Two local lawyers appointed as Queen’s counsel

The honorary title is conferred annually for exceptional merit and contribution

A pair of Abbotsford lawyers have been appointed the honorary title of Queen’s counsel (also known as Q.C.).

Gordon Douglas Taylor and Gurpreet Kaur Gill are among 32 lawyers across B.C. who have been given the designation, an honour conferred annually on members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and contribution.

The successful candidates have been members of the B.C. bar for at least five years.

A call for Q.C. nominations was made in August, and the appointments were made by cabinet through an order in council.

Taylor is a partner with Taylor Tait Ruley and Company, with extensive civil trial experience in personal injury, insurance, estates and general litigation.

He taught customs and immigration law at the University of the Fraser Valley for over 20 years.

With deep family roots in Abbotsford, Taylor has been a director for over 30 years on the board of the Mount Lehman Community Association.

Gill is a self-employed barrister and solicitor with Gurpreet Gill Law Corporation.

She is a founding president of the Fraser Valley Criminal Law Association and a member of the South Asian Bar Association of B.C.

She recently sat on the campaign executive committee for Canuck Place, supporting the construction of Dave Lede House in Abbotsford.

Gill has served on the boards of the Abbotsford International Airport Authority and the Fraser Health Authority.