University of Alberta

     Master of Laws (LL.M) 1988

McGill University

     Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) 1981

     Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Hons.) 1978


Lee Samis Award of Excellence



Commercial General Liability Insurance [Co-Author & Editor]

        -Butterworths, 2000

The Comprehensive General Liability Policy: The Insuring Intent
        -Butterworths, 1990


Coverage B in Canada: Its History and Interpretation

  1. -Chapter 26 of Coverage B: Personal and Advertising Injury Compendium, DRI, June, 2014

Apportionment & Allocation in the Post-Nichols World, Part I and II

  1. -Canadian Journal of Insurance Law, Vol. 31, No. 1 and 2, January and March, 2013 

The Canadian Experience with Personal Injury and Advertising Liability Coverage

  1. -Canadian Journal of Insurance Law, Vol. 30, No. 4, July, 2012

Professional Judgment & the CGL

  1. -The Canadian Insurance Law Review, May, 1996. [6 C.I.L.R.: 2, 117-141]

Pollution, Continuing Damage & the Insurance Policy

  1. -The Canadian Insurance Law Review, June, 1995. [5 C.I.L.R.: 3, 265-292]

Heather has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and all levels of Courts in Alberta, and was co-counsel on the longest civil trial in the history of the Northwest Territories. Heather has testified as an expert witness on insurance and civil litigation issues before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Quebec Superior Court.

The two major works Heather has authored are standard industry reference materials and are on the required reading lists of several Canadian universities and community colleges. Both works have been cited in numerous insurance publications and by courts across Canada.

Heather is the Continuing Education Lead on the Insurance Committee of the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association and the Chair of the Canadian Law and Cross-Border Issues Sub-Committee of the Insurance Committee of the Defence Lawyers Institute

In 2012 Heather received the Lee Samis Award, granted to those who in the opinion of the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association is deserving of national recognition for their contributions to Canadian insurance law and the community it supports.


Heather Sanderson, the principal at Sanderson Law, has over 30 years of experience providing legal advice and direction on the investigation, defence and prosecution of commercial and personal lines claims and litigation.

In addition to being a skilled advocate, she has extensive experience with policy drafting, defending actions within the self-insured retention and bad faith actions.