Mary Jane Stitt, FCIArb is an independent counsel, mediator and arbitrator. With over 30 years of litigation and arbitration experience, Mary Jane's practice emphasizes commercial insurance, directors' and officers' liability, product liability, professional negligence and class actions. She offers her services through Mary Jane Stitt Professional Corporation.
Recognized as a leader in the commercial insurance field, Mary Jane has a broad-ranging insurance practice which includes coverage opinions, litigating, mediating and arbitrating claims under directors’ and officers’ liability, fiduciary liability, all risk property, boiler and machinery, crime, commercial general liability, Builders Risk and professional errors and omissions policies and financial institution bonds. She performs independent insurance program reviews for corporate policyholders regarding the comprehensiveness and appropriateness of their coverage and suggested enhancements. She has prosecuted indemnity claims for directors and officers and, in a ground breaking decision, obtained a mandatory order compelling the advancement of defence costs to a former public company director. Her litigation practice also encompasses the business of insurance, where she is currently defending a life insurance company in a class proceeding in connection with their segregated fund and universal life products. She has litigated significant indemnity claims arising out of breaches of representation and warranties under asset and share purchase agreements. She also has extensive experience in the organization and conduct of forensic and fraud investigations and associated insurance recovery litigation. She acted as counsel to the CICA Alliance for Excellence in Investigative and Forensic Accounting in connection with their Standards for Investigative and Forensic Accounting Engagements and the development of further practice guides and recommended best practices in the conduct of CA.IFA engagements.
She is widely recognized as a leader in the commercial insurance field and for her expertise in many rankings and publications including Legal Media Group's Litigation and Product Liability Guide 2014 and Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (10th ed.) 2013, Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law 2014 , The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 (Commercial Insurance) and The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014 (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, Insurance Law, International Arbitration, Legal Malpractice Law and Product Liability Law).
Mary Jane is a member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Director and Officer Liability Insurance Committee, the International Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society (Ontario), the International Law Association, American Bar Association and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. She is the former chair of the National Insurance Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association and is frequently invited to chair or speak at major insurance and commercial litigation conferences. She has also published extensively on insurance law, indemnification, directors’ and officers’ liability, product liability, damages and commercial litigation.
, October 14 - 18, 2013, Harvard University.
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, April 2012.