Professor Craig Brown of University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law joins
Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP as counsel

TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP is pleased to announce that Professor Craig Brown of the University of Western Ontario's Faculty of Law has joined the firm as counsel. Professor Brown, who is one of Canada's leading insurance law academics, co-authors Insurance Law in Canada with TGP's Tom Donnelly.

"We are thrilled that a scholar of Professor Brown's calibre has agreed to join our firm as counsel," said Bruce Thomas, a founding partner of Thomas Gold Pettingill. "He will add further depth to our highly regarded insurance coverage practice and provide critical mentorship to the next generation of insurance coverage law lawyers. With Professor Brown, our team is even better positioned to provide our clients with advice and guidance."

Professor Brown is a nationally recognized legal scholar who will provide counsel at Thomas Gold Pettingill in the areas of insurance policy interpretation and tort law. He will continue his practice of providing coverage analysis and expert witness opinions in matters pertaining to insurance law. The text he co-authors with Tom Donnelly, Insurance Law in Canada, is now in its sixth student edition and has been cited in hundreds of cases at the trial and appellate level, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

"I know the lawyers at Thomas Gold Pettingill. A number of them were my students," said Professor Brown, who has never before been associated with a law firm. "I am aware of their commitment to providing excellent service to clients. I share their vision of making Thomas Gold Pettingill Canada's leading litigation boutique with insurance expertise."

Professor Brown has also written three other books on insurance law, as well as numerous articles. He has served as a consultant to government, industry associations, and lawyers on matters related to insurance law, and acts as an arbitrator in insurance matters. Professor Brown is a native of New Zealand. He once served on the legal staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New Zealand. He has taught law at Victoria University of Wellington and at the University of Illinois. Since 1977 Professor Brown has been on the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario.

About Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP

Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP was formed in July 2008 when a group of seven partners left Cassels Brock LLP to establish a firm focused on commercial and insurance litigation. Over the past year, the firm has grown to 15 lawyers and continues to expand. The lawyers at Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP are recognized as being among Canada's leading insurance law practitioners, and have assisted commercial policyholders recover in excess of $400 million in insurance proceeds. They have been counsel in many of Ontario's most significant insurance coverage disputes over the past decade.

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For further information: For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: Mary Ann Freedman, Freedman & Associates Inc. for Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP, Phone: (416) 868-1500, 1-866-453-6824, Email: mafreedman@freedmanandassociates.com

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