Rod Hayley

Adjunct professor

Rod Hayley

Rod Hayley

Tel: 250-721-8171
Fax: 250-721-8146

Faculty of Law
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC  V8W 2Y2

I am a senior partner at the firm of Lawson Lundell LLP in Vancouver, where I practice complex civil litigation, including securities litigation, products liability, class actions, construction law, gaming law, employment law, and corporate/commercial litigation generally.

I am a member of the bars of British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and have also had cases in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and the United States. I have acted successfully for both plaintiffs and defendants in major provincial and national class actions. For several years, I have also acted for the Government of Canada in tobacco litigation in several provinces.

I am currently a member of the CBA National Task Force on multijurisdictional class actions. I was the Chair of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada's National Class Actions Project, which led to changes in class action legislation and procedures in certain provinces, and was also a member of the committee responsible for the setting up of the CBA National Class Actions database. I have twice been Chair of the CBA's National Civil Litigation Section, was Chair of Vancouver's Civil Litigation Section, and was also chair of the BC CBA Committee on Class Actions.

I have published and delivered over 45 papers and have chaired many conferences in several provinces on a variety of legal issues. I am also a member of the Editorial Board of the Class Action Defence Quarterly. I am currently preparing a chapter for a national casebook on class actions with several contributors from across the country (general editor: Osgoode's Janet Walker).

Throughout my career, I have taught various courses in the Faculties of Law and Engineering at UVic and UBC and have been a guest lecturer at the Akitsiraq Law School in Nunavut; my courses have included Civil Procedure, Class Actions and Mass Litigation, Business Associations, Construction and Engineering Law, Advanced Legal Writing and Research, and Legal Process. I also taught English at the University of Alberta, the University of Western Ontario, Dalhousie University and the University of Ottawa, where I was Chair of the Honours English program.

  • BA Honours – UVic (1971)
  • PhD – London (1975)
  • LLB – Queen's (1983)