Insurance Defence Litigation Archives - Lindsay LLP

Shahhin Asiaee

By // In // 2019.03.15 // Read More

Shahhin Asiaee is a civil litigator whose practice focuses on insurance defence of personal injury claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents.

Shahhin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia. She then moved to Australia and obtained her law degree from Bond University with honours.

She began her legal career working on personal injury claims arising out of motor vehicle claims on the Plaintiff side. Shahhin then made the switch to focus her practice to the defence of personal injury claims. This has given Shahhin the opportunity to see these matters from both perspectives helping her to achieve her client’s objectives.

When she is not representing clients, Shahhin enjoys travelling to new cities and loves exploring the food scene both abroad and locally. She also tries to maintain a healthy lifestyle by participating in various group fitness classes.

Andrew N. Epstein

By // In // 2019.07.31 // Read More

Andrew has been providing legal advice to the insurance industry and self-insured corporations for more than 25 years.

He has extensive experience in multi-party litigation, including construction disputes; catastrophic bodily injury claims; subrogation of property loss claims; and coverage disputes, including defending coverage opinions in court. He has also handled claims relating to class actions, professional liability and directors’ and officers’ liability.

Andrew is a frequent and popular speaker at legal and insurance industry conferences and author of numerous papers of interest to the industry.

With a mixture of practical experience, a common sense approach and a deep knowledge of the relevant law, Andrew is ready to assist you with whatever your legal needs require.

*Practising as Andrew N. Epstein, Personal Law Corporation.


Jan L. Lindsay, QC – Retired

By // In // 2016.11.23 // Read More

Jan Lindsay, QC is one of the founding partners of Lindsay LLP. She has practiced civil litigation since 1981, with an emphasis on defending the interests of her clients in claims arising from accidents and personal injuries.

Jan often serves as lead counsel in matters involving complex and catastrophic damages, such as brain or spinal cord injuries. She has appeared before all levels of British Columbia courts and represents client interests in jury trials, judge-alone trials and at mediation.

Apart from building the firm into a leading insurance boutique, Jan has also led progress in the legal community. She is a past president and life bencher of the Law Society of B.C. and has served on many of its committees, including the Task Force on Retention of Women in the Legal Profession.

Both the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Defence Lawyers have honoured Jan with awards in recognition of her significant contributions to the profession. In 2015, Jan was presented with the Peter S. Hyndman Mentorship Award, which recognizes lawyers who distinguish themselves by mentoring others and which symbolizes collegiality and generosity: principles that have guided Jan throughout her career.

Jan has balanced her career with raising four children. She has been active in the Langley community and contributed her time to many of its civic organizations, including the Langley Children’s Society, which serves families and children with special needs.

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

By // In // 2016.10.03 // Read More

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.

Callan W. MacKinlay

By // In // 2018.05.24 // Read More

Callan W. MacKinlay practices primarily in the areas of insurance defence, with a focus on personal injury and property damage. He articled with Lindsay LLP after completing his law degree at Thompson Rivers University. He was called to the bar in May of 2018 and he stayed on with Lindsay LLP after completing his articles. He has appeared in front of the Supreme Court of BC and the Provincial Court of BC. 

During Callan’s law school career, he assisted three professors in the drafting of The Annotated Guide to the British Columbia Interpretation Act, where he researched the jurisprudence on the sections of the BC Interpretation Act. He served as an editor on the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law. He also competed in the BC Law Schools Moot in 2017 on the Thompson Rivers University team. 

When he is not representing his clients, Callan enjoys traveling and hiking in the mountains around Vancouver.


Nikta Shirazian

By // In // 2016.10.03 // Read More

Nikta Shirazian is a civil litigator and practices primarily in the area of insurance law. She has gained experience in insurance defence claims relating to construction defects, property liability, professional liability and bodily injury. Nikta also maintains a subrogation practice, particularly relating to construction defects and product liability. Nikta has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia.

Nikta also has a keen interest in the law of privacy, particularly in relation to privacy torts and legislation pertaining to safe handling and non-disclosure of information. She has presented numerous times on these topics and co-authored an article with Dr. Chris Hunt titled  “Canada’s Statutory Privacy Torts in Commonwealth Perspective” which was published in the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum. Nikta recently completed the CLM level 1 Cyber Claims course on cyber security, data breaches and compliance with regulatory frameworks in Canada, United States and Europe.

Nikta maintains a very client-focused practice and often presents at client seminars on various insurance related subjects as well as new developments in the law. She is also a contributor to CanLII’s “Guide to British Columbia Civil Litigation”, where she annotated, synthesized and provided summaries of cases concerning judicial interpretation of the British Columbia Court of Appeal Rules.

Nikta joined Lindsay LLP as an articled student after completing her law degree at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. Nikta stayed on with the firm as an associate following the completion of her articles. She was called to the Bar in 2017. While studying law full time, Nikta served as a research assistant to five professors and a senior editor for the Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law. She also earned a place on the Dean’s List for academic achievement.

Outside of work, Nikta loves to travel and explore new cities. Her favourite travel destinations include Napa Valley, USA; Osaka, Japan; and London, England.

Corinne Taliunas

By // In // 2019.12.02 // Read More

Corinne is a civil litigator with extensive experience with insurance defence matters. She has been involved with hearings at all levels of court in British Columbia and is adept at managing complex litigation with policy limit concerns.  While Corinne loves her time in the courtroom, she is a strong advocate for resolving matters through negotiation and alternative dispute resolutions.  

Prior to joining Lindsay LLP, Corinne obtained her Juris Doctor from Queen’s University and then returned to British Columbia to practice insurance defence, and general civil litigation at a large firm in Surrey. She has experience with bodily injury, motor vehicle accidents, employment, construction, and property damage.  

When not at work, Corinne can be found spending time with her growing menagerie of animals, travelling, and volunteering her time with her undergraduate university as a director for the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Alumni Association.