Brian Filips
Brian Filips
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Brian Filips - a former insurance claims examiner and adjuster for North America's largest insurer - is a civil litigation lawyer representing corporate clients throughout Alberta and elsewhere in Canada. With years of experience with complex insurance-related claims, Brian has earned a reputation for being accessible, for managing files with a cut-to-the-chase efficiency and for placing a premium on collaboration.

Brian's in-house experience processing large-loss bodily injury claims affords his clients a competitive advantage in insurance matters. This includes Brian's experience handling cases on both sides of the docket involving:

  • Automobile
  • Home
  • Personal injury claims
  • Construction
  • Occupier's liability
  • Property
  • Cargo
  • CGL
  • Directors and officers
  • Errors and omissions
  • Subrogation
  • Fiduciary and
  • Life and disability

Clients also often turn to Brian for written opinions on insurance coverage and policy interpretation issues.

He has acted as counsel at all levels of Court in Alberta including Provincial Court, Queen's Bench and Court of Appeal. Brian served as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association's Insurance Section for Northern Alberta and is currently on the Edmonton Humane Society Board of Directors.

Value to Clients

Brian's in-house insurance experience gave him a first-hand appreciation for the cycle time of a file and the client's priority on closing a file. "I look at all of the possibilities from beginning to end," Brian notes, "advise the client accordingly and prepare their expectations."
 
"I pick up the phone and call my client," Brian explained. "It's a great way to communicate in cases when strategy needs to be part of the conversation. And, my clients know that they can get a hold of me directly."

Outside the Office

Brian says that he's proud of his service to the Humane Society. He's also into the martial arts practice of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Defence Research Institute
Member
2011-Present
Edmonton Insurance Association
Member
2010-Present
Canadian Defence Lawyers
Member
2010-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North)
Member
2006-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Member
2006-Present
Edmonton Bar Association
Member
2001-Present
Law Society of Alberta
Member
2001-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Past Chair
2010-2011
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Chair
2009 - 2010
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Vice Chair
2008-2009
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Insurance Law Section (North)
Program Coordinator
2008-2009
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Mentor Program
Member
2007-2008
Edmonton Humane Society
Board of Directors
2010 - Present
Edmonton Humane Society
Volunteer
2007 - Present
Edmonton Humane Society
Vice Chair
2016 - 2016
Edmonton Police Services
Volunteer
1997 - 1998
Student Legal Services of Edmonton
1997 - 1998
Owners: Condominium Plan No. 0625385 v Oxford Grande Ltd., 2017 ABQB 316
Blicharz v Livingstone, 2014 ABQB 373, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Nelson v. Industrial-Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company, 2012 ABCA 1, Alberta Court of Appeal
Genesis Land Development Corp. v. Alberta, 2010 ABCA 148, Alberta Court of Appeal
Murhula v. Yetman, 2010 ABQB 655, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Nelson v. Industrial-Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company, 2010 ABQB 746, Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
Genesis Land Development Corp. v. Alberta, 2009 ABQB 221, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Zubick v. Alberta Teachers' Association, 2009 ABCA 136, Alberta Court of Appeal
Shipanoff v. Landry, 2008 ABQB 212, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Zubick v. Alberta Teachers' Association, 2008 ABCA 388, Alberta Court of Appeal
Zubick v. Alberta Teachers' Association, 2008 ABQB 582, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Zubick v. Alberta Teachers' Association, 2008 ABQB 241, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Zubick v. Alberta Teachers' Association, 2008 ABQB 5, Alberta Court of Queen's Benchv
Janie Louise Ryan and Dennis Clifford Ryan v. Parmjit Singh Purba and Beant Kaur Purba, 2007 CanLII 2775, Supreme Court of Canada
Purba v. Ryan, 2006 ABCA 229, Alberta Court of Appeal
Purba v. Ryan, 2006 ABQB 127, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
March 2016
Dempsey v. Bagley, 2016 ABQB 124 - Lessors of Vehicles Still Vulnerable Under Workers Compensation Act
April 2013
Housekeeping Damages and Dealing with Difficult Counsel
April 2013
Occupier Liability Trends in Alberta
March 2013
Dealing with Difficult Counsel
March 2013
Use of Expert Witnesses at Trial
March 2013
Video Killed the IME Star - The Effect of the New Rules of Court on Defence IMEs
June 2012
Insurance Law Update
May 2012
Minor Injury Regulations
April 2012
Dealing with Difficult Counsel
December 2011
Minor Injury Regulations
October 2011
Minor Injury Regulations
September 2011
Alberta Workers' Compensation Legislation
September 2011
TMJ and the Minor Injury Regulation
May 2011
Social/Commercial Host Issues
February 2011
The Minor Injury Cap
April 2010
Minor Injury Regulation
February 2010
Sprains, Strains and Automobiles - The Cap is Here to Stay
September 2009
Difficult Counsel, Surveillance and Privilege
February 2009
Insurance 2008 Year in Review
January 2009
Insurance 2008 Year in Review
November 2008
Use & Operation of a Motor Vehicle
November 2008
Use of Juries in Civil Litigation
August 2008
Use & Operation of a Motor Vehicle
June 2008
Economic Loss
June 2008
Minor Injury Cap
March 2008
Life After the Cap
February 2007
Various Insurance Topics
December 2006
Minor Injury Cap
October 2006
Lynne v. Taylor: A New Standard of Appellate Review in Alberta
October 2006
Minor Injury Cap
September 2006
Public Safety: Responsibilities of the Parking Lot Owner, Operator and the Public
December 2003
Various Insurance Topics

Resolving the issue and avoiding litigation

  • An Alberta-based insurance company needed help handling a potentially expensive, motor-vehicle accident claim with multiple parties and serious injuries. As Brian puts it, "We believed that the case was resolvable without further litigation steps. So, I picked up the phone and called the lawyer for the plaintiffs. I went over the issues, got him to look at his files and gave an assessment of the case. We resolved the claim with a single phone call."

Making the facts work for clients

  • In a case that went to court, Brian's insurance client was facing a huge liability damages claim in a personal injury case. The plaintiff ­ who was representing himself ­ had suffered a broken knee when struck by a vehicle in Fort McMurray, AB. Brian established for the Court that the plaintiff walked into the path of the vehicle, and the case was dismissed after two days of trial.‚Äč

Education
University of Alberta, 2000, Bachelor of Laws
University of Alberta, 1996, Bachelor of Arts
Admissions
Alberta,2001