Darryl G. Pankratz*


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

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


Publications + Presentations

  • January 2007 – Present, “Recent Developments in Canadian Aviation Law”, Winter Aviation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Speaker
  • 2008 – Present, British Columbia Institute of Technology, School of Transportation – Aviation/Airport Law, Instructor
  • November 2017, “Aviation Liability 2018“, Canada Chapter, Co-Author
  • 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
  • February 2016, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Aviation Law 2016”, Canada Chapter, Co-Author
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Aviation Law, Author

Direct Line: 604 484 1721
Facsimile: 604 484 9721
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Assistant: Erin O'Connor
Direct Line: 604 643 2125
Email: eoconnor@nullahbl.ca

Practice Areas

* Professional Law Corporation