Natalie Foley

Partner

Natalie Foley joined Acheson Sweeney Foley Sahota LLP in 2001 and became a partner in 2010. Practicing exclusively in personal injury, she is a passionate and experienced lawyer, representing plaintiffs against insurance companies, government bodies and hospitals.

Natalie’s practice is focused on catastrophic injury claims in adults and children – injuries that are typically neurological and orthopaedic, with psychological symptoms. She has been counsel on over one hundred acquired brain injury cases to date. Many of these cases have entailed lengthy and complex personal injury trials and mediations throughout the province. Natalie has also been counsel on numerous medical malpractice cases against physicians and hospitals.

Natalie, along with partners Deborah Acheson and Sean Sweeney, recently reached multi-million dollar settlements in two separate “shaken baby syndrome” cases. These cases were complicated, involving disputed liability claims against the perpetrators and the Ministry of Children and Families, which oversaw the foster homes where the injuries occurred. The medical evidence was also extremely complicated, in one case involving more than thirty medical practitioners. Natalie was key to these settlements and her skill as a lawyer was fundamental to achieving such positive outcomes.

Natalie has extensive experience representing disadvantaged and marginalized clients including victims of sexual assault. In her practice, she has obtained compensation for survivors in lawsuits against the individual perpetrators of sexual assault and abuse as well as responsible governments and other institutions. She believes that advocating on behalf of those facing the unfathomable challenge of holding government or other large-scale organizations to account for abuse, assault, discrimination, or other violations of human rights is an essential aspect of her responsibility as a lawyer.

Working with Deborah Acheson Q.C. and (now-retired) partner Kevin Whitley, Natalie’s practice has exposed her to class action lawsuits on a number of occasions, which have resolved with payment of substantial compensation to class members. See our class actions page for more information.

Representative Work

Automobile ICBC Claims Involving Brain Injuries, Catastrophic Claims, Orthopaedic and Whiplash Injuries

Negligence Claims Involving Personal Injury

Chronic Pain Claims

Infant Claims

Psychological Injuries

Medical Malpractice Claims

Memberships and Professional Affiliations:

Member, Law Society of British Columbia

Member, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Member, Insurance Subsection, CBA

Member, Civil Litigation Subsection, CBA

Member, Women Lawyers Subsection, CBA

Community Involvement:

Seminar Speaker, Trial Lawyers Association of BC and Canadian Bar Association

Past Board Member, Victoria Brain Injury Society

Past Executive Member, CBA Civil Litigation Subsection

Mentor, Women Lawyer’s Mentorship Program 2011

Vancouver Island Action for Children

Friends of Animals (monthly contributor)

Education:

LL.B., University of British Columbia

Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia

Year of Call & Jurisdictions:

1998 – British Columbia

Hobbies/Interests:

In her spare time, Natalie is a strong advocate for animal rescue organizations, where she volunteers her time assisting animals with their rehabilitation. She also enjoys paragliding and hiking.

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