Martin L. Palleson

Martin Palleson is a partner in the Vancouver office of Gowling WLG. He practises in the areas of general commercial litigation, with an emphasis on insolvency and restructuring disputes. Martin also has significant experience in franchise, construction, and insurance litigation, as well as environmental/natural resource law and Indigenous law.

Martin has appeared frequently at all levels of British Columbia and Federal Courts. Martin also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1986, Martin has been practising law for more than 30 years. He obtained his LLB from the University of British Columbia in 1985, and was awarded the Gold Medal for achieving the highest marks in his class. In 1988, Martin also received his Masters Degree in Law from the University of Oxford (BCL, 1987/88).

Martin was an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law teaching natural resources law from September, 1991 until 1995. He has also published numerous legal articles.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
  • 1988

    • Education
      1988
      University of Oxford, BCL
  • 1986

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1986
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 1985

    • Education
      1985
      University of British Columbia LLB
  • 1984

    • Education
      1984
      University of British Columbia, B.Comm. (Hons.)

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Defence Counsel
  • Canadian Insurance Professionals of Vancouver
  • Member, Oxford - Cambridge Society
  • Member, Wadham College Law Society, Oxford University
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Vancouver Bar Association; Executive (1997-1998)
  • Western Canada Franchise Summit, February 2011, "Class Actions and Franchising," Paper and Presentation
  • Insolvency and Restructuring Group, May 2010, "Challengeable Transactions: The New Transfer at Undervalue," Paper and Presentation
  • Class Actions and Franchising, March 2008, Western Canada Franchise Summit, PowerPoint and Lecture
  • An Overview of Insolvency in Canada, October 2007, Paper and Lecture, Lorman Educational Series
  • An Overview of Insolvency in Canada, October 2006, Paper and Lecture, Lorman Educational Series
  • Case Comment – Canadian National Railway Co. v. A.B.C. Recycling Ltd., [2005] BCJ No. 852 (B.C.S.C.), September, 2006, Gowlings Environmental Newsletter and Bar-Ex Communications Inc. (Bar-Ex website)
  • British Columbia Crown Contaminated Sites Management, June 2006, Gowlings Environmental Newsletter
  • Employee Rights in Bankruptcy and Receivership, September 2006, Canadian Institute’s “Advanced Insolvency Law and Practice”, Paper and Lecture
  • Environmental Management Act (British Columbia) – A New Approach? A Work in Progress?, October 2004, Gowlings Environmental Newsletter, Federated Press, The Advocate (2005)
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency, October 2003 and 2004, Collection Law in B.C., Paper and Lecture, Lorman Educational Services
  • Protecting Drinking Water in British Columbia, January 2004, Gowlings Environmental Newsletter, Federated Press
  • Changes to British Columbia Contaminated Sites Legislation, Gowlings Environmental Newsletter
  • Summary of British Columbia Contaminated Sites Legislation, Gowlings Environmental Newsletter
  • CAIRP Insolvency and Restructuring Forum, US Bankruptcy Code, 2002
  • Energy and National Resources Law Conference (Calgary, Alberta), Recent Developments in Aboriginal Law (Martin Palleson and Nadine Berge), 2002
  • National Recovery Services Newsletter, The New Personal Information Protection Act