Kirk H. Wirsig
Kirk is a civil litigator with nearly 35 years of experience focusing on insurance denial claims.
Since being called to the bar in 1986, Kirk has represented more than 2000 clients in cases involving denials of insurance coverage. He has acted as lead counsel in several precedent-setting BC Supreme Court trials. Kirk’s trial experience extends to the BC Appellate Court as well as the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal.
As part of his practice, Kirk has successfully represented plaintiffs fighting against the biggest insurance companies in Canada on a wide range of insurance matters, including successfully challenging exclusionary terms in life insurance coverage denials, disability insurance denials, critical illness and claims involving fire loss.
In addition to his practice, he remains committed to continuing legal education. Kirk was the Founding President of the Surrey Bar Association and was co-chair of the Western Canadian Disability Law Conference for 10 years. He is regularly featured at major legal conferences and is a former director of B.C. Continuing Legal Education Society.
If you are facing a denied insurance claim, call Kirk for a consultation.
- Called to the B.C. Bar in 1986
- B.A. (Honours) University of British Columbia
- LL. B., University of British Columbia, 1984
- Executive at Large, Surrey Bar Association, 2008
- Founding President, Surrey Bar Association, 2005-2007
- Board of Directors, BC CLE Society, 2011-2013
- Chair, Fraser Valley CLE Committee, 2008
- Organizing Committee Fraser Valley Medical Legal Society, 2008
- White v. Manufacturers Life Insurance Co., 2011 BCSC 1615 – interprets limitation provisions in disability insurance policies
- Canada (Attorney General) v. Behre, 2008 FC 967 – interprets nature of discretion of Federal Tribunals
- Penner v. Great-West Life Assurance Co., 2002 BCSC 1131 – sets guidelines for trial by jury in disability claims
- Homolka v. Harris, 2002 BCCA 262 – establishes guidelines for expert engineering opinion evidence in injury claims
- Maligmat v. Ross (1995), 10 B.C.L.R. (3d) 318 (BCSC) – requires out-of-Province insurers to increase policy limits for claimants injured in BC
- Layne v. Michaels (1990), 46 B.C.L.R. 375 (BCSC) – establishes ethical and fiduciary guidelines for associate lawyers on departure from a law firm
- Norton, Stewart, Norton & Scarlett v. Kirsch (1987), 16 B.C.L.R. (2d) 221 (BCSC) – award of damages for abuse of court process