William E. Pepall - Lerners LLP

William E. Pepall

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

William Pepall has, for over 30 years, specialized in the field of civil and commercial litigation. He has pleaded cases before all levels of court in Ontario and before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court. Special appearances have been made before the SEC, the OSC, the Estey Inquiry into Banking, and courts in Manitoba, South Carolina, California and British Columbia. Mr. Pepall has broad and diverse experience in the civil litigation field. He has developed particular expertise in the representation of lawyers, accountants and directors and officers in negligence, malpractice, discipline and securities claims.

Additional Information


Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada

Designated as Preferred Counsel by Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Company

University of Toronto, Law SchoolQueens UniversityLL.B 1974Osgoode Hall Law School
The Advocates' SocietyCanadian Bar AssociationLaw Society of Upper CanadaToronto Lawyers Association


Acting for a mid-sized firm of accountants defending an action by a bank, which was a creditor of a now bankrupt corporation, seeking millions of dollars in damages and alleging that the accounting firm was negligent in the performance of its audit of that corporation.

Acting for a large firm of accountants defending allegations of auditors’ negligence in the audit of the financial statements of a private company.

Acting for a large law firm defending an action for damages for defamation and other economic torts in a case in which the issue of absolute privilege will be considered.

Successfully defended a family law lawyer against a claim for indemnity arising out of an alleged error in the drafting of a marriage contract and had the marriage contract set aside on grounds of mistake.

Representation of many of Canada’s most prominent law firms in the defence of liability claims.

Representation of Nortel Former Employee Representatives in Nortel CCAA litigation.

Representation of the liquidator of a major trust company and the federal deposit insurer in a $500 million tort claim against the former directors, officers, auditors and controlling shareholders of a trust company.

Representation of the liquidator of a major trust company in an action which raised novel issues of interpretation and public policy concerning s. 100 of the Bankruptcy Act.

Representation of a major accounting firm in securities class actions in the United States.

Representation of a major accounting firm in audit, accounting and tax negligence cases across Canada.

Representation of the auditor in the defence of a major securities action in Winnipeg.

Representation of some of Canada’s largest law firms in the defence of claims.

Representation of individual directors before the Estey inquiry into the collapse of the Canadian Commercial Bank and Northland Bank.

Application by the director for the shareholder’s oppression remedy under the Canada Business Corporations Act, arising out of Campeau’s 1980 take-over bid for Royal Trustco.

Representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in class proceedings involving commercial and securities issues.

Representation at trial and on appeal of a successful plaintiff who had suffered a stroke caused by oral contraceptives.

Representation on appeal of a successful plaintiff who was granted the largest non-pecuniary loss under the Family Law Reform Act.

Representation of stage, film and recording artists in litigation matters.

Representation of the University of Toronto in various employment and academic issues.

Office Location

130 Adelaide Street West, Suite 2400
Toronto, ON M5H 3P5

Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law (Class Actions)