Our Areas of Practice

Appellate Advocacy

Stieber Berlach LLP is often retained by insurers to bring or respond to appeals from motions and trials. As a result, we have participated in groundbreaking developments in insurance and tort law in the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada.

In addition to appeals involving purely legal questions, we have succeeded in overturning trial results where there was a misapprehension of facts or errors of procedure in the first instance.

Casualty and Property

Stieber Berlach LLP provides litigation services on behalf of insurers and those who are insured in all forms of claims for personal injury. Our legal team is expertly versed in the complexities of accident reconstruction in addition to the medical and actuarial aspects of damage calculation.

We are also experienced in claims for property damage including fire, flood, and other natural disasters. Our practice includes defence on the basis of fraud and resisting bad faith allegations.

Class Actions

Stieber Berlach LLP provides clients with sound and realistic assessments of class action claims and resolution advice based on our industry-leading experience in this field. We have acted for defendants in several groundbreaking class action lawsuits involving municipal tainted water, pet food poisoning, Hepatitis B outbreaks, and listeriosis-tainted meat products.

Coverage

Stieber Berlach LLP is an industry leader in the area of insurance coverage. We regularly provide coverage opinions and advice to directors and officers, insurers from across North America regarding all lines of insurance policies, including commercial general liability, auto, errors and omissions, fidelity and manuscript policies. We also regularly act for insurers in coverage disputes.

Directors and Officers Liability

Stieber Berlach LLP provides expert advice to Boards and management in regards to corporate governance initiatives. This includes Board and committee structures and procedures, executive compensation, risk management strategies, regulatory compliance requirements, and shareholder relations . Stieber Berlach's team has defended directors and officers in class actions and bankruptcy related claims.

Environmental & Toxic Torts

Stieber Berlach LLP provides expert arbitration and defence in connection with all types of environmental issues. This includes representing clients involved with regulatory investigations, health and safety violations, toxic torts, and governmental orders.

We also have the expertise to assist clients with property decontamination, hazardous material storage and transportation, obtaining environmental permits, compliance with environmental standards and associated environmental and occupational health and safety issues.

Medical Malpractice

Stieber Berlach LLP understands the complexities regarding medical legal issues and provides defence services in the area of medical malpractice and disciplinary issues.

Our expert team has acted on behalf of health practitioners, hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health associations.

Municipal Liability

Stieber Berlach LLP understands what is required to successfully defend municipal claims that have included road design and maintenance, police liability, ambulance and fire department liability, as well as occupier's liability.

Our experienced team of municipal negligence lawyers has defended various counties, cities, townships, Municipal agencies, school districts, police services and governmental agencies;as well as defended litigation arising out of planning issues and home inspections. We also work closely with our clients to assist in minimizing future risk by targeting areas of concern.

Products Liability

Stieber Berlach LLP provides expert defence to manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and suppliers across a variety of industries who have claims against them arising from some type of harm resulting from a specific product.

Our team also counsels clients regarding preventative measures that can be taken to avoid liability claims. We also advise on related items such as regulatory compliance, defective design, and insurance issues.

Professional Liability/Errors & Omissions

Stieber Berlach LLP represents individuals and firms from a variety of professions facing professional errors and omissions liability claims and related professional disciplinary proceedings. We have acted on behalf of health care professionals, accountants, actuaries, lawyers, insurance brokers, real estate agents, engineers, architects, contractors, building inspectors, financial advisors, investigators and conveyancers.

In addition to defending professionals, our team assesses the risks, and ensures procedures are in place to mitigate future losses. These assessments also help to lower the cost of professional liability insurance and errors & omissions insurance.