Karen L. Weslowski

Partner | Vancouver

604.643.1290

Portrait of Karen L.  Weslowski

Karen L. Weslowski practices insurance defence litigation, construction and commercial litigation, and wills and estates litigation. Her clients include a wide range of professionals, insurers, insurance brokers, manufacturers, land developers, contractors and others.

She has represented clients at all levels of court, including the British Columbia Supreme Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019

In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....

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Vancouver launch of Canadian Customs Law and Miller Thomson on Estate Planning

The Vancouver office hosted a joint book launch last month to celebrate two recent publications written by Miller Thomson lawyers.  The reception was a great success and follows a similar event held in Toronto in November.   Canadian Customs Law...

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Karen Weslowski is acclaimed Treasurer of the CBA’s National Insurance Law Section for the 2012 – 2014 term.

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Karen Weslowski is appointed Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Insurance section (BC Branch).

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Dan Strigberger and Karen Weslowski speak at Country Financial about cross border insurance issues.

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Karen Weslowski speaks at the CLEBC’s Insurance Law Conference 2008

INSURANCE LAW CONFERENCE 2008Your annual update on insurance law, insurance law practice, and all points in between. Terminal City Club 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver9:30 am – 4:30 pm WHO SHOULD ATTEND: lnsurance lawyers and insurance industry personnel: plaintiff’s counsel,...

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Clarifying the “Trilogy” and the Covenant to Insure: Royal Host GP Inc. v. 1842259 Ontario Ltd.

Introduction In Royal Host GP Inc. v. 1842259 Ontario Ltd., 2018 ONCA 467, the Ontario Court of Appeal reversed the motion judge’s decision, clarified what is known as the “Trilogy” and allowed a landlord to advance a subrogated action against...

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Insurance Coverage for Natural Disasters

Canada's Equine Guide 2018, p. 20-24

In recent years, many parts of Canada have been devastated by natural disasters, including forest fires, ice storms, and floods. These disasters have impacted the equine community by causing loss and damage to barns, fencing, pastures, feed supplies and livestock,...

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Case Commentary: Himark Homes Ltd. v Janas, 2017 BCSC 1719 and Subrogated Warranty Claims Against Building Consultants

Introduction All new homes constructed in British Columbia are required to be protected by home warranty insurance obtained by the builder.  Generally, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the warranty insurance, the builder is required to remediate any deficiencies...

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Intentional Acts, Artful Pleading and the Duty to Defend in British Columbia

The recent Supreme Court of British Columbia case of Co-operators General Insurance Company v. Kane, 2017 BCSC 1720 confirms the broad manner in which British Columbia courts interpret the duty to defend, and the extent to which that duty can...

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Mediation in British Columbia: Does Mandatory Mediation Mean Mandatory Attendance for Lloyd’s Underwriters?

Introduction While claims against building professionals and consultants are common, very few of those claims ever go to trial. The vast majority of claims are resolved through mediation. In British Columbia, any party to an action can force the other...

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Equine Insurance: Understanding the Fine Print of your Policy

Canada's Equine Guide 2017

All horse owners and riders know that equine activities can be dangerous. Despite best efforts to stay safe around horses, accidents happen. When an accident occurs, insurance coverage may be available to respond to the injury or property damages.

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Case Commentary: Defeating an Application to be Added as a Defendant – The Owners, Strata Plan KAS 2971 v. American Bankers Insurance Company of Florida, et al., 2016 BCSC 581

Most actions commenced by a strata corporation[1] alleging negligence in the design and construction of their condominium development name multiple parties as defendants, including the original owner/developer, municipality, general contractor, trades, material suppliers and all consultants, including the architect, engineers...

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Karen Weslowski comments on importance of clear communication and contracts

Horse Sport Magazine, "Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Boarding Stable"

In the article published in the March 2016 issue of Horse Sport Magazine, she comments: “The key to a successful relationship is managing expectations; communication is key. […] Have a lawyer draft up a contract that contains all of the legal...

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Gone but Not Forgotten – Water Ingress Claims in British Columbia

Will rainscreens and building envelope professionals prevent another “Leaky Condo Crisis”?

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The Risks and Rewards of Buying at an Auction

Equine Consumers' Guide 2016

Buying a horse is an important decision that usually involves careful planning, consideration, and research. Buying a horse at auction can remove or reduce the ability to exercise due diligence in the buying process. “Deals” and good quality horses can...

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