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 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...
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.
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.
Who is the Lessee? Whoever the Lessor Can Sue to Enforce the Lease – An Update on Insurer Priority of Third Party Claims Involving Lessors
Who can a lessor sue to enforce a lease? In a recent decision on priority of payment in a motor vehicle tort action, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice resolved the priority dispute by answering this question. In Aviva Insurance...
The Common Law is Sometimes Not So Common — ONCA Releases Contradictory Decisions on Municipal Liability in Nearly Identical Cases
Canada is a common law jurisdiction. The heart of the common law is that like cases are to be treated alike. This fundamental principle of the common law is upheld through the use of appellate courts. A judge of a...
Who can be Present at an Examination for Discovery?
Answering the question of who should be allowed to attend at an examination for discovery involves an exercise in balancing two competing interests: the interest of upholding the privacy of examinations as a pre-trial discovery process relevant to the parties’...
When a Spouse is not a Spouse
The Superior Court has recently had the opportunity to revisit an issue that has not been addressed by the courts in twenty years: whether the Family Law Act definition of “spouse” applies to the Insurance Act definition of “spouse”. For...
Kapoor v. Kuzmanovski: A Debate on the Insurance Paying Juror
Recently, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Kapoor v. Kuzmanovski, 2018 ONSC 4770 (CanLII) determined the issue of whether individuals who drive and pay automobile insurance premiums can be excluded as potential jurors in cases arising out of motor...
Juries Behaving Badly
Jury duty is an – often dreaded – civic duty central to the justice system in Canada. A juror’s duty is to listen to the evidence and argument, and to deliver an independent, impartial decision based on the case presented...
Nemchin v. Green: The Deduction of Collateral Benefits at Trial
The plaintiff was injured in a car accident in 2010. The trial in 2017 led to a jury verdict of $125,000 in general damages and $600,000 in future loss of income. The plaintiff did not seek an award of past...
Where a Plaintiff is Ordinarily Resident Outside of Ontario, Under What Circumstances will a Court Order Security for Costs?
General Legal Principles Rule 56.01 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 194 provides that the Court, on motion by a defendant in a proceeding, may make an order for security for costs where it appears that the...
Artificial Intelligence Revolution and the Insurance Industry
The information revolution has had an undeniable impact on society, as did the industrial revolution before it. Now artificial intelligence is poised to be the next revolution that will have an immense impact on our society from our personal lives...
“Scanty” Evidence Failed to Establish a Plaintiff’s Entitlement to Recover Interest on Loans Borrowed for the Purpose of Litigation
In Isbister v. Delong, 2017 BCCA 340, the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld a trial judge’s decision that the plaintiff was not entitled to recover, as special damages, interest on money she borrowed from her lawyers. Facts of the...
FSCO arbitrator decides neuropsychological assessment is one assessment not two
Counsel to Co-operators General Insurance Company