Sam Tecle Associate


Speaks:  English, Korean

Year of Call: 2024 - Alberta

Year of Call: 2019 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 (604) 443-7658

Fax: +1 (604) 683-3558

Email: sam.tecle@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Vancouver




Sam Tecle

Sam is a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation, employment law, and professional liability.

Working across multiple sectors, Sam helps his clients navigate a range of contentious matters – from intricate contract and negligence claims to white-collar fraud investigations to high-stakes banking litigation files. Over the course of his career, he has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia, as well as before administrative tribunals in British Columbia and Alberta.

Sam's clients – which include banks, tech companies, and professional service firms – admire his practical, informed, and client-centred approach to resolving their disputes and regard him as a trusted advocate.

Sam complements his practice by working as an adjunct professor at Capilano University's School of Legal Studies where he teaches advocacy. He also currently serves on Capilano University's Board of Governors as well as on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Sam served as a judicial law clerk for the Honourable Justice Robert L. Barnes of the Federal Court of Canada. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria, after which he lived and worked in South Korea for several years. Sam subsequently returned to Canada and earned a Juris Doctor from Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law, during which time he went on exchange at the National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law.

Career & Recognition

  • Community
     2023
    Board of Governors of Capilano University
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Career & Recognition

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  • 2024

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2024
      Year of Call, Alberta
  • 2023

    • Community
       2023
      Board of Governors of Capilano University
  • 2022

    • Community
       2022
      Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, Treasurer (2022-2023)
    • Career
       2022
      Adjunct Professor, Capilano University School of Legal Studies (2022-2023)
  • 2019

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2019
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 2017

    • Career
       2017
      Judicial Law Clerk for the Honourable Robert L. Barnes, Federal Court of Canada (2017-2018)
    • Education
       2017
      National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law, exchange program
    • Education
       2017
      Thompson Rivers University, JD
  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
       2016
      Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program (U-REAP) Scholarship
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
       2015
      TRU Certificate of Recognition in Law Bursary
    • Rankings & Awards
       2015
      TRU Faculty of Law - Dean's Course Prize – Property Law
    • Rankings & Awards
       2015
      TRU Faculty of Law Dean's List
  • 2009

    • Education
       2009
      University of Victoria, BA

Memberships

  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Eritrea Community Association of Metro Vancouver
  • Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
  • Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Chapter
  • Vancouver Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society

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