Rebecca Bush

National Business Leader, Insurance & Tort Liability Group

Toronto
RBush@blg.com
416.367.6162

Rebecca’s practice focuses on public authority litigation and complex tort litigation for large institutional clients, including:

  • Municipalities;
  • School boards and independent schools; and
  • Charities and not-for-profit organizations.

Rebecca is a partner in BLG’s Disputes Group. Her practice focuses on public authority litigation and complex tort litigation for large institutional clients. She has specialized expertise in crisis management, sexual violence investigations, incident response and defence and municipal and police liability. Rebecca also has expertise defending defamation claims and employment torts, including workplace-based psychological injury and mental distress damages claims.

Rebecca frequently provides advice on sensitive matters which are the subject of public and media scrutiny. She defends the reputational interests of her clients in policy and precedent setting cases.

Rebecca is the National Business Leader of the Insurance & Tort Liability Group.

Experience

  • Crisis management, including:
    • Supporting organizations upon receiving reports of sexual assault or allegations of harassment in crisis containment and media response.
    • Advice to leadership and board members regarding investigation, mandatory reporting and working with police in the context of allegations of sexual assault or harassment
  • Advises institutional clients on and defends claims relating to sexual abuse and harassment, including allegations of negligent supervision, breach of fiduciary duty and vicarious liability claims.
  • Defends claims seeking damages for psychological injury and mental distress in the employment, personal injury and human rights context.
  • Defends public institutions, including municipalities, in a broad range of tort claims including municipal infrastructure claims.
  • Defends municipal emergency services including actions against police for malicious prosecution, negligent investigation and breach of Charter rights.
  • Provides advice and opinions to large institutional clients on a variety of matters including statutory interpretation and risk management.
  • Acts as counsel on Coroner's Inquests.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Chair, Trial Techniques Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Diversity Chair, Business Litigation Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Corporate Counsel Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Women Trial Lawyers Task Force, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, The Advocates' Society
  • Member, Law Society of Ontario
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Member, "Give A Day" Campaign Committee

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2002
  • Certificate in International Business Transactions and International Litigation, University of San Diego's Institute of International & Comparative Law , King's College London, 2003
  • LLB, University of Windsor, 2001
  • BA (Hons.), University of Toronto, 1998