Canada: Insurance & Reinsurance 2018

In this chapter, we highlight 46 individuals as leading lights in the insurance and reinsurance field.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stuart S Carruthers Stikeman Elliott LLP, Toronto
2. John Nicholl Clyde & Co Canada LLP, Toronto
3. Steven Stieber Stieber Berlach LLP, Toronto
4. Jill McCutcheon Torys LLP, Toronto
5. Blair W Keefe Torys LLP, Toronto

Clyde & Co is a standout firm in the market and sees three practitioners listed here.
John Nicholl is one of the foremost insurance and reinsurance practitioners in the country, impressing sources with his experience advising on issues such as liability defence, coverage and litigation.
Mary Margaret Fox has vast experience as both a litigator and coverage expert, providing clients with advice that spans a range of insurance matters including directors’ and officers’ liability and errors and omissions policies.
Catherine Tyndale is a coverage expert who draws praise for her outstanding advisory work on topics such as professional liability, fiduciary liability and crime insurance.

Blake Cassels & Graydon sees three practitioners highlighted here.
Paul Belanger is highly respected for his first-rate practice where he excels in advising clients on regulatory matters. Peers commend his “excellent reputation” in the field.
Dawn Jetten is a widely recognised name in the Canadian market and has extensive experience advising on the development on insurance products as well as providing regulatory advice to clients.
David Tupper is a top-flight litigator who has strong experience representing clients in high-value insurance cases often relating to coverage and construction matters.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell sees three practitioners recognised in this chapter.
Brian Reeve is an expert in the field who specialises in regulatory issues and the governance of insurers. He is a well-known presence in the market, and is noted by sources as “extremely active and continuing to go strong”.
Laurie LaPalme represents clients across the spectrum of the insurance field, including brokers, reinsurers and foreign insurance companies, and is known for her expertise in corporate and regulatory matters.
Gordon Goodman is a transactional and regulatory specialist known for his outstanding corporate governance advice to insurance clients that touches on matters such as formation of insurers and licensing.

Robinson Sheppard Shapiro achieves three listings here.
Michel Green is well known among peers who praise his effective advice to clients on insurance matters that include professional liability, product liability and negligence.
Nicholas Krnjevic focuses his top-notch practice on insurance matters that include directors’ and officers’, errors and omissions liability, and property claims.
Patrick Henry is a well-regarded litigator with experience representing clients at all levels of the domestic courts in complex, high-value insurance cases.

Borden Ladner Gervais is another strong player in the market and has three individuals listed.
Keith Batten boasts a standout insurance litigation practice, where he represents clients in matters that include coverage actions, error and omissions cases and professional liability.
Barry Bresner has over three decades of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer and impresses sources with his strong understanding of insurance litigation proceedings.
Bruce Churchill-Smith QC is commended for his corporate and regulatory work in the insurance area. He frequently represents brokers, insurers and adjusters on regulatory and licensing issues.

Torys sees two standout practitioners recognised.
Jill McCutcheon is highly regarded as an expert in corporate, regulatory and transactional issues, focusing on property, casualty, life and reinsurance issues for a range of clients.
Blair Keefe specialises in insurance regulatory matters, providing clients with a strong understanding of matters relating to legislative frameworks governing insurance law.

Stuart Carruthers at Stikeman Elliott impresses sources with his experience in transactional and regulatory work. He receives recognition from peers for his high-quality and well-informed advice on issues that range from regulatory matters to mergers.

Steven Stieber of Stieber Berlach is a dedicated insurance practitioner who is recognised as an expert in issues such as property coverage, environmental liability and class action cases. Sources commend his "excellent knowledge of coverage".

John Singleton QC at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel is commended for his expertise in insurance matters where he advises clients on complex disputes and D&O liability matters.

At Lerners, Jamieson Halfnight stands out as “an excellent lawyer” who wins high praise from sources for his impressive work advising clients on insurance coverage and defence matters.
Robert Bell is a well-respected litigator who is noted for his extensive experience advising and representing clients in sophisticated insurance disputes.

Blaney McMurtry’s Dominic Clarke is a well-known insurance law expert who draws praise for his excellent work advising clients on matters including product liability and property claims.

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