Patrick Heinsen  


Executive Summary

Patrick Heinsen is BLG's Regional Group Manager of Specialized Litigation (Construction, Labour & Employment and Insurance practices) and a partner in the Insurance and Tort Liability practice group in our Calgary office. His practice spans a broad range of insurance areas with his primary focus on defending professionals. These include claims advanced against architects, engineers (in disciplines including structural, mechanical, geotechnical and water resources), project consultants and locating/surveying professionals. In addition to construction related matters, Patrick has successfully defended manufacturers and distributors respecting product liability claims, insurers, insurance brokers, MGAs, real estate agents and commercial hosts for many years. He acts for insurers respecting subrogated claims. Patrick has also acted for owners, general contractors and subcontractors in uninsured construction disputes, as well as for a variety of parties in shareholder disputes, estate litigation and intellectual property matters. In addition to litigation, he has provided coverage opinions for a number of insurers on a variety of policies, including CGL, D&O and EPL, and has even assisted insurers in the development of their Canadian policy wordings.

Prior to joining BLG in 2007, Patrick developed his litigation skills acting against personal injury claimants. This time, combined with his practice with BLG, has seen Patrick successfully defend clients in numerous trials, arbitrations and mediations. He has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta and has also conducted matters in the courts of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Federal Court of Canada.

In addition to maintaining a busy practice, Patrick has published several articles and given many presentations for continuing education programs in the insurance, construction and legal communities.

Representative Work

  • Regularly represents owners, general contracting firms and subcontractors on matters ranging from residential construction to major infrastructure projects throughout western Canada.
  • Has represented both manufacturers and distributors on a variety of product liability claims (including matters involving electrical fires, design of helicopter engines, elevated devices and vehicles) as well as product recall issues.
  • Has represented architectural firms and developers on building failures to global engineering firms on disputes including pipeline failures, SAGD and ISCG projects, hydraulic projects and fire losses.
  • Serves as panel counsel to several insurers (including Lloyd’s syndicates) and acts regularly for same defending claims brought against insureds as well as providing opinions respecting Builders Risk/COC, ​​Commercial Host Liability, CGL and D&O policy coverage issues.

Publications & Presentations

  • ​Co-Author "The State of Autonomous Vehicles in Alberta," BLG Publications, June 2019.
  • Speaker, “Insuring Autonomous Vehicles,” Canadian Bar Association, March 2019.
  • Instructor, "Evidence and Expert Qualification for Litigators," The Advocates' Society, August 24, 2018.
  • Instructor, "Examination-in-Chief and Cross-Examination," The Advocates' Society, October 20, 2017.
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy Program, University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, January 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Co-Author, "The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Interpretation of Faulty Workmanship Exclusions and Resulting Damage," for various insurance clients, October 2016.
  • Presenter, “Construction Insurance” for the Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law Western Canada Edition, April 11 to 15, 2016​.
  • Panellist and Instructor, “Applications Advocacy,” The Advocates’ Society, April 12, 2016.
  • Speaker, “Exceptions to Champerty and Maintenance: After The Event Insurance and its Impact Upon Cost Awards,” for the Canadian Bar Association, September 2015.
  • Speaker, “The Tort of ‘Intrusion Upon Seclusion’ and the Categorization of Privacy Litigation,” for the Canadian Bar Association, May 2015.​​
  • Panellist, "Cross-examination: Strategies for Success," The Advocates’ Society,​ November 14, 2014.
  • Co-Lecturer, “Bid Evaluation/Selection Methods,” Federated Press 5th Public Construction Contracting and Tendering Course, October 14, 2014.
  • CPLED Instructor, “Oral Advocacy,” The Legal Education Society of Alberta, 2014 to present.
  • ​​Contributor, “Practice Manuals,” The Legal Education Society of Alberta Publication, 2011 to present.
  • Speaker, "Impact of the Hryniak v. Mauldin and Windsor v. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. Decisions on Alberta Summary Judgment Procedure," for the Canadian Bar Association, June 2014.
  • Speaker, “The Broadening of Insurance Coverage in Construction and Engineering Claims,” Seminar for the Southern Alberta Risk Management Society, February 2012.
  • Lecturer (on Product Liability), University of Calgary, Faculty of Law, 2011 to 2014.
  • Speaker, “Managing Business Interruption Claims,” Seminar for the Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters, January 2011.
  • Appointee, Canadian Insurance Magazine’s “Legal Expert Panel,” 2009.
  • Speaker, “Innovative Design and the Builders’ Risk Policy – the Impact of CNR v. Royal and Sun Alliance,” Seminar for the Alberta Association of Insurance Adjusters’ Annual Convention, May 2009.​

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 (and since 2018) edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law and Product Liability Law).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated – their highest peer ranking.​