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Jonathan Lim, Partner | Co-Leader, Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Jonathan Lim *

Partner | Co-Leader, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Fasken
Attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture.
Jurisdiction British Columbia, 2009
Language(s) English
Office(s) Vancouver
*Law Corporation


Jonathan is a Partner in Fasken’s Vancouver office and Co-Leader of the Firm’s National Litigation Management Team. He is a civil litigator practising in the areas of insurance litigation, product liability, transportation law (rail and truck), and general commercial litigation. 

Jonathan specializes in handling insurance, product liability, and commercial carrier claims. He regularly acts for various Canadian and foreign insurers; commercial carriers including a major Canadian railway company; and manufacturers and distributors in several industries including motor vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, industrial equipment, marine, medical devices, processed foods, firearms¸ personal electronics, and other consumer products.

Jonathan’s insurance litigation practice involves representing insurance companies and corporations in a wide range of claims including life and disability, accidental death, critical illness, creditor, personal injury, motor vehicle, occupiers liability, and general tort claims. He also has extensive experience handling insurance coverage disputes, subrogation claims, debt collection and enforcement, and general commercial litigation.

Jonathan’s product liability practice involves advising and representing manufacturers, distributors, and their insurers in a variety of claims including personal injury, property damage, fire loss, failure to warn, and defective manufacturing and design.

Jonathan has significant courtroom and mediation experience. He has represented clients at all levels of court in British Columbia including as lead trial counsel before the BC Supreme Court and lead appellate counsel before the BC Court of Appeal. Jonathan has also successfully mediated and negotiated hundreds of settlements, resulting in significant time and cost savings. Clients value his ability to provide practical, timely advice and achieve predictable litigation outcomes.

Jonathan regularly writes and speaks at conferences, conventions, and client seminars on topics relating to insurance and civil litigation. He also sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association as the representative of the British Columbia CBA branch.

Jonathan was recognized as one of Lexpert’s 2020 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 and ranked as a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation in 2019.


Client Work

  • Gascoigne v. Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company (Desjardins Insurance), 2020 BCCA 316,
  • Tanious v. The Empire Life Insurance Company, 2019 BCCA 329,
  • Gascoigne v. Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company (Desjardins Insurance), 2019 BCSC 1241,
  • Swiss Re v. Camarin Ltd.,
  • Sandhu v. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 2016 BCSC 1077,
  • Korpa v. Co-operators Life Insurance Company, 2014 BCSC 2246,
  • Buhr v. Manulife Financial, 2014 BCCA 404,
  • Buhr v. Manulife Financial, 2014 BCSC 460,
  • S.S. v. I.C.B.C.,

Career & Education


  • LLB Dalhousie University
  • BA, Criminology Simon Fraser University

Fasken Institute



Article Use of Surveillance from Legal and Practical Perspectives
Article Carter v. Canada: Implications of Supreme Court of Canada Striking Down Ban on Doctor-Assisted Suicide
Article Evolution of Limitation Periods for Disability Claims

Speaking Engagements

Strategies Dealing with Opposing Counsel 2021 CLHIA Claims and Anti-Fraud Conference location location Virtual
Use of Surveillance from Legal and Practical Perspectives 2019 CLHIA Claims and Anti-Fraud Conference location location Vancouver, BC
Doctor-Assisted Suicide: It's Impact on the Insurance Industry 2018 CLHIA Claims Conference location location St. John's, NL


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