Daniel Downe, Q.C.

Daniel Downe, Q.C.: Attorney with Field Law
  • Partner at Field Law (125 Attorneys)
  • 400 - 444 7 AVE SW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2P 0X8
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Biography

Dan Downe’s primary area of practice is insurance litigation. He has more than 30 years experience defending insured businesses and individuals in a variety of complex litigation matters, including disputes involving motor vehicle accidents and other personal injury claims, commercial property damage and premises liability. Dan appears before all Alberta trial and appellate courts, arbitration panels and administrative tribunals, including coroner’s inquests and fatality inquiries. He has assisted clients with various forms of alternate dispute resolution, including private mediation, judicial mediation and arbitration.

Dan pursues subrogation claims and defends coverage actions on behalf of insurers. He also advises clients on errors and omissions policies, defends related claims, prepares coverage opinions and represents disability insurers in numerous capacities. Also, Dan regularly counsels self-insured professional organizations and defends claims of professional negligence.

In 2010, Dan received his Queen's Counsel designation, which recognizes lawyers for exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession. He is also a regular speaker on insurance and risk management topics at client seminars and legal conferences.

Value to Clients

Dan uses a creative approach to dispute resolution that he tailors to his client’s goals and the unique circumstances of each case. While Dan excels in tough courtroom battles, he also focuses on helping clients take advantage of various forms of alternative dispute resolution to avoid the risk and expense of prolonged litigation and jury trials, including private mediation, judicial mediation and arbitration.

Outside the Office

Dan played high-level youth hockey and is still athletically active.

Recognition

Listed Insurance Law
The Best Lawyers in Canada
2014 - 2018
Queen's Counsel
2010
Distinguished
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
2017
Repeatedly Recommended Personal Injury - Represents Defendants
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
2012, 2015 - 2017

Community

Federated Press Insurance Law Journal
Board of Directors
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Alberta
Board of Directors
Possak School of Irish Dance
Board of Directors

Experience

Kent v. Martin, 2013 ABQB 36 (CanLii), Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta

Jin v. Canada Everich Real Estate Group Inc., 2011 ABQB 524, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Smed v. Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club, 2011 ABQB 5 (CanLII), Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Roadway Construction Ltd. v. ING Western Union Insurance Co., 2008 ABQB 367, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Atlanta Industrial Sales Ltd. v. Emerald Management & Realty Ltd., 2006 ABQB 255, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Baum v. Graham Construction & Engineering Inc., 2006 ABQB 460, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Lam v. Bockman, 2006 ABQB 101, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Shaw v. Standard Life Assurance Co., [2005] A.J. No. 476, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Shaw v. Standard Life Assurance Co., 2006 ABQB 156, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Kacperski v. Orozco, 2005 ABCA 179, Alberta Court of Appeal

Westside Land Corp. v. Deszynski, [2004] A.J. No. 256, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Dyck v. Laidlaw, [2000] A.J. No. 730, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Falk v. Calgary Real Estate Board Co-pperative Ltd., 2000 CarswellAlta 428, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Laws v. Wright, [2000] A.J. No. 127, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Order 2000-024; Calgary (City) (Re), [2000] A.I.P.C.D. No. 42, Alberta Information Privacy Commission

D. (G.J.) v. L. (R.), 1999 CarswellAlta 804, Alberta Court of Appeal

D. (G.J.), Re, 1999 CarswellAlta 1319, Alberta Surrogate Court

Franko v. Zurich Insurance Co., [1999] A.J. No. 173, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Silvaniuk v. Stevens, 1999 CarswellAlta 608, Alberta Court of Appeal

Carmac Management Ltd. v. Calgary Real Estate Board Co-operative Ltd., 1997 CarswellAlta 302, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Martin v. Dukart, [1997] A.J. No. 1209, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Phoenix Sportswear of Canada Ltd. v. Intergold Jewellery Manufacturing Ltd., [1995] A.J. No. 968, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Stuart Olson Construction Ltd. v. Allan Forrest Sales Ltd., 1994 CarswellAlta 449, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Milton-Coates v. Wolfe, 1992 CarswellAlta 518, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Adanac Realty Ltd. v. Humpty's Egg Place Ltd., 1991 CarswellAlta 30, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Ridders v. Mercury Tanklines Ltd., 1990 CarswellAlta 415, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

