Cozen O’Connor: Pengelley, Pamela

Pamela Pengelley

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Pengelley Picked to Lead Cozen O’Connor Toronto Office

Cozen O’Connor announces Pamela D. Pengelley has been appointed to serve as the Office Managing Partner for the firm’s Toronto office. Pengelley, a litigator, joined the firm in 2005. The firm’s Toronto office serves clients in the areas of commercial and insurance litigation, as well as subrogation and recovery matters.

Pamela D. Pengelley joined the firm's Toronto office in 2006. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation including subrogation and recovery actions, energy claims, and insurance coverage. Pamela is also the editor of Cozen O'Connor's Canadian Subrogation and Recovery Alerts, and a contributor for Cozen O'Connor's Subrogation & Recovery Blog.

Pamela is called to the bar in Ontario (2006), British Columbia (2011) and Alberta (2011). She is a member of Advocates' Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, and the Canadian Defence Lawyers.

Pamela has been the recipient of numerous honors including the 2009 David Stockwood Memorial Prize for an advocacy-themed article, the 2008/2009 Marilyn L. Pilkington Award for outstanding academic performance in the LL.M. program, the Canadian Law Library Review's 2005 Feature Article of the Year Award and the 2002 Sonny Ladoo Literary Award. Since 2003, Pamela has been coaching and judging law school teams in the world’s largest advocacy competition, the Willem C. Vis Moot in International Commercial Arbitration, with her teams placing in the top tier. Since 2006, she has attended as a judge for the competition in Vienna, Austria, on an annual basis.

Pamela received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 2002, graduating with high distinction and a scholarship for academic excellence. She earned her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005, where she subsequently completed a Master of Laws. In 2003, while in the United Kingdom, she received a Certificate in International Business Law from Queens University's International Study Center. 

News

Pengelley Picked to Lead Cozen O’Connor Toronto Office

February 14, 2018

Cozen O’Connor announces Pamela D. Pengelley has been appointed to serve as the Office Managing Partner for the firm’s Toronto office.

Pamela Pengelley Awarded the Stockwood Memorial Prize for Legal Writing

June 10, 2010

Pamela Pengelley of the Toronto office, was awarded the Stockwood Memorial Prize for legal writing. The David Stockwood Memorial Prize honors the contributions of David Stockwood, Q.C., LSM, who served as the editor of The Advocates' Society Journal from 1991 - 2008. Pamela was awarded this prize at the Advocates' Society AGM and End of Term Dinner at the Metro Toronto Convention Center

Pamela D. Pengelley Earns Pilkington Award From Osgoode Hall

October 23, 2008

Pamela D. Pengelley Earns Pilkington Award From Osgoode Hall

Cozen O’Connor Names Its 2007 Pro Bono Honor Roll

April 08, 2008

Cozen O’Connor has announced that 61 attorneys and 8 paralegals have been named to the firm’s 2007 Pro Bono Honor Roll.

Publications

Flexible Braided Stainless Steel Hose Failures [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

June 15, 2016

Pam Pengelley discusses the increase in the number of water loss claims attributed to the failure of flexible braided stainless steel hoses attached to water source heat pumps.

Fort McMurray Wildfire [Subrogation & Recovery Alert]

May 05, 2016

Pamela Pengelley, Raj Datt, and Dana Doidge discuss the current state of the Fort McMurray Wildfire and what can be done to preserve subrogation rights.

Subrogation In Fire Cases With No Known Cause - Not Just Blowing Smoke! [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

March 01, 2012

Subrogation In Fire Cases With No Known Cause - Not Just Blowing Smoke! - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - The immediate investigation of loss sites, especially those involving fires, enhances subrogation recognition and maximizes recovery.

Subrogating Against Subcontractors. Recovering from Subcontractors Under a Builders' Risk Policy: Ontario Court of Appeals Opens the Door for Subrogation [Claims Canada]

January 01, 2012

Subrogating Against Subcontractors. Recovering from Subcontractors Under a Builders' Risk Policy: Ontario Court of Appeals Opens the Door for Subrogation - Claims Canada -

Recovering From Subcontractors Under Builders' Risk Policies: Ontario Court of Appeal Opens the Door for Subrogation [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

December 15, 2011

Recovering From Subcontractors Under Builders' Risk Policies: Ontario Court of Appeal Opens the Door for Subrogation - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - Pursuing subrogation under a builders' risk policy against a subcontractor whose fault caused a loss always presents distinct legal challenges. In Canada, the courts have sometimes shielded subcontractors from liability, but a recent decision by the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice in Brookfield Homes v. Nova Plumbing has opened the door to recovery against negligent subcontractors where the policy language permits it.

It's All About YouTube: How Social Media Can Make or Break Your Subrogation Action [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

January 13, 2011

It's All About YouTube: How Social Media Can Make or Break Your Subrogation Action - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - YouTube can be a surprising source of evidence in proving your claims. Video of fires, explosions, collapses and other casualty events is provided almost in real time by participants and observers. Documentation of the incipient stages of a loss often is of critical importance in reconstructing what occurred. This Alert discusses how to obtain and use YouTube video evidence, including identifying potential witnesses.

