I have represented insurers almost exclusively since being called to the Bar. During that time I have handled almost every type of file that my clients have to offer. I have been fortunate enough to take matters as wide ranging as defamation, nuisance and professional liability claims to trial. I am routinely asked for coverage advice by insurers and have litigated coverage disputes to trial and the Court of Appeal. Finally, I have even been asked by insurers to provide assistance on FOIP and PIPA matters on occasion. Of course, formal litigation is now the road less travelled and a requirement of a modern litigator lies in identifying settlement opportunities or simplifying litigation as early in the life of a file as possible. When I first look at a file, I try to identify those opportunities even if it means challenging the views of my client. Clients appreciate that candour and view it as one of my strengths. I feel fortunate to practice in an area that I find interesting and still find settling a file to a client’s satisfaction gratifying. Recently, I have been retained by a number of my peers to act as mediator to help them settle their files.

Judgment Highlights

Lanesborough Real Estate Investment Trust (Trustees of) v. Smith, 2021 CarswellAlta 1877, [2021] A.W.L.D. 3406

Barata v Intact Insurance Company2021 ABQB 419

Rashiq v. Derrick Golf and Winter Club, 2019 ABQB 435

Delver v. Gladue, 2019 ABCA 54

Bodnar Capital Corporation (301831 Alberta Ltd) v Synergy Projects Ltd2019 ABQB 528

EnCana Oil & Gas Partnership v. Ardco Services Ltd., 2017 ABCA 401

42662871 Investments Ltd. v. Jomha, 2016 ABCA 120

Raywalt Construction Co. v. Allstate Insurance Co. of Canada, 2010 ABCA 320

Tri-Stad Construction Inc. v. Intact Insurance Co., 2015 ABQB 532

Lenbeth Developments Ltd., v. Zurich Insurance Co., 2007 ABQB 710

House v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, 2006 ABQB 450

Bio Bites
  • Called to the Bar of British Columbia – 2014
  • Admitted to the Law Society of the Northwest Territories – 2012
  • Called to the Bar of Alberta – 2003
  • University of Alberta: Bachelor of Laws – 2002
  • University of Manitoba: MA – 1996
  • University of Regina: BA (Honours) – 1995
  • Volunteer work – CBA and Law Society of Alberta Mentorship Programs
  • Retained as mediator for a number of civil litigation matters