Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Calgary, 1974
Bachelor of Education (with distinction), University of Calgary, 1978
Bachelor of Laws, University of Calgary, 1981
Law Society of Alberta
Canadian Bar Association
Calgary Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
Canadian Defence Lawyers
Frequently acts as a mediator requested by both plaintiff and defence counsel in personal injury cases.
Extensive experience as counsel for parties in Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR) conferences and Private Mediations.
Represented a plaintiff in a complex medical malpractice case involving a five week trial, resulting in an award of over $3.6 million: Forsberg v. Naidoo, 2011 ABQB 252.
Represented a plaintiff pedestrian who suffered a leg amputation as a result of a car accident, and obtained a trial judgment for damages including relocation and renovation of his home to accommodate his disability: Hurd v. Hodgson,  A.J. No. 705, 61 Alta. L.R. (2d) 36, 89 A.R. 241.
Counsel for the successful defendants in two trials involving claims in excess of $1 million in which causation of the injuries was in dispute: Weatherall v. Seaba, 2008 ABQB 689; Sidorsky v. Lowry, 2009 ABQB 68.
Represented defendants in two separate personal injury actions, each involving claims in excess of $1.5 million. Causation of the injuries was in dispute. At trial the judgments in each case were less than $50,000 and costs were awarded to the Defendants: Weatherall v. Seaba, 2008 ABQB 689; Sidorsky v. Lowry, 2009 ABQB 68.
Represented an insured defendant at trial in a constitutional challenge “test” case involving the interpretation of the Alberta Minor Injury Regulation: Morrow v. Zhang, 2008 ABQB 125.
Represented the insurers in two seminal Alberta Court of Appeal cases involving denials of coverage under an automobile policy based on lack of consent to drive: E.T. (Estate of) v. Tran, 2007 ABCA 13; Saravia v. Perez, 2007 ABCA 12.
Defended two lawsuits arising from motor vehicle accidents in which the defendants’ vehicles hit black ice and the defendants were found not negligent Sharma v Smook,  A.J. No. 866, 191 A.R. 152, 66 A.C.W.S. (3d) 383; Barriault v. Scherger, 1998 ABQB 281.
Represented several defendants accused of defamation in relation to political activities: Cooper v. Hennan, 2005 ABQB 709.
Represented an oil and gas company in a claim for damages to its facility arising from an explosion and fire due to the negligence of a contractor, resolved at mediation.
Has represented both insurers and insured persons in fire cases involving coverage issues under insurance policies: Royal Bank of Canada v. Safeco Insurance Co. of America,  A.J. No. 214, 58 Alta. L.R. (2d) 239, 85 A.R. 357; 529198 Alberta Ltd. v. Thibeault Masonry Ltd., 2001 ABQB 1108; Carscallen v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, 2013 ABCA 263.
Represented an oil and gas company in successfully defending an injunction application to prevent the sale of shares or assets pending remedial action in relation to alleged pollution: Chemelli (Next friend of) v. Ryerson Oil and Gas Ltd.,  A.J. No. 1296.
Frequently provides coverage opinions to insurers under a variety of policy types and in a variety of fact situations.
awards, recognition & accomplishments
Listed in Best Lawyers in Canada in the Personal Injury Law and Insurance Law categories
Listed by Lexpert as repeatedly recommended personal injury lawyer
Rated BV – Very high Peer Review In Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale Hubbell for over 20 years
teaching & publications
Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association
The Canadian Defence Lawyers
Canadian Bar Association, Civil Litigation and Insurance Subsections
*Please note that a lawyer-client relationship has not been established until a conflict check has been conducted and a retainer agreement has been signed. Additionally, our past results for clients are not indicative of future results as each case is unique.