Christopher is an approachable and energetic trial lawyer, whose practice spans a broad range of civil, commercial, energy, environmental and insurance-related matters, with an emphasis on complex disputes. He has conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials and appeals before all levels of courts in Ontario and Alberta. He is called to the bars of both Ontario (2000) and Alberta (2011).
Christopher’s legal career has been varied; he has worked at litigation boutique firms, and has also acted as the managing partner of the Toronto office of a large, multinational law firm. He is routinely retained on behalf of corporations and insurers to provide advice and guidance with respect to the investigation and litigation of large, complex subrogation and recovery actions, as well as in the defence of similar actions. He also provides counsel to commercial clients regarding contractual, construction and environmental disputes.
Christopher has written papers and delivered presentations for various clients and for the National Association of Subrogation Professionals. He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Toronto Lawyers’ Association, Canadian Defence Lawyers, Ontario Bar Association and the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP).
Christopher’s notable cases include:
- a successful appeal upholding a judge’s decision that claim against our client was barred as a result of a contractor providing a covenant to insure in favour of our client;
- A successful trial decision on a subrogated claim against an oil burning furnace service contractor;
- the affirmation of a settlement fund made available to Sun-Times Media Group Inc. by our client for the settlement of class actions under a Directors and Officers liability policy (with Clarence Lui as co-counsel);
- a successful interim injunction application in favour of our client upholding a non-compete clause in a dealer/distributor agreement to allow them to be first to market with a unique technology;
- a dismissal of an action against our client in Germany as an abuse of process;
- a trial victory on a questionable theft claim in favour of an insurer; and
- a successful defence of claims made by Hollinger Inc. against its insurers for repayment of defence costs arising from class actions against its officers and directors.
When not resolving cases on behalf of his clients, Christopher enjoys being a Superdad to his three children. He is also an avid skier, and guitarist who has played with several less-than-famous bands over the years.
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