Corporation

  • Legal 500 Canada (Dispute Resolution)
  • Martindale Hubbell, Distinguished™ rating
  • B.A. (cum laude), Yale University
  • LL.B., University of Toronto
  • Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Insolvency Institute of Canada
  • International Insolvency Institute
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association