Canadian Defence Lawyers

CDL 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 defence bar over common issues.

CDL turns 20! Enjoy the commemorative publication created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Canadian Defence Lawyers.

Commemorative Book


CDL Foundation

The Board of Directors of CDL is enormously proud to announce the establishment of the Canadian Defence Lawyers Foundation (CDLF), a registered charity dedicated to providing scholarships to worthy Canadian law school students.

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20 August 2015

CDL Board of Directors 2015-2016

CDL Welcomes a new Board of Directors for 2015-2016

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10 June 2015

Award Announcement

Dennis Quinlan Q.C. receives the 2015 Lee Samis Award of Excellence

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5 June 2015

Award Announcement

Laura Emmet receives the 2015 Richard B. Lindsay QC Exceptional Young Lawyer Award

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29 May 2015

Westerhof decision

The Court of Appeal for Ontario released its decision yesterday in Westerhof v Gee Estate. The Court addressed whether treating professionals can provide opinion evidence at trial without complying with Rule 53.03, which requires the preparation of an expert report.

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27 March 2015

Submissions to LSUC on ABS

The insurance defence practice has faced many challenges and changes in the last 20 years in its market and business practices across Canada. On behalf of its Ontario membership, the Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL) is well situated to provide feedback as these changes and challenges reflect many of the current considerations underway regarding whether ABS will lead toward innovation in how legal services are provided in Ontario.

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30 January 2015

Events & CLE

CLE 2015-2016

1 January 2016

Plan now for the 2015-2016 CLE Year

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12th Annual Insurance Coverage Symposium

4 February 2016

CDL’s Annual Insurance Coverage Symposium has become the quintessential conference to provide the Canadian Property and Casualty Insurance Industry and its counsel with insight and analysis to understand emerging and challenging trends.

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Without Prejudice - Young Lawyer Series

3 March 2016

Join CDL's Young Lawyers for storytime with CDL! The third in our dinner series, we are pleased to present top litigators Eric Grossman and Adam Wagman.

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2015 Insurance Symposium - DVD $339
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2015 Insurance Symposium -  Materials only $84.75

Municipal Liability Audioconference $84.75 Fordham v. Dutton Dunwich
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Defence Briefs - Property - download programme outline  $169.50  3.5 hours Substantive CLE

Personal Injury for Law Clerks - download programme outline $158.20 5.25 hrs Substantive CLE

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