Ronald W. Silverson

Partner
Bar of Quebec, 1982

The focus of Ron’s varied litigation practice is defence work and coverage. An avid, bilingual litigator, he has extensive experience in pleading a wide range of liability and damages issues of particular interest to the insurance industry, including product liability, latent defects, construction claims, professional liability, D&O, E&O, fires, explosions and boiler and machinery failures.

In his coverage practice he prides himself in being a wordsmith, analyzing a gamut of coverage issues from the simple and straight-forward to the complex and arcane and explaining them in easy-to-understand language.

A frequent speaker, he has given conferences to his clients and professional peers on a number of different topics over the years, including product liability, builders’ risk insurance policies, defamation, privacy, trial advocacy, evidential burden of proof, prescription (limitations) and allocation of defence costs.

He has been listed in the book “The Best Lawyers in Canada” since  2006  in the field of Insurance law.

Ron is a sports enthusiast and an active hockey player. He also has a keen interest in local, national and international current events.

  • 1976 B.A. (Hons.) Political Science (Magna Cum Laude), Concordia University
  • 1979 M.A. Political Studies, Queen’s University
  • 1981 B.C. L. (Civil Law) and LL.B. (Common Law), MGill University, Faculty of Law
  • Montreal Bar Association
  • Quebec Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the Bar of Montreal Committee on “Accessibility to the Justice System in English” since 2009
  • Listed in the book “The Best Lawyers in Canada” for 2006 - 2018 in the field of Insurance law
  • Master’s Thesis, Queen’s University: “Robert Bourassa’s Ideas on Canadian Federalism: His Concept and Rationale” (1979)
  • 1988 Co-Lecturer, McGill University, Faculty of Law; “Advanced Appellate Court Advocacy”
  • 2002 Certification as an Instructor (“Formateur”) by «La Chambre de l’assurance des dommages» of Quebec
  • Fraud in Civil Litigation Matters and the Repercussions on Professional Liability”, The Montreal Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • “Manufacturers Liability - the Quebec Perspective”
  • “Legal Liability of Manufacturers under Quebec Civil Law”
  • “Personal Information Privacy Legislation in Quebec”
  • “Le droit à la vie privée et la législation québécoise sur la protection des renseignements personnels."
  • “La Responsabilité des fabricants : perspective québécoise”
  • “ Prescription Periods under the Laws of the Province of Quebec “
  • “Allocation of defence costs between covered and non-covered claims”, Bar of Quebec Conference on “Développements récents en droit des assurances”
  • “The Invisible Insureds”, Canadian Underwriter Magazine
  • “Builders’ risks insurance policies-whose risks and what risks?”, Bar of Quebec Conference on “Développements récents en droit des assurances”
  • “L’obligation de défendre selon la Cour d’appel dans l’affaire Hôtels Fairmount c. Schecter : évolution ou révolution ?‘’, Canadian Institute
  • "L’assurance de chantiers : principes et questions d’actualité", Seminar for Brokers
  • "Responsabilité des administrateurs et dirigeants : un survol des principes de base", Seminar for Brokers
  • "Burden of proof in fire claims : where science meets the law”, Bar of Quebec Conference on “Développements récents en droit des assurances"
  • “Assurance contre les erreurs et omissions: de la théorie à la pratique", Seminar for Brokers (presented with Me Louis-Philippe Cartier)
  • “The Concepts of “fortuity” and “accident” after Progressive Homes”; Bar of Quebec Conference on “Développements récents en droit des assurances”
  • "Où en sommes-nous avec l’assurance de chantier?", Canadian Bar Association-Québec Division conference
  • "Les projets de construction et les assurances : questions d’actualité", Canadian Bar Association-Québec Division conference
  • "Le fardeau de la preuve dans les dossiers d’incendie : le carrefour du droit et de la science", IAAI conference