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Derek V. Abreu - Partner

Derek V. Abreu

Partner
Tel: 416.581.8236

Derek Abreu articled with Bell Temple, and was admitted into the firm's Partnership in 2010. He is a strong and fearless advocate in the courtroom, who has been involved in arguing some of the leading cases affecting the insurance industry. As counsel in over 40 reported decisions, Derek has represented his clients successfully at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Court of Appeal for Ontario, as well as written Responses to Leave Applications to the Supreme Court of Canada. Notably, Derek was retained by the Canadian Defence Lawyers to intervene at the Court of Appeal in Martin v. Fleming & Campoverde, and was successful in having the plaintiffs' appeal dismissed and to thereby confirm that multiple deductibles do apply in actions involving multiple motor vehicle accidents (read article in OBA Insurance Law Section Newsletter - February 2013).  

Derek approaches litigation with the philosophy that "every case is different and therefore requires a unique and tailored approach". His practice is committed to the defence of insurers in a variety of personal injury and commercial litigation matters, with a special focus on claims involving tort motor vehicle accidents, UMC and 44R claims, occupiers' liability, restaurant/tavern liability, duty to defend/indemnify Applications, and Appeals.  He is Co-Chair of the firm's Appellate Advocacy Group.  

Derek is also preferred counsel for some of Canada's largest automobile insurers, real estate/property landlords, and restaurant/bar chains.   

BAR ADMISSION:

2002

EDUCATION:

University of Toronto - Hons. B.A. - Philosophy 1997

University of Toronto - J.D. 2000

MEMBERSHIP:

Law Society of Upper Canada
Canadian Bar Association
Toronto Lawyers' Association
Canadian Defence Lawyers
Ontario Bar Association
The Advocates' Society
Defense Research Institute

PRACTICE AREAS:
Insurance Law Personal Injury and Casualty Motor Vehicle - Defence - Plaintiff Appeals Coverage Opinions Municipal Liability Occupiers' Liability Property