John began his legal career at a boutique Vancouver insurance defence firm where, for four years, he handled primarily ICBC defence work. Twenty-five years later, John has developed a broad practice that focusses on complex insurance defence matters, with an emphasis on product liability, insurance coverage, fire loss, class action, motor vehicle claims and catastrophic personal injury claims, including claims involving infant brain injury and quadriplegia.
John tackles his clients’ disputes by distilling what often can be massive amounts of information into the key elements of the case, revealing a clear path to a resolution. In addition, John has written articles on many aspects of insurance coverage, subrogation and civil litigation. He frequently presents seminars for clients, professional groups, and industry groups on these topics.
Outside of work, John is an avid cyclist and participates in Gran Fondos when he can. His priority is spending quality time with his two teenage boys.
LL.B., University of New Brunswick, 1994
B.A., University of British Columbia, 1990
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1995
Called to the Northwest Territories Bar in 2002
Past Chair, National Insurance Section, Canadian Bar Association
Past Chair, BC Insurance Section, Canadian Bar Association
Contributing Editor of the Insurance Law Journal
Member of the Canadian Bar Association Insurance Law and Civil Litigation Sections
Member of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals
Member of the Defence Research Institute
Member of the Canadian Defence Lawyers
Allocation of Defence Costs Between Covered and Uncovered Claims, 2013 Insurance Law, vol. XIV, No. 1.
Subrogation in B.C. – A Claim’s Handler’s Checklist, 2012
Subrogation: An Insurance Claim’s Handler’s Guide to Recovery Actions in British Columbia, 2012
Subrogation: A Lawyers Guide to Recovery Actions in Canada, Paper presented at the Canadian Bar Association’s Canadian Legal Conference in Vancouver, BC, August 2012
Subrogation Success – What Insurers Can Do to Avoid Leaving Money on the Table, Panel speakers at the National Insurance Conference of Canada, Vancouver, BC, 2011
The New Supreme Court Civil Rules: Implications for Claims Handlers, 2010
Ten Things Property and Casualty Insurers Should Know About the Proposed Amendments to the B.C. Insurance Act, Underwritings, Canadian Bar Association, April 2009
Case Comment: Jesuit Fathers of Upper Canada v. Guardian Insurance Co. of Canada, 25 Canadian Journal of Insurance Law 1 at 11, 2007
Subrogation: Basic Principles, Emerging Trends and Practical Considerations, Insurance Law Conference 2006 (Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C., 2006)
Guest speaker at the 2004 Insight Disability Claims Management and Litigation Conference
Guest speaker at the 2003 Canadian Life & Health Insurance Association Claims Conference
The Meaning of ‘Accident’ – Out of Serbonian Bog, 8 Insurance Law 441 at 442, 2003