Craig Watson

E. Craig Watson, Associate Counsel

E. Craig Watson has, almost exclusively, been a civil litigator since becoming a lawyer in 1995.  He practices in the areas of personal injury, with an emphasis on significant and catastrophic claims, construction disputes, and commercial litigation.  Craig has appeared in all of the courts in British Columbia and has successfully represented his clients in hundreds of mediations and numerous arbitrations.

Craig left private practice in the late 2000s and was in-house counsel with SNC-Lavalin during the construction of the Canada Line.  During this period he was responsible for the ongoing risk assessment and management of the various legal issues which inevitably arise during the design and construction of significant infrastructure projects.

Craig has extensive experience in the prosecution and defence of significant personal injury claims, with a particular interest in claims involving self-employed entrepreneurs or professionals.  He has also represented a number of clients with significant legal disputes such as:

  • counsel for sub-contractor seeking payment of outstanding extras and Change Orders during design and construction of Millennium Line
  • counsel on arbitration in claims by contractors for extras and Change Orders against municipalities and other owners
  • junior counsel in successful defence, and resolution through mediation, of long-tail claim on CGL policy for environmental damage and remediation expenses in excess of approximately $500 million
  • counsel for national entertainment company in the prosecution of negligent design of, and failure to maintain, escalators installed at their premises
  • counsel in prosecution of significant fire loss claim alleging significant construction deficiencies and Building Code design failures spanning a 10 year construction period
  • counsel for corporations seeking to enforce non-competition clauses in employment and supply contracts
  • counsel for small business owners in disputes regarding corporate dissolutions, oppressions remedies, commercial leases, and asset acquisitions
  • junior counsel for online brokerage firm in alleged wrongful dismissal and breach of partnership agreement claim

Call to the Bar

British Columbia, 1995

Areas of Practice

Construction Law

Commercial Litigation

Insurance Defence

Personal Injury

Tort Litigation

Actions for Professional Negligence

Education and Professional Affiliations

Queen’s University, Ll.B.        1993

Queen’s University, B.A.(Honours)    1989

Member, Law Society of British Columbia

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers

Member, Medical Legal Association

Member, BC Coalition of Motorcyclists

Director, Vancouver College Alumni Association

Member of various sections in Canadian Bar Association – B.C. Branch

Member, Vancouver Bar Association

Member, Membership Committee (2011), Canadian Bar Association – B.C. Branch

Member (2006 – 2010), BarTalk Editorial Committee, Canadian Bar Association – B.C. Branch

Member (2006 – 2009), Member Services Committee, Canadian Bar Association – B.C. Branch

Executive Member (2005 – 2008), Construction Section, Canadian Bar Association – B.C. Branch

Reasonable Doubt: I’ll see you in (online) court
Reasonable Doubt: Any fruits or vegetables…or phones or tablets to declare?
Reasonable Doubt: When courtroom swearing is encouraged