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Credits
Substantive: 1.5
90 minutes
Published
2019
Presenter(s)
Stephen Cavanagh
Mark Charron
Stephanie Drisdelle
Colin Dubeau
Brenda Hollingsworth
Tracy Lyle
Laurie Tucker
Source
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
Provider
CPDOnline.ca
Language
English
Length
90 minutes
Price
$119.00 plus tax
CCLA 39th Civil Litigation Conference
Includes Handouts

Speakers discuss the following topics:

  • So Gross: Municipal Liability
  • The 5 W’s of Adverse Costs Insurance
  • Behaving Badly, Bad Faith in Insurance
  • After the Love is Gone: Adding FLA Claims After the Limitation Period
  • Sort Your Fruit: Collateral Benefits; Gotcha! Admissibility of Surveillance Evidence

Presenters

Stephen Cavanagh

Steve’s practice focuses on professional liability, insurance and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience in advising both insurers and insureds about coverage issues and has had a number of reported cases in that field. He has also acted as a mediator and as an arbitrator in various types of civil disputes, principally in the areas of insurance and commercial law. As well, he has acted as counsel in disciplinary proceedings. Steve is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, He is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He has been selected for inclusion among The Best Lawyers in Canada in Insurance Law and Malpractice Law has been “Repeatedly Recommended” as a Leading Practitioner in the field of “Litigation-Commercial Insurance” by LEXPERT. In 2014, 2017 and 2019, Best Lawyers in Canada named Steve the Lawyer of the Year in the area of Insurance Law in Ottawa. Since 2007, Steve has been a member of the Ontario Civil Rules Committee, which is responsible for the Rules of Civil Procedure. In 2013 and again in 2018, he was a member of a subcommittee which made recommendations to the Civil Rules Committee regarding the discount rate for future pecuniary damages (Rule 53.09). Those recommendations have since been enacted. He also served as a member of another subcommittee that considered the issue of whether medical examinations in a litigation context should be recorded. For five years, Steve was the Ottawa Senior Instructor in Civil Litigation for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bar Admission Course. He also taught Insurance Law and Trial Advocacy at uOttawa’s law school for several years. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1980.

Mark Charron

Mark has practiced in the city of Ottawa exclusively in the area of civil litigation since 1985. Through his insurance defence practice, he acts for a range of property and casualty carriers throughout Eastern Ontario. Mark also acts for a number of carriers on behalf of specialized insureds, including local municipalities, and the Ottawa Carleton Regional Police Services Board. Several of these cases, in particular involving the Police Services Board, have been high profile and sensitive in nature. As part of his civil litigation practice, Mark also acts for a range of clients involved in construction disputes in the Ottawa area. He is regularly involved with the Ottawa Construction Association, providing seminars and advice on various topics. Mark has extensive trial experience, both jury and non-jury, and has appeared regularly before Appellate Courts, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Many of his cases have been reported, the most notable being his Supreme Court of Canada decision in Herbison v. Lumberman's Mutual Casualty Co., a case involving the interpretation of "the use or operation of an automobile" for the purposes of determining insurance coverage under a motor vehicle liability policy. Mark is an outgoing promoter of ongoing legal education, both within and outside of the legal community. Among his many pursuits in this area are conducting mock trials and conducting seminars for a number of organizations, including the Carleton County Law Association, the Ottawa Construction Association and the Ontario Bar Association, as well as the University of Ottawa. Mark acted as a seminar leader for the Ontario Bar Admission Course for over five years on subjects of civil litigation and negotiation skills. He has also conducted seminars for the Advocacy Skills Course, which is carried as part of the University of Ottawa Law School's regular curriculum. Mark also organizes and leads informal seminars on a regular basis for the firm's institutional clients as well as various local adjusting firms.

Stephanie Drisdelle

Fluently bilingual, Stephanie practices in the area of civil litigation, focusing primarily on insurance defence. Prior to joining Bertschi Orth in 2011, Stephanie completed a Master of Laws at University College London in the U.K. Stephanie is completing the sommelier program at Algonquin College.

