Steven Abramson
Partner

DIRECT: 604 895 2814
sabramson@harpergrey.com

ASSISTANT: Nicole Matthews
nmatthews@harpergrey.com

Steven W. Abramson Law Corporation

Areas of Practice

Biography

Steven Abramson is a partner in the Insurance, Aviation and Construction Litigation Groups at Harper Grey.

His practice entails helping clients with insurance defence work involving property disputes, construction deficiencies, bodily injury claims, aviation claims, general insurance disputes and professional negligence claims including claims against mortgage brokers. Steve also advances subrogated claims on behalf of his insurers on fire, property and product liability claims.  Steve provides advice on coverage issues between insurers and insureds.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys whether it is playing ice or road hockey with them, tossing around a baseball or kicking around a soccer ball.

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LL.B., 2003
  • University of British Columbia, B.A., 2000

Bar Admission

  • British Columbia, 2004

Leadership

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association - BC Branch, Insurance - Aviation, Construction Law and Insurance subsections
  • Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
  • Member, Mortgage Brokers Association of BC (MBABC)
  • Volunteer, Access Pro Bono Courthouse Clinic

Events

  • 2015 McGill Conference on International Aviation Law & Insurance 
  • 2014 HAI Heli-Expo
  • 2014 CICMA Golf Tournament Sponsorship
  • 2013 Aviation Insurance Golf Tournament
  • 2013 CICMA Golf Tournament Sponsorship
  • 2012 CICMA Golf Tournament Sponsorship

Presentations

  • 2013 Underwriting and claims department of a major property and casualty insurer
    • Topic:  "Coverage Issues Following Material Non-Disclosure"
  • 2013 Underwriting and claims department of a major property and casualty insurer
    • Topic:  "Misrepresentation and Material Change"
  • 2012 Annual Harper Grey Insurance Law Seminar - Roads to Resolution
    • Topic:  "Don't make me stop this car! Strata Claims: Why can't we all just get along!"
  • 2012 Commercial Litigation for Junior Lawyers
    • Topic:  "Nuts and Bolts of Third Party Claims"
  • 2012 Canadian Independent Adjusters Association - Pacific Regional Annual Seminar
    • Topic: "Standard Mortgage Claims"

 

Client Work

Defence Work 

  • Successfully defended a chimney sweep in an 8 day BC Supreme Court trial against allegations that the chimney sweep negligently performed a sweep resulting in a house fire.  
  • Defending contractors against negligence and breach of contract claims arising out of construction services. 
  • Defending home owners, business owners and commercial property owners on bodily injury claims.  
  • Defending independent adjusters in errors and omissions claims arising from the adjusting of insured losses.  
  • Defending mortgage brokers in errors and omission claims arising out of disputes following mortgage losses.
  • Defending warranty claims made pursuant to the Homeowners Protection Act. 
  • Defending insurers against claims by mortgagees for payment pursuant to the Standard Mortgage Clause.  

Insurance Coverage Work  

  • Providing coverage advice to insurers with respect to issues of misrepresentation, material change, intentional and criminal acts, arson, bad faith, failure to cooperate and policy interpretation. 
  • Defending insurers in coverage actions brought by insureds following the denial of coverage.   

Subrogation

  • Providing opinions to insurers on the viability of potential subrogation claims. 
  • Advancing subrogated claims for insurers following fires, water losses, settlement claims and other covered claims.