William Shores

William (Bill) W. Shores, K.C.


Practice Description

Bill strives to provide practical and clear advice to clients, based on more than a quarter century of legal practice and a sound understanding the policy environment in which his clients operate. His main areas of practice are administrative, municipal and planning law, and civil litigation. His practice involves advising and representing governmental entities and regulators, including professional regulators, in complex administrative law issues and associated litigation regularly appearing on behalf of clients in judicial review and appellate matters. He also acts as independent counsel to tribunals. Outside of his work for governmental agencies, Bill represents individuals and corporations, steadfastly advocating his clients’ interests before boards and the courts.


Bill has a passion for public law—the intersection between private interests and the state. He founded the Shores Jardine law firm in 1995 to focus on the practice of public law. He loves practicing in a firm, surrounded by a group of lawyers who share his commitment to excellence in the practice of public law.

His commitment to public law extends to teaching — sharing his knowledge and expertise through teaching and lecturing. He has taught constitutional and administrative law to senior government employees for fifteen years at the University of Alberta School of Business, Centre for Executive and Management Development. He is a frequent presenter at a wide variety of seminars and conferences on administrative law. He instructs the Intensive Trial Advocacy course for lawyers. He regularly leads private training sessions for clients on the conduct of administrative hearings. Bill has written on an array of administrative law topics.

Professional Activities

  • 2005 to present — Assistant Editor, Carswell Administrative Law Reports
  • 2015 to present – Member Editorial Board, Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice
  • 2008-2010 – Member, Code of Ethics Review Committee, Alberta College of Pharmacists
  • 2004-2005 – Canadian Bar Association, co-Chair of Health Law Subsection
  • 1994-1995 – Canadian Bar Association, Chair Administrative Law Section
  • Member, Canadian Institute For Administrative Justice
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association


  • 2011 – Alberta Pharmacy Centennial Award of Distinction, Alberta College of Pharmacists
  • 2006 – Appointed Queen’s Counsel
  • 2006 – Alberta Centennial Medal

Education & Call To The Bar

  • 1987 – Admitted to the Law Society of Alberta,
  • 1987 – LL.B. (with Distinction), University of Alberta
  • 1986 – MPA, University of Alberta
  • 1981 – BA (Hons.), University of Alberta

In His Own Words

We are driven to be excellent in terms of our ability in the law. We are all “law geeks” at Shores Jardine LLP. We care passionately about the law and we want to do it really well. We have a very high set of ethical standards. We want to do great law, we want to do it ethically, and we want to do it practically.

We strive to provide our clients with practical advice that’s useable, that’s useful, and that is as economical as circumstances allow.

Away From The Office

Bill describes himself as a “fanatical cyclist” and has an arsenal of bicycles. He is adamant in his belief that this supply remains ever-so-slightly insufficient. He rides year-round, as fanatics are wont to do. He has also been heavily involved for as long as he can remember in soccer, as a player, a coach, a board member and a fan. Bill loves the backcountry, managing to sneak in backcountry skiing, canoeing and kayaking whenever time permits.


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