Eric V. Gottardi Admitted to the American Board of Criminal Lawyers

Charleston (SC) – Eric Gottardi has become a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers (ABCL), one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony took place on October 12th before an audience of more than 100 Fellows at the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the ABCL in Charleston, South Carolina.

A senior Partner at Peck and Company in Vancouver, BC, Eric joined the firm after clerking for the Ontario Court of Appeal. He appears in all levels of Court in British Columbia and has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada numerous times. A  former Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s national criminal section, Eric was named one of Canada’s most influential Lawyers in 2017 and is consistently retained in high profile criminal and extradition cases. He holds an LLB from Queen’s University and a BA from the University of British Columbia (with distinction).

About ABCL

Founded in 1978 by San Francisco attorney Nathan Cohn, the Board is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States of America. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. Eric is one of only two Canadian lawyers with Fellowship in the ABCL.

The primary concern of the ABCL is the preservation and the free exercise of fundamental freedoms for all those accused of criminal conduct. Over the years, ABCL Fellows have become regularly involved in high profile criminal cases throughout the country, where the principles of the Organization and the collective experience of the Fellows have made a worthwhile contribution.

Eric V. Gottardi Named Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada 2017



Canadian Lawyer magazine recently named Eric Gottardi, partner, as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada in the fields of Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal law. Mr. Gottardi was recognized as a “catalyst for change” for his work on at least two recent Supreme Court of Canada cases. Mr. Gottardi’s advocacy revolutionized the right to a trial without delay, and led to the abolition of certain mandatory minimum penalties.

For a brief description of Mr. Gottardi’s recent contributions to his clients and the Canadian justice system, click here.

Not Guilty in Homicide Case

Peck and Company lawyers Jeff Campbell and Mark Nohra, assisted by law student Harneel Hundal, secured an acquittal for a Kelowna man in a recent jury trial.  The client was tried by a Supreme Court Judge and Jury on a charge of manslaughter, based on an altercation between a group of young people and another male outside a Kelowna restaurant.  Campbell and Nohra raised evidence that the other party was threatening and aggressive, and that their client had acted in self-defence.   A number of eyewitnesses described how the event unfolded, testifying that the defendant had acted to protect others from a dangerous confrontation.  The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.


Eric Gottardi interviewed for Toronto Star report

Peck and Company partner, Eric Gottardi, spoke with a reporter from the Toronto Star about the impacts of the recent SCC decision, R. v. Jordan. As lead counsel at the SCC, Mr. Gottardi informed readers of the importance of individuals’ rights to a trial in a reasonable time. The article provided several different perspectives, and Mr. Gottardi described the decision as “thinking outside the usual box” to work towards a better system. To read the full article, please click the link below.