Alison Gilmour

Senior Associate

Alison has been a litigation lawyer since she was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995. Since 2001, she has worked almost exclusively in long term disability insurance as well as handling matters concerning life insurance, long term care, critical illness and accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Alison practiced insurance defence in life and disability insurance both in house as litigation counsel at a large life insurer and in private practice between 2001 and 2014. Alison was a mediator between 2007 and 2012.

In 2014, Alison chose to act exclusively for individual plaintiffs suing their insurers as well as handling related claims for negligence against lawyers and insurance agents. Alison worked at a plaintiff boutique disability law firm in Toronto between 2014 and 2024.

In addition to being a member of the Ontario Bar, for over 20 years Alison has appeared across Canada on disability and life insurance matters by virtue of the country’s inter-provincial mobility rules. Alison has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court and Ontario Court of Appeal as well as in British Columbia on disability and life insurance trials and appeals. Alison has represented clients in litigated matters in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Atlantic Provinces on disability and life insurance matters since 2001. Alison was called to the Manitoba Bar in 2023 and has appeared as counsel of record on many cases before the Manitoba King’s Bench.

Alison is excited to continue to practice in long term disability and other plaintiff insurance matters with Burn Tucker Lachaine representing clients throughout Canada. Alison has lived in Waterloo, Ontario since 1999 and practices out of firm’s offices in Waterloo, Toronto and Ottawa. She is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), Waterloo Region Law Association, County of Carleton Law Association and the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Alison holds a BA in Political Science from McMaster University and obtained her LL.B. from Western University. Alison attended the Mediation and Handling Difficult Conversations courses at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

In her spare time, Alison enjoys skiing, traveling, walking her dogs and spending time with her adult daughters, husband and large extended family.

Areas of Practice

  • Group Long Term Disability Claims
  • Private/Individual Disability Claims
  • Group and Individual Life Insurance Claims
  • Mortgage and Loan Life and Disability Claims
  • Critical Illness Insurance Claims
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Claims
  • Long Term Care Insurance Claims
  • Out of Country/Travel Medical Insurance Claims
  • Agent/Broker Negligence Claims
  • Lawyer Negligence Claims

Education and Admissions to the Bar

Called to the Bar of Ontario, Canada 1995.

Called to the Bar of Manitoba, Canada 2023.

University of Western Ontario Law School, London, Ontario, Canada LL.B. - 1993.

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada B.A. (Hons.) in Political Science – 1990.

Presentations

OTLA Long Term Disability Conference 2024 – The LTD Release: What to Look Out For

OTLA Spring Conference 2023 – Top Ten Things to Consider When Settling an LTD Case

Various Presentations on a variety of insurance matters including Disability Insurance, Income Tax Structure of Disability Settlements and Interim Insurance Agreements - 2002 - 2014

  • Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Canadian Legal Information Institute

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