In an era of rising litigation expenses, clients need and deserve seasoned advice and wise counsel. I aim to achieve top results cost-effectively. Each case is unique, some more than others, but each case deserves and gets my best efforts.
– Bruce E. McLeod
Bruce practices complex civil litigation with a focus on business disputes, wills and estates, defamation and securities litigation.
Bruce’s wide experience in litigation includes, among others, cases in breach of contract, shareholder remedies, Wills Variation Act matters, real property disputes, professional liability, executive dismissal, director and officer liability, defamation, fraud, conspiracy, fiduciary duty, passing off, tracing, malicious prosecution, Anton Piller orders and Mareva injunctions.
Before law, Bruce skied, cycled through Europe and Central America, studied political theory, and worked a short stint in Ottawa. After shelving bike, skis, and unrealistic dreams of a music career he went to law school.
After Bruce articled and stayed on as an associate with Western Canada’s largest law firm at the time, he joined a top-tier Vancouver litigation boutique. He had the good fortune to apprentice with some of the best lawyers in Vancouver.
In 1994, sensing an opportunity to make less money at greater risk, Bruce opened a sole practice as litigation counsel. In 2015, after 21 years of successful sole practice, Bruce teamed up with Alan Ross as McLeod Ross Litigation Lawyers.
In his spare time Bruce still skis, bikes, makes music, and meddles in politics.
Bruce welcomes challenging cases that require creativity and tenacity to achieve superior results.
A sample of cases* Bruce has worked on during his career includes:
CIVIL LITIGATION PROCEDURAL ISSUES
- Abermin Corp. v. Granges Exploration Ltd.
This case set the test on appeal from a decision of Supreme Court Master
- Damji v. Premier Cablesystems Ltd.
Dismissal for want of prosecution
- Harrington v. Dow Corning Corp.
First class action under the BC Class Proceedings Act
COMMERCIAL AND SECURITIES LITIGATION
- Malik v. State Petroleum Corporation
Finder’s fee award in quantum meruit
- Genesee Enterprises Ltd. v. Rached
Specific performance of “put” agreement, with conspiracy counterclaim
- Thibeault v. Canadian Airlines International Ltd.
Executive dismissal claim maintained against company and CEO personally
- Ogilvie v. Ogilvie Estate
Recovery of estate assets based on presumption of undue influence
- Lougheed Estate v. Wilson
Substantial Wills Variation Act case
Genesee Enterprises Ltd. v. Abou-Rached; National Hockey League v. Pepsi-Cola Canada Ltd.; Edwards v. Bell; Malik v. State Petroleum Corporation; Grewal v. Grewal; and Binary Environments Ltd. v. Batyka are cases in which clients won costs awards beyond expectations.
*Each case is unique. Past success is not a guarantee of future outcome.
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Canadian Bar Association
- Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
- BC Civil Liberties Association
- Advocates Club (Past President)
- “Employees and Fiduciary Duties,” CLEBC, Employment Law Conference, 2004
- “Personal Liability of Corporate Officers and Directors for Wrongful Dismissal,” CLEBC, Employment Law Conference, 2001
- “Presumption of Undue Influence,” Trial Lawyers Association of BC, Estate Litigation, 1998
- Cycling (road),
- Music (keyboards),
- Skiing (Coach, Hollyburn Cross-Country Ski Club),
- Basketball (Coach, Seymour Steve Nash Basketball Association),
- Politics (President, North Vancouver-Seymour NDP)
- LL.B. (J.D.) Osgoode Hall Law School, Downsview, Ont. (1986)
- M.A. Political Science, York University, Downsview, Ont. (1981)
- B.A. (Hons.) Political Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ont. (1978)