McDonald v. Royal Trust Corp. of Canada, 1987 CarswellAlta 277, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

News + Views + Events

August 2017
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
25 Field Law Lawyers Recognized
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April 2005
Twenty-First Century Damage:Non-Pecuniary Damages Awards in Cases of Catastrphic Injuries - Western Provinces and Ontario Since 2000 to March 2005

Notable Work

•Secured a favourable settlement on behalf of a construction company by pursuing a delay and impact claim in a strategically fast-paced arbitration in which we alleged that the client’s inability to perform its work as originally bid was caused by failures and delays by other parties, and
•Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a pipeline project contractor that was forced to register builders’ liens against the owner despite clear evidence that the work was performed per the contract’s terms; judgment affirmed on appeal.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Health Industry Services

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
403 232 1754  Phone
403 264 7084  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com
Law School Attended:
University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Laws, 1984
Year of First admission:
1985
Admission:
1985, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional

Law Society of Alberta
Calgary Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association Alberta
Member

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: The reported cases below belong to Dan and are representative of Dan's experience. Kent v. Martin 2013 ABQB 36 (CanLii) Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta 2013; Jin v. Canada Everich Real Estate Group Inc. 2011 ABQB 524 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2011; Smed v. Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club 2011 ABQB 5 (CanLII) Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2011; Roadway Construction Ltd. v. ING Western Union Insurance Co. 2008 ABQB 367 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2008; Baum v. Graham Construction & Engineering Inc. 2006 ABQB 460 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Atlanta Industrial Sales Ltd. v. Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. 2006 ABQB 255 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Shaw v. Standard Life Assurance Co. 2006 ABQB 156 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Lam v. Bockman 2006 ABQB 101 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Shaw v. Standard Life Assurance Co. [2005] A.J. No. 476 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Kacperski v. Orozco 2005 ABCA 179 Alberta Court of Appeal 2005; Westside Land Corp. v. Deszynski [2004] A.J. No. 256 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2004; Falk v. Calgary Real Estate Board Co-pperative Ltd. 2000 CarswellAlta 428 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2000; Dyck v. Laidlaw [2000] A.J. No. 730 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2000; Laws v. Wright [2000] A.J. No. 127 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2000; Order 2000-024; Calgary (City) (Re) [2000] A.I.P.C.D. No. 42 Alberta Information Privacy Commission 2000; D. (G.J.) v. L. (R.) 1999 CarswellAlta 804 Alberta Court of Appeal 1999; Silvaniuk v. Stevens 1999 CarswellAlta 608 Alberta Court of Appeal 1999; D. (G.J.), Re 1999 CarswellAlta 1319 Alberta Surrogate Court 1999; Franko v. Zurich Insurance Co. [1999] A.J. No. 173 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1999; Carmac Management Ltd. v. Calgary Real Estate Board Co-operative Ltd. 1997 CarswellAlta 302 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1997; Martin v. Dukart [1997] A.J. No. 1209 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1997; Phoenix Sportswear of Canada Ltd. v. Intergold Jewellery Manufacturing Ltd. [1995] A.J. No. 968 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1995; Stuart Olson Construction Ltd. v. Allan Forrest Sales Ltd. 1994 CarswellAlta 449 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1994; Milton-Coates v. Wolfe 1992 CarswellAlta 518 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1992; Adanac Realty Ltd. v. Humpty's Egg Place Ltd. 1991 CarswellAlta 30 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1991; Ridders v. Mercury Tanklines Ltd. 1990 CarswellAlta 415 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1990; McDonald v. Royal Trust Corp. of Canada 1987 CarswellAlta 277 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 1987
ISLN:
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Peer Reviews

  • 4.2/5.0 (6 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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    4.2/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.2/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.2/5.0
  • Communication

    4.2/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.2/5.0

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