At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

— Aristotle


Our practice specializes in insurance defence litigation.  At Kanellakos Ballard LLP, our mission is to provide professional, quality and timely legal services to our clients at a reasonable cost.

Kanellakos Ballard LLP’s guiding principles for achieving success for our clients are based on our experience, work ethic, and integrity.

At Kanellakos Ballard LLP, we pride ourselves on our work ethic and dedication, directed to achieving our clients’ goals. Kanellakos Ballard LLP recognizes that the efficient handling of disputes requires delivering accurate and timely information to our clients.

Kanellakos Ballard LLP understands that litigation is not always about winning at any cost.  We listen to our clients and work with them to achieve the best outcome in a cost effective and timely manner.

We provide unequivocal recommendations for resolving, handling, and trying cases. We provide cost-effective and carefully considered legal solutions to our clients.

At Kanellakos Ballard LLP we answer our own telephone, we respond to our e-mails and telephone messages promptly and we report on time. All of the lawyers at Kanellakos Ballard LLP understand the importance of quality service.  We are accessible and accountable to our clients.

Our Team

The founding partners of Kanellakos Ballard LLP have a wealth of experience. Collectively, the partners at Kanellakos Ballard LLP have 30 plus years of experience in insurance defence litigation, personal injury matters and property disputes.


George Kanellakos

Partner | 647.660.3675

George completed his undergraduate degree at York University, where he earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Law & Society. He then attended Osgoode Hall Law School, in Toronto, graduating with his Bachelor of Laws degree in May 2001. George was called to the Bar of Ontario in October of 2002.

Since his call to the Bar of Ontario George’s legal practice has exclusively focused on insurance defence litigation. George handles both “tort” and first party claims and also has extensive experience in loss transfer and priority disputes between insurers. Of note, George appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada  on April 17, 2015 for a priority dispute matter.

George worked for one of Toronto’s leading insurance defence firms from October of 2002 until January 2, 2015. George is a founding partner of Kanellakos Ballard LLP.

George is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also currently a member of the Canadian Defence Lawyers, Advocates Society, Dispute Resolution Counsel Forum and Hellenic Canadian Lawyers Association.

George’s personal interests include hockey, football and basketball. He is a die-hard fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New England Patriots. George also enjoys traveling, good food, reading and spending time with his niece and nephew.

Keays v. CAA Insurance Company – Hamilton Court File No. 17-62245-SR Endorsement of Mr. Justice P.R. Sweeny, dated November 22, 2017


Zurich Insurance Co. v. Chubb Insurance Co. -Supreme Court of Canada - April 2015


UNIFUND ASSURANCE COMPANY and MARKEL INSURANCE COMPANY – Private Arbitration – Priority Dispute – January of 2015


Abarca v. Vargas, Ontario Court of Appeal – January 7, 2015


Zurich Insurance Company v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, Ontario Court of Appeal – May 15, 2014


Economical Insurance v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Superior Court of Justice - April 1, 2014


Hans-Jorg Reichert v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, FSCO A 12-003518 – February 5, 2014


Chubb (Baena) and Aviva, et al, Private Arbitration - Priority Dispute - November 11, 2013


Abarcas v. Vargas - Ontario Superior Court of Justice - Judgment: October 18, 2013


Zurich Insurance v. Chubb Insurance, Superior Court of Justice - November 13, 2012


Zurich and Chubb, Private Arbitration – Private Arbitration - Priority Dispute – March 13, 2012


DiMarco and Chubb, FSCO Arbitration - February 22, 2012


Chubb and Security National, Private Arbitration –Priority Dispute – December 22, 2011


Kingsway General Insurance Co. v. Gore Mutual Insurance Co., Ontario Court of Appeal – January 28, 2011


Browne v. Chubb Insurance Co. of Canada, FSCO Arbitration – January 6, 2011


Motors Insurance and State Farm, Private Arbitration – Priority Dispute – October 3, 2007


Brandon v. Mandell, Divisional Court – September 19, 2007


Bouganim v. Embee Properties, Superior Court of Justice – May 11, 2007


ING Insurance and Chubb Insurance Company, Private Arbitration – Loss Transfer Dispute – May 7, 2007


Kean v. National Frontier Insurance Co., Superior Court of Justice, August 25, 2004


Mader v. Hunter, Ontario Court of Appeal – February 25, 2004


Beattie v. National Frontier Insurance Co., Ontario Court of Appeal – November 14, 2003


Derek Ballard

Partner | 647.660.3674

Derek grew up in the Northwestern Ontario town of Fort Frances. He completed his undergraduate degree at Lakehead University. He graduated from law school at the University of Manitoba in 2002 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003.

Since his call to the bar, Derek has practiced in many areas of insurance litigation including personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, disability insurance and class action disputes.

In his twelve years of practice as a lawyer in Ontario, Derek has represented clients at all levels of Courts and Tribunals including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court, the Superior Court of Justice and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Derek is a founding partner of Kanellakos Ballard LLP.

Outside of work Derek spends time with his wife and daughter and enjoys golf, curling and baseball.

Practice Areas

The partners of Kanellakos Ballard LLP are continuing their practice of Insurance Defence Litigation on behalf of insurers and their policyholders, including:

  • Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
  • Accident Benefits Matters
  • Priority Disputes between Insurers
  • Loss Transfer Disputes between Insurers
  • Occupiers’ Liability Claims
  • Subrogation Matters
  • Property Claims
  • Product Liability Matters
  • Commercial and Personal Lines
  • CGL Litigation
  • WSIAT Litigation
  • Coverage Disputes
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    Contact us

    170 University Avenue, Suite 902 | Toronto ON | M5H 3B3 | T. 416-800-0844 | F. 647-660-3683

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