Paul McDonnell is a Partner in the Vancouver office. He is National Co-Leader of the Insurance Litigation Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Insurance - International, Corporate and Lloyds of London Practice Group. His area of practice is insurance litigation with a particular emphasis on defence, coverage and subrogation for international insurance markets.
Paul's clients include property and casualty insurers and professional liability insurers. He has extensive experience in fire related litigation in major property losses, products liability, forestry, construction law, municipal liability and commercial host liability in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. He also provides advice and opinions on coverage and policy wordings pertaining to general liability, property, construction and professional liability matters. Paul has extensive trial and appellate court experience, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Paul is a Past President of the International Association of Arson Investigators British Columbia Chapter. He is editor of the Chapter's newsletter and a member of the Chapter's Education Committee. He has been a Director of the Chapter since 1995.
Paul has been a guest lecturer and has provided articles for the Municipal Risk Managers Association of British Columbia, the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Office of the Fire Commissioner, the Fire Prevention Officers Association of British Columbia, the Justice Institute, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud, Canadian Defence Lawyers, the Canadian Association of Fire Protection Engineers, and the Canadian Association of Fire Investigators. He has also conducted in-house presentations and lectured at numerous insurance industry fire loss and insurance law seminars.
- LL.B., University of Windsor, 1986
- B.A., Sociology, University of Western Ontario, 1983
- Member, British Columbia Association of Insurance Defence Council
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Canadian Association of Fire Investigators
- Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers
- Member, Law Society of British Columbia
- Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
- The New British Columbia Limitation Regime, 2013
Key Practice Expertise
Areas of Focus
- Fire Related Litigation
- Product Liability
- Municipal Liability
- Commercial Host Liability
- Professional Liability Disputes
Year of Call
- Ontario Bar, 1988
- British Columbia Bar, 1991