|Areas of Practice
||Sports and Recreational Liability
||Complex Personal Injury
||Large Property Loss
|Employment Practices Liability
||Directors' and Officers' Liability
Michael J. Libby
Direct Line: 604.891.0358
Michael Libby, a partner at Dolden
Wallace Folick LLP, has
extensive experience as a litigator, and represents insurers in the defence of
liability claims, the prosecution of subrogated actions, and in addressing
complex coverage issues. His practice focuses
on the defence of liability claims against all manner of professionals,
commercial hosts, and the construction industry, as well as the defence of
large property loss claims, catastrophic injury, and employment law matters.
He has appeared before all levels of
Court in British Columbia as well as the Alberta and Saskatchewan Courts of
Queen's Bench, and numerous administrative tribunals. Michael is a regular guest
instructor for the litigation component of B.C.'s Professional Legal Training
Course, is a past member of the executive committee of the Vancouver Bar
Association, and also serves as Program Coordinator for the British Columbia
Inns of Court Program (an educational program for young litigators).
Mr. Libbyâs representative work includes:
Defence of professionals including architects, engineers, contractors, building inspectors, dentists,
physiotherapists, naturopaths, mortgage brokers, financial planners, trustees
in bankruptcy, and operators of care facilities, with a particular interest in
handling insurance brokersâ errors & omissions claims.
Liquor / Commercial Host
Representing commercial hosts and other providers of alcohol in claims
for claims arising in bars, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, and special event
settings. Michael also has significant
experience in defending licensed security firms and personnel who are engaged
to provide security services to commercial hosts or for special events.
Acting for construction professionals including architects, engineers,
contractors, subtrades, construction managers, as well as building inspectors
and municipalities in claims involving allegations of substandard design,
inspection, or construction of residential and commercial buildings.
Michael regularly advises insurers on complex coverage issues arising
under all types of insurance policies including CGL, Directors and Officers,
Errors and Omissions, Cyber Liability, Employment Practices Liability,
Buildersâ Risk/Course of Construction, Wrap-Up, Personal Lines, Motor Vehicle,
and specialized Property policies. He
has successfully litigated coverage disputes in favour of insurers.
Employment Practices Liability
& Cyber Liability
Michael is one of the lawyers at Dolden Wallace Folick LLP who serves as
national monitoring and coverage counsel for several insurersâ Employment
Practices Liability and Cyber Liability programs. He also has experience in defending employers
against claims of wrongful dismissal and violations of human rights and
employment standards legislation.
Acting for both domestic and international insurers in the prosecution of
all manner of subrogated claims including fire, flood, construction, and other
property losses, as well as business interruption claims and the recovery of
insurance proceeds paid as a result of dishonest acts of employees of an
Complex Personal Injury / Occupiersâ Liability
Defence of a large array of complex personal injury claims including
brain injury, spinal cord injury, chronic pain, and wrongful death claims.
Large Property Loss
Advising and representing insurers on first-party property losses,
including the defence of âbad faithâ claims.
Sports and Recreation Liability
Representing amateur sports leagues (such as hockey, soccer, and
softball leagues) as well as operators of sporting facilities and arenas in all
manner of claims, including personal injury, property damage, and facility
maintenance and operations losses.
Acting for suppliers or manufacturers of products and materials alleged
to be the wrongful cause of damage to property or personal injury, including
consumer electronic goods, industrial equipment, food and beverage, plumbing
products, construction components, storage materials, and chemical products.
Defending commercial transport businesses and operators against
catastrophic injury and death claims, as well as claims related to third party
property damage and loss or damage to cargo.
Michael has experience with contaminated sites litigation, claims
involving infiltration of hydrocarbons from adjacent properties, fuel and oil
leakage, and proceedings before the Environmental Appeal Board.
Michael is is the co-author
of two legal textbooks: The Annotated British Columbia Motor
Vehicle Act, and Liquor and Host Liability Law in Canada, both
published by Canada Law Book. For more information on these
textbooks, please follow this link to the Canada Law Book website.