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Christopher Rhone*

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Christopher Rhone brings 20 years of civil litigation experience to the defence of his clients. His practice includes the successful defence of clients involved in complex litigation including class actions, insurance coverage disputes, product liability claims, construction defects, and serious personal injuries.

Christopher has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on three occasions. He has also defended his clients before all levels of provincial superior courts and before administrative tribunals.

In addition to litigated claims before the courts, Christopher has extensive mediation experience. Together with Ward Branch (now a justice of the B.C. Supreme Court), he assisted a leading Canadian insurer through B.C.’s infamous “leaky condo” crisis. This included attending in excess of 100 mediations and representing the insurer before the courts.

Christopher also regularly provides insurance coverage opinions to insurers in relation to all forms of insurance policies. This assists insurers in making practical and timely coverage decisions when faced with difficult or high stakes circumstances.

Christopher is a supporter of the BCSPCA. He regularly acts in animal cruelty matters before administrative tribunals and the courts.

Before his admission to the practice of law, Christopher completed a judicial law clerkship with the British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Christopher is called to the bar in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon.  He acts for clients across Canada.

In his spare time, Christopher enjoys cycling, spending time with his family, and hiking with his dog Murphy.

Areas of Practice

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defence and Coverage
  • Class Actions and Administrative Law

Professional Memberships and Education

  • Law Society of British Columbia (2001)
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of the Northwest Territories
  • Law Society of Yukon
  • Licensed to Practice in other provinces per National Mobility Agreement
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • LL.B. Edinburgh University / University of Victoria
  • B.Sc. (Hons. Biology) University of Western Ontario
  • Best Lawyers, Recognized (Insurance)

Representative Experience

Chris has successfully represented clients before courts and tribunals in numerous reported cases including claims for damages, injunctions and declaratory relief. Several examples are listed below.

Insurance coverage

Class Actions

  • Lead counsel defending two national insurers in COVID-19 Business Interruption proposed class actions filed in Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia
  • Lead counsel defending long term care homes in alleged COVID-19 injury and death claims in Ontario and Alberta
  • Huebner v PR Seniors Housing Management Ltd., D.B.A. Retirement Concepts, 2020 BCSC 1290  and  2020 BCSC 1037 (successful defence on sequencing issues in class action) 2021 BCSC 837  (striking certification affidavits)
  • Douez v Facebook, 2017 SCC 33 (Supreme Court of Canada upholding plaintiff’s right to sue Facebook in B.C. in the face of a click-wrap agreement requiring action only in California); 2018 BCCA 186 (upholding certification) 2014 BCSC 953 (successful application certifying class action against Facebook alleging breach of privacy); and 2012 BCSC 2097(sequencing motion in class action against Facebook)
  • Lam v. University of British Columbia, 2014 BCSC 673 (successfully opposing motion in class proceeding to have third party proceedings tried concurrently with common negligence issues)
  • Hoy v Medtronic, Inc., 2003 BCCA 316 (medical device class action certification decision)

Torts

Administrative Law

Publications

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