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Insurance Institute of Ontario – Spills, Storms & Blazes: A Practical guide to property damage litigation for insurance professionals

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by Insurance Institute of Ontario
November 20, 2019
18 King St. E. 16th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5C 1C4

When floods, fires, spills and other disasters strike, you are on the front lines. Whether you are subrogating or defending, you need to know how to select the right experts, how to gather the right evidence in the right way, and how to lay the foundation for a winning case from the initial investigation into the litigation process.

This three-hour seminar will provide a practical nuts-and-bolts guide to getting these cases ship-shape and ready for litigation, and then review the key concepts you need to understand as these cases wind through the legal process all the way to the courthouse steps. The seminar gives you two unique perspectives: a litigation lawyer and a forensic engineer, who together have decades of practical experience in handling these challenging cases.

Claims Adjusters: Knowing what to do and what not do, from both your lawyer’s and expert’s perspective, to give them the best chance to deliver you a winning result in litigation.

Brokers: Better understanding how the litigation process works, how your clients can assist experts and lawyers to win their cases.

Underwriters: Better understanding the ins and outs of these claims to help to keep policy pricing in line with the risks and liabilities.

By the end of the seminar, you will have learned:

  • How to pick the right expert for the case;
  • What your experts need you to do to pave the way for their success;
  • What your lawyers need you to do to get a case ready for litigation;


  • Key legal topics and leading court cases so you can make the most informed decisions when instructing your lawyers right up to trial


CE accreditation: 3 Technical RIBO hours pending.

Seminar leaders:

Jason Rabin, B.A., LLB
Senior Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Robert Sparling, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng
Senior Vice President and Practice Lead of the Materials & Product Failure analysis group, 30 Forensic Engineering

Rashmiya Raviraj, B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.Eng
Associate, Fire Investigation Group, 30 Forensic Engineering

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