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Mark M. Skorah Q.C.
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Biography

Mark is Vancouver-born and raised and a graduate of the University of British Columbia Law School. As part of his articling he completed a clerkship in both the Supreme Court of British Columbia and with the Honourable Mr. Justice Seaton in the Court of Appeal in 1975-6. His practice has always been restricted to litigation with a focus on professional malpractice defence, insurance and appellate counsel work. During his almost 40 years as a lawyer he has done numerous trials and appeals at every level of court including the Supreme Court of Canada.  He is frequently retained to assist other counsel with their litigation. He also has extensive experience in mediation and alternative dispute resolution both as counsel and as a mediator. He joined Guild Yule LLP in the autumn of 2006 after 11 years with Skorah Doyle.

He works in a great variety of litigation areas including product liability claims, medical malpractice defence, Errors and Omissions claims, directors and officers liability claims, administrative law and appellate work. For over 20 years he has represented insurance brokers in British Columbia in their errors and omissions claims.  In addition to litigation Mark also provides insurance coverage advice.

Mark is recommended counsel in the area of Personal Injury and Insurance Law in the current edition of Lexpert®.  He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006 in both Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation.  In 2013, Mark was named “Vancouver Insurance Lawyer of the Year, 2013” by The Best Lawyers in Canada.

Inclusion in the Best Lawyers® guides is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review methodology that has been developed and refined over more than 25 years, and the current edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada is based on more than 275,000 confidential evaluations.

Mark received his Queen’s Counsel designation in 2009.

Mark was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America in 2011.

He is recognized in Benchmark Canada as a “Local Star” in Insurance Law, Product Liability and Personal Injury.

Outside law, Mark enjoys golf, gardening and his dogs.

Recent decisions | Representative Work
  • Scottish & York Insurance Co. v. Metrix Professional Insurance Brokers Inc. in which he represented an insurance broker against a claim by an insurer.
  • Sansalone v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co. from the trial court right up to the Supreme Court of Canada. The issue was the interpretation of intentional act exclusions in a homeowners policy of insurance.
  • Product liability actions settled prior to trial involving property damage and personal injury
Education | Professional Affiliations

Education

  • 1977: Called to the British Columbia Bar
  • 1975: Graduate of UBC Law School
  • 1971: Graduate of UBC BA English

Professional Affiliations and Awards

  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch
  • Member, Law Society of Yukon
  • Member DRI
  • Associate Member Trial Lawyers Association of BC.
  • Member, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Queen’s Counsel, 2009
  • Best Lawyer’s Vancouver Insurance Lawyer of the Year – 2013
Publications | Seminars

Publications

  • The Motor-Vehicle Handbook Chapter on Structured Settlements.
  • Numerous papers for CLE
  • CLE BC: Insurance Law Annual Review co-author (with Julie Lamb) of the Chapter on Insurance.

Lectures

  • May 2015:  CLEBC-TV Insurance Law Update 2015
  • IBABC lecturer: Loss Avoidance Seminars.
  • Various CLEBC lectures
Community Involvement
  • Past President Point Grey Golf and Country Club
  • Board Member and Law Society Representative – Vancouver Foundation Medical Services Committee