Title: Corporate / Business Litigation


Ian Rose



Ian Rose

Firm: Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P.
Address:1 Place Ville Marie
Suite 4000
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4M4
Phone:514 877-2947
Fax:514 871-8977
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Local Time:Sun. 10:05
Web site: Direct Page


Ian Rose practises primarily in the fields of insurance law, civil and commercial litigation and class actions. Mr. Rose specializes in complex litigation involving products liability and professional liability, as well as directors' and officers' liability. His practice also includes a significant volume of work involving insurance coverage issues.

Mr. Rose is called upon to defend manufacturers and vendors against claims involving their products and to defend lawsuits instituted against directors and officers and their insurers. He is also involved in the drafting, customization and interpretation of various insurance policies including those covering directors and officers, trustees, non-profit organizations, and financial institutions. In addition to acting as defence and coverage counsel, he acts as monitoring counsel in complex litigation involving multiple jurisdictions.

He has been involved in mediations and arbitrations in various fields, including insurance, construction and intellectual property. He also has acted as an expert in Quebec law before the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) and the High Court of Justice in London, England.

Mr. Rose is listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of insurance and director and officer liability and Insurance law. He is also listed in The Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory 2013 in the fields of Litigation and Directors’ & Officers’ Liability. He is listed in the Who’s Who Legal Canada 2014 in the section pertaining to insurance and reinsurance and is recommended in the Practical Law Company (PLC) Cross-Border Insurance Handbook.


Languages: English and French


Areas of Practice


  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Damage Insurance
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Special Risk Insurance


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

Lead counsel of the liability insurer of a business operating a quarry and manufacturing concrete in the context of several complex suits and class actions totaling in excess of 150 million dollars involving defective concrete.
Lead counsel for Chubb Insurance Company of Canada before the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada in a landmark decision concerning duties of directors and officers, Peoples Department Stores v. Wise
Lead counsel before the Quebec Superior Court and the Quebec Court of Appeal for a major multinational industrial products manufacturer in the defence of a multimillion dollar lawsuit involving an allegedly defective recovery boiler
Acted on behalf of a leading Canadian directors and officers insurer in a coverage dispute involving several million dollars in defence costs in the context of lawsuits instituted in the US involving claims of hundreds of millions U.S. dollars

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association
American Bar Association
International Bar Association
Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
Defense Research Institute
Canadian Defence Lawyers


“Statutory civil liability remedies for investors in the secondary securities markets”, (F.P. publication, 4th Conference on the liability of directors and officers, February 2014)
“Legal Developments for Directors and Officers in Canada” (co-authored with Dina Raphael) in Executive Risks: A Boardroom Guide 2010/11, by White Page in association with Willis.
"Exploring Trends in D&O Liability – Certain Canadian Trends" (Canadian Institute’s 12th Annual Forum of Directors’, Officers’ and Fiduciary Liability, Montreal, October 22-23, 2009).
"The Canadian ABCP Experience: The Montreal Accord of 2007 and the Metcalfe & Mansfield CCAA Plan of Arrangement," as part of the PLUS conference entitled "La crise mondiale du crédit : où en sommes-nous ? Où allons-nous?; D&O, E&O et autres types de responsabilité.” (PLUS Seminar, Montreal, May 6, 2009).
"Quelques réflexions sur la responsabilité du fabricant au Québec à la lumière de l’arrêt Domtar." (AGRAQ, January 22, 2009).
"Directors' Duties: The Supreme Court Confirms that Directors Owe No Fiduciary Duty to the Company's Creditors." (McGill University, Faculty of Law, Montreal, February 8, 2006).
"Recent Developments in the Securities Class Action Field in Canada" in PLUS Magazine, February 2006
"Current Developments in D & O Litigation: What You Need to Know in Light of Peoples v. Wise and other Recent Court Decisions." (Canadian Institute, October 25, 2005).
"When They Sneeze... Emerging Trends in Canadian Directors' & Officers' Claims." (RIMS Canada, Montreal, September 19, 2005).
“Canada (& Quebec)” (co-authored with André Laurin & Isabelle Lamarre) in The Willis Worldwide Directory of Directors and Officers' Liability, 3rd ed., London 2005.
"Peoples Department Stores Inc. v. Wise: Directors' Duties Defined". (QRIMA, November 2004).
The Liability of Pension Plan Administrators in the Quebec and Canadian Context." (QRIMA, Montreal, February 26, 2004).
""Barbarians at the Gate? Corporate Disclosure and Securities Class Action Litigation in Canada." (QRIMA, Montreal, February 15, 2001).

Professional Activities and Experience

Member of the Board of Directors and the Editorial Board of the Cahiers de propriété intellectuelle [1998 - 2008]
Member of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Chapter of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) [1996 - 2007]

Bar Admission

Member of Quebec Bar since 1973



McGill University, B.C.L., 1971
McGill University, B.A., 1968