Richard Lindsay


Richard Lindsay

Richard Lindsay, KC, P.Eng.(Non-Practising), FCIArb.

CMB Mediation and Arbitration, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Vancouver, BC (British Columbia), CA (Canada)

ADR Certified Designation : FCIArb

VanIAC Panel(s) : Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration, Mediation, Underinsured Motorist Protection (UMP)

Practice Areas : Construction, Corporate Commercial, Energy, Insurance and Reinsurance, Transportation

Professional Experience

Prior to joining CMB in February 2021, Richard practiced as litigation counsel for more than 40 years, obtaining his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1977. Prior to law, Richard earned a degree in civil engineering and worked as a project engineer with private and government organizations. He remains registered as a Professional Engineer, providing him with insight and expertise in areas such as professional liability of architects and engineers, construction, and property disputes.

Throughout his legal career, Richard practiced insurance law and has chaired the preeminent insurance law conference held in BC since its inception over 20 years ago. He has been consistently ranked highly in insurance law by his peers. His practice was centered primarily on complex claims litigation, often in different jurisdictions, covering a wide variety of property, casualty, energy, insurance coverage, products liability, fire losses, engineering and construction matters and all manner of professional liability disputes. He has vast experience in resolution of complex multiparty disputes and has represented clients at all levels of Canadian Courts and all manner of professional liability disputes.

Early in his career Richard developed an interest in alternative dispute resolution and became a strong advocate of the benefits of all forms of ADR. As an experienced trial lawyer, he became aware of the pitfalls, risks, and short comings of resorting to trial as the primary vehicle to resolve disagreements. As a result, he completed his training as both a mediator
and an arbitrator and has acted as both counsel and mediator/arbitrator in a wide variety of matters.

On a personal note, Richard remains involved as a lawyer in instructing magistrates, lawyers and investigators involved in wildlife trafficking on advocacy skills with Lawyers Without Borders in Kenya and Tanzania.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

• Counsel for parties at numerous mediations
• CLEBC mediation training courses
• Harvard Law School of Negotiations Mediation Training Program
• Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Fellowship Training
• ADRIC Arbitrators Training Course
• Law Society Adjudication Training for Disciplinary Hearing Panel Members including judgment writing
• Numerous CLEs on Arbitration Advocacy

Professional and Other Activities

• Appointed Queen’s Counsel 2003
• AV Preeminent Rating Martindale-Hubbell
• Insurance Lawyer of the Year, Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, 2012
• Leading Practitioner, Commercial Insurance Litigation, Canadian Lexpert Directory
• Listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in Canada” for Insurance and Legal Malpractice Law
• Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year – Vancouver – Legal Malpractice 2015
• Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year – Vancouver – Insurance Defence 2015
• Recipient, Lee Samis Award of Excellence, Canadian Defence Lawyers
• Listed in the International Who’s Who of Insurance and Reinsurance
• Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers since 2009
• Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
• Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2017
• Richard B. Lindsay QC Exceptional Young Lawyer Award created by Canadian Defence Lawyers

Academic Qualifications

• Harvard Law School – Mediating Disputes, 2012
• University of British Columbia, LL.B., 1977
• Carleton University, B.Eng., 1971
• BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute, Arbitration Training Course, 2017