William Pepall

William Pepall
FIRM:
Lerners LLP
POSITION:
Partner
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Civil Litigation
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William Pepall is Partner and Practice Group Leader (Commercial Litigation Group) with Lerners LLP in Toronto. He focuses on the field of civil litigation, commercial appellate and class actions, and in particular on the representation of lawyers, accountants and directors and officers in malpractice, discipline and securities claims.

Mr. Pepall earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto before graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University. He went on to earn a Master of Laws in securities law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2003.

He joined Lerners as a partner in 2009 following the closure of Heenan Blaikie LLP, where he had been a partner for nine years.

He has appeared for cases before all levels of court in Ontario and before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, the SEC, the OSC, the Estey Inquiry into Banking, and courts in Manitoba, South Carolina, California and British Columbia.

William Pepall Posts

Appeal court judgment good news for auditors

A recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal makes it more difficult for auditors and other professionals to be sued by individuals who were not their clients, says Toronto commercial litigator William Pepall . Read more

SCC decision doesn’t broaden duty of care

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision that found the auditor of a company’s financial statements was negligent does not broaden the case law surrounding duty of care, says Toronto commercial litigator William Pepall . Read more

Pierringer agreements a double-edged sword

A recent decision highlights practical concerns relating to Pierringer agreements, says Toronto commercial litigation lawyer William Pepall . Read more

Auditors’ duty of care could extend to non-clients

Auditors may be exposed to increased liability in the wake of a court decision that extended one firm’s duty of care to non-clients, says Toronto commercial litigation lawyer William Pepall . Read more

Supreme Court to hear Deloitte appeal over $118M Livent judgment

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will hear an appeal from Deloitte and Touche against a multimillion-dollar judgment awarded over its audit work for the Livent theatre company. Read more

Pepall named in 2016 Best Lawyers in Canada guide

Toronto commercial litigation lawyer William Pepall has been recognized for his expertise in legal malpractice law and corporate/commercial litigation in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada . Pepall, partner with Lerners LLP , specializes in civil litigation, with a particular focus on representing lawyers, accountants, directors and officers in malpractice, discipline and securities claims. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Canada. He has also made special appearances before the SEC, the OSC, the Estey Inquiry into Banking, and courts in Manitoba, South Carolina, California and British Columbia. Read more

Pepall recognized in 2015 Lexpert directory

Toronto lawyer William Pepall has been recognized in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the most repeatedly recommended lawyers in the area of professional liability. Read more

SCC’s ruling in White rounds out expert-evidence trilogy

Toronto commercial litigation lawyer William Pepall says the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent ruling regarding the independence and impartiality of expert witnesses is the latest in a trilogy of important appellate cases dealing with the subject of expert evidence. Read more

Pepall included in Best Lawyers guide

Toronto commercial litigation lawyer William Pepall been recognized in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers Canada, for his expertise in legal malpractice law and corporate/commercial litigation. Read more

Pepall recognized as leading litigator

Toronto commercial litigation lawyer William Pepall has been recognized in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the areas of professional liability, securities litigation, director and officer liability litigation, and corporate commercial litigation. Read more

Implications of Livent case reach beyond negligence finding

A judge’s recent move to find Livent’s former auditing firm liable for its failure to detect fraud at the company may be important to the audit profession, but the legal implications of the case stretch beyond the issue of negligence, says Toronto commercial litigation lawyer William Pepall . Read more

Appeal court ruling on limitation periods to have broad impact

The implications of recent Court of Appeal ruling that clarified the limitation period in unjust enrichment claims will extend far beyond the area of family law, Toronto commercial litigation lawyer William Pepall tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more

OSC lawsuit difficult case for plaintiffs

A lawsuit alleging “bad faith” on the part of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) will be an uphill battle for the plaintiffs, given the regulator’s statutory immunity and duty of care to the broader public rather than individual investors, says Toronto commercial litigation lawyer William Pepall. Read more

Pepall named leading practitioner by Lexpert

Toronto commercial litigation lawyer William Pepall has been named a leading practitioner in professional liability in the 2013 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory . Read more