Welcome to Will Davidson’s New Insurance Defence blog
Stay informed with the latest developments, practitioner insights and notable cases in insurance defence litigation.
With over 90 years of spearheading defence jurisprudence in Ontario, Will Davidson LLP is trusted to offer a wider legal perspective. It is an advantage we have over our competitors and an enormous contributor to how we achieve successful results for our clients.
Our defence group is a full-service practice with a track record of success. We specialize in all types of defence litigation, including subrogation, class action defence, insurance defence, construction, and commercial litigation. Our insurance defence lawyers represent personal and commercial insurers, re-insurers and uninsured clients for claims arising out of automobile, liability and property matters. We are trusted litigators and advisors for insurers looking to mitigate risk.
The unique perspective our team brings
It is about time we shared the knowledge and expertise that our practitioners have gathered over many years of successfully representing clients. We are pleased to welcome you to our insurance defence blog. Our goal here is to share with our readers the latest developments in insurance jurisprudence and help them make better decisions.
The unique perspective we have
We are in the unique position of witnessing insurance claims from both sides of the table. It gives us a much deeper understanding of cases – and a feel for which way the judicial pendulum is swinging.
Our work in personal injury provides a unique defence perspective. It means we are able to provide an up-to-date and accurate assessment of the matter, and outline predictable pathways. With the breadth of experience that our team brings, we are able to offer insight into more than just changes in the law but also how they will impact you.
Meet the team
Will Davidson’s insurance defence practice is led by some of the most experienced insurance defence lawyers in Ontario.
Jim Davidson heads the firm’s Insurance Defence group. He is a certified specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Jim is an experienced negotiator and regularly represents some of Canada’s leading insurers to resolve complex and multi-party disputes. He recently concluded a five-year term as a director of the Ontario Bar Association’s Insurance Law Section and is a former director of Canadian Defence Lawyers.
Chris works primarily in the field of complex civil litigation and appeals. He handle’s the firm’s insurance coverage, subrogation, negligence claims and mass tort / class proceedings. Mike has represented clients many times before the Supreme Court, Ontario Court of Appeal and Ontario Divisional Court. His successes include recovering millions of dollars for insurers in subrogation. He has worked on innovative solutions to maximize client’s recovery in complicated claims.
Peter is a certified specialist in litigation with over 50 years of experience representing insurers. He has been frequently recognized by National Post as one of Canada’s Best Insurance Lawyers and is continuously selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers Canada.
Mike brings over 25 years of experience to insurance litigation. He has acted for some of the largest insurance companies in Canada, leading cases to successful resolutions. Mike’s expertise helps him assess disputes from both sides and bring matters to efficient conclusions.
Scott’s practice spans a wide rage of complex litigation claims on behalf of insurers. His extensive knowledge includes the emerging area of cyberbullying law, social media claims, expertise in motor vehicle, product liability, occupier’s liability, property damage and subrogation claims.
Joel has extensive trial and appellate experience representing insurers. His practice areas include construction, commercial litigation, property damage, subrogation matters and product liability claims. He knows his client’s value early resolution so whenever possible he leverages his courtroom experience to obtain the best possible settlements for clients without the cost of trial.
Tiffany recently joined the defence team and brings with her experience working on both sides of insurance disputes. Her practice encompasses a range of civil litigation, including tort, motor vehicle accidents, occupier’s liability, property damage and product liability claims.
Enabling innovation in Canada’s insurance market
Canada’s insurance regulatory and legal framework is mature. Stable regulations attract the world’s leading insurers who look to innovate in products and technologies. But to make the most of that opportunity, the insurance industry relies on accurate and actionable insight into the legal interface between insurer and claimant.
Why insurance companies rely on us
It is why at Will Davidson LLP our focus is on translating strong technical understanding into practical outcomes. We work hard to understand both sides of every lawsuit and believe that great lawyers can argue either side to victory. Our insurance defence lawyers provide skilled representation and practical advice to clients in commercial and personal insurance. Whether through arbitration, mediation or in the courtroom, our defence practice helps insurers and re-insurers reach cost-effective and speedy resolutions.
How the law sees liability
Understanding liability requires looking beyond the intention conveyed through contracts and into the equitable outcomes the law requires. As such, our legal advice and strategy helps insurers reach correctly planned outcomes. We make sure that our representation is cost-effective and minimizes financial risk.
Our practice encompasses:
- Representation at arbitration, mediation and in lawsuits
- accident benefits defence claim
- class action defence
- coverage opinions
- fire & property loss defence
- defending insurance companies – car insurance
- occupiers liability defence
- property loss claims