Chella Turnbull was born in Montreal and raised in Mississauga, Ontario, studying philosophy at the University of Toronto. She graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 1987, articling for a large full-service Toronto law firm. Following her Call to the Bar in 1989, she practised at a Toronto boutique firm in the areas of insurance defence, stock broker’s negligence, and personal injury litigation. She has considerable depth of experience at examinations for discovery and has appeared on numerous contested motions. Chella also participated in an Advocate’s Society pilot program, serving as mediator in Small Claims Court matters.
In the mid 1990s Chella moved to Vancouver, working closely there with a medical expert producing life expectancy opinions in complex and catastrophic injury claims, prior to qualifying for the B.C. Bar. She also worked in medical malpractice litigation from both the plaintiff and defence perspectives. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.
Chella has extensive experience in the area of personal injury litigation, from both the plaintiff and defence perspective. She practised with a boutique Vancouver law firm specializing in plaintiff personal injury litigation, before relocating to Toronto in 2013.
Chella has acquired recent experience in the areas of copyright, marine liability, and insurance defence litigation, writing and co-presenting a seminar to insurance brokers in the area of social and commercial host liability. She has appeared in Superior and Provincial courts in both Ontario and in British Columbia. Chella joined Zuber & Company in early 2015, where she practises property / casualty insurance defence and personal injury litigation.