Summer 2010 [Subrogation & Recovery Observer]

July 29, 2010

Summer 2010 - Subrogation & Recovery Observer -

INDEMNITY AND INFIDELITY: ADVANCEMENT OF DEFENCE COSTS IN ACTIONS [Canadian Business Law Journal]

April 11, 2010

INDEMNITY AND INFIDELITY: ADVANCEMENT OF DEFENCE COSTS IN ACTIONS - Canadian Business Law Journal - Indemnification of corporate directors refers to the financial protection provided by the corporation to its directors.1 It shields directors from expenses and liability of legal proceedings alleging breaches of their duty to the corporation.2 This is of concern for directors because, in addition to the potential liability they face if found blameworthy, the cost of funding an adequate defence can be staggering.

Fessing Up to Facebook: Recent Trends in the Use of Social Network Websites for Civil Litigation [CANADIAN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TECHNOLOGY]

December 01, 2009

Fessing Up to Facebook: Recent Trends in the Use of Social Network Websites for Civil Litigation - CANADIAN JOURNAL OF LAW AND TECHNOLOGY - In December 2008, after several failed attempts to serve a couple with court documents by email by and text messaging their mobile phones, an Australian lawyer won the right to serve a default judgment by posting the terms of the judgment on the defendants’ Facebook “Wall.” In a ruling that appears to be the first of its
kind anywhere in the world, Master Harper of the Supreme Court of the Australian

Fessing Up to Facebook: Recent Trends in the Use of Social Network Websites for Insurance Litigation [Canadian Subro Alert!]

March 23, 2009

Fessing Up to Facebook: Recent Trends in the Use of Social Network Websites for Insurance Litigation - Canadian Subro Alert! - In December 2008, after several failed attempts to serve a couple with court documents by email and text messaging their mobile phones, an Australian lawyer won the right to serve a default judgment by posting the terms of the judgment on the defendant’s Facebook Wall. In a ruling that appears to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world, Master Harper of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory held that the lawyer could use the social networking site to serve court notices.

Reality Cheque: Bank Liability for Fraudulent Bills of Exchange [Canadian Subrogation Alert!]

April 03, 2008

Reality Cheque: Bank Liability for Fraudulent Bills of Exchange - Canadian Subrogation Alert! - 5 pgs total. In Canada, the liability of banks that act on forged cheques is governed by a mix of the common law and the federal Bills of Exchange Act. This article discusses the legal reasons for placing liability on banks in these cases, and considers some common defences that the subrogation professional may encounter when pursuing this avenue of recovery.

Foresight in Hindsight: An Insight into Ahmed v. Stefaniu and De-biasing Legal Evaluations of Reasonable Care [Annual Review of Civil Litigation]

December 29, 2007

Foresight in Hindsight: An Insight into Ahmed v. Stefaniu and De-biasing Legal Evaluations of Reasonable Care - Annual Review of Civil Litigation -

Confidentiality and Disclosure in Mediation: When the Chicken Won't Talk [The Advocates' Quarterly]

December 01, 2007

Confidentiality and Disclosure in Mediation: When the Chicken Won't Talk - The Advocates' Quarterly - 4 pgs. Ontario has been making moves towards mandatory mediation in litigation. While mediations are often considered confidential, no rule explicitly makes it confidential. This means that under some circumstances, this confidentiality can be broken.

Methods For Enforcing Civil Judgments in Ontario [Canadian Subrogation Alert!]

November 15, 2007

Methods For Enforcing Civil Judgments in Ontario - Canadian Subrogation Alert! - 5 pgs total, focus on Canada. When a court issues a judgment, it is not concerned with whether the unsuccessful party will ever actually pay the amount. Nonetheless, our civil court system does provide the successful insurer with mechanisms to assist in collecting payment from the unsuccessful defendant. The two most common mechanisms for this purpose are (1) a writ of seizure and sale, and (2) a garnishment of debts, such as wages, owing to the debtor.

Anticipation of Litigation: The Role of Litigation Privilege in Subrogated Claims [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

August 21, 2007

Anticipation of Litigation: The Role of Litigation Privilege in Subrogated Claims - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - 3 pgs total. When an insurer steps into the shoes of its insured and commences a subrogated action...it is often desirable for the insurer to withhold the production of certain documents that have been generated during the process of investigating the insured's claim. This may be permitted where the materials have been prepared with a view to litigation, pursuant to what is called “litigation privilege.” This privilege does have its limits and exceptions though.

The “Q & A” On Freight Forwarders: Who Are They? What Do They Do? When Are They Liable? [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

April 20, 2007

The “Q & A” On Freight Forwarders: Who Are They? What Do They Do? When Are They Liable? - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - 5 pgs total. When goods are damaged during transport, the seemingly obvious targets in a subrogated action are usually the carriers, being the parties who were contracted to handle and transport the goods. Another party may bear responsibility for the loss, the freight forwarder. Where property is damaged in transport, subrogation professionals should be alert to the possibility of recovering against freight forwarders who may have been involved in arranging carriage for the goods.

