William Blakeney has been legal counsel on high-profile class action, construction, institutional liability and environmental cases. He has an extensive background in professional liability including lawsuits against contractors, engineers and architects. He has argued cases at many levels of court from Federal Court to the Supreme Court of Canada.
In addition to litigation support, he advises insurers, reinsurance companies and not for profit corporations on policy wordings and privacy issues.
He was legal counsel throughout the Indian Residential Schools litigation and participated in the Truth & Reconciliation Commission from its inception.
He has represented film and television productions, publishers, musical instrument manufacturers, record labels, recording studios and concert promotion companies in litigation matters.
He was one of the original founders of the Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade. In 2002, he was presented with the Lew Dunn Award by WICC for his fundraising efforts with the organization.
Originally from the Maritimes, Bill obtained an Honours degree in English from the University of Kings College and an J.D. from Dalhousie Law School. He was granted an LLM degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2011 from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is called to the Bar in Ontario and the Maritimes.