Colin Dubeau

Colin Dubeau is a partner at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP and the leader of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group. Since his call to the Bar in 1999, Colin has practised exclusively in the areas of civil litigation and advocacy. Colin has extensive experience in professional liability claims against lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers, school officials and health care practitioners. In his practice, Colin has acted for clients in a diverse range of commercial disputes, including construction claims, building deficiency claims, environmental claims, debt collection matters, shareholder disputes, and a vast array of insurance contract interpretation and dispute claims. Colin enjoys the strategic aspect of law, and the interaction with clients. He always maintains focus on the big picture, and keeps the end result in mind throughout the legal process. For reasons not exactly clear, Colin was recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada for his work in Insurance Law. For reasons equally uncertain, Colin is a somewhat-regular speaker at a variety of CPD events, including ones put on by the CCLA and The Advocates Society. Given his exhaustive efforts at delegating as much work as possible to others in his firm, Colin enjoys getting in as much snowmobiling as he possibly can and is looking forward to a long and snowy winter.

Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth is a lawyer and shareholder at Auger Hollingsworth where she leads the firm’s personal injury practice. A lawyer since 1997, Brenda gained significant litigation experience at a Bay Street firm both before and after her call to the Bar. She then practiced plaintiff and defence-side personal injury and class-action law at a Toronto firm. Brenda co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications. As part of the eight-member Federal Judicial Advisory Committee, Brenda spent three years volunteering her time to evaluate federal judicial appointment candidates. She has served on advisory panels for The Advocates Society and the Ontario Bar Association. Brenda loves to write and frequently publishes articles, blogs and essays about all aspects of law and practice. She is a strong believer in community, activism and social justice and is a regular sponsor of and attendee at local fundraisers for the rehabilitation community. A proud mother of two sons, Brenda’s family time is often spent cheering at the hockey rink, football field or rugby pitch. Brenda lives in Ottawa with her husband Richard Auger and their two boys, Zach and Jordy.

Tracy Lyle

Tracy is currently a partner at Nelligan O’Brien Payne, and Team Leader for the Litigation Practice Group. She practices in the field of civil litigation with a particular emphasis on plaintiffs personal injury and insurance disputes. Prior to joining Nelligans, she practiced law in Pembroke for twenty years. She graduated from Queens university in 1992 with a B.A. and earned her LLB Summa Cum Laude as the Silver Medalist of her class in 1995 at the University of Ottawa. In 2000, she was appointed by the Law Society to sit as a Committee member on the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism and Civility. She has served as President of the Renfrew County Law Association, Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court, member of the Editorial Board of the Litigator, as well as other boards. She is a proud mother of three boys.

Laurie Tucker

Laurie obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours History) from the University of Waterloo in 1996 and her Law degree from Queen’s University in 1999 and was called to the Bar in 2001. Laurie practices exclusively in personal injury and long term disability claims with Burn Tucker Lachaîne in Ottawa. Laurie served a long time on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), from May 2004 to May 2016. An avid proponent of continuing legal education, Laurie has presented papers at OTLA’s continuing legal education conferences and has published papers in The Litigator. In addition to her work with OTLA, Laurie has presented at the County of Carleton Law Association’s Litigation Conference and has been on their planning committee since 2013. Laurie has done work for the Advocates Society’s Child Advocacy Project and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program’s pro bono project. From 2010 to 2015, Laurie was a member of the Board of Directors for the Youville Centre, an Ottawa non-profit organization which assists young mothers and their children by providing education and daycare in a specialized setting, allowing the young moms to complete high school. In 2010, Laurie was awarded the CCLA’s Regional Senior Justice Award. In 2013, she was the recipient of OTLA’s Women’s Caucus Award, and in 2016, she received OTLA’s Distinguished Service Award. In her personal life, Laurie enjoys spending time with friends and her dogs. She loves live theatre and she travels as often as she possibly can.

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