Suing the Seller: Using Ontario's Sale of Good Act to Recover Damages Caused by Defective Products in a Subrogated Action [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

January 25, 2007

Suing the Seller: Using Ontario's Sale of Good Act to Recover Damages Caused by Defective Products in a Subrogated Action - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - 6 pgs total. Under Canadian law, “strict liability” against a manufacturer does not exist. A plaintiff may not succeed against a manufacturer simply by proving that the manufacturer’s product was defective and that this caused the plaintiff’s loss. The plaintiff must also prove that the manufacturer was somehow negligent. The Ontario Sale of Goods Act may provide an alternative ground of recovery for plaintiffs in product liability actions.

A Compelling Situation: Enforcing American Letters Rogatory in Ontario [The Canadian Bar Review]

January 01, 2007

A Compelling Situation: Enforcing American Letters Rogatory in Ontario - The Canadian Bar Review - 28 pgs total; article from LA REVUE DU BARREAU CANADIEN. A letter rogatory, or

Something To Prove: The Impact of the Burden of Proof in Property Damage Claims [WP]

December 01, 2006

Something To Prove: The Impact of the Burden of Proof in Property Damage Claims - WP - Establishing whether the plaintiff or defendant has the burden of proof in a civil action can mean the difference between winning and losing a case. In a subrogated claim for property damage, it is usually the plaintiff, the insurance company suing in its insured's name, who has the burden of proving that a defendant is responsible for the loss.

Time’s Up!: Limitation Periods for Subrogated Actions in Canada [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

November 13, 2006

Time’s Up!: Limitation Periods for Subrogated Actions in Canada - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - 5 pgs. Limitation periods are the time period in which an action can be brought. This is both to incentivize plaintiffs to bring lawsuits in a timely fashion and keeps defendants from continuously fearing past obligations. This article goes into detail on what the Canadian laws are regarding these periods.

The Volunteer Defence [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

October 03, 2006

The Volunteer Defence - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - 5 pgs total. The volunteer defence may be raised by defendants in a subrogated action in order to challenge the right of an insurance company to seek recovery for a loss paid to an insured under a policy. As the name suggests, the volunteer defence alleges that an insurance company has made voluntary payments to its customer without any obligation to do so under the policy or in law. Topics: ORIGINS OF THE DEFENCE; THE LAW IN CANADA; SHOULD INSURERS BE CONCERNED?

Recovery Opportunities Arising from Halogen Bulb and Torchiere-Style lamp Failures [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

July 05, 2006

Recovery Opportunities Arising from Halogen Bulb and Torchiere-Style lamp Failures - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - 5 pgs total. The torchiere-style residential floor lamp is a sleek, decorative, inexpensive appliance with almost universal appeal. It is also one of the most common fire hazards of our time. The following discussion is intended to assist in proving manufacturer responsibility and overcoming certain defenses. Topics: Determining the Failure Mode; Legal Strategies.

Something to Prove: The Impact of the Burden of Proof in Property Damage Claims [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

May 18, 2006

Something to Prove: The Impact of the Burden of Proof in Property Damage Claims - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - 7 pgs total. Subrogation professionals need to be aware of cases where the burden of proving a case may rest with a defendant rather than a plaintiff. A claim for property damage that initially appears weak...may give rise to excellent recovery prospects. In a subrogated claim for property damage it is usually the plaintiff...who has the burden of proving that a defendant is responsible for the loss. There are important exceptions to the general rule that the plaintiff has this burden.

“You be the Judge” Advantages of Arbitrating Subrogated Claims in Ontario [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

April 21, 2006

“You be the Judge” Advantages of Arbitrating Subrogated Claims in Ontario - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - 8 pgs total, with a focus on Ontario. In order to benefit from arbitration as a method of dispute resolution, insurance companies and their legal counsel must be alert to the advantages offered by Ontario’s arbitration schemes. Topics covered: WHAT IS ARBITRATION?; ARBITRATION IN ONTARIO; WHY ARBITRATE?; AGREEING TO ARBITRATE SUBROGATED CLAIMS; OTHER ARBITRAL ORGANIZATIONS IN ONTARIO.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2013 Toronto Subrogation Seminar

November 20, 2013 - Toronto, Ontario

2012 Toronto Subrogation Seminar

November 21, 2012 - Toronto, Ontario

Advisen Cyber Conference

November 01, 2012 - London, U.K.

LEA: 2012 Loss Executives Annual Meeting

January 19, 2012 - Tampa, FL

Cozen O'Connor Subrogation Seminar

September 01, 2010 - Toronto, Ontario

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, LL.M., 2009
  • Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, L.L.B., 2005
  • Queen's University, Certificate (International Business Law), 2003
  • University of Toronto, B.Sc., 2002
  • Ontario
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Ontario Superior Court of Justice
  • Supreme Court of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • Toronto Lawyers Association