Professional Background

Daniel Barber is an Associate in the Insurance, Construction and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP. He specializes in the areas of insurance defence, professional liability, construction, and civil fraud.

Dan is a practical litigator who strives to solve his clients’ legal problems effectively and efficiently.

In his insurance work, Dan represents insureds in third party claims, defends first party coverage claims, prosecutes insurance fraud, and defends bad faith claims on behalf of insurers. Dan assists his clients to successfully navigate through complex insurance claims including:

  • construction-industry professionals in liability claims
  • litigated construction claims
  • recovery of subrogated claims
  • resolution of disputes involving real property

Dan has appeared as counsel in both the Provincial and Supreme Court of British Columbia and regularly represents clients at chambers, trials, mediations and arbitrations.


  • Called to the British Columbia Bar, 2010
  • Juris Doctor, University of British Columbia, 2009
  • Bachelor of Laws, Honours, University of Ottawa, 2006


  • Vice-Chair, Insurance Law Subsection of the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Board Member, Alumni Association, Peter A. Allard School of Law
  • Member, Vancouver Regional Construction Association U40 Network
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association
  • Past Member, Vancouver Bar Association

Community + Volunteering

  • Volunteer Lawyer, Law Students’ Legal Advice Program
  • Captain, Singleton Reynolds Softball and Ski teams
  • Former Reviewer, Dial-a-Law

Representative Experience:

• Defended a professional liability claim against an engineer in the context of a run-of-the-river hydroelectric project in British Columbia.
• Defended a building subcontractor against claims of negligence arising from the fire loss of a multi-unit strata complex.
• Defended municipalities and commercial owners against claims of negligent design, on multiple occasions achieving resolution without any payment by his clients.
• Represented insurers in coverage matters and in matters involving allegations of the breach of the duty of good faith.
• Represented professional surveyors against claims of economic loss arising from allegations of negligent surveying of a multi-unit strata development.
• Represented formwork subcontractors to recover claims for delay and extras arising from the retrofitting of a historic concrete building.
• Recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of institutional insurers in subrogated, fraud, and other recovery claims.
• Recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of creditors, landlords, and professionals for a variety of debt claims.
• Conducted multiple trials, ranging in duration from three days to three weeks, in the Supreme Court of British Columbia as lead counsel and co-chair in matters including insurance defence, insurance coverage, fraud, and construction claims.
• Frequently resolved litigation using mediation, negotiation, and other alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Reported Decisions:

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia v. Mehat, 2017 BCSC 1476
Pearson v. Savage, 2017 BCSC 1435
CIT Financial Ltd. v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2017 BCSC 641
Schaffner v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2016 BCSC 1186
LeBel v. ICBC et al, 2016 BCPC 126
Schaffner v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2015 BCSC 314
Kett v. Insurance Corporation of BC, 2014 BCPC 173
Wallner v. Uppal, 2012 BCSC 1602
Maver v. Greenheat Energy Corporation, 2012 BCSC 1139
Kotscha v. Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, 2011 BCSC 836



Dan has spoken on civil litigation topics to both business groups and the legal industry including:

  • Presenter, Canadian Defence Lawyers, Annual Paralegal Program, “The Clash: Using Summary Trial to Bring About Early Resolution”: 2016
  • Presenter, Better Business Bureau, Debt Collection: 2012 and 2013
  • Presenter, Small Business BC, Debt Collection: 2011