Brett Stephenson

Brett Stephenson

Brett Stephenson is well-rounded insurance lawyer acting on behalf of numerous prominent domestic and international insurers, including many London market clients. Brett’s diverse practice includes regularly providing defence and coverage services to a variety of clients.

Brett frequently appears as a featured speaker at conferences and seminars for insurance industry groups.

Brett’s experience includes:

PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE

Defending professional liability claims against a wide range of professionals including financial planners, insurance brokers, mortgage brokers, corporate directors and officers, architects, engineers, developers, contractors and lawyers.

CYBER LIABILITY

Acting as defence and coverage counsel in cyber and privacy breach claims.

REGULATORY PROCEEDINGS  

Acting as counsel in regulatory proceedings including before the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA).

EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES LIABILITY

Providing coverage, monitoring and defence litigation services. Defending clients against claims of human rights and employment standards violations and wrongful dismissal.

COVERAGE

Providing coverage opinions for all types of insurance policies including Errors and Omissions, Commercial General Liability and Builder’s Risk/Construction policies.

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Defending a variety of sports and recreational bodies including amateur football, softball, golf and motorized sport organizations.

LIQUOR/COMMERCIAL HOST AND SECURITY  

Acting for bars, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs in the defence of lawsuits involving occupiers’ liability and the over-service of alcohol resulting in catastrophic personal injuries and fatalities.

Defending large and small private security firms involving ejection, assault, and intoxication.

PRODUCTS LIABILITY

Acting as counsel for manufacturers, importers and vendors of products with alleged defects arising from both design and manufacture.

AUTO/TRANSPORTATION

Defending motor vehicle accident lawsuits involving complex liability scenarios and catastrophic bodily injuries.

RECENT DECISIONS

Hanson v. Totten Insurance Group Inc., 2018 ONCA 446

Successful at the Ontario Court of Appeal in upholding the finding of the motion judge that Lloyd’s Underwriters had a subrogated right to enforce mortgage proceedings against the Plaintiffs. Brett’s clients were entirely successful and were awarded $15,000 in costs.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Speaker, “Cyber Liability: Legal Updates & Latest Trends” – Independent Financial Brokers of Canada (forthcoming 2018 Ottawa Fall Summit).
  •  Speaker, “Cross-Examination” – Independent Financial Brokers of Canada (forthcoming 2018 Toronto Fall Summit).
  •    Speaker, “Cyber Liability: Legal Updates & Latest Trends” – Independent Financial Brokers of Canada (forthcoming 2018 Toronto Spring Summit).
  • Speaker, “Recent E&O Cases” – Independent Financial Brokers of Canada 2017 Toronto Spring Summit.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Brett Stephenson's practice areas include:

 

Products Liability

Liquor Liability

Sports and Recreational Liability

Transportation Liability

Coverage

Professional Liability

Cyber Liability

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