Sander v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
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Insurance is a core area of practice for Eyford Partners. Our lawyers provide strong advocacy at every stage, helping clients to understand their options, manage their legal risks, and secure the best possible outcome.
We understand how important it is to resolve these matters in a timely fashion, which is why we have shaped our firm for agility. A true boutique, we’ve done away with the bureaucracy of larger firms to provide our clients with responsive service and the highest quality of advice. Our lawyers draw from a wealth of experience to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively.
We defend liability claims brought against insurers and the insured in a wide variety of industries. Insurers can depend on our experienced litigators to provide clear guidance in cases involving coverage disputes.
We have experience at every level of court and tribunal in this province and our clients include both Canadian and internationally-based insurers in the US and the UK. International insurers know that they can depend on our skilled litigators to actively defend their interests in British Columbia.
Through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and trial, we have a proven track record of successfully securing positive outcomes for our clients. Our lawyers have served as counsel in notable insurance cases and we have served as trial counsel at every level of court.
We have extensive experience in the following areas:
Our litigators are uniquely equipped to act in complex claims involving multiple parties and multi-action disputes. At every stage, from early negotiation to trial, we have the expertise to advocate strategically for our clients’ best interests. We also know leading experts who can shed light on the facts of a case and effectively present their findings before the court as expert witnesses. This expert testimony can be invaluable in helping to secure a favourable resolution.
Stacey Whiteside is a paralegal in the firm’s Kelowna office. Stacey graduated from McMaster University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Humanities degree in History. She then obtained her Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University in 1998. Stacey has worked extensively in the area of personal injury litigation for both plaintiff and defence firms in the Okanagan. Stacey joined the firm in 2013.
Paula Robson obtained her Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Capilano University in 2011. Before joining the firm, she worked as a paralegal/legal assistant at a large national law firm. Paula joined the firm in 2012.
Jennifer Montgomery is a graduate of Capilano University with a Paralegal Diploma in 2007 and a Bachelor of Legal Studies in 2014. Before joining the firm, she worked in the commercial litigation and insurance and tort liability practice groups of a large national law firm. Jennifer joined the firm in 2010.
Nichole Kirk obtained a Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University in 2011 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2003. Nichole has worked in various areas of litigation prior to joining the firm in 2016.
Maria Hammell has more than 19 years of experience in civil litigation matters, primarily personal injury and insurance defence. She assists in all aspects of file management including drafting pleadings, analyzing medical and wage loss documents, instructing experts and communicating with clients. She works mostly on high complexity files with issues relating to brain injuries. Maria joined the firm in 2016 and works in the capacity of a legal administrative assistant and paralegal.
Michelle Daniels graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Psychology, followed by a Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University. Michelle has been with the firm since its inception.
Allison Bird graduated from Capilano University in 2000 with a Paralegal Diploma. Before that, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Victoria. Before joining the firm as a paralegal in 2014, Allison worked as a litigation paralegal in Vancouver and Victoria, most recently with the investigations department of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
Kerri Widdup is a paralegal in the firm’s Kelowna office for Robert D. Shaw. Kerri obtained her Paralegal Certificate from Capilano University in 2005 and has over 20 years of experience working in the private and public sectors. Kerri joined the firm in 2017.
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