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Gubeli, Aaron D.
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Biography

Aaron practices in the area of civil and commercial litigation. He maintains a broad litigation practice with an emphasis on the defence of professional negligence and product liability claims and the prosecution of subrogated claims. Aaron also regularly defends businesses and municipalities in property damage and personal injury claims.

Aaron brings a large picture and pragmatic perspective to the prosecution and defence of legal actions. He seeks to understand his client’s business and claims handling objectives and to put those objectives front of mind when deriving and implementing litigation strategy.

Aaron was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2019 after completing his articles at Guild Yule LLP. Since being called to the Bar, Aaron has represented clients in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

In addition to his busy litigation practice, Aaron is actively involved in a number of Canadian Bar Association subsections, and frequently presents and publishes on risk management and related legal topics.

During law school, Aaron wrote the top essay in the Canadian Defence Lawyers Foundation’s Essay Prize Contest, which was published in Justice Archibald’s 2018 Annual Review of Civil Litigation. Aaron was also the recipient of awards including the Harper Grey LLP Prize in Insurance Law, the Panvini Scholarship in Law and the Tracey Gibb Memorial Scholarship in Law.

Outside of law, Aaron maintains an active outdoor lifestyle, including hiking, skiing, soccer, travelling and camping.

Recent decisions | Representative Work

Rivers v North Vancouver (District), 2020 BCSC 1050, 2021 BCCA 407 – counsel in the successful defence of a claim against three little league baseball societies at summary trial and on appeal, where the plaintiff alleged negligence and breach of the Occupiers’ Liability Act

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia v Teck Metals Ltd., 2020 BCSC 259, 2020 BCSC 1617, 2021 BCSC 1477, 2021 BCSC 1478 – junior counsel to the target defendant in 11 legal actions arising out two sulphuric acid spill incidents, including at a variety of interlocutory applications concerning novel legal issues

De Sousa v. Rogers, 2019 BCSC 128 – assisted in the successful defence of a claim against two dentists where plaintiff alleged negligence and lack of informed consent

PBC Health Benefits Society v. 0055326 B.C. Ltd. (16 October 2018), Vancouver S182829 (S.C.) – assisted in the successful dismissal of an application for leave to file a third party notice against insurer for indemnity – successfully argued that relief being sought did not relate to relief sought by plaintiff

Education | Professional Affiliations

2019 Called to the British Columbia Bar
2018 J.D., University of British Columbia
2015 B.B.A., Trinity Western University
2015 B.A. in Political Studies, Trinity Western University

Member, Law Society of British Columbia
Member, Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (Health Law, Civil Litigation, Young Lawyers and Insurance Law sections)
Member, Vancouver Bar Association
Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers
Member, Medical Legal Society

Publications | Seminars

Lectures

May and October 2021: IBABC, Loss Control Seminar

June 2021: BCRIMA, Navigating the Opportunities, Problems and Pitfalls presented by Contractual Indemnities and Additional Insurance Covenants

November 2018: Co-Presenter at CLE BC Insurance Law Conference, “Duty to Defend”

Publications

November 2018: Co-Author, “Insurers Caught Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: An Update on the Duty to Defend”, CLE BC Insurance Law Conference

October 2018: Author, “Developments in the Duty to Defend Intentional and Criminal Acts Post-Scalera: The Case for a Limited Exception to the Rule Against Extrinsic Evidence” in Todd L. Archibald, ed., Annual Review of Civil Litigation (Toronto, ON: Thomson Reuters, 2018)

August 2018: Co-Author, Guild Yule Briefing Note, “Private Property Owner Tort Liability for Bylaw Breach”

Contact

Direct Phone

604.844.5576

Email

agubeli@guildyule.com

Assistant

Cindy Velichko

604-688-1221 ext.310

Practice Areas

Commercial law
Education law
Health care litigation
Insurance law
Motor vehicle litigation
Municipal law
Occupiers liability
Personal injury law
Product liability
Professional liability
Subrogation