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Elizabeth Lyall Vancouver Lawyer

Elizabeth B. Lyall , QC *

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction British Columbia, 1986
Language(s) English
Office(s) Vancouver
*Law Corporation


Elizabeth Lyall is a senior litigation partner in Fasken’s Vancouver office.

Elizabeth has practised civil litigation since her call to the bar in 1986 with an emphasis on life and disability insurance, transportation, and professional negligence. Elizabeth has extensive experience in mediation: she incorporates alternate dispute resolution into her practice, both for her own clients and as an independent mediator. Elizabeth has appeared as counsel in all levels of Courts including the British Columbia Provincial and Supreme Courts, the Federal Court of Canada, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Elizabeth is a Past President of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association. She is Chair of both the Fasken (Vancouver) Insurance and Product Liability Practice Group and the Fasken (Vancouver) Speciality Litigation Department.


Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • LLB, Dean's List University of Windsor
  • BA Simon Fraser University


  • Course, Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution Stitt Feld Handy Group
  • Course, Mediating Disputes Harvard Law School Executive Education

Community involvement

  • York House School
    • Trustee of the York House School Foundation (2015-present)
    • Member of the Board of Governors of the York House School Society (2006-2011)
    • Chair, Alumnae Annual Fund (2005-2007)
  • York House School Alumnae Association
    • Immediate Past President (2011-2013)
    • President (2009-2011)
    • Vice-President (2006-2009)
    • Director (2005-2013)
  • Member of the Women's Leadership Circle Advisory Council, Vancouver Board of Trade (2007-2009)
  • Big Sister, Big Sisters Organization of Greater Vancouver (1989-2005)
  • Endeavour Society for the Benefit of the Arts, Sciences and Health
    • President (1996-1998)
    • Executive Committee (1995-2002)
    • Director (1994-2002)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association Financial (CBAF)
    • Immediate Past President (2013-2015)
    • President (2011-2013)
    • Vice President (2009-2011)
  • Vice President, Canadian Bar Excess Liability Association (CBELA) (2008-2009)
  • Director, Chancery Reinsurance Limited (2007-2011)
  • Canadian Bar Insurance Association (CBIA)
    • Immediate Past President (2009-2011)
    • President (2007-2009)
    • Vice President (2005-2007)
    • Management Board (2003-2011)
    • Director (1999-2011)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, Course: Civil Litigation (1994-2004)
  • Elected member of the Executive of the Vancouver Bar Association (1994-1996)
  • Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch 
    • Co-Chair, CBA National 2012 Canadian Legal Conference Planning Committee, Vancouver (2011-2012)
    • Elected member of Council (1994-2000, 2002-2008)
    • Committee Member, Legislation & Law Reform Committee (1995-2000)
    • Co-chair, Legislation & Law Reform Committee (1997-1998)
    • Committee Member, Legislation & Law Reform Committee, National (1996-1997)
    • Committee Member, Communications Committee (1995-1999)
    • Member, Insurance and Civil Litigation Sections (1986-current)
  • Research Assistant to Professor H. Scott Fairley, Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada (Macdonald Commission) (1983-1985)


Article Carter v. Canada: Implications of Supreme Court of Canada Striking Down Ban on Doctor-Assisted Suicide
Article Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Opposing Counsel and Unrepresented Parties
Article Criminal Exclusions in Life and Disability Contracts

Speaking Engagements

Carter v. Canada: Implications of Supreme Court of Canada Striking Down Ban on Doctor-Assisted Suicide 2016 LOMA Canada Claims Annual Meeting and Conference location location Toronto The Fairmont Royal York
Appeal Procedure in Disability Claims InSight Conference location location Vancouver
Appealing Insurance Cases Great-West Life Assurance Company Litigation Conference location location Winnipeg


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