Karen Zimmer is the leader of our firm’s Defamation + Publication Risk Management Practice Group, and a member of the firm’s Business Disputes, Information + Privacy, Local Government and Charities + Non-Profit Practice Groups.
Her practice is primarily focused on the following areas of civil and commercial litigation: libel and slander claims, breach of privacy claims, privacy breach response coaching, society litigation matters, directors and officers liability, complex commercial litigation, professional regulatory matters, and intellectual property disputes.
She is experienced in pursuing her clients’ interests in urgent interlocutory applications, short and lengthy trials, appeals, arbitrations and mediations. She has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia as well as the Yukon Supreme Court and the Human Rights Tribunal. She has represented clients in matters before the federal and provincial Privacy Commissioner offices.
She has extensive experience in defending professional regulatory bodies, health and school boards, insurance benefit providers, non-profit associations, professionals, insurers and the media, including CBC and radio stations, in a variety of libel and slander matters and breach of privacy claims.
She is also experienced in providing privacy breach response coaching for a variety of matters, including those involving rogue employees, ransomware attacks and phishing attacks.
Ms. Zimmer believes in the importance of assessing risk exposure early on in her retainer and providing ongoing risk management advice to ensure that contentious matters do not escalate. Where litigation is to be avoided, she is experienced in working with her clients to achieve a resolution.
Ms. Zimmer appreciates that her areas of practice frequently require quick action, and responds accordingly.