Marcus B. Snowden
Marcus is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel and the American College of Coverage Counsel.
Sébastien A. Kamayah
Akash D. Brijpaul
Associate and Chief Information Officer
Direct: 416.363.3313 ext. 203
Akash has a particular interest in and is focusing his practice on the emerging area of cyber coverage including the interrelationship of cyber risk and privacy law. He successfully represented a firm client in one of the first decisions in Canada addressing first party and third party cyber coverage ( 2023 ONSC 4795). In this context, Akash also opines on Canadian privacy law compliance including data retention, safeguards and reporting requirements under relevant legislative regimes including PIPEDA, FIPPA, PIPA (B.C. and Alta.), PHIPA and ATIPPA. His detailed but practical approach to policy drafting, assessment of cyber risks, their impact on privacy interests and advancing coverage arguments at court is supported by fluency in programming languages including Python, Java, HTML and C++. Currently enrolled in Harvard Law’s “Computer Science for Lawyers” course, he is reinforcing his background knowledge of emerging cyber risks to ensure Snowden Law continues to provide top tier coverage counsel services in this emerging area of risk transfer involving algorithms, computational thinking (AI), cyber security, cryptography, and data structures.
In June of 2020 recognizing his demonstrated skillset, firm principal Marcus Snowden appointed Akash as Snowden Law’s CIO. This role includes ensuring the firm’s compliance with applicable privacy and security standards (statutory, regulatory, and contractual).
Mark G. Lichty
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.
Associate Coverage Counsel
Fabia was called to the Ontario bar in 2008. Starting her career at a well-respected Toronto firm, Fabia worked principally with Marcus as coverage counsel, as well as in insurance defence. The former gave her exposure to a drafting-intensive practice while the latter provided invaluable courtroom experience. She also contributed to various publications addressing coverage issues. She then relocated to The Hague, where she acted as a law clerk and as a trial attorney prosecuting criminal matters before international tribunals. Her duties involved the management of complex evidentiary and legal matters, and significant oral and written advocacy. A graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Fabia is pleased to return to coverage work, for which she has always had a fondness. Based in France, she will be assisting Snowden Law as consultant counsel and providing editorial support to the co-authors of Annotated Commercial General Liability Policy.
We are sad to say farewell to two colleagues. We wish Pearl Rombis, our former Senior Litigation Counsel, all the best at her new firm Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP where she will continue her litigation practice. We also wish our former associate, Brian K. Lau, all the best as he charts a new course in-house with Travelers Canada. We and our clients have been privileged to have their counsel while at Snowden Law.