Eric J. Schjerning

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  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1986
  • Executive Certificate in Conflict Management, University of Windsor / Stitt Feld Handy, 2016
  • FLMI (Fellow of the Life Management Institute), LOMA, 1996
  • LL.B., Queen’s University, 1984
  • B.A., (Magna Cum Laude), Queen’s University, 1981
Eric Schjerning
 Overview
Rest Easy with Eric

When insurance companies have problems, they turn to Eric. For over 30 years, Eric has helped life, long-term disability, critical illness and travel insurance companies navigate unique claims questions, challenging litigation, and lawsuits requiring a mediated solution. His two texts on the subject, Disability Insurance Law in Canada (Carswell, 2010) and its second edition (Thomson Reuters, 2017), provide a detailed and authoritative guide of all the issues concerning disability insurance litigation in Canada with more than 700 case citations. Eric has a unique appreciation for - and knowledge of - insurance company needs, which he developed in the course of his role as Vice-President of Litigation (1994-2005) and Director of Group Insurance Claims (1992-1994) for The Canada Life Assurance Company. Having met over 5,000 LTD plaintiffs in his career, and having once been an LTD claimant himself, Eric also understands plaintiffs' fear, anger, and confusion, helping Eric immensely in his role as a Mediator. This perspective allows him to resolve cases efficiently and effectively for all parties.

A Compassionate Mediator

Knowing that mediated solutions are often the preferred route of clients, Eric mediates numerous LTD, life, and related insurance cases. Eric’s trial experience, detailed knowledge of case law, personal experience as an LTD claimant, and fairness to all parties at mediation has made him a sought-after mediator. Eric has successfully mediated over 300 lawsuits since commencing work as a mediator in 2012.

A Skilled Litigator

Eric has litigated long-term disability and life insurance claims for over 32 years. With 14 of the cases cited in Eric’s book, Disability Insurance Law in Canada (Second Edition), having been argued at trial by him personally, Eric is one of the most experienced LTD trial counsel in Canada. However, the focus of Eric’s practice is now as a mediator of LTD lawsuits. His litigation practice is now restricted to special cases he may occasionally agree to litigate, to providing legal opinions, and to referring prospective LTD plaintiffs to highly regarded plaintiff counsel.

 Education
  • Executive Certificate in Conflict Management, University of Windsor / Stitt Feld Handy, 2016
  • FLMI (Fellow of the Life Management Institute), LOMA, 1996
  • LL.B., Queen’s University, 1984
  • B.A., (Magna Cum Laude), Queen’s University, 1981
 Practice Areas  Called to the Bar
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1986
 Assistant  Experience
  • Fernandes v. Cenncap (2013) I.L.R.I. 5415 (O.S.C.J.)
  • Sorbora v. Desjardins Financial Security (2012) 17 C.C.L.I. (5th) 78 (O.S.C.J.)
  • Conte v Canada Life Assurance Co (2005), 141 ACWS (3d) 475 (Ont Sup Ct J)
  • Silva v Sizoo (1997), 50 CCLI (2d) 293. (Ont Ct J (Gen Div))

Recognition

 Speaking

Speaking

  • Speaker, The Canadian Institute Disability Insurance Claims Conference, How Judges View Surveillance Evidence
  • Panelist, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, The LTD File: From A to Z
  • Speaker, Canadian Bar Association of New Brunswick, Developments in LTD Insurance Law
  • Moderator, The Canadian Institute Disability Insurance Claims Conference, Transferable Skills Analyses
  • Speaker, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Advocating for Damages
 Publications  Textbooks
 Memberships

Memberships

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
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