Our approach is straightforward. We work hard each and every day to advance our clients’ interests and resolve their disputes.

Serving since 1954

Where it began

CBM Lawyers began its focus on the legal needs of insurers in 1954. This was when we started providing specialized expertise to insurers needing sound legal advice in the area of insurance claims and litigation. The firm’s name is an evolution of Chomicki Baril Mah LLP, who were King’s Counsel and highly respected and accomplished lawyers in the area of insurance litigation. Over the years, several of our senior counsel have been appointed as judges to the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Court of King’s Bench.

CBM Lawyers

In the 60-plus years since our founding, CBM has earned a reputation as a well-respected firm – both within the legal community and within the insurance industry in Western Canada. During this time, we have maintained our base in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Located in the heart of the city, our offices are conveniently located near the vibrant Ice District and Rogers Arena. It is from here that our firm has developed extensive experience throughout Alberta and other jurisdictions across Western Canada – including British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Saskatchewan, and beyond.

CBM Lawyers has grown to become a highly respected insurance defence firm with national presence through Risk Management Counsel of Canada. We offer a slate of highly experienced counsel, with expertise in a broad range of areas within insurance to meet the needs of our clients, which include many local, national and international insurers. Over these many decades, we have earned, and continue to earn, the trust of those clients who have sought us out for legal advice.

CBM has always had a strong commitment to the needs of our clients. We believe this to be the secret to our success. Our firm continues to develop longstanding relationships – offering this same level of commitment to all our current insurance clients, as well as to any new and prospective clients. The ability to understand the client’s needs, and offer high levels of experience, is a considerable advantage to insurers looking for a firm to represent their interests. We are very proud to have been named a Top 10 Insurance Boutique since 2017 by Canadian Lawyer Magazine, and one of Canada’s Best Law Firms in Insurance Law for 2022 by the Globe and Mail.

Coverage Beyond Alberta

CBM Lawyers is able to handle files for insurers outside of the province of Alberta. We have lawyers called to the Bar in:

British Columbia
Tom Schmit, Damian Shepherd, Joachim Chau

Northwest Territories
Tony Slemko, Tom Schmit, Damian Shepherd, Nanette Kufeldt

Joachim Chau

Tony Slemko, Tom Schmit, Russ Mann

Brian Murnaghan

Our Culture

CBM Lawyers is a leader in equity, diversity and inclusion and has been for many years. Since 2006 CBM has always had female representation on its management committee and that continues to this day. We currently have an equal number of male and female partners. CBM is made up of lawyers and staff from very diverse backgrounds and communities. We embrace those differences and value the varied perspectives this diversity fosters. CBM encourages collaboration both within our office and with our clients resulting in an inclusive work environment that we all appreciate.


CBM Lawyers has proudly supported and partnered with Food For Thought since 2019. This local non-profit provides healthy and fresh whole food meals and snacks to hungry schoolchildren. Unlike publicly-funded lunch programs that assist only the neediest schools, Food for Thought focuses on individual children in need throughout the 19 Edmonton schools they sponsor. Through healthy food education and other initiatives, Food for Thought seeks to alleviate the underlying problems which create food insecurity in our community.

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CBM Lawyers was selected by the Globe and Mail as one of the top 200 firms in Canada for insurance law.

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CBM Lawyers is a member of Risk Management Counsel

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