Areas of Practice

  • DWF has and continues to develop a wealth of knowledge and experience advising clients on matters involving cannabis. DWF routinely advises a broad variety of national and international underwriting, claims and industry professionals, who in turn advise businesses involved in cannabis licensing, production, distribution and retail. DWF partners with its clients to develop written materials including insurance policy wordings and risk management protocols, in respect of cannabis and cannabis-related businesses. DWF also acts as defence counsel in litigation where impairment by the use of the cannabis and/or alcohol is at issue. DWF is frequently invited to present at national and international conferences on cannabis legalization, and legislation and regulation.

    Vancouver

    Dan Richardson

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Lorne Folick

    Partner

    Steven Wallace

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Amelia Staunton

    Partner

    Matthew Bujar

    Partner

    Tom Newnham

    Partner

    Denny Chung

    Associate

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Derek Schiissler

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Calgary

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Adrienne Staley

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mouna Hanna

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Mikel Pearce

    Partner

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Renata Antoniuk

    Associate

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

  • Civil claims for sexual abuse are on the rise in Canada and elsewhere. Such claims can be “long tail claims” extending to incidents that occurred in the distant past, when arising from “recovered memories” by a third party claimant. DWF’s professionals have the expertise to defend institutions against claims for sexual abuse. DWF routinely uses alternative dispute resolution to minimize the increasing risk of large damage awards.

    Vancouver

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Kelowna

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Calgary

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Adrienne Staley

    Associate

    Toronto

    Christine Galea

    Associate

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Chris Stribopoulos

    Associate

  • Class action and representative action lawsuits are increasingly common in Canadian courts. The staggering damage awards such actions create present a risk that insurers should only trust to professionals with experience in this area.
    DWF has defended a broad range of commercial insureds and senior management in the context of class actions concerning product failures, professional negligence and directors’ and officers’ claims. Since DWF’s practice is confined to the insurance industry, it does not act on behalf of corporate commercial class action claimants and thereby avoids the business and legal conflicts that can often arise.

    In class action proceedings a reliable opinion on coverage is a necessity. DWF regularly opines on class claims arising from D&O liability and products liability, giving insurers an assessment of the “covered” loss and quantum of damages. DWF has also acted as the insurer’s counsel in negotiated resolutions of class actions.

    Vancouver

    Paul Dawson

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Jill Shore

    Partner

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Graham Hallson

    Associate

    Elka Dadmand

    Associate

    Manjot Parhar

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Calgary

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mario Delgado

    Associate

    Christine Galea

    Associate

    Chris Stribopoulos

    Associate

    Mikel Pearce

    Partner

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • DWF works with insurers, business owners and operators to defend against a wide variety of liability exposures that may arise due to bodily injury, personal injury or property damage and that may occur on a business’s premises or from its operations, work completed or contractual liability.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Michael Bellomo

    Associate

    Paul Dawson

    Associate

    Cody Mann

    Associate

    Colleen O’Neill

    Associate

    Dan Richardson

    Associate

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Lorne Folick

    Partner

    Steven Wallace

    Partner

    Brian Rhodes

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Jill Shore

    Partner

    Andrew Breen

    Partner

    Amelia Staunton

    Partner

    Matthew Bujar

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Denny Chung

    Associate

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Graham Hallson

    Associate

    Manjot Parhar

    Associate

    Setareh Khasha

    Associate

    Derek Schiissler

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Amelia Martin

    Associate

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Parveen Shergill

    Associate

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Adrienne Staley

    Associate

    Toronto

    Christine Galea

    Associate

    Mouna Hanna

    Associate

    Suneal Khemraj

    Associate

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chris Stribopoulos

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Morgan Martin

    Partner

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Renata Antoniuk

    Associate

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • DWF has defended a wide variety of construction site participants including general contractors, sub-contractors, material suppliers and related service providers, including construction site security firms and semi-professionals.

