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Vanessa Reakes is a partner in our Vancouver office, with expertise in complex commercial, professional indemnity, property, products liability, personal injury, and regulatory disputes.
Vanessa is highly regarded for her advice and advocacy in complex commercial, professional indemnity, property, products liability, personal injury, and regulatory disputes. She has developed a practice catering to regulated and highly specialized industries including insurance, construction, engineering, architecture, finance, aviation, and manufacturing. Vanessa regularly appears at all levels of the Canadian courts and within regulatory, administrative and alternative dispute resolution forums.
In addition to her defence practice, Vanessa frequently acts on behalf of international and domestic insurers as coverage and monitoring counsel in high-value corporate governance disputes, representing directors, officers and professional managers where claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and usurping of corporate opportunities are alleged.
Vanessa sits on Clyde & Co’s North American Board and is an adjunct professor with the University of British Columbia’s civil engineering program. She is recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in professional liability defence and by Best Lawyers in the areas of insurance, products liability, construction, professional liability and D&O liability.
British Columbia Bar, 2009
LLB, University of Manitoba, 2008
BA, Simon Fraser University, 2004
Member, Civil Litigation Section, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Member, Insurance Section, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Member, Construction Section, Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Member, Vancouver Bar Association
Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
Member, Canadian Construction Women
Board Member, Board of Governors Langara College, BC Provincial Appointment, 2014
Board Member, Mole Hill Housing Society, 2015
Adjunct Lecturer, UBC Engineering Department, 2010 – present
Contributor, Real Estate Council of BC Legal Update
Contributor, Continuing Education, BC Builders Lien Practice Manual
Since 2010, Vanessa has volunteered as an adjunct lecturer with the UBC Engineering Department
Insurance & Reinsurance
Employment, Pensions & Immigration
Projects & Construction