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Jamie Thornback
Lawyer
Contact Information
Telephone: 604-331-9529
Email: jthornback@cfmlawyers.ca
Assistant
Melissa Tapia-Liebowitz
Telephone: 604-331-9538
Email: mtapialiebowitz@cfmlawyers.ca
Called to the Bar: 2008 (BC)

Jamie joined CFM in 2007. His practice focuses on product liability and aviation cases, and he assists on class action lawsuits. Jamie’s pre-law background includes a B.A. in math with a major in computing science from the University of Waterloo. The parallels between math and law including the shared focus on logic and efficient problem solving have served Jamie well in his role as counsel in his chosen areas of practice.

“I enjoy getting to the bottom of complex engineering or operational issues in aviation accidents – figuring out what factors contributed to an accident and what safety improvements manufacturers can make.”

Jamie also has international experience in intellectual property law gained while spending a law school co-op term in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Outside the office, Jamie walks dogs for the SPCA, teaching them leash skills and making them more adoptable. He also skis, practices Brazilian jiu jitsu, and is working towards his private pilot’s license. “It’s helping me learn about certain piloting issues, but I’m flying more for pleasure than for business.”

 

Representative Experience

  • Chadwick v. Canada, 2011 BCSC 1744 (CanLII) Bob Honour (a pilot) and Les Chadwick (his passenger) were killed in a helicopter crash. CFM acted against several defendants, including a maintenance engineer who worked on the helicopter, manufacturers of a fuel pump that CFM alleges failed, the engine manufacturer, and Transport Canada. This was a significant decision with respect to the liability of Transport Canada.
  • Piper v. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., 2009 BCSC 1038
  • Piper v. Honeywell Shortly after takeoff from Terrace airport, the left engine in an MU-2 failed, leading to an unrecoverable situation for the pilots. CFM acted for the family of the Captain in a wrongful death suit against Honeywell and Mitsubishi. The case proceeded to trial against Honeywell in October 2012. Judgment has not yet been rendered.
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