    DWF has acted for all participants in the construction pyramid not only in the context of the traditional construction matrix, but as well on “design build” projects and owner managed projects. It has been involved in litigation concerning complex contractual disputes and related limitation period issues. DWF has worked extensively with industry experts and have demonstrated expertise in defending contractors when the issue is the adequacy and timeliness of the work. In addition, we have defended construction suppliers in disputes that entail the use and suitability of “proprietary” techniques or products that may give rise to loss or damage following completion.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Paul Dawson

    Associate

    Cody Mann

    Associate

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Brian Rhodes

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Jill Shore

    Partner

    Andrew Breen

    Partner

    Matthew Bujar

    Partner

    Denny Chung

    Associate

    Elka Dadmand

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Lindsay Nilsson

    Associate

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mario Delgado

    Associate

    Suneal Khemraj

    Associate

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chris Stribopoulos

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Renata Antoniuk

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

  • Opining on coverage issues requires experience one can only expect from professionals who restrict their practice to the insurance industry. DWF’s professionals provide opinions relied upon by the top insurers in Canada and worldwide when determining coverage for specific claims, calculating reserves and drafting policy wordings, and they have appeared as counsel in multiple coverage cases before Supreme Court of Canada, as well as other appellate courts. DWF has specific expertise in specialty lines, construction and sexual abuse matters.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Michael Bellomo

    Associate

    Paul Dawson

    Associate

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Steven Wallace

    Partner

    Brian Rhodes

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Jill Shore

    Partner

    Andrew Breen

    Partner

    Tom Newnham

    Partner

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Graham Hallson

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Calgary

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Toronto

    Gerry Gill

    Associate

    Suneal Khemraj

    Associate

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Mikel Pearce

    Partner

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Renata Antoniuk

    Associate

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • DWF is a leader in the areas of computer network security and personal data breach litigation and related insurance issues. It acts as breach coach to a number of insurers who provide cyber liability insurance, and as defence counsel to insureds in connection with data security and privacy breach events. For those insurers for whom DWF acts as data breach coach, it operates 1-800 numbers that insureds can call to obtain advice in relation a breach event or suspected breach event, which is monitored 24/7 to meet urgent needs. When an insured entity has sustained a breach event (i.e., by computer hack, loss, theft, employee misconduct or failure of administrative or security controls) DWF’s lawyers are engaged to direct the insured’s response to the breach in accordance with legal requirements, with the assistance of other professionals as may be required.

    DWF provides advice, direction and legal counsel across Canada regarding pre-breach risk assessment, post-breach notification to regulators and affected individuals, negotiations with Privacy Commissioners, addressing CASL (Canada’s anti-spam legislation) claims before CRTC, coverage disputes regarding obligations under various policy types for cyber breach events, cross border issues in relation to cyber claims, and defence of privacy breach and CASL breach litigation, including class actions. DWF has also been a pioneer in developing “made in Canada” cyber policy wordings. DWF has addressed a wide range of coverage and defence matters involving privacy and data breach, including PIPEDA exposures, the tort of intrusion on seclusion, statutory claims under the provincial Privacy Acts, and proceedings before various Canadian privacy commissioners.

    Vancouver

    Serena Lam

    Associate

    Cody Mann

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Jill Shore

    Partner

    Derek Schiissler

    Associate

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Toronto

    Gerry Gill

    Associate

    Mouna Hanna

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • The increase in litigation against directors and officers in Canada has been dramatic. DWF is well positioned to respond to any claims made against directors and officers, whether on a coverage or defence basis, as DWF has for some time taken assignments from most of the leading providers of D&O coverage in Canada.

