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Robert Kearl has been practicing law in the Fraser Valley since 1981. He is an associate counsel with Lindsay Kenney LLP and maintains a barrister’s practice at the firm’s Langley office, specializing in insurance law and personal injury law.
One of the more prominent cases tried by Mr. Kearl was described thusly in The Lawyers Weekly, April 4, 2003:
“A family physician who injected himself with a lethal dose of Demerol died accidentally, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in an insurance decision that substantially expands the ambit of accidental death coverage across Canada. The 9-0 decision upholds a 2001 B.C. Court of Appeal ruling that the doctor died by “accidental means” in 1996 after he injected demerol to ease pain in an injured leg. As a result, his ex-wife can collect a $250,000.00 accidental death benefit under his policy with American International Assurance Life Company Ltd.
Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin’s judgment, which holds that the litmus test for accidental death coverage is whether an insured subjectively “expected to die,” represents the high court’s first examination of the issue in 25 years, and brings clarity and uniformity to an area muddied by conflicting case law in the various provinces.”
Mr. Kearl is a dedicated volunteer in the Langley community, and currently serves as director of the Langley Home Support Services Society. He has also been an elected Trustee with the Langley School Board and a member of the Township of Langley Parks and Recreation Commission. Robert also enjoys coaching soccer, basketball, fast-pitch softball and volleyball.
When not at work, Robert hikes the local mountains, swims in the region’s many rivers and lakes, and plays tennis as well as other sports and outdoor activities. He also enjoys singing and playing the guitar. Not surprisingly, with four children and 12 grandchildren, Robert and his wife also spend a lot of time with family activities.
Elected Trustee, Langley School Board
Commissioner, Township of Langley Parks and Recreation Commission
Director, Langley Home Support Services Society
Coach, young men and young women in Langley playing soccer, basketball, fast-pitch softball and volleyball
Martin v. American International Assurance Life Co., (2003) 1 S.C.R. 158, 2003 SCC 16
Bar AdmissionsBritish Columbia, 1981
EducationBachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1980 Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia, 1977