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July 17, 2018

Bernice Bowley recognized as one of Benchmark Canada’s Top 25 Women for 2018 in Canadian Litigation

Fillmore Riley LLP congratulates Bernice Bowley, a partner and the chair of the Litigation Department, for being recognized as one of the Top 25 Women in Litigation in Benchmark Canada’s annual publication. For the second consecutive year, Bernice is the only lawyer from Manitoba who has been recognized in the 2018 publication.

Benchmark Canada’s extensive research process used to create the Top 25 Women in Litigation involves months of investigation into individual litigators’ professional activities, client feedback surveys and one-on-one interviews.

Benchmark Canada’s editor Michael Rafalowich said that these women “have earned their place amongst the leading female litigators by participating in some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history as well as by earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients.”

Bernice maintains a comprehensive insurance litigation practice, including commercial liability insurance, general insurance defence, professional errors and omissions, product liability, construction, and coverage disputes. She also practises in the areas of municipal liability, administrative law, and employment law.

One of her recent notable cases is Henderson v Elder. In this ‘sporting arena case’ she successfully defended a volunteer hockey coach sued by a referee for injuries caused by a player.  The trial judge dismissed the plaintiff’s claim.  In 2017, the Manitoba Court of Appeal confirmed the trial decision which held that there was no evidence of negligence, carelessness or intent to injure on the part of the unidentified player or the volunteer coach. Henderson's case was dismissed. His application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada was dismissed in 2018.