Matt is a well-rounded insurance lawyer with considerable experience providing legal services to a variety of domestic and international insurers, including many London market clients. He provides services in the areas of both defence and coverage and tailors a unique solution to every challenge.
Matt’s representative work includes:
Acting as defence counsel for pubs, restaurants, bars and nightclubs in lawsuits involving over-service, auto accidents, occupiers’ liability, complex liability issues, inadequate insurance limits and expert evidence. Matt has presented many times on the firm’s Liquor and Host Liability Law textbook.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Defending a variety of sports and recreation bodies including amateur hockey, softball, Frisbee, golf, soccer and motorized sports organizations. Defending claims involving injuries to participants, alleged negligence in inspecting premises and injuries to spectators. Matt regularly presents to both domestic and London market clients on the firm’s Sports and Recreation Liability Law textbook.
Defending a wide variety of professionals in errors & omissions litigation. Includes defending architects, engineers, cyber/IT professionals, lawyers, accountants, construction trades, home inspectors and insurance brokers.
Providing coverage opinions under all types of insurance policies including CGL, Errors and Omissions, Employment Practices Liability, Builders’ Risk/Course of Construction, Wrap-Up, Personal Lines, Motor Vehicle, and specialized Property policies. Matt has successfully litigated coverage disputes in favour of insurers.
Acting as defence counsel to a variety of large and small private security firms across Ontario. Defending claims involving forcible ejection, assault, intoxication and occupiers’ liability.
Defending a large variety of complex lawsuits involving multi-vehicle collisions, catastrophic personal injuries, fatalities and fraud/staged accidents.
Defending spa clinics, acupuncturists, massage therapists, alternative medicine practitioners and fertility clinics in a variety of liability claims.
Acting as defence counsel for architects, engineers, subtrades, designers, building inspectors and municipalities in a variety of construction-related claims, both property and liability.
Successful summary judgment motion on behalf of the firm’s client, a multinational medical facility. This motion involved consolidating evidence from both Canada and the United States in a complex multi-jurisdictional dispute. Matt’s clients were fully successful and the action was dismissed against them with costs.
From January 2018 to April 2018 Matt will be seconded with a major London market underwriting firm, providing support and claims handling services to the claims team.
Sudden and Unexpected: A road map to defending “failure to prevent” assault cases, Dolden Wallace Folick Newsletter, December 2017
Off-premises Liquor Liability: Overview, Thomson Reuters, 2015
Additional insured and duty to defend: new case law developments – Presentation to a major Ontario insurance adjusting firm – November 2017
Reefer Madness: The underwriting and claims implications of illegal and licensed marijuana grow ops for property and liability insurers – Presentation to several firm clients, fall 2016
Comparative fault legislation and costs and disbursements across Canada – Presentation to firm client, spring 2016
How the employment practices liability policy responds to workplace violations – Presentation at firm seminar, spring 2016
Use of summary judgment motion and summary trials in Canada – Presentation to London market client, 2014
Liquor liability across Canada – Presentation to several firm clients, 2013 – 2017
In December 2013 Matt appeared on 12 CBC Radio programs nationwide to discuss liquor liability and occupiers’ liability for holiday parties.