Educated in Toronto (B.A. 1987), Akron, Ohio (J.D. 1990), and Windsor (LL.B. 1992), Chris was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1994. Throughout his 23-year career he has defended the interests of insureds and their insurers.
Prior to joining Dolden Wallace Folick, Chris was a partner at a Toronto litigation boutique law firm where he gained extensive experience in defending a wide variety of insurance-related claims. Chris is a passionate advocate for his clients and is always looking for creative and cost-effective solutions to complex claims. He has extensive trial experience and has appeared before all levels of Court in Ontario, up to and including the Ontario Court of Appeal.
Defence of Professionals, Directors, and Officers
Chris has extensive trial experience defending insurance brokers, financial planners, real estate brokers, lawyers, home inspectors, interior designers and optometrists, in both individual and class actions. He has also defended directors and officers, and is acutely aware of the intricacies of defending these complex claims. A sample of representative cases includes:
Rawlinko v. Countrywide Realty Services Inc. et al.,  O.J. No. 1315 (Gen. Div.), 1998 17 R.P.R. (3d) 91 (Ont. Gen. Div.)
1599624 Ontario Limited v. Lloyd’s Underwriters,  I.L.R. I-4621, 2008 ONCA 435
Sagl v. Cosburn, Griffiths & Brandham Insurance Brokers Ltd. et al.,  I.L.R. I-4634, 54 C.C.L.I. (4th) 236 (ONSC)
Defence of Insurers
Chris has been involved in the defence of claims against insurer clients where coverage was denied by the insurer client, and the insured commences an action against the insurer.
General Liability Property, Personal Injury, and Construction Claims
Chris has extensive experience in insurance defence litigation involving casualty and property insurance-related matters arising out of faulty workmanship, fire, water leakage, etc. and has defended a wide range of insureds and property losses.
Chris has also defended insureds in numerous complex personal injury matters arising from motor vehicle accidents, occupiers liability claims, product liability claims, and commercial and social host liquor liability.
Chris has significant experience in defending claims arising from construction projects including the defence of contractors, sub-contractors and project managers. He also has personal experience in the construction industry and is uniquely aware of the issues that arise during a construction project.