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East Side Story: Update from the RSJ; Keeping up with Causation Who’s Line is it Anyway? Collaboration with Experts

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.25
15 minutes
Substantive: 0.75
45 minutes
David Brown
Erin Durant
James McNamara
Kevin Nearing
County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA)
1 hour
$99.00 plus tax
Annual Civil Litigation Conference 2018
Includes Handouts

Erin Durant, James McNamara, David Brown, and Kevin Nearing discuss the following topics:

  • East Side Story: Update from the RSJ
  • Keeping up with Causation
  • Who’s Line is it Anyway? Collaboration with Experts


The Honourable Mr. Justice David Brown

Justice David Brown was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in December, 2014, after sitting as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in the Toronto Region since September, 2006, including several years on the Toronto Region Commercial List.  Immediately prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Justice Brown was serving as the President of the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association.

Before his appointment to the Bench, he was a partner with Stikeman Elliott LLP (Toronto) in its Litigation and Energy Groups.  He served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School teaching Energy Law from 2004 until 2006, and a Sessional Lecturer at Queen’s University Law School from 1990 to 2002 teaching Trial Advocacy. Justice Brown writes on a number of legal topics, including civil procedure reform and Newfoundland legal history.

Justice Brown earned his B.A. (Hons.), University of Toronto, 1976; Certificate, Beijing Languages Institute, 1977; Diploma, Nanjing University, 1978; J.D., 1981, University of Toronto; L.L.M., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2005; called to the Ontario Bar, 1983.

Erin Durant

Erin Durant is a litigator at Borden Ladner Gervais in Ottawa. She accepts retainers to defend professional negligence, officers' and directors' liability, property damage, personal injury and insurance coverage claims on behalf of insurers. She has represented title insurers in real property disputes and coverage litigation as well as other lawyers in negligence claims and disciplinary proceedings. She has appeared in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and before the Law Society Tribunal. In her labour and employment practice, Erin works with a national team of lawyers to advise employers on union certification, bargaining, corporate transactions, employee terminations, arbitrations, wrongful dismissals (including insured claims), interest arbitrations and human rights complaints. Erin is a member of the Advocates' Society's Young Lawyers' Standing Committee and is past-chair of the Canadian Defence Lawyers' Young Lawyers Division. Erin was a member of The Advocates' Society's task forces on trials that published the Best Practices for Civil Trials and the Advocates' Society's Courts Technology Task Force that contributed to the Paperless Trials Manual. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada's Early Career Roundtable.

RSJ James McNamara

Justice James McNamara was appointed Regional Senior Judge of the East Region, to replace Justice Hackland, who resigned as Regional Senior Judge effective May 8, 2014. Justice McNamara was appointed a judge in 2008. He served as Administrative Judge in Pembroke and is currently serving as local Administrative Judge in Ottawa. Justice McNamara received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1973 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1975. He practised with Marcus, McNamara and Wilson until the time of his appointment. He was certified as a Civil Litigation Specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1991.

Kevin Nearing

Kevin Nearing is a partner in the Ottawa General Litigation Professional Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, and is Regional Leader of the Construction Group. Kevin practises litigation exclusively, with particular emphasis on construction disputes, including coverage issues, errors and omissions/professional liability litigation, procurement and tendering issues and most other aspects of construction law. He is also active in other areas of commercial and insurance litigation, and in domestic and international commercial arbitration. Kevin has extensive trial experience in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, as well as experience with alternative dispute resolution. Kevin articled with the Ottawa predecessor to BLG (Scott & Aylen) in 1983. He has been with Scott & Aylen and then BLG since his call to the bar.

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