    DWF has defended a wide variety of officers and directors for both public and private companies in cases involving both “duty to defend” and “reimbursement” policies. DWF has particular expertise in acting as coverage and defence counsel in respect of securities claims. DWF has also defended matters for “not for profit” organizations and small companies. In the continuing defence of senior management and directors in securities and other claims DWF has demonstrated expertise in “due diligence” defences, responded to statutory claims brought against directors and officers, and has a track record defending management confronting allegations of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Paul Dawson

    Associate

    Cody Mann

    Associate

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Jill Shore

    Partner

    Andrew Breen

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Elka Dadmand

    Associate

    Manjot Parhar

    Associate

    Derek Schiissler

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Lindsay Nilsson

    Associate

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Adrienne Staley

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mario Delgado

    Associate

    Gerry Gill

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chris Stribopoulos

    Associate

    Mikel Pearce

    Partner

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

  • With the emergence of EPL policies as a “stand alone” wording, DWF has been consulted by over a half dozen national and foreign-based insurers to develop “made in Canada” EPL wording suitable for the reality of Canadian legal exposures as opposed to comparable developments in Great Britain and Canada.

    In the “duty to defend” area, DWF has been called upon by EPL insurers to deal with a wide range of discrimination, sexual abuse and wrongful dismissal cases to defend both the insured entity, senior management and employees. DWF operates “1-800” 24 hour call lines for the benefit of insureds to avoid having employment-related problems result in actual claims.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Serena Lam

    Associate

    Cody Mann

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Brian Rhodes

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Manjot Parhar

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mouna Hanna

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chris Stribopoulos

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Mikel Pearce

    Partner

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • Environmental legislation continues to evolve in Canada. DWF has been in the forefront of educating risk managers and claims personnel in the new and onerous duties placed upon insurers and the broadening potential for claims exposure. DWF has undertaken several industry seminars to address the new legislative framework and to address coverage wordings to limit exposure to the industry and has defended first party claims under the new breed of “cost cap” and pollution liability insurance products.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Jill Shore

    Partner

    Calgary

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mario Delgado

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

  • In British Columbia, DWF acts for excess optional motor vehicle liability insurers and for out-of-province and U.S. insurers in the defence of motor vehicle accident claims, including catastrophic personal injury claims. Michael Libby, a partner at DWF’s Vancouver office, is the co-author of the Annotated British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act, which is published by Thomson Reuters Carswell and is a leading publication in this area of the law.

    Vancouver

    Paul Dawson

    Associate

    Colleen O’Neill

    Associate

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Amelia Staunton

    Partner

    Matthew Bujar

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Denny Chung

    Associate

    Manjot Parhar

    Associate

    Setareh Khasha

    Associate

    Derek Schiissler

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Toronto

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

  • Fiduciary liability policies address another evolving area of coverage, providing protection to welfare and pension plans, the sponsor organization, and individuals acting as fiduciaries or administrators of the plans. Coverage is granted for violations of the growing number of responsibilities, obligations, or duties imposed upon fiduciaries by statute and the common law. DWF is experienced in defending fiduciaries and defending coverage cases where the fiduciaries have breached the terms of the policy.

    Vancouver

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Adrienne Staley

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mario Delgado

    Associate

    Gerry Gill

    Associate

    Chris Stribopoulos

    Associate

    Mikel Pearce

    Partner

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

  • DWF provides expertise in this uniquely Canadian area of law. DWF represents First Nations under a variety of lines of insurance, including commercial general liability policies, directors and officers liability, and employment practices liability. DWF also has an extensive coverage practice group to respond to any concerns insurers face.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Dan Richardson

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Lorne Folick

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Graham Hallson

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Toronto

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Morgan Martin

    Partner

    Renata Antoniuk

    Associate

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

  • DWF currently acts for many of Canada’s largest property and casualty insurers. Insurers’ “deep pockets” can attract fraudulent claims. DWF has extensive experience in identifying and defending fraudulent claims, both first party and third party. DWF has established a practice of becoming involved in the investigation of suspect claims from the onset to assist in establishing an arson or fraud defence. DWF’s experiences have resulted in close relationships with several special investigations units and arson investigators.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Dan Richardson

    Associate

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Steven Wallace

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Graham Hallson

    Associate

    Elka Dadmand

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Parveen Shergill

    Associate

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Toronto

    Christine Galea

    Associate

    Mikel Pearce

    Partner

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • DWF is particularly well-regarded in the field of liquor liability defence. DWF currently acts for several insurers who provide coverage on a program basis for bars, pubs, and restaurants. Particular expertise is available in the area of commercial liquor liability, as well as social host and “employer” host liability. DWF regularly publishes and speaks on this subject and DWF’s experience in this area allows it to take advantage of the standard of care distinctions between various classes of establishment.

