Darryl G. Pankratz*

Partner

Darryl Pankratz is a member of our Aviation Practice and contributor to the Aviation Law Blog. He is also a member of our Insurance Practice. His practice is primarily litigation based with a core emphasis on issues relating to the aviation industry.

He provides counsel to regional, national and international airlines as well as their insurers. On their behalf, Mr. Pankratz has handled aircraft accidents and incidents involving both passenger and cargo liability claims. He represents and advises numerous airport authorities throughout Canada as well as airport security organizations.

On behalf of aviation underwriters, Mr. Pankratz has successfully pursued and defended numerous complex products liability claims against aircraft and component manufacturers and overhaulers. He also provides counsel to fixed and rotary wing operators, maintenance facilities, flight schools and pilots in a variety of aviation related matters, including administrative issues with Transport Canada.

Mr. Pankratz has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia. He also conducts litigation in Ontario, Alberta and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Legal Industry Recognition

Mr. Pankratz has been recognized by The Canadian Lexpert Directory since 2013 as a leading Canadian practitioner in the field of Aviation (Regulatory and Liability). He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the publication, Best Lawyers in Canada, since 2010 and Guide to the World’s Leading Aviation Lawyers since 2013. Mr. Pankratz has been listed in Who’s Who Legal Canada for Aviation since 2016.


Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

 

Representative Experience

  • Acting as counsel in aircraft hull, passenger and cargo liability claims
  • Acting as counsel in product liability claims on behalf of operators, aircraft maintenance organizations and manufacturers
  • Acting as counsel in matters regarding airport liability claims
  • Providing counsel and advice to pilots and operators on regulatory and licensing issues involving Transport Canada
  • Providing counsel and advice to insurers on coverage issues
  • Has extensive experience handling claims involving personal injury, professional negligence and fire loss
  • Has significant experience assisting employers and workers with claims involving the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia (“WorkSafe BC”)

Professional + Community Affiliations

  • Canadian Insurance Professionals of Vancouver, Past-President
  • Canadian Bar Association – National Air Law Section, Executive Member
  • Canadian Bar Association – B.C. Branch Civil Litigation Subsection,
    Past-Chair
  • Canadian Bar Association – B.C. Branch Air Law, Insurance and Civil Litigation Subsection, Executive Member
  • American Bar Association – Forum on Air and Space Law, Member
  • BCIT – School of Transportation – Aviation/Airport Law, Instructor
  • Air Transport Association of Canada, Member
  • Helicopter Association of Canada, Member
  • Aviation Insurance Association, Member
  • British Columbia Aviation Council, Member
  • Floatplane Operators Association, Member
  • Canadian Operators & Pilots Association, Member

Education

  • 1994 Admitted to the British Columbia Bar
  • 1993 LL.B. University of Victoria
  • 1989 B.A. (Psychology) University of British Columbia

Publications + Presentations

  • June, 2017, “Liability of Airports, ANSP’s, Lessors and Maintenance Providers”, McGill Institute of Art and Space Law: 10th Annual Conference, Speaker
  • April 2017, “Workers’ Compensation Legislation in Canada – Protection & Peril”, NATA Annual Conference, Speaker
  • February 2017, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Aviation Law 2017”, Canada Chapter, Co-Author
  • January 2017, “Recent Developments in Canadian Aviation Law”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • February 2016, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Aviation Law 2016”, Canada Chapter, Co-Author
  • January 2016, “Recent Developments in Canadian Aviation Law”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • April 2015, “International Aviation Liability and Insurance”, McGill Institute of Art and Space Law: 8th Annual Conference, Speaker
  • February 2015, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Aviation Law 2014”, Canada Chapter, Co-Author
  • January 2015, “Recent Developments in Canadian Aviation Law”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • April 2014, “You’re Grounded: Insurance and Legal Ramifications”, 2014 CHC Safety and Quality Summit, Speaker
  • February 2014, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Aviation Law 2014”, Canada Chapter, Co-Author
  • February 2013, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Aviation Law 2013”, Canada Chapter, Co-Author
  • February 2012, 2013, 2014 – “Recent Developments in Canadian Aviation Law”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • February 2011 – “Recent Developments in Canadian Aviation Law”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • February 2010 – “Recent Developments in Canadian Aviation Law”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • February 2009 – “Recent Developments in Canadian Aviation Law”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • February 2008 – “Recent Developments in Canadian Aviation Law”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • February 2007 – “Recent Developments in Canadian Aviation Law”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – Aviation Law, Author
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology, School of Transportation – Aviation/Airport Law, Instructor (2008-present)
  • Assisted with the organization and conduct of various continuing legal and insurance education seminars including Insurance Broker Liability, Insurers’ Duty to Defend and Coverage Issues

Direct Line: 604.484.1721
Facsimile: 604.484.9721
dpankratz@nullahbl.ca
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Assistant: Erin O'Connor
Direct Line: 604.643.2125
Email: eoconnor@nullahbl.ca

Practice Areas

* Professional Law Corporation