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D. Bruce Garrow, FCIArb

D. Bruce Garrow, FCIArb

General Biography
Practice Areas
International & Cross-Border
Maritime Admiralty
Personal Injury
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education

D. Bruce Garrow, FCIArb is an internationally recognised expert in the field of aviation law, insurance, and product liability. He is well known for his ability to resolve complex disputes involving insured risks and insurance coverage issues. Bruce has served as a judge pro tem in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice hearing pre-trial conferences for the purpose of promoting settlement of some or all of the issues in dispute without a hearing. Bruce is certified as a specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

International ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Lead counsel for an international telecommunications satellite operator in an arbitration involving a satellite manufacturer
  • Lead counsel for insurers (defence and subrogation) in mediations arising from complex litigation involving property and other economic losses, bodily injury, and wrongful death claims caused by aviation accidents, natural gas and LPG fires, explosions and CO poisoning, and product liability claims
  • Lead counsel for international and domestic insurers in mediations arising out of insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes
  • Lead counsel for a leading North American aircraft manufacturer in mediations arising out of claims for bodily injury and wrongful death in Virginia, New Jersey, Texas, Alabama, and elsewhere in North America
  • Lead counsel for a North American pharmaceutical distributor in mediation arising out of product liability claim
  • Associate Counsel in the Air India arbitration between Lloyds All Risk Underwriters and War Risk Underwriters arising out of the 1985 bombings

Representative Matters

  • Telesat v. Boeing – arbitration arising out of alleged manufacturing defects in a telecommunications satellite, post-launch
  • Robinson et al. v. Diamond Aircraft et al. – mediation in Texas arising from the wrongful death of a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado
  • Nunes et al. v. Air Transat et al. – mediation of class action against an engine manufacturer and others arising out of claims resulting from the ditching of an Airbus 8330 in the Azores
  • Amoco Corporation v. Vollmer et al. – counsel at judicial settlement conference involving claims arising from the fire and destruction of a major propane dehydration facility in Windsor, Ontario
  • Bishop v. Trent Drugs et al. - counsel at mediation arising out of claims for bodily injury involving use of pharmaceutical products

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2014 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Aviation Law, Insurance Law)
  • Recognized as the 2014 Toronto Aviation Law Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Recognized in the 2014 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Aviation - Regulation and Liability)
  • Recognized in the 2014 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada
  • Recognized as an Aviation and Insurance Law Expert – Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014, 2015
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert, Aviation – Regulation and Liability – Lexpert, 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 4.7 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association, Civil Litigation and Insurance Law Sections; Past Chairman, Air Law Section
  • Member, American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section and Forum on Air and Space Law
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society

Teaching, Publications, and Presentations

  • Interview on CTV News Channel:  Crash's Legal Direction, Legal Issues Surrounding Crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, March 2015
  • Interview on CTV News Channel: Who Should Take Responsibility, Legal Issues Surrounding Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane MH370, 2014 
  • Presenter, ADR Institute of Canada,  Annual National Conference, "Confidentiality in Arbitration and Mediation: Does It Exist?", Montreal, QC, 2014 
  • Co-author, “The Recovery of Non-Pecuniary Damages in Canada,” Annals of Air and Space Law, Vol. XXXV,2010
  • Author, “Annual Update on Aviation Law” Lexpert Magazine, 2003-2007
  • Co-author, “Damages for Personal Injury or Wrongful Death in Canada,” Journal of Air Law & Commerce, 69: 233, 2004
  • Lecturer, Aviation Law, University of Toronto Professional Pilot and Aviation Management Program, 2000

Background and Education

  • Diploma in International Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, 2012
  • The Cambridge Lectures, Canadian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Cambridge, Queen’s College, 2007
  • Harvard Law School, Advanced Negotiation (2001), Negotiation (2000), Mediation (1999)
  • LL.M., McGill University, Institute of Air and Space Law, 1981
  • LL.B., McGill University, 1976


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