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Chris has been a partner at Dutton Brock since 2005, after joining the firm as an associate in 1998. Chris was also called to the British Columbia Bar in 1996.
Chris' practice involves advising insurers, corporations and individuals on insurance and reinsurance coverage issues with a particular focus on commercial general liability policies. He has argued coverage matters on behalf of insurers at all levels of court in Ontario. He represents insurers, reinsurers, brokers and corporations in first and third party liability claims.
Chris is nationally published in the field of insurance law, having co-authored sections on the insurance contract and motor vehicle insurance for the Insurance Bureau of Canada's re-write of the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest's Insurance Law text. Chris is a regular contributor to insurance industry publications and lectures frequently on insurance coverage, tort liability and risk management issues.
Chris began his education at the Richard Ivey School Of Business At The University Of Western Ontario with an Honours degree in Business Administration (HBA), and a Major in marketing management, with top 10% standing.
Chris attended Dalhousie University Law School between 1992 and 1995 and received his LL.B. with a Major in civil litigation. He was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1996 and to the Ontario Bar in 1998.
Chris was awarded with three University Of Western Ontario Entrance Scholarships from 1988 to 1991. He was listed in the Dean's Honour List in 1992 with a top 10% standing in the Honours Business Administration program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. Here, Chris was also awarded the Evald Torokvei Foundation Scholarship in 1991 and 1992.
Chris has lectured extensively on insurance defence and insurance coverage issues, including lecturing for the Canadian Institute, the Insurance Institute of Canada, the Canadian Defence Lawyers and the Ontario Bar Association.
Dutton Brock Annual Client Seminar Annual keynote speaker at Dutton Brock's client seminars, February 1998-Present
First and Third Party Claim Issues Arising From Toxic Mould - Keynote speaker Disaster Kleen-up International Seminar for Insurers and Risk Managers, SkyDome Hotel, November 2000
4th Annual Advanced Forum on Insurance Coverage Disputes - The Latest Developments in Property Claims - Keynote speaker Managing and Litigating Insurance Coverage Disputes The Canadian Institute, Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, June 2004
An Update On Recent Case Law Developments and Commercial General Liability Policy Coverage Issues â€“ Keynote speaker and workshop moderator Royal and Sunalliance Insurance Company, Mississauga, Ontario, November 2004
Are You At Risk - Keynote speaker Canadian Independent Insurance Adjusters Association Continuing Education Seminar Intercontinental Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, April 2005
Advanced Forum on Identifying, Managing and Preventing Mould Claims - Moderator - Panel discussion on first and third party insurance coverage issues The Canadian Institute, The Old Mill, Toronto, Ontario, April 2005
Navigating the Commercial General Liability Policy: Mastering Troublesome Standard Policy Wordings and Examining the Insurance Bureau of Canada's New Proposal - Keynote speaker Managing and Litigating Insurance Coverage Disputes The Canadian Institute, Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, June 2005
The Latest Developments in the Relationship Between Primary and Excess Insurers - Keynote speaker Hot Topics in Motor Vehicle Insurance - The Relationship Between Primary and Excess Carriers and the Duty to Defend Ontario Bar Association - Insurance Section, November 2005
Top 10 Coverage Cases from 2005 That Insurers Ought to Know About - Keynote speaker Liberty Grand Conference Centre, Dutton Brock Annual Client Seminar, January 2006
The Duty to Defend As Between Primary and Excess Insurers and the Apportionment of Defence Costs Between Insured and Uninsured Claim - Keynote speaker Aviva Canada Lunch'n'Learn Seminar Aviva Canada Downtown Office, Toronto, Ontario, March 2006
