Anna Casemore

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  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 2000
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1998
  • B.Sc., (with Distinction), University of Toronto, 1994
Anna Casemore
 Overview

Anna has an impressively broad range of insurance experience and expertise, and is widely recognised by British (her clients include a number of Lloyd’s syndicates), U.S. and domestic insurers for her depth of knowledge and understanding of the insurance industry. Anna is also the insurance representative of the Blaneys’ Cannabis Group.

A committed and experienced litigator, Anna’s practice is focused on insurance and commercial disputes. She is often sought out by insurers to defend insureds, render coverage advice, or provide claims-monitoring services with respect to professional indemnity (often involving engineers or medical / healthcare professionals), directors’ and officers’, environmental, political risks, film production, sports, products liability, and commercial general liability disputes. Anna has also provided both defence and coverage advice in the context of complex class actions, in which multi-layered insurance coverage is often in play. Often, Anna’s mandates are sensitive, and require equally sensitive handling.

Anna’s pragmatic philosophy of quickly and efficiently getting to the crux of a dispute enables her to develop creative and effective exit strategies as early as possible. She appreciates that cases are often resolved outside of the courtroom (Anna has considerable experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution), and she has often, expertly and persuasively, resolved seemingly insoluble claims prior to trial. On the other hand, recognising that sometimes one needs to ‘fight the good fight’, Anna is a fearless and adept advocate.

Anna has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario. As well, she and a colleague successfully argued an appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada, on behalf of an international insurer, involving a cross-border coverage dispute (Teck Cominco Metals Ltd. v. Lloyd’s Underwriters, 2009 SCC 11).

Anna is a prolific author. She regularly writes papers and articles, and also speaks at conferences for the Lloyd’s insurance market and other insurers, on current Canadian legal topics of interest. She is also the co-editor of Blaneys’ Coffee House, a widely published newsletter, which caters primarily to the London insurance market.

 Education
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1998
  • B.Sc., (with Distinction), University of Toronto, 1994
 Practice Areas  Called to the Bar
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 2000
 Assistant  Experience
  • Defence counsel in multi-party construction litigation relating to Toronto’s public transportation system

  • Defence counsel in class action relating to pharma products liability

  • Coverage counsel with respect to large construction, pharmaceutical, and other professional losses in several Canadian common-law provinces

  • Defence counsel in numerous proceedings involving catastrophic bodily injury

  • Monitoring counsel in relation to professional liability litigation

  • Defence counsel, representing numerous professional engineers (mechanical, electrical, structural, and environmental)

Recognition

 Speaking

Speaking

  • Speaker, To Cover or Not to Cover: that is the Question
  • Speaker, The Anatomy of a Professional Liability Claim, and How to Avoid Some of the Pitfalls Along the Way
 Publications
 News
 Memberships

Memberships

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Women's Law Association of Ontario
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Defense Research Institute
 Community

Community

Anna is passionate about the inclusion of people with disabilities in everyday activities in society. She has been consulted by municipalities on issues of equality, and has made public submissions relating to the increase of funding for recreational activities for children with disabilities.

She also provides pro bono assistance and advice to parents of children with special needs on educational matters (both public and private sector), and is committed to removing barriers to equal education for students with disabilities.  

Currently, Anna sits on the Board of Directors of Addus, a registered non-profit charitable organization, which provides, in partnership with the Toronto community, individualized community-based day supports to young adults with developmental disabilities.

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