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Bruce Lemer

Bruce LemerBruce Lemer is well known for his  work in personal injury claims, motor vehicle claims and consumer and products liability class actions. He has represented plaintiffs in catastrophic motor vehicle injury claims, medical malpractice claims, and products liability and professional negligence claims against governments, blood products manufacturers and the Canadian Red Cross for infection with HIV and hepatitis C through blood transfusions and blood products. He was plaintiffs’ co-counsel in Endean v. Canadian Red Cross, a class action on behalf of individuals infected with hepatitis C through blood transfusions, which resulted in the largest products liability class action settlement in Canadian history. Bruce was also Canadian counsel in a U.S. action by Canadians infected with HIV from a product manufactured by Armour Pharmaceutical Company.  The case was profiled in a report by CNN TV correspondent Art Harris [see http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0212/31/cct.00.html scroll down long page]

Bruce has been awarded the “BV” Distinguished rating by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell peer review for “Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards”.

Bruce has helped victims of motor vehicle accidents obtain compensation for paraplegia and quadripegia, brain injuries, orthopedic injuries, whiplash and other soft tissue injuries and psychological injuries. He has experience with all aspects of motor vehicle and I.C.B.C. cases as well as winter road maintenance actions against governments and road maintenance companies.

Bruce has brought consumer class actions for plaintiffs involving deceptive trade practices, the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, privacy breaches and breach of contract in brokerage agreements and cellular telephone agreements.

He has extensive experience in commercial litigation, negligence claims against stockbrokers, investment advisors and brokerage firms  and medical malpractice claims.

Bruce has appeared on numerous occasions in the British Columbia Supreme Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and courts in Alberta and Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Professional  activities include:

Yearly update editor of the chapter on Insurance Corporation of British Colummbia no-fault benefits in the Motor Vehicle Claims Manual (a publication of the Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C.) 1999-2003

Past chairman of the Canadian Bar Association Insurance Law Section

Publications include:

  • Strict Products Liability:  The problem of improperly designed products (Osgoode Hall Law Journal, 1982)
  • Dealing With Claimants and Insureds (in Insurance Law, CLE, 1989)
  • Practice Points for a Personal Injury Discovery (in Personal Injury Trials: Techniques and Tactics, CLE, 1989)
  • Pollution Coverage Under C.G.L. and Automobile Policies (in Pollution and Contamination Insurance Claims, CLE, 1990)
  • Arbitration agreements in consumer contracts in Canada, presented at the American Association for Justice 2015 Annual Convention
  • Class actions and the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, presented at the 2015 Canadian Institute Class Actions West Conference

Felicity Schweitzer

Felicity-SchweitzerFelicity was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1996.  Felicity has a broad legal experience. Prior to joining our civil litigation practice in 2007, Felicity practised corporate commercial law and intellectual property law.  Felicity has experience in advertising law and consumer protection law and has worked in the Enforcement Division of the British Columbia Securities Commission.  Felicity was called to the Bar is South Africa in 1990 where she practiced. Prior to coming to Canada, Felicity obtained a Master’s Degree in Law from King’s College, University of London.

 

Leslie Harbord

Leslie has a law degree from the University of British Columbia and is a paralegal with extensive experience in civil litigation. Leslie assists with the administrative side of our cases and she ensures that everything from setting up medical-legal examinations and obtaining clinical records to setting trial and discovery dates are handled promptly and efficiently.