    In 2010, Lorne Folick, Michael Libby, and Paul Dawson co-authored a textbook entitled Liquor and Host Liability Law in Canada.

    Vancouver

    Michael Bellomo

    Associate

    Colleen O’Neill

    Associate

    Dan Richardson

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Lorne Folick

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Amelia Staunton

    Partner

    Matthew Bujar

    Partner

    Tom Newnham

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Denny Chung

    Associate

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Elka Dadmand

    Associate

    Manjot Parhar

    Associate

    Setareh Khasha

    Associate

    Derek Schiissler

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Amelia Martin

    Associate

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Parveen Shergill

    Associate

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Adrienne Staley

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mouna Hanna

    Associate

    Suneal Khemraj

    Associate

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Morgan Martin

    Partner

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Renata Antoniuk

    Associate

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • DWF offers legal defence services, including a bilingual 1-800 telephone legal advice line, to insureds. DWF understands that individuals may face a variety of legal risks on a daily basis, from employment and disciplinary matters, to contractual disputes and debt recovery issues. By proactively providing insureds with general legal advice in a timely manner, DWF helps empower insured to defend or pursue their legal rights.

    Vancouver

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Tom Newnham

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Calgary

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Toronto

    Mouna Hanna

    Associate

    Morgan Martin

    Partner

    Renata Antoniuk

    Associate

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

  • DWF’s lawyers have developed specific expertise in acting for life and disability insurers. DWF has undertaken subrogation proceedings for recovery of disability benefits as well as defending both claims for life payments in circumstances of accidental death and suicide, and traditional claims involving denials of benefits.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Amelia Staunton

    Partner

    Kelowna

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Toronto

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chris Stribopoulos

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Mikel Pearce

    Partner

  • DWF has defended a broad spectrum of medical malpractice claims against providers of medical services and procedures, which include services performed by non-physician health care professionals such as dentists, medi-spa practitioners, and naturopaths. DWF has also served as counsel at disciplinary proceedings of health professionals, and have acted for a large Canadian insurer of manufacturers of medical appliances giving rise to liability claims. DWF has produced publications on medical malpractice claims in different health care contexts, and is regularly called upon to give risk management seminars on key principles of medical malpractice such as standard of care and informed consent.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Michael Bellomo

    Associate

    Colleen O’Neill

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Lorne Folick

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Amelia Staunton

    Partner

    Matthew Bujar

    Partner

    Tom Newnham

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Denny Chung

    Associate

    Elka Dadmand

    Associate

    Manjot Parhar

    Associate

    Setareh Khasha

    Associate

    Derek Schiissler

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Amelia Martin

    Associate

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Lindsay Nilsson

    Associate

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Adrienne Staley

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mario Delgado

    Associate

    Christine Galea

    Associate

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Morgan Martin

    Partner

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • Municipalities are an easily identified target of personal injury actions but DWF’s professionals are experienced at asserting the full range of statutory and common law defences available to such entities. Along with the unique limitation defences available to municipalities, DWF is also experienced in addressing the specific standard of care issues unique to government actors including the “operational vs. policy” arguments that are often key to a successful defence. DWF has extensive experience defending municipalities in such varied areas as road and sidewalk maintenance, building permit issuance and inspection, road design and claims related to parks and recreational areas.

    Vancouver

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Lorne Folick

    Partner

    Brian Rhodes

    Partner

    Amelia Staunton

    Partner

    Tom Newnham

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Lindsay Nilsson

    Associate

    Calgary

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mario Delgado

    Associate

    Suneal Khemraj

    Associate

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Morgan Martin

    Partner

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

  • DWF has been retained by a wide range of property, liability, E&O, D&O and EPL insurers to partner with them in developing wordings suitable for use in Canada.

