Laura Hanson is a Partner and member of the firm’s Business Disputes, Corporate/ Commercial, Insurance and Construction + Engineering Practice. Laura regularly acts as counsel for a wide variety of matters including business disputes, property claims that involve defending contractors, trades and engineers, and claims for product liability advanced against manufacturers and distributors.
Laura also regularly acts as coverage counsel for insurers, providing coverage opinions in relation to both property and liability claims for all types of policies, including Commercial and Homeowner policies, CGL policies, Director and Officer Liability policies and All-Risks and Wrap-Up and Course of Construction policies. She also defends credit unions in relation to claims advanced for alleged failure to arrange for the placement of certain insurance, and handles complex and catastrophic personal injury claims. In doing this work, Laura regularly acts for major insurance companies and companies who are self-insured.
Laura’s practice focuses extensively on negotiation and mediation. She regularly participates in mediations for her clients in advance of trial and has extensive experience resolving claims by negotiation at or prior to mediation. She also regularly appears before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and has experience doing domestic arbitration work.
At Alexander Holburn, Laura chairs the Women’s Forum, a group dedicated to promoting business development and networking opportunities among our female lawyers, paralegals, and female clients. Laura is also an active member of the insurance defence legal community and has held the elected position of “Member-at-Large” for the Canadian Bar Association’s Insurance Subsection since 2018. Laura is also involved with volunteering for the Women’s Insurance Cancer Crusade (WICC), which is an insurance industry organization that assists in raising money in support of cancer research and education. She is a member of WICC’s Breakfast Event Committee, which is responsible for arranging a breakfast for the insurance industry to raise money to send children with cancer to Camp Goodtimes, which is a camp organized and run by the Canadian Cancer Society.
Prior to joining Alexander Holburn, Laura practiced at a large international law firm in Alberta where she practiced primarily in the area of commercial litigation.