Almira Esmail, B.A., LL.B.Lawyer

Almira has been a litigator with Preszler Law’s BC branch since 2016.

After being called to the bar in 2005, she practiced in several legal areas including commercial litigation, insurance defence and criminal prosecutorial work as federal crown counsel. Almira soon realized that her passion lies in advocating on behalf of injured individuals against insurance companies, and since 2010 she has been practicing exclusively in the area of personal injury law.

Almira is a skilled negotiator and fights hard for every injury victim. Where a favourable settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, she advocates effectively for her clients in BC Supreme Court.

Some of Almira’s notable trial decisions include:

Richmond v. Channa, 2014 BCSC 1764. This was a liability trial arising from a 2-vehicle crash; one of the drivers had failed to see a stop sign because it had been obscured by fencing put up by a construction company. After a 4-day trial, the Supreme Court judge held that the construction company was 75% liable and the other driver was 25% liable for the accident. No liability was found on the part of Almira’s client.

Abbott v. Gerges, 2014 BCSC 1329. Almira was co-counsel in this complicated 9-day trial for a 59-year old woman who had pre-existing health issues and also suffered a subsequent fall which caused some injuries. The client was awarded damages for the rear-end motor vehicle accident totaling $246,044 plus costs.

Almira speaks Hindi and has some proficiency in Urdu, Gujarati and Punjabi.

Away from the office, Almira enjoys travelling and spending time with her husband and young son.

Education

LL.B., University of Victoria, May 2003

Winner of the Sopinka Cup National Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers. Individual awards received: Best Cross-Examination, Best Closing Address to Jury, Best Overall Oral Advocate

Winner of the McIntyre Cup/Western Canada Moot competition

Recipient of the J.S.D. Tory Prize for Advocacy

Recipient of the Davis & Company Shield and Book Prize

B.A. in International Relations, University of British Columbia, May 1999