Geoffrey Duckworth has over 11 years of litigation experience in Alberta and Ontario, including at two leading national law firms. His practice encompasses bodily injury, occupiers’ liability, property loss, general commercial liability, professional liability, municipal liability, errors and omissions, directors’ and officers’ liability, construction disputes, environmental liability, oil and gas, consumer protection complaints, life insurance, long term disability benefits and coverage matters.
Geoffrey’s professional liability work has an emphasis on medical malpractice and litigation arising from engineering, architectural design, construction and investment advice.
Geoffrey has successfully appeared before the Alberta Court of Appeal, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, Alberta Provincial Court and Ontario Superior Court. He has extensive experience in mediation, including judicial dispute resolution.
Geoffrey combines passionate advocacy with a progressive and collaborative approach to conflict resolution. Geoffrey is committed to practical, cost-conscious and proportional litigation in the context of his clients’ case objectives and longer term strategic needs.
Geoffrey is a graduate of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to undertaking graduate studies, Geoffrey graduated with merit from the York University B.A. program.
In the course of his graduate legal studies, Geoffrey published a number of works and academic journals and was cited in a leading publication. Holmested and Watson: Ontario Civil Procedure cited his 2005 article on the disclosure of surveillance videos under Ontario’s Rule 30 as “…an excellent, in-depth analysis and critique of the case law on this subject.” At Osgoode Hall, Geoffrey was given the Peter W. Hogg Graduate Award and the Honourable Willard Z. Estey Fellowship. In 2004, Geoffrey and a mooting partner were awarded Upper Year Champions at the Osgoode Hall Lerners’ Cup by a panel of judges that included a Justice of the Ontario Superior Court. Geoffrey was also the sole upper year recipient of the Outstanding Oralist Award for top individual performance.
Geoffrey’s published works and presentations include the following:
- “Alberta Court of Appeal Opines on SEF No. 44 Limitation: the Status Quo and the Unresolved” (2013) 50:3 Alberta Law Review
- “Shaver v. The Co-operators: Alberta Court of Appeal Stays the Course on SEF No. 44 Limitation” (2013) 11:1 On-Risk E-Bulletin @ Gowlings.
- “Following the ‘Back to Basics’ Approach of Progressive Homes: Tort Principles No Substitute for Policy Language” (2011) – Presentation to the Insurance National Practice Group of Gowling Lafleur Henderson.
- “Alberta Court of Appeal Confirms that ‘Net Settlement Proceeds’ of Pierringer Agreements Deductible from Damage Awards” (2010) 98 The Barrister – Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association.
- “The Incredible Shrinking ‘Interest in Land’: An Alberta Perspective” (2010) 8:4 Federated Press: Commercial Litigation
- “Historic Defamation Decision Recognizes New Defence: Responsible Communications on Matters of Public Interest” (2010) 4:1 McCarthy Tétrault Litigation Co-Counsel.
- Co-authored with Mendy Chernos: “Alberta Court of Appeal Extends Judicial Deference to Securities Commission” (2009) 4:2 McCarthy Tétrault Co-Counsel: Business Law Quarterly
- “The Responsibility to Protect Humanity from Genocide and the Coming End of U.N. Charter Absolutism: Moral, Legal and Political Implications” (2008) 45 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 855 [Abstract].
- “The Impact of ‘Charter Values’ and Campbell v. Jones: Is it Now Easier to Establish Qualified Privilege against Defamation?” (2006) 29 Dalhousie Law Journal
- “Has ‘Trial by Unsurprise’ Gone Too Far? The Case for Delayed Disclosure of Surveillance Videos” (2005) 31:2 Manitoba Law Journal This work was cited under Rule 30 in Garry Watson, Holmested and Watson: Ontario Civil Procedure (Toronto: Carswell, 1984-looseleaf).
Geoffrey is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, Law Society of Ontario and Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association.