Alan M. Ross*

Partner

Alan Ross is a member of the firm’s Motor Vehicle and Insurance Practices. His practice is primarily litigation based with an emphasis on the defence of personal injury, life and disability claims. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in catastrophic injury cases. He also represents clients in complex commercial litigation. Mr. Ross has significant experience in administrative law, having been elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia for the 2010–2012 term. He was a member of and wrote decisions for Discipline Panels, Review Panels and Disciplinary Chambers matters. He has extensive experience in conducting trials and mediations on behalf of insurers. Mr. Ross also provides advice in all areas of life and disability insurance including claims defence, re-insurance, regulatory matters, subrogation and policy wording.

Legal Industry Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell Ranking: Distinguished Peer Rated for High Professional Achievement

Representative Experience

  • Mackey v. Province of British Columbia (2016) – Acting for a teenager who suffered a severe brain injury due to a 30 foot fall onto pavement. Following a 7 week trial, the court ruled that, but for the accident, the teenager had the capacity to become an orthopedic surgeon and awarded damages on that basis. Damages were reduced due to contributory negligence resulting in an award over $2.2 million
  • Gill v. McChesney (2016) – Obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s claims for past and future income loss/loss of capacity. Damages awarded were less than 9% of the amount sought by the Plaintiff
  • Lal v. Le (2016) – Successfully limited plaintiff’s claims for non-pecuniary and loss of capacity damages
  • Canmerica Mortgage v. Yu (2015) – Obtained dismissal of claims of breach of fiduciary duty and negligence against solicitors in claim involving high-interest mortgage
  • Rezaei v. Docksteader (2014) Obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s claim alleging both assault and negligence
  • Love v. Lowden (2007) – Obtained dismissal of plaintiff’s future loss of capacity claim of $150,000
  • Johnson v. Carter (2006) – Family Compensation Act claim arising from the death of a laser eye surgeon
  • Haynes v. Vancouver School Board (2005) – Obtained dismissal of action by employee alleging disability caused by actions of employer. Dismissal upheld on Appeal, 2007
  • Yeung v. Au (2004) – Claim involving a severely brain-injured teenage girl
  • Booth v. B.C. Life (2004) – Obtained dismissal of accidental death claim

Professional + Community Affiliations

  • Present, Canadian Bar Association (B.C. Branch), Insurance and Civil Litigation subsections, Member
  • 2014 – Present, British Columbia Courthouse Library Society, Chair
  • 2014 – 2016, Kerrisdale Little League, Head of Umpires, Field Permits, Treasurer, Player Agent/Mediator, Member, Board of Directors
  • 2010 – 2013, Practice Standards Committee; Unauthorized Practice Committee and Chair of Courthouse Library Task Force; sat on disciplinary panels, sat as Chambers Bencher, wrote decisions and performed conduct reviews
  • 2010 – 2012, Law Society of British Columbia – Elected as Bencher
  • August 2012, Organizing Committee Canadian Legal Conference Vancouver
  • 1995 – 1999, Vancouver Bar Association, Past President (1998) and Executive Member
  • 1994 – 2005, Advisory Council, Kids Help Foundation (B.C. Chapter)
  • 1994 – 2012, Lawyers Inn Society, President (2003 – 2010); Treasurer (2010-2012); Board Member (1994 – 2012)
  • Multiple-Sclerosis Society Pro Bono Legal Assistance

Education

  • 1989 Admitted to the British Columbia Bar
  • 1988 LL.B. University of British Columbia
  • 1984 B.A. University of Victoria

Publications + Presentations

  • 2010-2011 – Professional Legal Training Course – Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Lecturer;
  • 2010 – University of British Columbia Law School – Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Guest Lecturer;
  • Oct. 14 – 15, 2009 – Pacific Business and Law Institute – Canadian Insurance Coverage, Symposium – Life and Disability Update;
  • Sept. 30, 2009 – Canadian Life and Health Insurers Association Legal Conference -Canadian Case Law Update, Victoria;
  • May 22 – 23, 2008 – Disability Claims Management and Litigation – Insight Seminar, Co-Chair;
  • October 23 – 24, 2007 – Litigating Catastrophic Disability and
    Damages – Insight Seminar;
  • January 2004 – Cross-Border Auto and Health Insurance Issues, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association;
  • April, 2004 – Non-Demonstrable Injuries: Litigating Soft Tissue Injuries, Chronic Pain and Psychological Disability Claims – Insight Seminar;
  • October 2002 – Employer Liability – Making Mistakes When Dealing with Employee Benefits – Insight Seminar;
  • Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association on topics relating to Life and Disability Insurance, Guest Lecturer; and
  • Continuing Legal Education Society, Guest Lecturer.

On A Personal Note

Alan lives in Vancouver with his family. He can be found hurrying to some extra-curricular activity. On rare occasions when he is found on the golf course, he can be found in the rough.

Direct Line: 604.484.1725
Facsimile: 604.484.9725
aross@nullahbl.ca
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Assistant: Eileen Scorse
Direct Line: 604.643.2165
Email: escorse@nullahbl.ca

Practice Areas

* Professional Law Corporation