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WILLIAM S. BERARDINO, Q.C.
By the Honourable Mr. Justice David Harris, the Honourable Madam Justice
Janet Winteringham, Mark Andrews, Q.C., and Andi MacKay
The incomparable William S. Berardino, Q.C., has retired. He
did so, as one might expect, without announcement or fanfare.
It was as if Bill did not want anyone to notice or, perhaps,
feared that if they did they would insist on publicly glorifying
him with dinner speeches—a fate that would invariably leave Bill blinking
his eyes, uneasy in the spotlight. For all that Bill is as a lawyer—magnetic,
magical and mesmerizing—in his personal life Bill is private, peaceful and
unpretentious. The stage is not a place where Bill likes to dwell.
As Bill is not like anyone else, this piece will likewise not be like any
other: the authors have decided to write a letter directly to Bill. We invite
the readers of the Advocate to share our written celebration of Bill, our brilliant
leader and friend without parallel.
It would be easy to describe Bill’s decades at the bar by cataloguing his
cases, extraordinary achievements and awards that stack heavy—for nigh
on 40 years, Bill was involved in virtually every major case in British
Columbia and was the personification of a general counsel (if he could take
it to court or arbitration or mediation or just negotiate about it, he did, in
every conceivable forum). He was listed nationally as leading counsel in a
dizzying array of areas including class action law, corporate and commercial
law, director and officer liability, securities law, personal injury law,
criminal law, legal malpractice and product liability, and he was often
named lawyer of the year in various fields. However, what we focus on in
the pages that follow are the attributes, even beyond his tally of wins, that
caused so many of his colleagues and clients, judges and members of the
public to truly love, admire and respect him.