Richard B. Lindsay, QC, P.Eng., FCIArb

Richard B. Lindsay, QC, P.Eng., FCIArb - Retired

Richard B. Lindsay, QC, P.Eng., FCIArb


  • Trial and Appellate practice
  • Insurance defence litigation
  • Energy law, with an emphasis on product liability
  • Property loss/subrogated claims
  • Coverage
  • Fire insurance
  • Construction law


  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 2003
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell – the highest given
  • Insurance Lawyer of the Year, Canadian Bar Association, 2012
  • Leading Practitioner, Commercial Insurance Litigation, Canadian Lexpert Directory
  • Listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in Canada” for Insurance and Legal Malpractice law
  • Recipient, Lee Samis Award of Excellence, Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Listed in the International Who’s Who of Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, since 2009
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Richard B. Lindsay QC Exceptional Young Lawyer Award, Canadian Defence Lawyers Foundation


  • Past President, International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Past President and Director, Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Director for Canada, Defense Research Institute
  • Chair, Insurance Law Conference, Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, since 1999
  • Director, Canadian Defence Lawyers Foundation
  • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Subsection
  • Past Member, International Association of Defense Counsel


  • University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1977
  • Carleton University, B.Eng. (Civil Engineering), 1971


  • British Columbia, 1978

Retired Associate Counsel

Richard B. Lindsay, QC was one of the founding partners of Lindsay LLP. He is one of the most respected insurance defence litigators in Canada, well known for his legal acumen and for sharing his expertise through volunteer contributions that elevate professional excellence across the bar.

Before earning a law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1977, Richard earned a degree in civil engineering from Carleton University and worked as a project engineer with private and government organizations on varied civil engineering projects. He has remained registered as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia for forty-six years.

Richard’s experience as an engineer influenced the path that he chose in his legal career; he has built expertise in complex insurance claims litigation covering a very wide variety of property, casualty, energy, coverage and products liability matters.

Richard has represented clients at all levels of British Columbia courts and argued landmark cases at the Supreme Court of Canada. He developed an interest in alternative dispute resolution early on; he now acts as a mediator and arbitrator. He has completed the Harvard Law School Mediation Program, trained with the Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of BC and obtained his fellowship with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

For six years he sat as a Hearing Panel Member for disciplinary and credentials matters for the Law Society of British Columbia. He has acted as mediator, umpire, special referee and arbitrator and appeared before numerous administrative tribunals.

Throughout his career, Richard has led efforts to support the lawyers and the insurance and engineering professionals he works with in maintaining expertise. He has chaired the preeminent insurance law conference held in British Columbia since its inception over 20 years ago. He has also served terms as local president of the International Association of Arson Investigators and National President of Canadian Defence Lawyers and remains involved as a contributor to both organizations.

Richard sits as a contributing editor on insurance and fire investigation publications as well as being a frequent contributor

He continues to instruct on advocacy skills training for lawyers in Canada and for the past several years has served with Lawyers Without Borders instructing on the same skills to those involved in the Kenyan and Tanzanian judicial systems charged with prosecuting elephant and rhino poaching crimes.

Mr. Lindsay has recently decided to decline accepting litigation retainers and focus on expanding his mediation and arbitration practice areas. Given his background and experience his practice will be limited to matters relating to property, energy, engineering and construction matters, insurance coverage, fire losses, professional liability, products liability and multiparty lawsuits.