2017

Alberta

2016

University of Calgary, Juris Doctor

2016

University of Calgary, MBA

2010

University of Calgary, BA

Law Society of Alberta

Canadian Bar Association

Canadian Bar Association Articling Section

Faculty of Law tutor for the Civil Procedure course

University of Calgary - Winter 2020

William frequently volunteers his time within the legal community, including the Canadian Bar Associations Young Lawyers and Articling Sections, Pro Bono Law Alberta, and the University of Calgary - Faculty of Law mooting program and block week seminars.

William also sits on the board of directors for Jewish Family Services Calgary, a non-denominal social services agency aimed at enriching lives and strengthening communities by providing social services to individuals, children, youth and families based on the values of compassion, social justice, and improving the world.

  • Brian Dickson Medal for distinguished advocacy from American Association for Justice
William Katz

Will joined JSS Barristers as an associate after being called to the Alberta Bar in 2017. Born and raised in the City of Calgary, Will obtained a Bachelor of Arts in facility management from the University of Alberta in 2010. Following his undergraduate studies, Will took some time away from scholastics to pursue interests in emergency medicine volunteering for the Red Cross overseas.

Upon his return to Canada in 2012, Will attended the University of Calgary and graduated in 2016 with a Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration. While obtaining his JD/MBA, Will volunteered with Pro-Bono Students Canada and Student Legal Assistance gaining experience in family, civil and criminal litigation.

As a student, Will was active in the competitive mooting program where he was awarded the Brian Dickson Medal for Distinguished Advocacy by the American Association for Justice. Will has been involved in the teaching and facilitation of mooting and debating programs throughout the City of Calgary mentoring a wide variety of students ranging in age from primary school to undergraduate studies.

In his spare time, Will is an avid skier, runner, and hiker and happily competes in all forms of team sports. Will is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association, and currently acts as the co-chair for the articling section of the Canadian Bar Association.


Experience

William has a general civil litigation practice with experience in professional negligence, shareholder litigation, corporate and investment fraud, contractual disputes, construction litigation and arbitration, personal injury, medical malpractice, and employment law.


Publications

"Are Contracts Enforceable Despite COVID-19? [Part 5]: Duty to Mitigate Force Majeure Events"

JSSBarristers.ca, April 30, 2020
Co-Author (with Bryan C. Duguid QC, FCIArb)

"Are Contracts Enforceable Despite COVID-19? [Part 2]: The Applicable Legal Doctrines"

JSSBarristers.ca, April 9, 2020
Co-Author (with Geoffrey Boddy)


Speaking Engagements

Canadian Bar Association - Articling subsection