While representing clients in a variety of general and commercial litigation matters, the main focus of Gary Zabos' practice is in the area of defence representation in civil claims, and insurance law. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Saskatchewan, and the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, he has represented clients on claims in the Federal Court, Superior Courts in Alberta and the Yukon, as well as before arbitrators, and administrative boards and tribunals including the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, Saskatchewan and Canada Labour Relations Boards, and The Workers' Compensation Board.
Gary's litigation practice includes claims representation in matters involving bodily injury and fatal accidents, product liability, commercial and contract disputes, construction and design professional liability, hospital and medical liability, fire losses, environmental claims, disability and life insurance claims, and insurance coverage disputes.
Gary has been an active member of the Canadian Bar Association throughout his career, and served on a number of its committees, including on the Executive of the National Insurance Law Committee. He is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education programs on topics of insurance law and civil litigation practice. Gary has completed the Alternative Dispute Resolution training program with the Center for Dispute Resolution and is qualified as a mediator. He has also taken specialized training in fire investigation and fire sciences.
Gary is listed by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in Saskatchewan in the area of Litigation - Commercial Insurance and in Best Lawyers in Canada in the specialty of Insurance Law.
Awards & Recognition
• Best Lawyers in Canada - Insurance Law, 2008-2015
•Lexpert, Litigation - Commercial Insurance
Lectures & Presentations
“Ethical Issues in Negotiating with Self Represented Parties”, Law Society of Saskatchewan Continuing Professional Development Seminar, Ethical Negotiations, Regina and Saskatoon, 2014
“Supreme Court Weighs in on Causation: Clements v Clements - Where Are We Now”, Canadian Litigation Counsel Continuing Education Seminar (Insurance Council of British Columbia seminar), Vancouver, 2012
“Expert Witness Trial Advocacy College”, Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, Saskatoon, 2011
“Preparing for Examinations for Discovery”, Young Lawyers Section, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, Saskatoon, 2011
“E-Discovery How it Effects Corporate Counsel”, Corporate Counsel Section, Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch, Saskatoon, 2011
“A Look at Top Insurance Cases and Foretelling Things to Come”, Canadian Defence Lawyers 2010 Annual General Meeting and Conference, Toronto, 2010
“Examinations for Discovery”, Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association program “Planning for Success: Critical Steps in the Litigation Process”, Saskatoon, 2010