Darrell W. Roberts, Q.C.
Darrell Roberts focuses on large, complex and difficult cases that arise in many areas of law. His practice includes commercial litigation, professional malpractice, estate litigation, major personal injury, class actions, environmental law, construction litigation, defamation, aboriginal law, products liability, estate and property law litigation, and constitutional law.
Darrell articled to Franklin Bonnell, Q.C. of Campney, Owen and Murphy and then practised for 5 years with Wilson, King & Co. in Prince George, BC gaining considerable courtroom experience in both criminal and civil cases.
In 1970, Darrell was accepted into the Masters Program at Harvard and upon its completion was a full-time professor of law at U.B.C. following which he was the first director of the Criminal Procedure Project for the Law Reform Commission of Canada. Upon return to practice in 1974, Darrell has continued his litigation practice in a broad range of cases, first with a short stint at the former firm of Russell & DuMoulin, then for eight years at the former firm of McAlpine, Roberts & Hordo, and then in his own firm from 1983 until April 2001 when he and the other members of Roberts & Baker joined with Miller Thomson.
He has appeared as counsel in numerous cases before all levels of court in British Columbia and Alberta, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. A frequent contributor on Continuing Legal Education panels, Darrell has also authored a number of legal articles and was lead counsel in numerous major cases.
Darrell’s more than 45 years of experience, broad range of legal expertise and strong academic background, are formidable attributes that assure clients of quality, value-added service.
- LL.M., Harvard University Graduate School of Business, 1970
- LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1963
- B.A., University of British Columbia, 1960
- AV Rated in Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review
- Listed in Best Lawyers in Canada for Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Law, and Corporate and Commercial Litigation
- Appointed Small Claims Adjudicator and Justice of the Peace by Province of British Columbia pursuant to Pilot project initiated by Chief Judge Hugh Stansfield, 2008 to present
- Recipient, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia Bar Award and Honorary Lifetime Membership in recognition of outstanding contributions within the legal profession and exemplary service to clients, 2008
- Recipient, UBC Faculty of Law Adjunct Professor Award for Distinguished Service, 2006
- Recipient, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Harry Rankin, QC Pro Bono Award, 2005
- Recipient, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, Georges A. Goyer Memorial Award for Distinguished Service, 2005
- Adjunct Professor of Law, UBC Faculty of Law, 1975-2006
- Associate Professor of Law, UBC Faculty of Law, 1970-1974
- Director of Research, Criminal Procedure, Law Reform Commission of Canada at Ottawa, 1972 -1974
- Frequent panellist on Evidence and Trial and Appellate Practice Issues
- Member, Law Societies of British Columbia and Alberta
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, British Columbia Trial Lawyers Association
- Member, American Trial Lawyers Association
Key Practice Expertise
Areas of Focus
- Defamation, Estate, and Civil Litigation
- Class Actions
- Professional Negligence
- Constitutional Law
- Professional Liability Disputes
Year of Call
- Appointed Queen's Counsel, 1989
- British Columbia Bar, 1964
- Alberta Bar, 1984