Franco Cabanos


Franco Cabanos Law Corporation


Franco joined Whitelaw Twining in 2011. Franco’s practice involves a broad range of commercial litigation, insurance defence and the prosecution of subrogated claims. He has handled matters involving product liability failures, construction defect claims, water and fire losses, occupiers’ liability, and general commercial matters such as complex shareholder disputes and breaches of contract.

Franco oversees our Subrogation group—and supports his team of lawyers and paralegals with strategy direction, client management and business development. His superior analytical, social and observational skills make him an exceptional lawyer and leader.

Franco has represented clients before all levels of Court in British Columbia, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan and the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal. In addition, he has successfully advocated for clients in numerous mediations.

When not in the office, Franco plays basketball and volleyball. He also volunteers at Access Pro Bono’s Paralegal Clinic as duty counsel.

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LL.B., University of Manitoba, 2008

B.A. (Criminology), Simon Fraser University, 2004

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

Called to the British Columbia Bar in 2009

Member of the Canadian Bar Association

Past Member of the Surrey Bar Association

Member of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals


Commercial Arbitration in British Columbia

Common Law Exception to Settlements by an Insured, (Co-Author with Cameron B. Kennedy)

A Brief Primer on Security for Costs

Freight Forwarders: Agent vs. Principal, (Co-Author with Michael D. Silva)

Application of Standard Tow Terms: Notice, Actual Knowledge & Intent, (Co-Author with Michael D. Silva)

Stranded at Sea: The Duties of the Rescuer and Rescued, (Co-Author with Megan E. Whittle)

Sale of Goods in Canadian Maritime Matters

Application of Provincial Workers’ Compensation Schemes to Maritime Accidents, (Co-Author with Michael D. Silva)