Ryan Lee | Managing Partner - Watson Goepel Vancouver Lawyers

Ryan R. Lee* Managing Partner


“I strive to be the calm voice of reason when helping clients solve their often complex problems”

Ryan is the Managing Partner at Watson Goepel LLP and a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. His practice focuses on commercial and property disputes, construction matters, transportation law, and employment law. Ryan has represented clients at the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Canadian Transportation Agency, and at various mediations and arbitrations.

Outside of work Ryan enjoys spending time with his family at his cabin on Gambier Island.



LLB, University of British Columbia, 2007
BA (Honours), University of Toronto, 2001


British Columbia, 2008

Work Highlights

Ryan has successfully acted for a number of clients including:

  • railways;
  • municipalities;
  • private insurers;
  • buyers and sellers in real estate transactions; and
  • construction companies.

Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter, “Construction Law for Contractors,” Chinese Construction & Renovation Association of Canada (CCRA), September 2018.
  • Author, “Foreclosure and Unconscionability,” WG Publication, July 2017.
  • Author, “Strata owner cannot rely on Charter to avoid strata fees,” WG Publication, August, 2015.
  • Author, “BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT). Is it an option to resolve your strata property dispute?,” WG Publication, March 2015.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Directors, Pacific Parklands Foundation
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Civil Litigation, Insurance and Employment sections
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Access Pro Bono

* Practicing through a Professional Law Corporation.

Recent news from Ryan R. Lee

27 March 2020

COVID-19 and the BC construction industry: Builders liens

On March 23 the Ontario and Quebec governments ordered that “non-essential” businesses close down, shortly followed by a list of “essential” businesses that were exempt from the mandatory closure. Quebec took a more cautious approach and ordered that all non-essential construction sites close. Ontario adopted a less restrictive approach and included the construction industry on…

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Strata Law for Condos in BC

14 June 2019

Developers and stratas take note: Strata corps may not have to pay for shared facilities

It is common practice for developers of strata properties to enter into easement agreements granting future strata owners access to shared facilities before the stratas are actually incorporated. These agreements allow developers to structure future cost-sharing arrangements of strata projects at the early stages of a development. However, developers and strata corporations should be aware…

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