Marcus was called to the Ontario bar in 1990 and the Manitoba bar in 2006. Over the last two decades, Marcus has developed a practice focused on providing clients with insurance coverage-related services. He has represented clients at both trial and on appeal. He speaks regularly on coverage-related themes at industry and professional association programs. He co-authors Annotated Commercial General Liability Policy, a leading Canadian insurance law text first published in 1997 and updated annually. Marcus is the inaugural chair of the Canadian Defence Lawyer association’s Insurance Coverage Law committee, has chaired the CDL’s annual insurance coverage symposium, and is a long-standing supporter of the Defence Research Institute, Inc. as an active member of the DRI’s Insurance Law Committee.
Marcus is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel and the American College of Coverage Counsel.
Sébastien was called to the Ontario bar in 2011, starting with the coverage group of a well-respected mid-sized Toronto firm before joining us to continue his coverage practice. Sébastien is fluently bilingual, earning both common law and civil law degrees from the University of Ottawa. While earning those degrees, he was awarded the Bereskin & Parr Prize and Odutola & Co. Intellectual Property Book Prize. His contract law and research skills were recognized early on. He served as a Contracts Law tutor, faculty research assistant and assistant editor of the Ottawa Law Review. Sébastien also spent a summer in London (UK) at University College London as part of Georgetown University Law Center’s 2008 Summer Program. He has supervised research work on and continues to provide editorial assistance to the co-authors of Annotated Commercial General Liability Policy.
Brian was called to the Ontario bar in 2013. Before joining Snowden Law, he was an associate in the insurance coverage and health law groups of a mid-size downtown Toronto firm. Brian has worked on a broad range of insurance coverage matters, including representing clients in coverage litigation. Brian’s experience also includes a secondment to an international insurer where he assisted with the drafting and updating of its Canadian policy forms for liability, property and cyber coverages. Prior to attending law school at Queen’s University, Brian worked in British Columbia as a registered pharmacist, both as a staff pharmacist and as a pharmacy manager.
Akash was called to the Ontario bar in 2016, practicing law at a Bay Street boutique litigation firm before joining Snowden Law as a research associate. In Fall, 2017 Akash returned to Snowden Law to pursue his passion for coverage law. Akash has a J.D. from the University of Western Ontario, where he worked as an editor of the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence and served as a director of a large non-profit corporation. Akash currently serves as treasurer of a second non-profit organization and aspires to serve coverage clients by keeping up to date on all aspects of coverage law.
Pearl completed her LL.B. at Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994. In 2014, she completed Osgoode Hall’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop. Since 2016, Pearl has acted as a Coach and Advisor for the Law Society’s Coach and Advisor Network - coaching and mentoring young litigators.
Since her call to the Bar, Pearl has always practiced in civil and commercial litigation. She is a passionate and assertive litigator, both in a courtroom and in a boardroom. She has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Superior Court, Toronto’s Commercial List, the Divisional Court, and the Court of Appeal. She has also represented diverse commercial and personal clients at over one hundred mediations, using her persuasive negotiation skills to obtain favourable results for her clients.
Pearl’s litigation practice has focused on insurance law and insurance defence since 2004. Her clients have included insurers and re-insurers (Canadian, US, and UK), corporations and self-insured corporations, professionals defending negligence claims, and individuals.
Prior to joining Snowden LLP, Pearl worked at two downtown Toronto insurance litigation firms. She was then senior claims counsel at two property & casualty insurers. During her insurance career, she has defended a wide array of complex and large loss claims, including casualty, property, and professional liability claims. Her past caseload has included motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, occupiers’ liability, tavern liability, municipal and road design liability, product liability, construction and contractor negligence, defamation, property damage, fire and water losses, railway derailments, aviation and marine claims, environmental contamination, and sexual abuse, amongst others.
Her experience as in-house counsel provides her with invaluable insight into the operations and needs of our Canadian insurer clients. As in-house counsel, Pearl has spoken at continuing legal education and risk management seminars for junior counsel, claims & litigation specialists, and commercial insurance brokers.
Pearl is a member of Canadian Defence Lawyers and its Women’s Caucus.
Mark’s practice as Senior Counsel to the firm is restricted, as it was before his 2018 retirement, to insurance and reinsurance coverage matters involving commercial property, liability, D&O and other financial services policies as well as personal lines homeowner’s and residential policies. He has acted as coverage counsel for clients involved in claims in various Canadian provinces and in the US involving Canadian-based coverage, also acting as an expert on Canadian insurance law in US proceedings. His background for clients also includes drafting various liability and property policy forms, reviewing their underwriting manuals and associated materials.
Mark is the co-author of the leading insurance law text, Annotated Commercial General Liability Policy. A previously peer-rated Lexpert (most frequently recommended) and Best Lawyers in Canada acknowledged leader in the Canadian and international insurance bar, Mark has a well-respected reputation in the insurance, reinsurance and risk management community. Before his 2018 retirement, he was, and in returning to practice in 2019 he still remains a well-recognized senior insurance & reinsurance coverage lawyer who has been involved in some of the most significant domestic and cross-border commercial insurance coverage issues over the last several decades.
In 2005 Mark was elected to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and has spoken in educational programs for industry, client and the profession both locally and in the US on insurance-related topics. Mark has also previously been acknowledged in Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance (2015’s most highly recommended Canadian insurance practitioner), Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers and Euromoney’s Guide to the Best of the Best. For his service to the profession and the community at large, Mark was the 2016 recipient of the Toronto Lawyers Association’s Honsberger Award.
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