Bernice is a partner of Fillmore Riley LLP, the chair of the Litigation practice and a member of the Executive Committee. She maintains a comprehensive commercial insurance litigation practice including insurance defence, professional errors and omissions, product liability, construction, subrogation and coverage. She also practises in the areas of municipal liability, administrative law, and employment law.
Bernice’s clients include the Municipal General Insurance Program maintained by the Association of Manitoba Municipalities and the Liability Insurance Program handled by the Manitoba School Boards Association. She is the Manitoba lawyer for a number of health-care professional liability programs. Her clients include a variety of other Canadian, American, and international insurance companies.
She has appeared before all levels of court in Manitoba, the Federal Court of Canada, and various tribunals.
Recently, Bernice acted as counsel to the Rural Municipality of Montcalm in defending an action brought against it by John Penner and Richard Boon in relation to tax sales of various properties. The Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench granted Montcalm’s request for summary judgment dismissing the claim, and awarded lawyer and own client costs against the plaintiffs in favour of Montcalm.
Bernice also counsels and represents clients in Alternative Dispute Resolutions and mediations.