• Joel Franz

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OFFICE: Edmonton

DIRECT LINE: 780.482.9316


      Insurance & Risk Management
      Wills & Estates

      Insurance & Risk Management

LAW SCHOOL: University of Alberta

BAR ADMISSIONS: Alberta (2015)

Assistant: Sydney Harding

Assistant Phone: 780.482.9125

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Joel is an associate in the Edmonton McLennan Ross office focusing on insurance, professional liability, estate and commercial litigation. He strives to provide an effective and efficient path to resolving claims.

Joel handles matters before the Provincial Court of Alberta and Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, along with various administrative and regulatory bodies throughout Alberta.


  • J.D., University of Alberta (with Distinction)
  • B.A., University of the Fraser Valley

Professional Associations, Affiliations and Community Activities:

  • Volunteer, Civil Claims Duty Counsel
  • CBA Insurance Executive Member
  • Member, Canada Defence Lawyers

Joel represents insurers and individuals on a wide range of insurance and risk management issues. Joel has a wide breadth of experience with casualty and specialty lines of insurance, both in the determination of coverage and the ultimate defence or prosecution of a matter.

  • Regularly represents and advises insurers on insurance coverage issues, arising out of Auto, CGL, D&O, and E&O policies.
  • Represents insurers in first-party claims, EUO’s, and recovery due to fraud.
  • Has represented many contractors and building trades arising out of property loss matters.
  • Regularly represents clients involved in product liability claims, including automobiles, consumer products and commercial machinery.
  • Regularly represents clients on bodily injury claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, animal attacks and slip and falls.
  • Regularly advises on occupier liability issues.
  • Experience defending religious institutions on a variety of matters including personal injury and defamation clams.
  • Experience representing clients on farm related losses, including farm crop damage.
  • Experience dealing with claims involving WCB issues.
  • Represents insurers on subrogated claims.
  • Advises and defends insurers in relation SEF-44 claims.
  • Advises and represents individuals and corporations on insurance coverage and entitlement matters.
  • Prosecutes claims for individuals and corporations in relation to improper denial of insurance coverage.

Joel has experience defending and prosecuting professional liability matters involving insurance advisors, lawyers, architects, building inspectors, appraisers and others.

  • Represents medical and para-medical professionals in claims of negligent treatment and professional misconduct pursuant to the Health Professions Act.
  • Represents building inspectors in claims arising out of alleged negligent inspections.
  • Represents property appraisers from claims by financial institutions for alleged negligent appraisals.
  • Prosecutes and defends claims against insurance professionals, including insurance brokers and advisors. 
  • Experience defending and prosecuting claims against lawyers in relation to allegations of negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.
  • Represents financial advisors in negligence and professional regulatory matters.
  • Experience representing Architects in claims of alleged negligent design, supervision and related work.
  • Represents executors and claimants regarding various estate litigation issues.
  • Regularly advises beneficiaries on entitlement, accounting issues and executor conduct.
  • Represents and advises clients on testamentary capacity and undue influence issues.
  • Represents individuals and companies in a wide variety of matters, including contract claims, construction deficiency claims and general negligence claims.
  • Experience representing clients involved in residential tenancy disputes, including hearings at the Residential Tenancy Dispute Board.
  • Represents individuals and corporations in debt collection actions.
  • Represents clients in defamation claims.
  • Represents Condominium Boards on litigation matters arising out of tenant conduct.
  • Experience with shareholder disputes and oppression claims.
  • "Ready, Set, React", Beazley Canada/McLennan Ross Seminar, 2020
  • “Hindsight 2020: Insurance Year in Review”, McLennan Ross Seminar, 2020
  • "Insurance & Risk Management Trends & Updates", McLennan Ross Seminar, 2018

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