Lawyers

Concetta Risi Associate

Connie’s practice is civil litigation-based, with a primary focus on insurance law defence in the areas of personal injury, disability insurance and professional liability including medical malpractice. She has a diverse range of civil litigation experience which includes matters involving commercial disputes and multi-party lawsuits being tried inside and outside of the class action context. Connie has appeared as counsel at all levels of the British Columbia Courts. She has also acted as counsel before the Health Professions Review Board.

Connie’s cases have included defending personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from motor vehicle accidents as well as in the marine context. Connie, in conjunction with other lawyers in the firm, is frequently involved in defending larger personal injury cases transferred to Bernard LLP on a ‘short fuse’ basis, i.e. in the last few months or even weeks before the scheduled trial, with very successful results.

In both personal injury and disability insurance work, Connie has experience defending claims dealing exclusively or in large part with emotional / psychological injuries, including PTSD, examples of which include:

  • A multi-party civil sexual assault case in the medical professional liability context involving 22 plaintiffs;
  • A marine liability case in and outside of the class action context involving the same major event and a total of 50 passenger / claimants; and
  • Numerous long-term disability cases involving chronic pain with a psychological overlay, depression and anxiety.

Connie’s disability insurance defence work includes the assessment of total vs. partial disability, claims of bad faith, mental distress and aggravated damages.

In the area of professional regulation and liability, Connie has represented and defended physicians in professional liability cases, complaints to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., and before the Health Professions Review Board.

Representative Cases

McClelland, Woods, et al. v. Stewart, Asplin, et al., 2007 BCSC 825. Subject: delivery of written summaries of the proposed evidence of witnesses in advance of trial.

McClelland, Woods, et al. v. Stewart, Asplin, et al., 2006 BCSC 1948. Subject: discovery in civil historical sexual assault case – range of examination for discovery in connection with questions relating to prior sexual assaults – production of journal kept for therapeutic purposes.

Burnett v. Took Engineering et al., 2000 BCSC 1630. Subject: engineer’s liability – negligent misrepresentation – negligent performance of a service.

Professional and Other Affiliations

  • Called to the Bar of British Columbia, 1993
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) Insurance, Health and Civil Litigation Sections, Member
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers, Member

Author and Speaker

Author and presenter of “Finding, Instructing & Direct Examination of Experts” for Canadian Defence Lawyers’ seminar ‘Boot Camp Vancouver: Trial Tactics’, 2009.

Other Interests

On a personal note, Connie is the proud and busy mother of three children. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking and travelling.

Concetta Risi

Areas of Practice

Education

  • LL.B., University of British Columbia, 1992
  • B.A. with first class distinction, University of British Columbia, 1989

Publications