Jonathan Hodes

Partner | Vancouver

604.643.1256

Portrait of Jonathan Hodes

Jonathan Hodes practices insurance and environmental litigation. He provides practical and cost-effective advice to Canadian, American, and international clients on product liability, general liability, and environmental matters. He holds Canadian and U.S. law degrees and a large part of his practice involves assisting American insurers involved in inter-jurisdictional and cross-border claims. He has appeared in the courts of British Columbia, Alberta, and the Nunavut and Yukon Territories, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. Jonathan has also provided opinion evidence in the Superior Court of Washington State.

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Jonathan Hodes is elected into membership of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

IADC is an invitation-only professional association for corporate and insurance defense lawyers around the world. Click here for more information.

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Jonathan Hodes joins the Vancouver office as a Partner.

Jonathan’s practice focuses on insurance, environmental, and business litigation, including a wide variety of actions involving liability claims, environmental clean-up litigation, coverage disputes, construction deficiency claims, breach of contract, and other business litigation matters.

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Jonathan Hodes chairs the Canadian Defence Lawyers-Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association joint seminar.

On the agenda: Concurrent Causation Diminished Value Mediation Panel Click here for more information.

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Jonathan Hodes speaks on “Health Care Costs Recovery Legislation: Subrogation for Medical Costs in BC and Alberta” at the CBA’s Alberta Law Conference.

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When U.S. Insurers Face Claims in Canada: Coverage for the Cross-Border Accident

Talaal Bond, Jonathan Hodes, Anna-Marie Musson, and Daniel Strigberger discuss insurance coverage issues arising out of cross-border auto accidents, where U.S. insurers confront laws, regulations and processes that vary with their United States’ experience. Presented in partnership with US firm...

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Off-Site Contamination: A Primer for Developers and Landowners

Miller Thomson Vancouver presents a lunch seminar with NEXT Environmental.  Topics on the agenda: Requirements for Development Permits when contamination has migrated onto City of Vancouver property Regulatory requirements for flow-through contamination Contamination underlying city streets Liability for off-site contamination and...

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Precision Plating Part II: British Columbia Court of Appeal restores effect of Absolute Pollution Exclusion

In 2014, the British Columbia Supreme Court, in Precision Plating Ltd. v. Axa Pacific Insurance Company, 2014 BCSC 602, held that a purportedly “absolute” pollution exclusion was ambiguous in the context of a fire loss.  This decision resulted in significant...

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Absence of Statutory Warning turns Victory for the Vehicle Leasing Industry into Loss for the Insurer

In the province of British Columbia, vehicle owners, including leasing and rental companies, are vicariously liable for the negligence of permissive drivers of their vehicles.  Damages recoverable against lessors, however, are capped by statute at CDN $1 million (a provision...

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Pollution Resulting From Fire is Not “Pollution”, says BC Court

Virtually every modern CGL policy contains some variation of the “absolute pollution exclusion”, which eliminates or severely restricts coverage for environmental damages. In recent years, the courts in British Columbia and elsewhere have consistently upheld such exclusions in relation to...

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BC Contaminated Sites 101 and Consultants Liability

Miller Thomson seminar

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Environmental Update – Case Law and Tribunal Decisions

Miller Thomson Seminar - Off-site Contamination: A Primer for Landowners and Developers

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Health Care Costs Recovery Legislation: Subrogation for Medical Costs in BC and Alberta

CBA Alberta Law Conference

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Automobile Accidents in British Columbia: A Manual for US Claims Examiners

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British Columbia Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Manual

Continuing Legal Education Society of BC

Contributing author to chapters on “Out of Province”, and “Excess Insurance and Optional Insurance Coverages”. Click here for more information.

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Pollution Exclusion Clauses in the CGL Policy: Current Issues in Coverage Ligitation

Canadian Journal of Insurance Law, Vol. 27, No. 4

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BC ‘wrongdoers’ must pay back government’s health care costs

The Lawyers Weekly

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