Hollis Bromley is a Partner and a member of the firm’s Insurance Practice.
Hollis Bromley’s practice is primarily litigation based, with an emphasis on insurance defence and insurance coverage. She deals with claims ranging from bodily injury and property damage to employment and human rights defence. Hollis Bromley’s insurance coverage expertise includes acting for insurers in relation to all types of coverages, including CGL, D&O, E&O, EPL, All-risks, Wrap-up and Course of Construction policies. In addition, she has experience defending claims and providing coverage advice for out of province motor vehicle insurers and their insureds.
Within her professional liability practice she has represented the interests of real estate appraisers, acupuncturists, chiropractors, home inspectors, financial planners, massage therapists, optometrists, and occupational therapists. Her experience spans various jurisdictions, including B.C., Alberta, and Manitoba. She has also acted for various professional Colleges in civil and human rights matters, allowing her a unique perspective when representing professionals facing complaints to their College. Hollis has dealt with an array of such complaints, including sexual misconduct, harassment, failure to obtain consent, medical record management, fraudulent billing, improper advertising, improper infection controls, negligent performance of services resulting in personal injury, and other bylaw and standard of practice infractions.
Hollis Bromley is an active member of the insurance defence legal community, and has held a variety of executive positions for the Insurance Section of the Canadian Bar Association’s British Columbia Branch, including Chair of the section for the 2010 and 2011 terms. She also sits on the executive of The ARC Group Canada, a network of independent law firms across Canada that provides insurers and self-insured companies with insurance and risk-related legal services. She is a regular writer and contributor for insurance industry publications and a speaker for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Defence Lawyers and to many clients on various topics.
Legal Industry Recognition
2019 Benchmark Canada “Future Star”
Representative experiences include appearing before the British Columbia Supreme Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal and the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal on matters ranging from complex class actions and multi-party law suits being tried as class actions, to serious bodily injury claims such as traumatic spinal injuries and insurance coverage matters. Examples of her recent experience include:
- Securing a dismissal of a complaint of sexual misconduct and improper release of private medical information.
- Securing a dismissal of a complaint of negligent provision of professional services resulting in bodily injury.
- Successful resolution of bodily injury claim involving complex traumatic brain injury allegations and insurance policy limit issues.
- Successful defence of a property damage claim resulting from a fire, where she was able to prove client was not the cause of the fire, as alleged.
- Successful defence of human rights allegations involving discriminatory conduct in the termination of an employee.
- Drafting new insurance policy language for a large insurance provider.
Professional + Community Affiliations
- Law Society of British Columbia, Member
- Canadian Bar Association, Member
- Vancouver Bar Association, Member
- The ARC Group, Executive Member (2017 – Present)
- CBA Civil Litigation Section, 2019/2020 Executive Member
- CBA Insurance Section, Chair (2010-2011)
- CBA Insurance Section Executive, Lower Mainland Registration Officer (2008 – 2009)
- CBA Insurance Section Executive, Secretary (2007 – 2008)
- Women Lawyer’s Forum, Member
- Canadian Transport Lawyers Association, Member
- Transportation Lawyers Association (U.S.), Member
- Arbutus Club, 2019/2020 Recreation Services Committee Member
Publications + Presentations
- May 28, 2019, “B.C. Motor Vehicle and Expert Report Update”, Client Presentation to Insurance Industry
- August 10, 2018, “Negligence 101”, Client Presentation to Insurance Industry
- February 2017, “Looking to the Future”, Canadian Underwriter, P. 34, Co-authored with B. De Vita
- August 2016, “Double Duty?” Canadian Underwriter, P.22, Author
- May 2016, “Puzzling Your Way Through an Insurance Contract”, CLEBC, Author and Presenter
- September 2015, “Renewed Faith”, Canadian Underwriter, Co-authored with B. De Vita
- Spring 2015, “More Open Interpretation?” Canadian Underwriter, Author
- August/September 2014, “The Mortgage Clause: Insurers and Adjusters Shouldn’t Overlook the Role of the Standard Mortgage Clause in the Property Insurance Policy”, Claims Canada, Co-authored with B. De Vita
- April 2014, “Misrepresentation and Material Non-Disclosure – Avoiding Pitfalls”, Canadian Underwriter, Co-authored with B. De Vita
- June 12, 2012, “Reasonable Expectations Post-Progressive Homes”, Canadian Defence Lawyers Conference (Toronto), Presenter
- September 27, 2011, “Insurance Coverage Potpourri”, Canadian Defence Lawyers Conference (Vancouver) Co-presented with B. De Vita
- June 2010, “The Decision is in the Bag: A Recent Win for Insurers on CGL Coverage”, Claims Canada, Co-authored with B. De Vita
- September 2008, “Allocation of Defence Costs”, Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Insurance Law Conference, Co-presented with B. De Vita
- “Understanding the Duty and Right to Defend”, Adjuster’s Quarterly, Co-authored with B. De Vita
- A regular contributor to AHBL’s Insurance Law Blog
On A Personal Note
Hollis was born and raised in Vancouver and, being an avid West-Coaster, she enjoys skiing, hiking, boating, going crabbing and everything in between. When not able to get out of the City, she enjoys spending weekends in her Kitsilano neighbourhood with her husband, daughter and rescue-mutt.