Thank you for the good news and your determined effort to make it so.

Fortune 500 Manufacturer

On behalf of the Corporation, I wish to express our appreciation for the fine service provided by Steve Vorbrodt on this file.  Our adjuster has advised me that an excellent contribution was made to the result.

Director of Legal Services

Steve was on top of all the material issues.  I would be remiss if I didn’t report how well he handled the file.

Senior Claims Examiner

This was an episode which caused a great deal of worry for me and I must say I felt far more secure immediately when Steve became involved.

Defendant in a lawsuit involving allegations of professional malpractice

Steve is a sharp legal mind who thinks outside the box when defending our insureds. He is very creative from a legal perspective, he is very attentive and responsive, and he writes excellent reports.

Benchmark Canada


Steve Vorbrodt is top-ranked by Leading Global Rankings Agencies and Directories.

Professional Background

Steve Vorbrodt is a Partner at Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP with a practice focused on the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defence and construction law.  His clients include international, national, and regional insurance companies and their clients as well as self-insureds.

Steve has represented both corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of matters including the defence of:

  • professional liability claims against accountants, financial planners, health care and other professionals
  • engineers and engineering firms in complex construction disputes
  • directors and officers (including civil fraud and conspiracy claims)
  • coverage disputes against insurers (including breach of contract and bad faith claims)
  • personal injury and property damage claims (including fire loss)
  • manufacturers and distributors in product liability claims

Steve has acted for clients at all levels of court in British Columbia as well as various administrative tribunals, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, the Insurance Institute of British Columbia, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal and the Human Rights Tribunal.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Western Ontario: 1993
  • Exchange Program, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany: 1992
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia: 2003
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar: 2004

Rankings + Recognitions

  • Recognized in Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a “Litigation Star”
  • Ranked in the area of Insurance Law by Best Lawyers Canada®.


  • Member, Canadian Elevator Contractors Association
  • Member, Canadian-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • Member, BC Bar Association (Construction Law, Insurance Law and Product Liability subsections)
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Community + Volunteering

  • Member of Board of Directors of Turning Point Recovery Society
  • Vice-President and member of Board of Directors of Vancouver Westside German School
  • Moot Court Judge, Professional Legal Training Course
  • Successfully defended appeal of judgment on behalf of insurer at the Court of Appeal (Hamman v. ICBC, CA).
  • Obtained a 50% reduction in the damage award to account for Plaintiff’s contributory negligence in a failure to warn case (Yang v. Duralia, BCSC).
  • Obtained judgment in a counterclaim against the Plaintiff who was found to have breached his insurance policy as a result of being incapable of operating a motor vehicle due to the influence of alcohol (Hamman v. ICBC, BCSC).
  • Obtained dismissal of personal injury claims on summary trial application in products liability case against a Fortune 500 company (Arellano v. Wong, BCSC).
  • Obtained judgment including punitive damages against two Defendants found liable for fraud and conspiracy to present a false witness in respect of a motor vehicle accident (ICBC v. Panag, BCSC).
  • Obtained punitive damages and special costs in addition to special and general damages on a summary trial application in respect of a fraudulent theft claim made to an insurer (ICBC v. Kooner, BCSC).
  • Obtained judgment including punitive damages in a claim based on civil conspiracy relating to material misrepresentations in an application for insurance (ICBC v. Thaci and Haliti, BCPC).
  • Successfully defended claims for a declaration of insurance coverage on the basis of willfully false statements (Gotsutsov v. ICBC, BCPC and Prasad v. ICBC, BCSC).
  • Successfully defended application by plaintiff to add new causes of action in a professional negligence action (Ewert v. Marshall, BCSC).
  • Obtained dismissal of discrimination claim against a professional from the Human Rights Tribunal (Gallagher v. Henry, BCHRT).
  • Obtained dismissal of actions involving claims of professional negligence (Swityk v. Priest, BCPC and Leung v. Godley, BCPC).
  • Worked in conjunction with senior counsel in obtaining judgment for investment losses against a financial advisor and an investment firm (Hawkenson v. Rogers, BCSC).
  • Obtained favorable damage awards in personal injury actions against corporate defendant (Hansen v. Overwaitea Foods, BCPC and Schoenke v. Overwaitea Foods, BCPC).



  • “Contractual hurdles: Professionals Looking to Limit their Liability through Contractual Wording have to Overcome a few Obstacles First,” Canadian Underwriter
  • “Who Do You Represent:  Vicarious Liability And Agency Issues In The Insurance Context,” IBABC HyperArticle, BC Broker Magazine
  • Co-author, “Faulty Workmanship or Resulting Damage: Ledcor v. Northbridge,” IBABC HyperArticle (with Brendan Ward), BC Broker Magazine
  • “The Fine Art of Limiting Liability,” IBABC HyperArticle, BC Broker Magazine
  • Co-author, “When Directors May Be Liable For Mispresentations Made by Other Directors,” (with Peter Mennie), Letter of the Law
  • “Ledcor Construction:  Supreme Court Of Canada Clarifies Meaning Of “Faulty Workmanship” And “Resultant Damage” To Expand Coverage In A Builder’s Risk Policy,” Letter of the Law
  • “Objecting to Expert Evidence Based on Novel Science,” Letter of the Law
  • “Commercial Litigation for Junior Lawyers and Legal Support Staff,” co-chair and contribution author (CLE)
  • “Auto Insurance Clause Narrowed,” Letter of the Law
  • “Recent Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Developments in Securities Litigation,” co-authored with Rod Anderson (CLE)
  • “Barbarians Looking for the Gate,” co-authored with Mark Tweedy, Pacific Law Institute
  • Author of a variety of additional published articles and commentaries regarding various insurance issues


  • Speaker, “Dealing with Ungovernable Registrants,” Seminar, RegPro2018 – Professional Regulation & Discipline
  • Speaker, “D&O Liability & Coverage Issues for BC Brokers,” Seminar, IBABC
  • Speaker, “Insurance Parties at Odds – Cases, Coverages and Opportunities,” 69th Annual Conference and Trade Show, Insurance Brokers Association of British Columbia, Whistler, British Columbia
  • Speaker, “Oops … I did it again – Liability Issues for Insurance Brokers,” Webinar, IBABC
  • Speaker, “Beyond CGL – Coverage Issues for BC Brokers,” Webinar, IBABC
  • Speaker, “Anatomy of Investment Advisors’ Litigation,” Seminar, SU
  • Speaker, “Vicarious Liability and Agency:  An Overview,” Seminar, SU
  • Speaker, “Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation:  Choosing the Right Approach to Dispute Resolution in Canada,” Canadian-German Lawyers’ Association, Montreal