15 June 2021
In Memoriam: Robert ‘Bob’ Watson
On Friday, June 4th, 2021 Bob Watson, one of Watson Goepel LLP’s founding partners, died after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bob was the firm’s first managing partner, a position he held until 2006. He was pivotal in the firm’s growth, building and maintaining a successful corporate commercial practice alongside the busy trial practices of his partners.
Watson Goepel’s culture and work ethic were established early on under Bob’s leadership. His can-do attitude and willingness to explore new opportunities offered by prospective clients and circumstances saw Watson Goepel grow steadily into one of BC’s most reputable and well-regarded law firms.
As Managing Partner, Bob was frequently called upon to make the hard decisions, always putting the firm’s interests ahead of his own. He mentored many young associates in both the art of lawyering and the equally important management of their practices, assuring their success.
Bob’s counsel and strategic vision were cherished by his clients. His patience in bringing along young lawyers and staff to meet his high standards was embodied in Watson Goepel’s pledge to “Exceed Client Expectations”. He continued to provide sage counsel to his golf companions in his retirement, always referring them to Watson Goepel to finish the job he started.
To his wife Karen, his four children, and the rest of Bob’s family, we at Watson Goepel extend our deepest sympathy and profound condolences. As a friend, partner, and lawyer, Bob will be missed by all of us at Watson Goepel.