Yianni Pappas Acreman | Watson Goepel LLP

Yianni Pappas-Acreman Associate


“I was drawn to the law because I believe in the value of service, to my clients, and to the community at large.”

Yianni is an Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group at Watson Goepel LLP. Prior to joining Watson Goepel in 2017, he practiced at a large regional firm in Vancouver. His practice focuses primarily in the area of general commercial litigation.

Yianni has appeared before the British Columbia Provincial Court and the British Columbia Supreme Court, as well as the Residential Tenancy Branch.

In his free time, Yianni likes to run, listen to music, and spend time with his family and friends.


JD, University of Victoria, 2014
BA, Honours with Distinction, University of Victoria, 2010


British Columbia, 2015

Work Highlights

  • Obtained a Registrar’s assessment of costs and special costs for over $350,000 against a party following trial
  • Successfully defended an application to set aside a default judgment by establishing that the defendant had been properly served with the claim
  • Obtained an assessment of damages for over $150,000.00 following default judgment against a defendant who contested the application
  • Successfully challenged redactions made by a defendant in their document production
  • Conducted successful applications for court approval of sales of real property
  • Involved in a successful application to set aside a third party notice which had been improperly filed

Publications and Presentations

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Committee Member, Court Service Committee, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch
  • Past Committee Member, Policy Advisory Council, downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association
  • Past President, UVic Law Students’ Society (2013-2014)

Recent news from Yianni Pappas-Acreman

15 March 2022

Manual to British Columbia Civil Litigation is Now Available

We are delighted to share that Yianni Pappas-Acreman is a contributing author for a recent publication Manual to British Columbia Civil Litigation, published by Canadian Legal Information Institute. Along with many contributors, Yianni has volunteered his time to share his expertise with the public, providing in-depth information and commentary about civil procedures in British Columbia.…

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Force Majeure - COVID-19 Contract Disputes

14 April 2020

Force majeure, frustration, and fairness: Navigating contractual disputes in the COVID-19 pandemic

The spread of COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on our society. This impact will be felt for months and years to come. In light of the current circumstances, many businesses, organizations, and individuals are struggling to meet their obligations and are looking for guidance on how they can resolve any resulting business and contractual…

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Renewing a Judgement in Vancouver

9 September 2019

“Renewing” a judgment in British Columbia

A British Columbia judgment for the payment of money or the return of personal property is effective for 10 years. A judgment can be “renewed”, but the process is not straightforward. This article provides a brief discussion of the steps necessary to renew the original judgement, and some of the complications that can arise in…

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