Almira Esmail

Bar Admissions:
  • British Columbia (2005)
  • University of Victoria (LL.B.,2003)
  • University of British Columbia (B.A. in International Relations,1999)
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Sopinka Cup National Trial Advocacy Competition (Ottawa, 2002). Individual awards received: Best Cross-Examination, Best Closing Address to Jury, Best Oral Advocate Overall
  • McIntyre Cup/Western Canada Moot competition (Vancouver, 2002)
  • J.S.D. Tory Prize for Advocacy (2002)
  • Davis & Company Shield and Book Prize (2002)

Almira Esmail, Associate

Almira has obtained a broad breadth of litigation experience since her call to the BC bar in 2005. She has worked in firms where her practice included commercial litigation, insurance defence, creditors’ remedies and media law. She has also worked for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada as a drug prosecutor in the busy Vancouver Provincial Criminal courthouse, where she obtained plenty of courtroom advocacy and trial experience.

Almira then obtained nearly 10 years’ experience in plaintiff-side personal injury law before joining Armstrong Naish, where her practice focuses on insurance defence litigation. Almira’s experience working on both the plaintiff and defence sides of personal injury litigation enables her to objectively assess the strengths and weaknesses of each case, which leads to accurate risk assessment and a strategically positive outcome for her client.

Almira is a skilled negotiator and has participated in many successful mediations. Where a favourable settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, she advocates effectively for her client in BC Supreme Court.

Almira’s advocacy skills were initially honed and recognized while she was a law student at the University of Victoria, when she and her team-mate won the prestigious Sopinka Cup Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers. This was after Almira and her team-mate won the regional McIntyre Cup/Western Canada Moot competition. At the national Sopinka Cup competition which was held in Ottawa in 2002, Almira received the individual awards of Best Cross-Examination, Best Closing Address to Jury, and Best Oral Advocate Overall.

Almira was also awarded the J.S.D. Tory Prize for Advocacy, and the Davis & Company Shield and Book Prize, by the University of Victoria.

Away from the office, Almira enjoys spending time with her son and husband. She also enjoys biking, yoga, swimming, and stand-up paddle boarding in the summertime.

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