Professional Background

Elizabeth (Betsy) Segal is a partner in Singleton Reynold’s commercial litigation, insurance, civil fraud and construction law practice groups. She specializes in resolving her clients’ problems and provides innovative solutions for each of their unique issues.

Betsy concentrates her practice on insurance coverage and defence, complex commercial litigation and professional liability defence. She is skilled in resolving multi-party claims, corporate disputes and challenges involving disability and travel insurance policies. Betsy advises her insurer clients on coverage, policy wording and regulatory compliance, and regularly drafts, and facilitates negotiation of, their licensing, distribution and service contracts.

Betsy has also developed a niche focus on cyber risk, and assists clients with cyber coverage opinions, policy wording and risk management strategies.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Simon Fraser University: 2003
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia: 2007
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar: 2008

Memberships

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Insurance Law Section
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Appellate Advocacy Section
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section

Community + Volunteering

  • President, Vancouver Rowing Club
  • Travel, cooking & baking, film, Formula 1, competitive masters rower and coxswain, competing locally and internationally

Betsy has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia and has represented clients in a range of matters including:

  • providing opinions on and defending first party coverage, and advancing subrogated recovery claims on behalf of insurers
  • defence of design professionals and contractors in construction-related liability claims
  • advancing and defending corporate commercial disputes in many different sectors
  • defence of accountants and others in commercial and civil fraud litigation
  • prosecution of commercial civil fraud
  • cross-border litigation, including jurisdictional challenges and enforcement of foreign judgments
  • defamation prosecution and defense (for both people and business organizations)

Presentations

  • Presentation for insurers on first and third-party insurance coverage obligations
  • Seminar for Insurance Adjusters, Claims Examiners and Brokers on builders risk, professional liability, GL and wrap-up insurance, bonding and “good faith” in insurance dealings)
  • CLE BC presentation and paper: Internet Defamation
  • Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law