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 partner Sean Sweeney and retired partner Deborah Acheson, 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 Kevin Whitley (both now retired), 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.
Automobile ICBC Claims Involving Brain Injuries, Catastrophic Claims, Orthopaedic and Whiplash Injuries
Negligence Claims Involving Personal Injury
Chronic Pain Claims
Medical Malpractice Claims
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
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)
LL.B., University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia
1998 – British Columbia
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.