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William R. Appleby

“Aim at perfection in everything though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.” – Lord Chesterfield

Bill was born and raised in K-W. He attended the University of Waterloo for his undergraduate degree, and apart from his time at the University of Windsor’s law school, he has been a life-long resident of this vibrant area. He chose to raise his children in K-W because it is his home. Bill is pleased to have built his legal career and practice with his friends, Peter (retired) and David, here in Waterloo over the past 40 years.

Second only to law, Bill’s enduring passion is golf. He won the Ontario Juvenile Golf championship and was a member of Ontario 10-man Junior Team for Interprovincial matches. He was a member of the University of Waterloo’s golf team for his entire undergraduate career in history and political science. He remains an avid golfer to this day and fills much of his free time on the practice range and golf courses. He has coached golf, minor hockey, and minor baseball in K-W for decades and only recently (in 2015) hung up his clipboard to step away from coaching AAA baseball.

By his countless volunteer hours, Bill has made a substantial impact on sport governance in Ontario and across Canada. Most notably, he was awarded with the Canadian Hockey Association’s Award of Merit in 2014 for his distinguished service to hockey in Canada. The award is only awarded to three individuals in the country each year and is displayed at the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Bill was a former director of Waterloo Minor Hockey and is also the Past President and a Life Member of Alliance Hockey. Bill was also honoured as a Life Member of the Ontario Hockey Federation (“OHF”) in 2003 for his work as the former Vice-President. For a long time Bill worked alongside Ontario Court of Appeal Justice David Watt who is also one of five Life Members of the OHF. Bill’s recognition by the OHF with this tremendous honour was in large part due to his work and role as a member of the OHF’s Mediation Committee during an important, yet difficult, part of the organization’s past. As part of the Mediation Committee, Bill helped this organization reconcile its divergent perspectives regarding significant jurisdictional differences within the OHF. Bill believes that this work helped created great stability for organized minor hockey across Ontario.

Bill remains involved as a Facilitator for the OMHA and Alliance Hockey with respect to maintaining positive relations between these two hockey organizations.

Bill brings a measured and hands-on approach to his practice of law, and the skills gained from the many years of negotiating, mediation, and problem solving outside of the law office have added to his continued ability to get the results desired by his clients in the areas of law that he practices:

  • Real estate law 
  • General, contractual and construction litigation
  • Wills and estates
  • Corporate law (sales and purchases of businesses)


Bill is an excellent advocate on his feet and able to calmly approach his clients’ problems. He does not practice personal injury law, nor criminal law. This said, Bill oftentimes involves his partners on his clients’ files which need their expertise. He finds that David and Peter’s (retired) involvement benefits his clients and the outcomes he is able to advocate for on their behalf.

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