Michael Dery*

Partner

Michael Dery is the group leader of the firm’s Aviation Practice. His practice concentrates on aviation law. He represents aviation insurers, airlines, flight schools, UAV operators, Approved (Aviation) Maintenance Organizations, and Fixed Base Operators in complex litigation and regulatory matters. Mr. Dery also acts as regulatory counsel to domestic and foreign airlines, and air operators. He represents clients in litigation arising out of aircraft accidents and incidents, aviation related product liability litigation, airline claims handling, employment matters, human rights matters, and various other transportation-related issues. Mr. Dery has also represented and advised shipping lines, non-vessel operating common carriers, railways, freight forwarders, trucking companies and load brokers.

Mr. Dery has appeared for clients before all levels of court in British Columbia and in the Federal Court of Canada. He also conducts litigation in Ontario, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. He regularly conducts mediations and arbitrations and has extensive experience negotiating complex settlements in multi-party actions.

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Representative Experience

  • Acting as counsel in matters regarding aircraft hull, passenger, cargo, product and airport liability claims
  • Acting as counsel in the defence of actions arising from mid-air collisions between aircraft
  • Acting as counsel in the defence of actions arising from float plane accidents
  • Providing regulatory counsel and advice to foreign air operators
  • Providing regulatory counsel and advice to commercial operators of unmanned air vehicles
  • Providing counsel and advice to airlines on emergency response preparedness
  • Providing counsel and advice to insurers on coverage issues
  • Acting as counsel for airlines in Workers’ Compensation Board appeals
  • Acting as counsel in the prosecution of actions arising out of train derailments
  • Acting as counsel in the defence of cargo and shipping claims against national railways, shipping lines, non-vessel operating common carriers and freight forwarders

Professional + Community Affiliations

  • British Columbia Aviation Council, Scholarship and Awards Committee, Chair (2014-present)
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology, School of Transportation – Aviation/Airport Law, Instructor (2008-present)
  • British Columbia Aviation Council, Director and Executive Committee Member (2010-2014)
  • British Columbia Aviation Council, Membership Committee, Member
  • Vancouver Bar Association, elected Executive (2007-2009)
  • Canadian Bar Association, Air Law, Insurance and Civil Litigation subsections, Member
  • Aviation Insurance Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Air and Space Law, Member
  • Air Transport Association of Canada, Member
  • Queen’s Law Articling Mentorship and Practice Interview Program, Volunteer
  • British Columbia Professional Legal Training Course – Mock Civil Trial Program, Volunteer Judge

Education

  • 2007 Admitted to the Ontario Bar
  • 2002 Admitted to the British Columbia Bar
  • 2001 LL.B. Queen’s University
  • 1998 B.A. Simon Fraser University

Publications + Presentations

  • February 2017, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Aviation Law 2017”, Canada Chapter, Co-Author
  • January 2017, “UAV Regulatory Update and Emerging Issues”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • July/August 2016, “Making a decision on PFDs”, Wings Magazine, Author
  • February 2016, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Aviation Law 2016”, Canada Chapter, Co-Author
  • January 2016, “Accident Investigation Authorities – Principles and Practice”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • July/August 2015, “A Level Of Uncertainty: Amendments to CARs Creates Confusion For Private Operators”, Wings Magazine, Author
  • March 2015, “Liability 101 for AMEs”, Western Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Association Symposium, Calgary, Alberta, Speaker
  • February 2015, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Aviation Law 2015”, Canada Chapter, Co-Author
  • January 2015, “Accidents Caused by Third Parties: The Definition of “Accident” in the Montreal Convention”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • October 2014, “Post-Accident Life Cycle Workshop”, British Columbia Aviation Council, 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 2014, “SMS: Protection of Safety Information from Disclosure”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • February 2013, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Aviation Law 2013”, Canada Chapter, Co-Author
  • February 2013, “Parlez-vous Francais?” (Language Rights and the Montreal Convention), Bartalk, Author
  • February 2013, “Exclusivity of The Montreal Convention”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • February 2012, “The Law Governing Spoliation Claims”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • March 2011, “Up In the Air”, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia Education Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Speaker
  • February 2011, “Code Share Concerns – Liability and Emergency Response”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • February 2010, “Transporting Workers: The Effects of Workers’ Compensation Legislation”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • February 2009, “Aviation Accident Emergency Response: Legal Regimes, Statutory Framework and Victim Compensation”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • February 2008, Application of Criminal Law to Civil Aviation”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • December 2007, “The Power of Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution – Fair Play Off The Field”, 2007 BC Soccer Conference, Vancouver, BC, Speaker
  • February 2007, “Outbreak: Air Carrier Liability for the Transmission of Infectious Diseases”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker

On A Personal Note

Mr. Dery is an avid skier and still tries to get up to Whistler as often as possible. He also enjoys running, basketball, boxing, sailing, wakeboarding, travelling, and mountain biking.

Direct Line: 604.484.1742
Facsimile: 604.484.9742
mdery@nullahbl.ca
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Assistant: Camille DesLauriers
Direct Line: 604.643.2174
Email: cdeslauriers@nullahbl.ca

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