Our Team

Devan Marr

416.679.2781 x 203
[email protected]

Assistant: Adam Lawson
519.279.0320 x 311
[email protected]

As the progeny of Canadian diplomats, Devan grew up in five different countries before returning to Canada. It was somewhere between Frankfurt and Vienna where Devan first learned to ride a bicycle. He is now a cycling fanatic: He once rode his bicycle from Vancouver to Winnipeg (he took the bus back). He feels his road warrior status gives him an edge in defending bodily injury and coverage cases. Is a motor-assisted bicycle an automobile? He’ll tell you.

Devan is also the firm’s resident employment law fanatic. He deals with employers and employees providing advice on dismissals (wrongful, constructive, without cause, or otherwise), workplace investigations and everything in between. Got an employment practices liability policy question? Devan has your answers.

Primary Practice Areas
  • Employment Practices Liability 
  • Cyber Liability and Privacy
  • Coverage and Policy Wordings
  • Loss Transfer and Priority Disputes
  • Accident Benefits
  • Bodily Injury
Notable Matters
  • Khiev v. Wawanesa, (2018), Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal
  • Warman v. Fournier et al., (2013) Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • Warman v. Fournier et al., (2015) Ontario Court of Appeal (factum)
  • Irving Shipbuilding Inc. v. Schmidt, (2014) Ontario Superior Court of Justice (factum)
Thought Leadership

Publications

  • AB and LAT Update 2018 – Tricks of the Trade Paper, The Advocates Society
  • Long Term Disability Insurance: Common Employee Misconceptions: The Lawyer’s Daily, November 27, 2018
  • Cross Pollination – Coverage, by any other name: Insight Conestoga, Fall 2018 Edition
  • Can LTD Benefits Frustrate an Employment Contract?: Canadian Employment Law Today, July 23, 2018
  • Long-Term Disability and the Not So Long Road to Relief from Forfeiture, Long Term Disability in Ontario, Strigberger Brown Armstrong LLP & CanLII, Volume 1, June 2018
  • Down for the count: Notice of termination starts the limitations clock: Canadian Employment Law Today, June 19, 2018
  • Cross Practice Knowledge, Jack of All Trades, and Master of One: Insight Conestoga, Spring 2018 Edition
  • Pan v Allstate: finally, section 4(1)(b) means something!: Canadian Defence Lawyers Hearsay, February 2018 Edition
  • MIG LAT STATS: The Licence Appeal Tribunal One Year In: Canadian Defence Lawyers Hearsay October 2017 Edition
  • Restrictive covenants: flipping the burden to the departing employee to demonstrate ‘unreasonableness’: 14th Annual Employment Law Summit (2013)

Presentations

  • Speaker, “New Trends and Issues in Accident Benefits Litigation”: Canadian Defence Lawyers AB Committee Pub Night, February, 2019
  • Moderator, “Litigating Life & Disability Claims”: Canadian Defence Lawyers Conference, November 2018
  • Program Chair, “From Intake to Settlement: Tort Claim Strategies”: Canadian Defence Lawyers Young Lawyers Professional Skills Series, June, 2018
  • Panelist, “No Call Back/No Panic”, University of Ottawa, March, 2018
Professional Memberships
  • A Call to Action Canada-Diversity in the Legal Profession
  • Member, Toronto Lawyer’s Association
  • Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association
  • Young Lawyers Committee Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association
  • Accident Benefits Substantive Committee, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association
Bar Admissions & Education
  • Canadian Risk Management Designation (Pending, 2019)
  • Inclusive Leader Series – Certificate of Completion, 2018
  • Ontario Bar, 2014
  • J.D., University of Ottawa, 2013

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