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Canadian Defence Lawyers is the only national organization representing the interests of civil defence lawyers. With members from coast to coast, we offer unparalleled opportunities to unite the defense bar over common issues.

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Defence Briefs - Property - Half Day 9-12:30pm

24 April 2014

The second of CDL's new series of Ontario topical programming - Defence Briefs

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Without Prejudice April 30 - Dinner

30 April 2014

Join CDL's Young Lawyers for storytime with CDL! Following on after our hugely popular first dinner last year, we are pleased to present top litigators Helen Friedman (Miller Thomson) and Ian Kirby (Gilbert Kirby Stringer).

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Boot Camp Vancouver - Full Day 9 - 4pm

22 May 2014

If you are a new or young lawyer then you need to register for CDL's Annual Boot Camp. This full day programme will teach you everything you need to know about building and running your insurance defence practice that you didn't learn in law school. This IS the place where you can ask the questions you may have been too nervous to raise at work! A great opportunity to get together with other new lawyers and meet the people you are likely to be working with over the course of your career.

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Annual Meeting - Dancing with the Defence - Full Day

5 June 2014

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Honourable Warren K. Winkler QC, Former Chief Justice of Ontario

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Discover Decipher & Decode : Defending Diligently - Paralegals Full Day

18 June 2014

Our annual Paralegal programme in BC is once again chaired by Hardip Samra of Stevens Virgin. This outstanding 3 stage full day seminar always sells out quickly. Featured speaker Jan Lindsay QC, President LSBC

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CPD on the Beach. Yes, it IS possible.
… load your device with some audio files from CDL and soak up cpd credits and sunshine at the same time. Only $75

Hryniak v. Mauldin NEW!
Summary Judgment in Tort Claims: A Defence Perspective on the Supreme Court's Decision

Scarlett v. Belair NEW!
The much anticipated appeal decision in the first MIG decision

OR buy one of our DVDs and dream about a beach while watching -  $300.

10th Insurance Symposium NEW! 
2.0 Professionalism  
4.5 Substantive

Ethics and Risk Management (Single presentation) $100
1.0 Professionalism


Member Forum

CDL is pleased to support the 8th Annual P.I. Charity Hockey Challenge
Thursday April 3, 2014, Canlan Sports Etobicoke
Registration at 5pm, visit  


News & Events

DRI Positions

Apply to become either the next DRI Canadian Regional Director or the DRI Council Representative for Canada. Nominations close June15th and there are specific criteria for applications. The positions are currently held by Glenn Zakaib of Cassels Brock and Susan Gunter of Dutton Brock and their terms end in October.

1 April 2014

Ontario Bill 171

Canadian Defence Lawyers letter to Ontario Minister of Finance

17 March 2014

Trinity Western University

Canadian Defence Lawyers statement regarding Trinity Western University's proposed Law School Program

17 March 2014

2014-2015 Board Applications now open

Nominations are now open for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors. Those CDL members wishing to apply should submit the completed form to not later than March 31, 2014. If you have any questions about the role of Board member you can contact the CDL Board member in your region.

14 March 2014

Advice from Geoff Adair

"There is an incredibly fine line between good advocacy and intellectual dishonesty. As litigators, we must be vigilant to ensure that we never cross that line. Fight hard, fight fair, and do your best to walk away friends with your opponents." Great evening at the Lee Samis Award Dinner on Feb 5th in Toronto. Read more about it.

13 March 2014

LSBC welcomes new President Jan Lindsay QC

Jan Lindsay of Lindsay LLP in Vancouver is a long time CDL member and the tenth recipient of the Lee Samis Award of Excellence. Mother of four children, Jan is a role model for other women lawyers and she speaks often about how she has made it work. When asked what she plans to accomplish as president of the Law Society, Jan is very quick to answer. “It’s got to be access, and it has to be action.” Read more about Jan in the Winter Issue of the Benchers Bulletin.

28 January 2014