Miller Thomson understands the mechanics of insurance – the need to assess and manage risk and deal with it effectively. Our Insurance & Risk Management group is one of the largest independent insurance practices in Canada, with offices in many major cities. Our size, scope and expertise enables us to provide seamless service to insurers and industry players by leveraging the resources of a full service firm, thus enhancing value to our clients. Lawyers within our group have been involved in the handling of insurance claims for more than 35 years, and have developed practices focusing on insurance law and risk management. In keeping with our group’s philosophy, we have expertise that meets our clients’ needs and provide service which is efficient, cost-effective and timely.
We offer a full range of services to brokers, insurers, captive companies and re-insurers as well as organizations that are self-insured of have self-administered deductible programs. We represent a great number of insurers, government organizations and companies and handle a variety of insurance defence issues including:
- Property and casualty
- Coverage opinions and claims
- Automobile liability/damages
- Accident benefits
- Bad faith and punitive damage claims
- Priority / loss transfer / subrogation
- Government and road liability claims
- Commercial and social host liability
- Life and disability insurance
- Surety & bonding
- Creditor risk
- Construction litigation
- Oil & gas / energy risks
- Errors & Omissions
- Professional liability (lawyers, engineers, architects, dentists, doctors, chiropractors, brokers, real estate agents, accountants, etc.)
- Product liability
- Regulatory / conformity / compliance
- Employment practice liability
- Alternative dispute resolution
- Risk management
- Road Maintenance & Design Liability
- Products Liability Claims
- Construction / E & O Claims
- Professional Negligence
- Personal Injury Defence
- Environmental Liability Claims
Miller Thomson recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
In the recently released 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 90 Miller Thomson lawyers across 35 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise. These rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer review process...
Nathalie Durocher, speaker at the Barreau du Québec’s annual symposium Développements récents en droit des assurances
Nathalie Durocher, a partner specializing in insurance law, civil litigation and the distribution of financial products and services at Miller Thomson, gave a seminar entitled “L’art de rédiger la lettre de réserve” during the annual symposium Développements récents en droit...
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....
Daniel Strigberger quoted in Lexpert article on cyber liability
Daniel Strigberger is quoted in Lexpert® on cyber liability and the sale of cyber-liability products. The dramatic growth of online channels has brought new laws for digital commerce – and businesses are struggling to keep pace. Read the full article...
Daniel Strigberger quoted in Canadian Underwriter
Daniel Strigberger is quoted in Canadian Underwriter on “Ontario court rules farmer driving uninsured ATV on road not foreclosed from claiming income”. Last Wednesday, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that Arthur Matheson and his family are not barred from...
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.
Karen Weslowski is acclaimed Treasurer of the CBA’s National Insurance Law Section for the 2012 – 2014 term.
Analea Wayne and Scott Hammel are awarded Queen’s Counsel Designation
Analea M. Wayne of the Calgary office and Scott J. Hammel of the Edmonton office are awarded Queen’s Counsel designation. Read Article Here
Douglas Mac Con has joined the firm as an Associate in the Insurance group of the Toronto office.
Read Douglas’ full biography.
James Bromiley’s article “Jones v. Jenkins – Adjusters Beware” has been republished by Canadian Insurance Law Reporter.
Paul Legault guest speaker at a conference on the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement
Under the auspices of the Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Bulgaria, Kevin Hamilton, the Faculty of Law of the University of Sofia in Bulgaria and the University of Thessaloniki in Greece are hosting the Conference The EU-Canada Free...
Pat Forte speaks at Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association Ontario Chapter Annual Spring Education Seminar
Pat Forte speaks on the topic of parental liability for cyberbullying, at the Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association Ontario Chapter Annual Spring Education Seminar. For more information, see website.
Pat Forte speaks at a Canadian Independent Adjuster’s Association (CIAA) Education Seminar on the topic of “Parental Liability for Cyberbullying”
Pat Forte speaks at an Education Seminar for the Canadian Independent Adjuster’s Association (CIAA) on the topic of “Parental Liability for Cyberbullying”. Attendees include adjusters, claims managers and lawyers.
Pat Forte speaks at CICMA/CIAA Joint Conference
Pat Forte speaks at the Canadian Insurance Claims Managers’ Association (CICMA) / Canadian Independent Adjusters’ Association (CIAA) Joint Conference on the topic of “Parental Liability for Cyberbullying”.