Legal Actions and Civil Case Management - Keynote speaker ING Continuing Education Seminar, Bodily Injury East Toronto Branch, Ajax, Ontario, April 2006
Understanding the Tri-partite Relationship, and Related Insurance November 23, 2007 Coverage Issues - Keynote speaker Canadian Defence Lawyers Bootcamp for New Lawyers Osgoode Hall, Toronto, Ontario, November 2006
Top 10 Coverage Cases from 2006 That Insurers Ought to Know About - Keynote speaker Liberty Grand Conference Centre Dutton Brock Annual Client Seminar, January 2007
An Introduction to the CGL Policy - Keynote speaker Insurance Institute Toronto, Ontario, November 2007
The All-Risk Property Policy and the Faulty Design Exclusion, A Canadian Perspective - Host An analysis and critique of the Ontario Court of Appeal's 2007 Decision in C.N. Rail v. Royal and Sunalliance Canadian Defence Lawyers' Audioconference, December 2007
Insurance Law Section, Ontario and Western Edition Co-author Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, 1995
Ontario Consumer Protection Legislation Author, 1999
Lost Policy Found Author Canadian Defence Lawyer's Journal, 2001 (Paper was cited as a leading commentary on the subject by Marcus Snowden and Mark Lichty in their text, The Annotated Commercial General Liability Policy)
Canada's Supreme Court Tribunal Council's View on the Duty to Defend Author, 2001
Should You Subrogate For Property Loss Author, 2002
Creature From The Black Lagoon, First Party and Third Party Mould Liability Claims Author, 2003
An Update on the Pollution Liability Exclusion and Liability for Toxic Mould Claims and Other Naturally Occurring Substances Author The Canadian Institute's Annual Insurance Coverage Disputes Seminar, 2004
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Claim, A Guide to Initial File Handling and Coverage Issues Author, 2004
You Build A Billion Dollar Empire By Staying On Top of Your Game: Recent Developments Respecting CGL Policies and the Duty to Defend Author, 2005 The Insurance Bureau of Canada's Proposed Changes to the Form 2100 Commercial General Liability Policy - A
Commentary Author The Canadian Institute's Annual Insurance Coverage Disputes Seminar, 2005
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over - The Ontario Court of Appeal's Dramatic Reversal in the Total Loss Salvage Cases Author Canadian Underwriter, July, 2005 edition
Primary and Excess Insurance Coverage and the Duty to Defend Author Ontario Bar Association - Hot topics in Motor Vehicle Insurance, 2005
Top 10 Coverage Cases from 2005 That Insurers Ought to Know About Author Dutton Brock Annual Client Seminar, 2006
Toward Personal Responsibility - Supreme Court Shuts the Door - But Not Entirely - On
Social Host Responsibility Author Canadian Underwriter, July, 2006 edition
Top 10 Coverage Cases from 2006 That Insurers Ought to Know About Author Dutton Brock Annual Client Seminar, 2007
Keeping the Cap on Tight: The Supreme Court of Canada has refused leave to appeal in a case that attacked the $100,000 cap on non-pecuniary general damages Author Canadian
Underwriter, January, 2007 edition
The All-Risk Property Policy and the Faulty Design Exclusion, A Canadian Perspective An analysis and critique of the Ontario Court of Appeal's 2007 Decision in C.N. Rail v. Royal and Sunalliance Author, 2007
Chris is a member of:
Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Hollinger Inc.,  O.J. No. 5419 (S.C.J.), affirmed on appeal  O.J. No. 481 (C.A.)
Bank of Nova Scotia v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (2003), 67 O.R. (3d) 699 (Div. Ct.)
Federated Insurance Co. of Canada v. Reliance Insurance Co.,  O.J. No. 4676 (Gen. Div.)
Olmstead v. Greenberg,  O.J. No. 4545 (Gen. Div.)
jjBarnicke Limited v. Commercial Union Assurance Company (1998), 40 O.R. (3d) 726 (Gen. Div.), affirmed on appeal  I.L.R 1-3865
Bywater v. Toronto Transit Commission (1999), 43 O.R. (3d) 367 (Gen. Div.)
Taub v. Manufacturer's Life Insurance Co.,  O.J. No. 2658 (Gen. Div.)
Claus v. Wolfman (1999), 52 O.R. (3d) 673 (Gen. Div.)
Economical Mutual Insurance Co. v. 1072871 Ontario Ltd. (c.o.b. Lakeview Lunch),  O.J. No. 4180 (Gen. Div.), affirmed on appeal
Canadian Gas Association v. Guardian Insurance Co. of Canada,  O.J. No. 5260 (Gen. Div.)