In the highly-specialized world of fidelity and commercial crime insurance, Chris McKibbin has carved out a reputation as both a detail-oriented coverage counsel with an encyclopedic knowledge of his practice area, and an aggressive and strategic fraud recovery lawyer who has recovered millions of dollars for fidelity insurers from fraudsters, co-conspirators, auditors and banks over the course of his career. Chris was recognized by Lexpert® as a "Leading Lawyer to Watch" in Commercial Insurance Litigation in Canada in both 2018 and 2019, becoming a rare double recipient of this honour.
As one of the few lawyers in Canada whose practice focuses primarily on fidelity insurance, Chris has provided over 16 years of quality service and excellent results for virtually every fidelity insurer. Chris has been involved in most of the significant litigated fidelity coverage disputes in Canada since 2003. He served as co-counsel for the successful appellants before the Ontario Court of Appeal in the 2009 Iroquois Falls Community Credit Union decision, which is a leading decision in the fidelity area. He was also co-counsel for two successful insurers in Royal Bank of Canada v. Société Générale, an appeal arising from the $100 million King’s Health Centre fraud.
In his fraud recovery practice, Chris achieves results for clients as efficiently as possible. He secures Mareva and other injunctive relief in connection with the theft of money or confidential business information, as well as Norwich orders to successfully trace stolen funds. He has also developed an expertise in the arcane field of claims against banks on cheque fraud losses under the Bills of Exchange Act.
Chris is frequently invited to speak on fidelity insurance law and fraud recovery, and also writes extensively on these topics. In addition to editing Blaneys Fidelity Blog, he has also written on these topics for the Fidelity Law Journal and the American Bar Association’s Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Newsletter, as well as The Globe and Mail, the Canadian Journal of Insurance Law, Canadian Insurance magazine, Claims Canada magazine, the National Banking Law Review and Canadian Corporate Counsel. Chris is also a co-author of the third edition of Handling Fidelity Bond Claims, the leading North American reference work in the field, and serves as Co-Chair of the International Section of the ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee.
In addition to his fidelity practice, Chris has significant experience in commercial property coverage and business interruption claims, CGL coverage analysis and duty-to-defend applications, and the defence of insureds under liability policies. He also acts for subrogating insurers in pursuing construction defect claims, fire loss claims, products liability claims and other subrogated claims.
Chris graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, winning several academic awards and earning Dean’s Honour List standing in his final year. At the time of his call to the Bar, he received the Osgoode Society Award as one of the top 25 Bar Admission Course students in Ontario. Prior to law school, Chris attended the University of Manitoba, where he earned the Gold Medal for highest standing in his program and was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.