Dan has a diverse insurance litigation practice including liquor/commercial host liability, sports and recreation liability, complex personal injury claims, property claims (including wildfire claims), and products liability claims.
Dan has appeared in the Provincial and Supreme courts of British Columbia, and has represented clients in court proceedings in provinces outside British Columbia.
Dan’s representative work includes:
Complex Personal Injury
Dan has experience defending a variety of personal injury claims. Dan also handles a variety of occupiers’ liability claims involving bodily injury. Dan has acted for a broad range of businesses including shopping malls, retailers, hotels, casinos, restaurants, strata corporations, winter maintenance companies, golf courses, contractors and municipalities, as well as individuals covered by their homeowner’s insurance.
Liquor/Commercial Host Liability
Dan regularly acts for commercial liquor providers in all manner of claims including catastrophic injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents, assaults, forcible ejections, and occupiers’ liability claims. Dan has acted for numerous bars, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, and organizers of special events.
Dan has experience defending licensed security companies and personnel who are engaged to provide security services to commercial establishments or for special events. Within this area, Dan has defended claims for negligence, assault and battery and excessive force.
Dan has also defended claims made against individuals who have been sued in the “social host” context in circumstances where the host has served alcohol to guests who have subsequently injured themselves or others.
Sports and Recreation Liability
Dan has represented amateur sports leagues / associations, participants in sporting events, and the operators of sporting facilities and arenas in all manner of claims.
Dan has acted for manufacturers and suppliers of products alleged to be defective which cause personal injury or damage to property. Dan has also acted for insurers in prosecuting subrogated claims against the manufacturers and suppliers of such products.
Dan acts for both domestic and international insurers in the prosecution of all manner of subrogated claims including fire losses, flooding and construction deficiencies resulting in claims for significant property damage and business interruption.
Dan co-authored an update for the firm’s comprehensive subrogation paper, Practical and Substantive Aspects of Subrogation, which can be found in the “Publications” section of the firm website.
Dan has provided coverage advice to both domestic and international insurers on coverage issues arising under a range of different types of insurance policies including CGL, Directors’ and Officers’, Personal Lines and Motor Vehicle.
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
- Called to British Columbia Bar, 2013
Recent Publications, Speaking Engagements & Professional Development
- DWF Publication, “Practical and Substantive Aspects of Subrogation” (co-author with Eric Dolden) (Sept 2015)
- Speaker/Presenter – BC Society of Fellows of the Insurance Institute of Canada – “Strata Repairs: Who Pays for Them?” (October 2015)
- Participated in secondment to an insurance syndicate at Lloyds of London (Summer 2017)