Nawaz Tahir speaks at the Middlesex Law Association’s annual “Straight from the Bench” Conference on the topic of “Professionalism – Administrative Dismissals”.
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.
Pat Forte speaks at the Ontario Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s “Your First Civil Trial” on the topic of “The use of discovery transcripts and making objections at trial”.
Pat Forte participates in an Ontario Insurance Institute webinar on the topic of “Employment Practices: Termination”
Pat Forte speaks at the International Association of Arson Investigators (Ontario Chapter) 2014 Fire Loss and Fire Code Litigation – Civil and Criminal Implications seminar on the topic of “Using Social Media in Loss Investigations.”
Pat Forte speaks for the Ontario School Boards’ Insurance Exchange webinar on the topic of “Indemnity and Waiver and Informed Consent! Oh my!”
Managing Risk in Construction
Miller Thomson hosts a 1 hour breakfast seminar on June 24, 2016. Topics discussed include insuring against risk in construction projects and judicial consideration of exclusion clauses found in contracts of insurance. Date: Friday, June 24, 2016 Time: 7:30 a.m. –...
Managing Risk in Construction
Miller Thomson hosts a 1 hour breakfast seminar on June 22, 2016. Topics discussed include insuring against risk in construction projects and judicial consideration of exclusion clauses found in contracts of insurance. Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Time: 7:30 a.m. –...
Pierringer & Mary Carter Agreements
Miller Thomson’s Alberta Insurance Group hosts Part III of their Insurance Seminar Series, as a breakfast seminar in Edmonton. Location: Delta Edmonton South 4404 Gateway Boulevard
Pierringer & Mary Carter Agreements
Miller Thomson’s Alberta Insurance Group hosts Part III of their Insurance Seminar Series, as a breakfast seminar in Calgary. Location Calgary Petroleum Club 319 5 Avenue SW
Privilege Over Adjusters Documents & Files
Sandra Hawes and Mark Alexander present Part II of the Insurance Seminar Series. Location: Calgary Petroleum Club Time: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Privilege Over Adjusters Documents & Files
Sandra Hawes and Mark Alexander present Part II of the Insurance Seminar Series. Location: Delta Edmonton South Time: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
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...
Kids With Claims: Major Minor Issues
Pat Forte presents “Kids With Claims: Major Minor Issues” at an OMIA Workshop sponsored by Miller Thomson.
2012-2013 Bodily Injury Review
Caroline Meyer and Randall Carter present the “2012-2013 Bodily Injury Review” at an OMIA Workshop sponsored by Miller Thomson.
Off the Beaten Track
Dan Strigberger and Teneil MacNeil present “Off the Beaten Track” at an OMIA Workshop sponsored by Miller Thomson.
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,...
The Times They Are a Changing – The Evolution of Insurance Coverage for Medical Marijuana
As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love (1967-2017), listening to vinyl/download versions of Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead, it is clear some aspects of counter-culture have become mainstream. With the advent of new...
Deliberate acts of damage by lessees and the murky world of insurance exclusions
The BC Supreme Court provides some clarity When an insurance policy exclusion does not come close to being easily intelligible, an insurer may not be entitled to rely on it to exclude coverage for acts of intentional damage by a...
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.
In light of a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling on a builder’s risk policy, insurers can anticipate that court decisions involving disputes over standard form insurance contracts are more likely to be appealed.
Fort McMurray Fire Loss Update: The “Beast” – Its Cost to the Insurance Industry and the Need for Greater Risk Management
Fort McMurray, Alberta is a northern urban community within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. It is situated in the middle of the Athabasca oil sands and is nestled in a valley surrounded by boreal forest. With a population of...
The Ins and Outs of The “Impaired Property” Exclusion in Commercial General Liability Policies
Upcoming Amendments to British Columbia’s Costs Rules: An Update
This is a brief update on the original article published in our April 7, 2016 issue titled “Is it Going to Cost You More? Upcoming Amendments to British Columbia’s Costs Rules”. On March 31, 2016, the Attorney General of British...
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 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...
Testing the Waters
Canadian Underwriter, March 2016, p. 26-28
The great debate surrounding causation in accident benefit claims continues with an arbitrator’s ruling out of Ontario. While the material contribution test may have been favoured until fairly recently, the new decision seems to support the return to the use...
FSCO arbitrator decides neuropsychological assessment is one assessment not two
Counsel to Co-operators General Insurance Company