Benchmark Canada Aboriginal Litigation Star

Benchmark Canada, 2014


  • LLM, 1985
    Harvard Law School, Harvard University
  • LLB, (Gold Medallist), 1979
    University of Victoria
  • BSc, 1976
    Simon Fraser University

Year of Call/Admission

  • Alberta, 1990
  • Yukon, 1983
  • British Columbia, 1980

Languages Spoken

  • English

Charles F. Willms

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Chuck Willms is the Chair of the firm's Aboriginal Law Practice Group. He has considerable experience in Aboriginal, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Commercial, Competition, Constitutional, Construction, Energy, Forestry, Property Assessment and Mining matters. He has appeared as counsel before the Property Assessment Appeal Board, Competition Tribunal, Supreme Court of British Columbia, Yukon Supreme Court, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, Courts of Appeal of British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon, Federal Courts of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has extensive experience in alternate dispute resolution matters including negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

Chuck is the chair of the Vancouver Specialty Litigation Business Unit.

Honours and Awards

  • Chambers Global 2012-2017 Aboriginal Law (Canada)
  • Chambers Canada 2017 and 2018 for Aboriginal Law
  • The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2011-2017 for Aboriginal Law
  • The Best Lawyers® in Canada 2006-2017 for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • ROB/Lexpert’s Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers, November 2016  
  • Lexpert® Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, Report on Business, November 2015
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2010-2016 for Aboriginal Law
  • Named as a “local litigation star” in British Columbia and a “litigation star” for Aboriginal law in Canada by Benchmark Canada, 2013-2014
  • Lexpert® Ranked Energy Lawyers, Report on Business, October 2013
  • Named as a "Aboriginal law star" and "Competition litigation star" and as a "local litigation star" for Aboriginal law, commercial litigation, competition and environmental law in British Columbia by Benchmark Canada


  • Director, British Columbia Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (BCSSGA)
  • BC Roadbuilders and Heavy Duty Construction Association
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Member of Aboriginal Affairs Committee (PDAC)
  • British Columbia Business Council - Aboriginal Affairs Committee

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