Stieber Berlach LLP has been a recognized leader in influential litigation matters since its founding in 1997.
Routinely included in Canadian Lawyer’s annual list of Top Insurance Defence Law Boutiques in Canada, we work closely with clients to achieve their litigation goals and deliver outstanding client service.
The breadth of Stieber Berlach’s insurance defence practice is unmatched.
Our in-depth legal research, persuasive written argument, and articulate and engaging oral arguments all contribute to our successful appellate practice.Learn more
Automobile Liability Defence
Stieber Berlach’s Automobile Liability Defence general tort litigation includes personal injury defence covering the spectrum – from mild impact soft tissue injuries to catastrophic trauma…Learn more
These include COVID-19 in long-term care homes; listeriosis in tainted meat; e-coli in municipal drinking water; negligently-designed medical products; contaminated pet food; fires and explosions…Learn more
We represent engineering companies, large and medium size general contractors, architects, design professionals, project managers, construction managers and small municipalities in the defence of claims…Learn more
We provide coverage advice on all aspects of personal and commercial automobile policies of insurance. We also provide litigation services to insurers, act on duty…Learn more
Directors and Officers Liability
Stieber Berlach has assisted directors and officers facing a variety of litigation and legal issues, including those of large national corporations, smaller companies, not-for-profits, and…Learn more
Employment Practices Liability
Stieber Berlach has defended employers in various legal disputes, from class actions alleging lack of compliance with provisions of the Employment Standards Act to litigation…Learn more
Environmental & Toxic Torts
We have represented municipal entities, petroleum retailers, environmental consultants and technicians in the defence of claims related to historic contamination; spills; alleged negligence or errors…Learn more
The claims faced by institutions include non-provision of services, negligence in service provision, and physical and sexual abuse. These organizations, often established to provide education,…Learn more
We draw on our diverse experience to provide clients with focused, timely and effective advice pertaining to a wide range of insurance and reinsurance matters.…Learn more
We regularly act as counsel to hospitals, long-term care homes and other health care institutions, guiding them through health law issues including medical negligence litigation,…Learn more
For more than 20 years, we have represented municipal clients before all levels of court, in liability claims arising from all facets of municipal activities,…Learn more
Non-Auto Bodily Injury
Causes of action include assaults, abuse, slip and trip and falls, property liability, product liability, defamation, professional liability, and any type of accident that does…Learn more
We have more than 20 years of experience representing product manufacturers in claims related to alleged defects in manufacturing, process and design, failure to warn,…Learn more
Professional Liability/Errors & Omissions
We regularly handle claims against construction professionals, accountants, paralegals, lawyers, real estate appraisers, mortgage brokers, insurance professionals and more. Allegations of professional negligence are serious…Learn more
Our property practice both defends claims and prosecutes subrogate losses. We have a depth of experience that is comprehensive and includes fire losses, explosions, water,…Learn more
Transportation and Warehouse
Stieber Berlach lawyers have represented warehouse operators, common carriers, freight forwarders and owners of cargo in cases involving land, air and marine carriage. We are…Learn more
Stieber Berlach has successfully defended our clients at the hearing level and through to appeal. We represent professionals, organizations, government bodies and a diverse group…Learn more
Highly regarded for their expertise in complex, sophisticated litigation, our lawyers are vigorous, yet practical, advocates. We thrive on building strong and lasting relationships with our clients, and are honoured that they consistently return to us for advice and representation.
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Insights & Commentary
By Landan Peleikis Introduction The Ontario Court of Appeal’s decision in Poirier v. Logan serves as a stark reminder of the detrimental consequences that result from failing to immediately disclose settlement agreements to non-settling parties. Background The respondents, Jeremy Logan and Morey Chaplick owned the respondent M.C. Capital Corp. (“M.C. Capital”). M.C. Capital ran a … Continued
By: Grace Murdoch The Ontario Court of Appeal decided in a 3-0 decision that the newly enacted s.129.1 of the Insurance Act does not apply retroactively to cover claims that were brought before the legislation came into force. s.129.1 of the Insurance Act On April 30, 2018, s.129.1 of the Insurance Act came into force, … Continued
Chemical Spills and Remediation Costs: Can an Insurer Directly Recover for Remediation Costs under the Environmental Protection Act?
By: Lujza Csanyi The Ontario Court of Appeal in Intact Insurance Company v Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. considered whether Intact Insurance (“Intact”) could recoup money it paid beyond its policy limits from parties other than its own insured, by direct action, for the clean up of a chemical spill. This case highlights that insurers, when … Continued
By: Murray Stieber, Chris Afonso, Landan Peleikis Overview Liability insurance policies can protect insureds against claims resulting from injuries and damage to other people or property. In addition to indemnifying insureds, many liability insurance policies contain provisions requiring the insurer to defend certain types of lawsuits brought against the insured – otherwise known as the … Continued
By: Jessica DiFederico, Christian Breukelman and Grace Murdoch It goes without saying that a traumatic or distressing event can cause somebody great stress and anxiety, even if it did not cause them physical injury. Such an injury is described in the case law as “nervous shock”. Nervous shock claims result from mental or psychiatric injuries … Continued
By: Avi Sharabi and Lujza Csanyi Commercial operations by nature often involve contracts, whether written or verbal. The commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy’s standard form wording contains a contractual liability exclusion. The exclusion is, on the one hand, often broadly worded. However, on the other hand, it contains exceptions which carve back the exclusion in … Continued
By: Shadi Katirai and Michael Connolly Introduction Section 44(1) of Ontario’s Municipal Act imposes a duty on municipalities to keep highways and bridges in a state of reasonable repair, while section 44(2) notes that municipalities that fail to do so are liable under the Negligence Act for damages that people sustain because of that failure. … Continued
ONSC Provides Commentary on Standard of Care for Anatomic Pathologists in Cases of Delayed Diagnosis
By Michael Valdez Introduction The Ontario Superior Court of Justice’s April 2022 decision in The Estate of Mary Fleury et al v. Olayiwola A. Kassim is a noteworthy one. Not only does it provide a modern case study of the application of the common law principles surrounding delayed diagnosis, but it also provides new guidance … Continued