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.