AREAS OF PRACTICE
Personal Injury →
Insurance Defence →
Workers’ Compensation & Disability Claims →
Estate Disputes →
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) – University of Ottawa Bachelor of Arts
Honours (B.A. Hons.) – Carleton University, Ottawa
I help injured people with their legal issues and have done so for the past 20 years. While my practice is focused on advocacy and litigation in the areas of insurance, personal injury and disability law I have handled cases across the spectrum of civil litigation. My experience includes having conducted hundreds of hearings/trials in a variety of different practice areas over the years and successfully appearing before numerous tribunals and various levels of Court as high as the Federal Court of Appeal.
To be an effective advocate I strive to understand the needs of my client and then design the appropriate strategy to achieve the desired results. Clients need to understand that when retaining a lawyer, experience and dedication are two of the most important factors to look for. For many years I had the benefit of working with partners who are now Judges. My methods and strategies developed over the past 20 years consistently work to my client’s advantage. I have had the fortune of representing a very wide range of clients over my years of practice including the Government of Canada, a foreign government, a cabinet Minister, a municipality, Canadian and international corporations, insurance companies as well as hundreds of injured people. I was a standing agent of the Attorney General of Canada for many years. I am a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, where I have also lectured, and have also been a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association.
In addition to experience and dedication, a strong advocate needs to surround oneself with equally competent and dedicated people. Some lawyers have a revolving door of staff. Something can be said of that. Those who work with me have been doing so for many many years and they are competent, dedicated and excellent. Case in point, litigation clerk Amy Hofstetter is the recipient of the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association Outstanding Law Clerk Award. Amy has worked for a number of “big city” personal injury firms but has found that the more personal attention she is able to provide our client’s in a boutique practice is more satisfying.
I am a proud member of the Who Did it Club, a member of the Simcoe District Minor Hockey Board as well as a local electoral board. Past President of the Erie Shores Brain Injury Association, former Chair of the Norfolk General Hospital Foundation and former member of the Community Access Support Service external rights committee. In 2017 I received the Canada 150 Medal for charitable efforts. I believe in giving back to my community and helping those who need it. This is why out of the wide range of clients I have acted for and different types of litigation I have conducted, I enjoy helping injured people the most. My injured and disabled clients need my help, they appreciate my efforts and I appreciate the faith they put in me.
If you are injured in an accident or become disabled, whether it be from a motor vehicle accident, a work accident, a slip and fall or poor health, I will do everything I can to help you.