Luke Dineley

Luke Dineley  


Executive Summary

Luke Dineley is a partner in both our Insurance and Tort Liability Group and Environmental Law Group in our Vancouver office. Luke focuses his practice on civil litigation, with an emphasis on insurance and tort law, and environmental law.

In the area of insurance and tort law, Luke represents and advises insurance companies, manufacturers, and individuals in matters involving product liability, personal injury, motor vehicle liability, professional negligence, fraud, and coverage issues. Luke has appeared at all levels of courts in British Columbia on insurance matters and has a wealth of litigation experience on insurance matters.

In the area of environmental law, Luke's experience includes representing and advising clients on a wide variety of contaminated site issues relating to both commercial and residential properties — including cost-recovery actions on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Luke represents and advises major companies on regulatory compliance, including environmental matters, as well as emergency spill responses, and environmental prosecutions. Luke’s work includes representing clients on regulatory issues before various administrative tribunals.

Luke's practice also includes debt and insolvency litigation, particularly realization and collection files for major banks, credit unions and other lenders. Luke has represented and advised major financial institutions on a wide variety of realization related litigation

Luke also has experience in expropriation matters. He has advised a range of clients on expropriation and related matters, including private and corporate landowners advancing expropriation compensation claims, and oil and gas companies acquiring interests in lands.

Representative Work

Insurance and Tort Law

  • Represented several appliance and equipment manufacturers and retailers on a number of product liability claims involving severe property damage.
  • More v. Bauer Nike Hockey Inc., Co-counsel for Bauer in a $14-million negligent design and manufacture case. Obtained a full acquittal of all claims following a complex trial lasting three months. Also successfully represented Bauer Nike Hockey Inc. in More's appeal of the trial decision, which was dismissed.
  • Wright v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, co counsel for Sun Life in a claim for long term disability benefits. Obtained a full acquittal of all claims following trial.
  • Defended and successfully resolved a wide variety of motor vehicle accident claims at mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Also defended and argued a complex Uninsured Motorist Protection claim before an arbitrator, resulting in the dismissal of all claims.
  • Represented a major insurance firm in disability benefits litigation. Also represented various plaintiffs in personal injury claims, including a successful professional medical negligence claim. 
  • Defended a major airline on several significant personal injury claims under the Montréal Convention.
  • Defended an automobile manufacturer warranty provider in the successful dismissal of a warranty claim at trial.

Environmental Law

  • Defending several manufacturers and facility owners in prosecutions under the Fisheries Act.
  • Negotiated environmental management and remediation cost agreements.
  • Commenced and defended cost recovery actions under the Environmental Management Act.
  • Represented and advised clients on environmental insurance issues, land development impacts, migrating pollution, and forestry issues.

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, "The 360 View of Autonomous Vehicles," ICBC Corporate Law Department, February 2019.
  • Presenter, "Case Law Year in Review," EMA Legal Update, January 2019.
  • Presenter, "Bill C 69 and the New Canadian Environmental Assessment Act," EMA Regulatory Update, November 2018.
  • Co-Presenter, "Spill Response and Cost Recovery," BLG Vancouver Environmental Law Seminar, November 2018.
  • Co-Presenter, "If You Build It They Will Come: Civil Disobedience and Natural Resource Development," BCEIA BEST Conference, May 2018.
  • Presenter, "Civil Disobedience: A Legal & Practical Response," BC Expropriation Association Fall Conference, October 2017.
  • Co-Author, "Canada: BC Court Of Appeal Rules That Contaminated Property Must Be Assessed Using Highest and Best Use," HazMat Management, October 2017.
  • Presenter, "Important Trends in Environmental Caselaw," BCEIA BEST Conference, May 2017.
  • Presenter, "Long-Tail Claims and Environmental Exclusions: Lost and Found - How Much Digging Do You Have to Do?," BLG's Environmental Law Seminar, November, 2016.
  • Presenter, "Cyber Risk Insurance: Preparing for a Worst Case Scenario," BLG U, November, 2016.
  • Co-Author, "The 12th Annual BLG Environmental Law Update," BLG Publication, 2016.
  • Co-Presenter, "From Curbside to Store Front: Risks of Rewards From the Business of Marihuana," BLG Seminar, June 2016.
  • Editor and frequent contributor to the BLG Environmental Law News, and frequent contributor to BLG Client Alerts on Environmental and Insurance Matters.
  • Speaker, "Marijuana Grow Operations and Enforcement of Security," BLG Presentation to Coast Capital Savings, May 26, 2016.
  • Speaker/Author, "Important Trends in Environmental Case Law," BEST Conference, Whistler, BC, May 2016.
  • Co-Author, "A New Regime Begins: The Water Sustainability Act is Brought Into Force," BLG's Environmental Law News, March 2016.
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments in Contaminated Sites," BLG U, Winter 2015.
  • Co-Author, "Discovery" chapter, British Columbia Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Practice Manual, 3rd through 5th Editions, 2011 -2015.
  • Author, " Court of Appeal Affirms Polluter Pays Principle is Paramount," BLG Publication, December 2015.
  • Speaker/Author, "Environmental Class Actions: The Wave of the Future?," BEST Conference, Whistler, BC, May 2015.
  • Co-Speaker, "Recent Developments in Enforcement and Due Diligence," BLG Environmental Law Seminar, October 2014.
  • Co-Author/Speaker, “The Regulation of Water Use in BC by the Oil and Gas Industry,” Insight Environmental Law Conference, Vancouver, November 18 -19, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Commercial General Liability Insurance Policies," BLG U, September 26, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Environmental Case Law Update," BLG Environmental Law Seminar, September 2013.
  • Co-Author, "Obtaining Recovery Following Fraud: The Litigator's Arsenal," BLG Financial Services Seminar, September 12, 2013.
  • Co-Author, "The Water Sustainability Act," Water Canada magazine, September 2012.
  • Author, "Environmental Class Actions: The Future in Canada?," British Columbia Environmental Industry Guide, Spring 2012.
  • Speaker, "Environmental Case Law Update," BLG Client Environmental Law Seminar, June 2012.
  • Author, "The Changing Landscape of the Green Economy," British Columbia Environmental Industry Guide, Spring 2011.
  • Speaker, "Nike v. Bauer and the Duty of Care of Volunteer Organizations," BLG Product Liability Seminar, September 2011.
  • Speaker, "Facebook and Social Media Update," BLG Client Seminar for ICBC Claims Managers, May 2011.
  • Co-Author, "Why the Environmental Assessment Process Needs an Overhaul," The Lawyers Weekly, October 2010.