We offer a full range of services in insurance and personal litigation in the following areas:

  • Property and Casualty insurance, including:
    • fire losses
    • water damage
    • environmental claims including oil spills and mold infestation
    • product liability
    • construction liability
    • contractor's liability and
    • other commercial general liability claims
  • Personal injury litigation including:
    • automobile litigation
    • statutory accident benefits
    • medical malpractice litigation
    • occupier's liability
    • disability insurance
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Fraudulent insurance claims
  • Subrogation
  • CGL and homeowner's policy claims
  • Construction liens

Our lawyers have acted in many notable cases including:

  • Successfully acting for the homeowners in a property damage matter involving a residential oil spill which went to trial and resulted in a jury award of 1.3 million dollars in damages including the largest general damage jury award in Canada for non-medical damages. This award was upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal upon appeal.
  • Successfully representing insured defendants who did fire remediation work in the plaintiffs' house. Costs were awarded against the plaintiffs in the sum of 1.1 million dollars after a five month jury trial, with the jury assessing liability and damages at zero for our clients.
  • Acting for the Insurance Bureau of Canada in a successful appeal to the Court of Appeal of a decision that a backhoe was an automobile within the definition of the Insurance Act
  • Four trials on behalf of insured fuel oil delivery, maintenance, or tank supply companies. Of these, two successfully resulted in apportionment of liability that beat the defendant's offer to settle; one successfully resulted in jury dismissing the plaintiff's claim outright; and one successfully resulted in liability under the Sale of Goods Act and in negligence against the manufacturer of a residential fuel oil tank for insufficient thickness and coating in respect of internal corrosion that caused the tank to fail.
  • Acting for an insurance company in a fraudulent claim regarding alleged injuries sustained in an automobile accident by the plaintiff. The case was dismissed by the judge with costs against the plaintiff.
  • Successfully defending an insurance company's right to enter polygraph test results into evidence to refute allegations of bad faith in a property manner.
  • Successfully defending an insurance company on the basis of lack of insurable interest on stolen property, including at the Court of Appeal. This is a leading case on insurable interest in Ontario.
  • Defending an insured defendant through a two week trial on a claim of serious knee injury and lifelong income loss, with the resulting jury award beating the defendant's offer to settle amount.
  • Successfully defended an insured driver by obtaining at trial one of the earliest and still leading decisions on Bill 198 threshold dismissing the plaintiff's action and obtaining an assessment of zero damages in an alleged chronic pain syndrome case.
  • Successfully acting for a child bicyclist injured in an accident with a car, achieving 100 percent liability against the defendant and beating the plaintiffs' offer to settle.
  • Succeeding on a motion for summary judgment on the basis of excluded driver endorsement without executed endorsement on further policy renewals.
  • Successfully appealed to the Court of Appeal against an Application that found an excess insurer liable to a primary insurer for costs upon a settlement in excess of the primary insurance policy limits.
  • Successfully had claims dismissed on the basis of the expiration of limitation periods under the Highway Traffic Act and the Insurance Act