Brian Filips

Brian Filips: Attorney with Field Law

Biography

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 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.

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.

Other than work

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.

Presentations

Past Presentations

The following is a list of presentations, seminars or speaking engagements previously given by Brian:

Occupier Liability Trends in Alberta Field Client April 2013
Housekeeping Damages and Dealing with Difficult Counsel Field Law Clients and Guests April 2013
Use of Expert Witnesses at Trial Fire Investigation Association of Alberta March 2013
Dealing with Difficult Counsel Field Client March 2013
Video Killed the IME Star - The Effect of the New Rules of Court on Defence IMEs Canadian Defence Lawyers Members March 2013
Video Killed the IME Star - The Effect of the New Rules of Court on Defence IMEs Canadian Defence Lawyers Members March 2013
Insurance Law Update Field Clients June 2012
Minor Injury Regulations Legal Education Society of Alberta May 2012
Minor Injury Regulations Legal Education Society of Alberta May 2012
Dealing with Difficult Counsel Field Clients April 2012
Minor Injury Regulations Canadian Bar Association - Insurance Northern Section December 2011
Minor Injury Regulations Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association October 2011
Minor Injury Regulations Field Law Clients October 2011
TMJ and the Minor Injury Regulation Insurance Institute of Northern Alberta September 2011
Alberta Workers' Compensation Legislation Field Law Clients and Guests September 2011
Minor Injury Regulations Field Law Clients May 2011
Social/Commercial Host Issues Field Law Clients May 2011
The Minor Injury Cap Field Law Clients February 2011
Minor Injury Regulation Canadian Defence lawyers June 2010
Minor Injury Regulation Field Law Clients and Guests April 2010
Occupier's Liability Field Law Clients May 2010
Sprains, Strains and Automobiles - The Cap is Here to Stay Field Law Clients and Guests February 2010
Sprains, Strains and Automobiles - The Cap is Here to Stay Field Law Clients and Guests February 2010
Difficult Counsel, Surveillance and Privilege Field Law Clients and Guests September 2009
Insurance 2008 Year in Review Calgary Insurance Clients February 2009
Insurance 2008 Year in Review Field Law Clients and Guests January 2009
Use & Operation of a Motor Vehicle Field Law Clients and Guests November 2008
Use of Juries in Civil Litigation Field Law Clients and Guests November 2008
Use & Operation of a Motor Vehicle Field Law Clients and Guests August 2008
Economic Loss Field Law Clients and Guests June 2008
Minor Injury Cap Field Law Clients and Guests June 2008
Life After the Cap Field Law Clients and Guests March 2008
Various Insurance Topics Field Law Clients and Guests February 2007
Minor Injury Cap Field Law Clients and Guests December 2006
Minor Injury Cap Field Law Clients and Guests October 2006
Lynne v. Taylor: A New Standard of Appellate Review in Alberta Canadian Defence Lawyers October 2006
Public Safety: Responsibilities of the Parking Lot Owner, Operator and the Public National Parking Lot Association September 2006

Volunteer / Pro Bono

Edmonton Humane Society Volunteer 2007-Present
Edmonton Humane Society Vice Chair 2016-2016
Edmonton Humane Society Board of Directors 2010-Present

Experience

•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.
•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.

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Construction

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
780 423 9580  Phone
780 428 9329  Fax
www.fieldlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts, 1996
Law School Attended:
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws, 2000
Year of First admission:
2001
Admission:
2001, Alberta
Memberships:

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Civil Litigation Section (North) Member 2006-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, Insurance Law Section (North) Member 2006-Present
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Mentor Program Member 2007-2008
Canadian Defence Lawyers Member 2010-Present
Defence Research Institute Member 2011-Present
Edmonton Bar Association Member 2001-Present
Edmonton Insurance Association Member 2010-Present
Law Society of Alberta Member 2001-Present

Reported Cases:
Reported Cases: The reported cases below belong to Brian and are representative of Brian's experience. Blicharz v Livingstone 2014 ABQB 373 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2014; Nelson v. Industrial-Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company 2012 ABCA 1 Alberta Court of Appeal 2012; Nelson v. Industrial-Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company 2010 ABQB 746 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2010; Murhula v. Yetman 2010 ABQB 655 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2010; Genesis Land Development Corp. v. Alberta 2010 ABCA 148 Alberta Court of Appeal 2010; Genesis Land Development Corp. v. Alberta 2009 ABQB 221 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2009; Zubick v. Alberta Teachers' Association 2009 ABCA 136 Alberta Court of Appeal 2009; Zubick v. Alberta Teachers' Association 2008 ABQB 582 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2008; Zubick v. Alberta Teachers' Association 2008 ABQB 5 Alberta Court of Queen's Benchv 2008; Zubick v. Alberta Teachers' Association 2008 ABQB 241 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2008; Shipanoff v. Landry 2008 ABQB 212 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2008; Zubick v. Alberta Teachers' Association 2008 ABCA 388 Alberta Court of Appeal 2008; Janie Louise Ryan and Dennis Clifford Ryan v. Parmjit Singh Purba and Beant Kaur Purba 2007 CanLII 2775 Supreme Court of Canada 2007; Purba v. Ryan 2006 ABQB 127 Alberta Court of Queen's Bench 2006; Purba v. Ryan 2006 ABCA 229 Alberta Court of Appeal 2006
ISLN:
920842001

Peer Reviews

  • 3.9/5.0 (3)
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    4.0/5.0
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  • Brian Filips

    4.0/5.0 by a Partner on 03/06/13 in Insurance Defense Subrogation on 03/06/13

    Brian is very intellectual and capable. I have had many files with him. He works hard for his clients.

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    Brian is very intellectual and capable. I have had many files with him. He works hard for his clients.

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  • Brian Filips

    4.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 02/26/13 in Civil Litigation on 02/26/13

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  • Brian Filips

    3.6/5.0 by a Partner on 02/26/13 in Insurance on 02/26/13

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