    In the areas of property policies DWF has advised domestic Canadian insurers on the suitability of warranty language, clarifying exclusionary language and refinements in policy wording given unique Canadian liability exposures that dictate a modified wording. DWF has been involved in crafting wordings for unique underwriting problems as diverse as potential problems stemming from “grow ops” to restrictions in coverage for Canadian securities claims in the context of D&O claims.

    For the past five years DWF has become extensively involved in policy wordings for E&O, EPL and D&O insurers, the latter both in the “for profit” and “non profit” markets. This includes the adaptation of U.S. and UK policy wordings for modification and use in Canada, adapting policy exclusions in view of substantive differences in comparable Canadian law, dealing with suitable forms for entity coverage, allocation and expanded coverage for employment practices liability. DWF has developed complete policy wordings and substantially modified existing forms for over a half dozen leading D&O insurers. In addition, DWF has been retained to modify unique endorsements for truly facultative risks that pose unique risk management issues.

    Vancouver

    Paul Dawson

    Associate

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Jill Shore

    Partner

  • Insurers are often confronted with claims against manufacturers of products that enter the stream of commerce in Canada. DWF’s lawyers act for domestic and international insurers and “self insured” product manufacturers. DWF has extensive experience defending manufacturers of asbestos, recreational equipment, medical and dental equipment and implants. In addition, DWF has undertaken seminars for U.S. insurers to familiarize those U.S. insurers with products liability law in Canada.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Michael Bellomo

    Associate

    Paul Dawson

    Associate

    Cody Mann

    Associate

    Colleen O’Neill

    Associate

    Dan Richardson

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Steven Wallace

    Partner

    Brian Rhodes

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Andrew Breen

    Partner

    Amelia Staunton

    Partner

    Matthew Bujar

    Partner

    Tom Newnham

    Partner

    Denny Chung

    Associate

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Graham Hallson

    Associate

    Manjot Parhar

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Amelia Martin

    Associate

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Parveen Shergill

    Associate

    Lindsay Nilsson

    Associate

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Adrienne Staley

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mario Delgado

    Associate

    Christine Galea

    Associate

    Suneal Khemraj

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Morgan Martin

    Partner

    Mikel Pearce

    Partner

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • DWF is regularly retained by errors and omissions insurers to defend a wide range of professionals. Historically, DWF has acted for classes of professionals including architects, engineers, accountants, actuaries, insurance brokers, mortgage brokers, and private health care professionals including dentists and surgical eye care clinics. As the number of occupations requiring E&O coverage expands (as per the 2006 IBC CGL “professional liability exclusion”) so does the range of professionals DWF defends.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Michael Bellomo

    Associate

    Paul Dawson

    Associate

    Cody Mann

    Associate

    Colleen O’Neill

    Associate

    Dan Richardson

    Associate

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Lorne Folick

    Partner

    Steven Wallace

    Partner

    Brian Rhodes

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Jill Shore

    Partner

    Andrew Breen

    Partner

    Amelia Staunton

    Partner

    Matthew Bujar

    Partner

    Tom Newnham

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Denny Chung

    Associate

    Sinead Linden

    Associate

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Elka Dadmand

    Associate

    Manjot Parhar

    Associate

    Setareh Khasha

    Associate

    Derek Schiissler

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Amelia Martin

    Associate

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Parveen Shergill

    Associate

    Lindsay Nilsson

    Associate

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Adrienne Staley

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mario Delgado

    Associate

    Christine Galea

    Associate

    Mouna Hanna

    Associate

    Suneal Khemraj

    Associate

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chris Stribopoulos

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Morgan Martin

    Partner

    Mikel Pearce

    Partner

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Renata Antoniuk

    Associate

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • DWF has significant experience acting for defendants in property damage related claims with a particular emphasis on fire losses, construction deficiencies, and flood claims.
    In addition, DWF has extensive expertise prosecuting subrogated losses for numerous property related claims involving electrical failures, chimney fires, spontaneous combustion, candle fires, lighting, and arson. These losses often involve severe property damage and business interruption. DWF has also successfully advised and litigated for a number of insurers on complex coverage disputes.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Cody Mann

