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Stuart J. Blake

Stuart J. Blake

TEL: (204) 957 8347

FAX: (204) 954 0347


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Legal Assistant:
Delaney Chiborak

TEL: (204) 956 2970 ext. 247


"As an experienced insurance lawyer, I know my clients' needs and strive to provide direct and practical advice that is always timely."

Areas of Focus

Stuart is a partner of Fillmore Riley LLP and practises primarily in the areas of civil litigation and insurance law, with an emphasis on commercial liability insurance, general insurance defence matters, aviation law, professional errors and omissions insurance, life and disability claims, product liability, fire claims, and coverage disputes. He is also the Chair of the Insurance Law practice group. 

Stuart represents several Canadian-, American,- and London-based insurance companies as defence, subrogation, and coverage counsel. He has appeared in all levels of court in Manitoba and the Federal Court of Canada. He has extensive experience representing clients in mediation under various ADR schemes.

Stuart has been recognized annually by “Best Lawyers in Canada” in the insurance field since 2008. He is also recognized as a leading lawyer in product liability in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. 


Professional Activities

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member and Past Council Member, Manitoba Bar Association
  • Member, Marketing Committee
  • Member, Compensation Committee

Volunteer Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
  • Past Manitoba Campaign Cabinet Chair, Canadian Blood Services Cord Blood Campaign
  • Past President, Winnipeg Humane Society
  • Campaign Cabinet Member, Winnipeg Humane Society, 2008
  • Recipient, 2007 Manitoba Bar Association Community Service Award
  • Volunteer high school debate judge

Publications / Presentations

Stuart has written articles for specialty insurance publications, presented papers, and conducted seminars to various insurance groups and professional bodies.

  • Presenter, Subrogation: Handling Uninsured Losses (Manitoba Claims Seminar, 2014) 
  • Presenter, (Manitoba Claims Managers Association, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Presenter, Privacy (Wawanesa Life, 2009)
  • Presenter, Adjusting Claims and the Litigation Process (Portage Mutual, 2009)
  • Presenter, Director & Officer Liability Insurance (Insurance Institute of Manitoba, 2010)
  • Author, Economy Class Misery (Claims Canada, 2008)
  • Author, Social Host Liability (Fillmore Riley Report, 2006)


Representative Clients / Cases / Transactions

  • Wawanesa Insurance
  • Portage la Prairie Mutual
  • Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers
  • Zurich Canada
  • Allianz Global
  • CUMIS 
  • Wawanesa Life