William J. Harris

    Direct Phone: 604.941.9661

Bill was born in Vancouver and raised in Burnaby. After high school Bill went to college in Idaho and then returned to B.C. to attend the University of British Columbia, where he obtained a B.A. in economics. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Bill completed graduate studies in business administration. Bill graduated from the University of British Columbia law school in 1976.

Bill has devoted almost his entire legal career to acting exclusively for injured victims. Although he started his career working for a prominent Vancouver firm defending insurance companies, he quickly realized that he wanted to protect the interests of people, instead of the coffers of insurance companies.

To pursue this passion, in 1978 Bill partnered with Michael Garton to form the firm Garton & Harris in Port Coquitlam. Michael Garton passed away in 1996, but Garton & Harris is still operating in Port Coquitlam as a solicitors practice. The personal injury component of Garton & Harris, known as William J. Harris & Partners LLP, remained at the same address in Port Coquitlam for 34 years, and has become a fixture in the Tri-Cities legal community. In 2012 Bill began practising law with Guy Collette and Richard Parsons and the firm is now known as Collette Parsons Harris, and can be still be found at the same address in Port Coquitlam.

Although based in Port Coquitlam for the past 38 years, Bill’s practice includes clients from all corners of the province. He has acted for people suffering from brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopaedic injuries, herniated discs, soft tissue injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. Bill has appeared before the British Columbia Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal British Columbia, and has conducted jury and non-jury trials.

Bill has three grown sons. He and his partner Margaret live in Vancouver. In addition to work and spending time with family and friends, Bill is an avid sportsperson. Throughout high school and university he participated in a variety of sports including wrestling, hockey, baseball and rugby. He continues to play old timers hockey.

Bill is delighted to join forces with Collette Parsons and is looking forward to continuing to serve past and future clients.

  • Client Testimonials

    I developed chronic pain and fibromyalgia from a car accident. I hired Collette Parsons Harris* to act for me and they fought my case very hard for years. The defendants denied that I was injured leading up to the 15 day trial but Collette Parsons Harris* always had my back and went above and beyond the call of duty. They cared about me and my case and treated me with commitment and respect. We attended a mediation a few months before the trial but walked away when an insufficient offer was made. Weeks before the trial the defendants made an acceptable offer and my case settled. I don't know what I would have done without them. I have referred other people to Collette Parsons Harris* since my accident and I would highly recommend them to anyone, without question!

    K.L., Vancouver

    I live in Lake Tahoe California and I was involved in a head on collision with a jack-knifed semi trailer on a highway in central British Columbia. I suffered serious injuries that changed my life. I hired Collette Parsons to act for me and I was extremely happy with their work and the result in my case. Because Richard Parsons is licensed in British Columbia and California he was able to deal with the BC part of my case and my case against my own insurance company in California for refusing to pay my medical and disability benefits. I strongly recommend Collette Parsons Harris* to other Americans who are involved in accidents in Canada.

    S.M. Homewood, California

    Crossing at an intersection as pedestrians my grandparents were run down and seriously injured by an uninsured and unlicensed motorist. The claims department of ICBC falsely told my grandparents there was nothing that ICBC could do to help them because the driver was uninsured. As a fellow lawyer myself, practicing business law, I was able draw upon contacts to find and retain Collette Parsons Harris* to act for my grandparents. My grandparents' claims were handled professionally and settled favorably at mediation.

    S.J., Vancouver BC

    I suffered a brain injury in an accident. Collette Parsons Harris* acted for me and my case was settled without having to go to trial. I am very happy to have the case behind me and to move on. I sincerely appreciate the professional, unbiased, and selfless approach Collette Parsons Harris* took in bring my case to conclusion. I am glad that I called them and I would recommend them to any friend or family member who was ever in need of their skills and service.

    C.E., Toronto

    I suffered a spinal cord injury and I was told it was my own fault and there was nothing I could do. I hired Collette Parsons Harris* and they reviewed my case and started a medical negligence case against the doctors who failed to diagnose me in time and against my accident benefits insurer. I recovered money in both cases and it made a big difference in my life.

    R.G., Vancouver

    I became disabled from physical and psychological injuries after I was in a car crash. I hired a law firm and they acted for me for a couple of years and then the law firm told me my case was too complicated for them and referred me to Collette Parsons Harris*. I hired Collette Parsons Harris* and they prepared my case for trial and my case settled at mediation. I would without question recommend Collette Parsons Harris*.

    D.T., Kamloops

    I suffered a brain injury in a car accident. I hired Collette Parsons Harris* and they fought my case very hard. My case settled prior to trial. I recommend Collette Parsons Harris* to anyone injured in an accident.

    P.A., Vancouver

    I became a quadriplegic after I fell from a ladder. I hired a law firm to act for me and after a year they told me they did not think I had a good case and they were unwilling to continue as my lawyers. Then I hired Collette Parsons to act for me. They examined the defendants in my case and sent me to see experts and got my case ready for trial. The insurance company made a settlement offer prior to trial and my case settled. The settlement will make a big difference in my life. I have complete trust in Collette Parsons and I recommend them to anyone who has been injured.

    B.B., Burnaby

  • Contact Us: 604-662-7777
    Toll-free: 1-800-999-4991

    1750 - 700 W Georgia Street
    PO Box 10090
    Vancouver, B.C. V7Y 1B6

    Email: info@colletteparsons.com