    Associate

    Colleen O’Neill

    Associate

    Dan Richardson

    Associate

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Steven Wallace

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Andrew Breen

    Partner

    Matthew Bujar

    Partner

    Denny Chung

    Associate

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Graham Hallson

    Associate

    Derek Schiissler

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Amelia Martin

    Associate

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Parveen Shergill

    Associate

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Toronto

    Christine Galea

    Associate

    Suneal Khemraj

    Associate

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chris Stribopoulos

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Renata Antoniuk

    Associate

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • DWF has a wealth of experience representing clients in regulatory and administrative matters. DWF’s lawyers advise a broad variety of professionals, including teachers, financial advisors, physicians and veterinarians, in disciplinary hearings and investigations before their respective regulatory bodies. DWF has worked with individuals, employers and corporations defending human rights matters before tribunals and commissions across Canada and has successfully challenged tribunal and administrative decisions through judicial review. DWF also defends clients with respect to Provincial Offences, liquor licensing issues and by-law infractions in provincial and municipal matters.

    Vancouver

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Brian Rhodes

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Amelia Staunton

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Graham Hallson

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Lindsay Nilsson

    Associate

    Calgary

    David Girard

    Associate

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Adrienne Staley

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mario Delgado

    Associate

    Mouna Hanna

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Morgan Martin

    Partner

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

  • DWF has a long history of defending sports teams and recreational facilities and providers in respect of personal injuries arising from defects with the recreational equipment or facility or the “overly energetic” actions of the other participants. DWF has had significant success in defeating such actions on the basis of waivers or the claimant’s deemed acceptance of the risk.

    In 2017, Lorne Folick, Michael Libby, and Paul Dawson co-authored a textbook entitled Sports and Recreation Liability Law in Canada.

    Vancouver

    Michael Bellomo

    Associate

    Colleen O’Neill

    Associate

    Dan Richardson

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Lorne Folick

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Amelia Staunton

    Partner

    Matthew Bujar

    Partner

    Tom Newnham

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Denny Chung

    Associate

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Elka Dadmand

    Associate

    Manjot Parhar

    Associate

    Setareh Khasha

    Associate

    Derek Schiissler

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Janis McAfee

    Partner

    Brent Rentiers

    Partner

    Parveen Shergill

    Associate

    Calgary

    Cecilia Hoover

    Partner

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Toronto

    Christine Galea

    Associate

    Mouna Hanna

    Associate

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Brett Stephenson

    Associate

    Chet Wydrzynski

    Associate

    Morgan Martin

    Partner

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Renata Antoniuk

    Associate

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

    Travis Walker

    Associate

  • Subrogation litigation is an essential element of insurance claims management. DWF’s team of lawyers is experienced and qualified to pursue recovery from other insured and non-insured entities to the benefit of its clients. DWF’s cost effective approach to subrogation and settlement maximizes the ultimate recovery to its insured clients.

    Vancouver

    Shelley Armstrong

    Associate

    Michael Bellomo

    Associate

    Serena Lam

    Associate

    Cody Mann

    Associate

    Dan Richardson

    Associate

    Jonathan Weisman

    Associate

    Eric Dolden

    Partner

    Steven Wallace

    Partner

    Brian Rhodes

    Partner

    Michael Libby

    Partner

    Andrew Breen

    Partner

    Matthew Bujar

    Partner

    Mercy Iannicello

    Associate

    Denny Chung

    Associate

    Lindsey von Bloedau

    Associate

    Graham Hallson

    Associate

    Kelowna

    Amelia Martin

    Associate

    Parveen Shergill

    Associate

    Calgary

    Justin Brunette

    Associate

    Geoffrey Duckworth

    Associate

    Vikas Mall

    Associate

    Toronto

    Mario Delgado

    Associate

    Robert Smith

    Associate

    Chris Stribopoulos

    Associate

    Matthew Miller

    Partner

    Raya Sidhu

    Associate

    Lauren Furukawa

    Associate

    Ryan Osbourne

    Associate

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