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Dale V. Orlando

Dale V. Orlando

Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigator since 2002
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone:
888-494-8201 (Toll free)
Fax:
416-366-3330
Email:

Dale received a B.A. in Economics from McMaster University in 1991, his law degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1994 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996. His practice is dedicated exclusively to personal injury and wrongful death cases, acting on behalf of injured people and their family members.

Dale is the Past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Advocates' Society. He is listed in Best Lawyers in Canada and was the recipient of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Distinguished Service Award. He is a contributing author to a Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases. Dale has acted as co-chair and lectured at conferences held by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Advocates' Society, and has also lectured at conferences held by The Law Society of Upper Canada, the Carleton County Law Association, the Ontario Bar and other legal organizations. Additionally, Dale has appeared as a guest lecturer at the University of Western Ontario, Osgoode Hall, Queens University, George Brown College and at various community hospitals and legal clinics.

When Dale is not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.

Positions Held

  • 2000 – 2004  Director of Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2001 – 2006  Advocate Society Insurance Committee Member
  • 2006 – 2010  Ontario Bar Association No-Fault Working Group
  • 2007 – 2012  Director of Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008 – 2001  Vice President of Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2009 – 2010  President Elect of Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2010 – 2011  President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011 – 2012  Immediate Past President of the Ontario Trial  Lawyers Association

Programs Chaired or Co-Chaired

  • Chaired a panel discussion on the Long-Term Effects of Concussion in Sport at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences conference, Neurobehavioural Issues following Mild to Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury conference, June 13, 2012
  • Co-chair program for Osgoode Professional Development, Expert Evidence in Personal Injury Cases, April 2, 2012
  • Canadian Paraplegic Association, From Hospital to Home, January 19, 2012
  • Practical Strategies for Health Care Practitioners Conference at Carlu, June 9, 2011
  • Co-chair program for The Advocates Society, Expert Witness Academy at Park Hyatt, April 28 and 29, 2011
  • OTLA Regional Meeting in Kingston, Ontario, March 4, 2011
  • TRI: Lunch and Learn at University Site, February 16, 2011
  • TRI-Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Conference at Park Hyatt: challenges and Controversies in Research, February 4, 2011
  • Auto Changes: Lunch & Learn at Hamilton Health Sciences, General Site. Co-chaired with John McLeish. November 17, 2010.
  • Jury Trial Practice from A to Verdict Conference. Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. September 24, 2010.
  • Lunch and Learn at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Lyndhurst Site - Spinal Cord Injury Focus Group Exercise. Co-chaired with John McLeish. September 23, 2010.
  • Sunnybrook Conference with Oatley Vigmond LLP. June 10, 2010.
  • Co-chair Advocate Society Conference - Working with Experts.  May 14, 2010.
  • Lunch and Learn at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute University Site. April 19, 2010.
  • Tricks of the Trade: Tort & Accident Benefit Amendments.  January 22, 2010.
  • Tricks of the Trade: Practical Strategies for Winning Medical Legal Battles. Co-chaired with Stephen Firestone. January 16, 2009.
  • Sunnybrook Conference Co-chaired with John McLeish and Roger Oatley. May 29, 2008.
  • The Canadian Institute’s 6th Annual Forum on Winning Personal Injury Cases: Working with Experts to Heighten your Chance of Success: Gaining Strategic Advantage. February 20, 2008. 
  • Tricks of the Trade Conference.   Co-chair. January 18, 2008.
  • Discharge & Beyond:  7th Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  Co-chair.  September 13, 2007.
  • Tricks of the Trade:  Practical Strategies for Winning Auto Cases.  The Advocates’ Society.  Co-chaired with Stephen Firestone, Stephen Ross and Darla Wilson.  January 19, 2007.
  • Discharge & Beyond:  6th Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  Co-chair.  September 14, 2006.
  • Playing to Win – Leveling the Playing Field in Auto Insurance Claims.  Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.  Co-chaired with Patrick Brown, Robert Durante and William Teggart.  May 26 and 27, 2006.
  • Tricks of the Trade:  Chronic Pain and Mild Brain Injury Cases:  Practical Strategies for Litigating the Invisible Injury.  The Advocates’ Society.  Co-chaired with Stephen Firestone and Stephen Ross.  January 20, 2006.
  • Discharge & Beyond:  5th Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  Co-chair.  September 16, 2005.
  • Practical Strategies for Health Professionals.  Co-Chaired with Jim Vigmond, Oatley Vigmond.  June 16, 2005.
  • Tricks of the Trade:  Hurricane Season in Auto Insurance:  Practical Strategies to Ensure your Backyard is Not a Disaster Area.  The Advocates’ Society.  Co-chaired with Stephen Firestone and Philippa Samworth.  January 14, 2005.
  • Discharge & Beyond:  4th Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  Co-chair. September  2004.
  • Tricks of the Trade:  Proving and Disproving Liability in Personal Injury Claims.  The Advocates’ Society.  Co-chaired with Philippa Samworth.  January 23, 2004.
  • Discharge & Beyond:  3rd Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  Co-chair.  September 12, 2003.
  • Tricks of the Trade:  Practical Strategies of Conducting Jury Trials.  The Advocates’ Society.  Co-chaired with Philippa Samworth.  January 16, 2003.
  • Playing to Win:  Strategies for Success in a Changing Auto Insurance Environment.  Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.  Co-chaired with Patrick Brown, Robert Durante and William Teggart.  May 24 and 25, 2002.
  • Discharge & Beyond:  2nd Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  Co-chaired with Patrick Brown.  September 13, 2002.
  • Tricks of the Trade:  Practical Strategies for Personal Injury Lawyers featuring Plaintiffs and a Strategy for Success in a Bill 59 Environment.  The Advocates’ Society.  Co-chaired with Michael Head and Philippa Samworth.  January 16, 2002.
  • Discharge & Beyond:  1st Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  September 14, 2001.

Papers Presented

  • January 11, 2012, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice: Panel Presentation on the Impact of Changes in the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule.
  • September 28, 2010, New Lawyers: Developing and Funding a Plaintiffs Practice. Donald Lamont Learning Centre. Speaker.
  • January 25 and 26, 2010. The Canadian Institute’s 8th Annual Forum: Personal Injury Settlement.
  • October 2, 2009, Trauma Conference: Cross Examination of Doctor’s on Medical Malpractice Matters.
    Transport Trucks: 75 Feet of Negligence. Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Spring Conference.
  • February 14, 2008, Torts for Law Clerks Focus on Personal Injury Litigation: Preparation for Examination for Discovery. Speaker.
  • September 26, 2007, Canadian Institute Conference on Threshold. Speaker.
  • October 26, 2007, Ontario Trial Lawyers Associates. 2007 Fall Conference.  Using Demonstrative Aids in your Opening.
  • October 18, 2007, The Law Society of Upper Canada.  Personal Injury and Mental Capacity Law Strategies for Claims Involving Incapable Parties.  Structuring the Settlement with an Eye to Capacity Issues.
  • September 13, 2007, Discharge & Beyond:  7th Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  Understanding the Turbulence:  New Developments in Automotive Legislation.  Co-written by Patrick Brown and Kate Mazzucco.
  • March 3, 2007, Ontario Bar Association.  Central East Advocacy Conference:  Focused Advocacy – Making Trials Affordable:  Why & How.  Whittling Down a Civil Case.
  • October 28, 2006, Ontario Trial Lawyer’s Association.  2006 Fall Conference.  Turn Up the Heat – Strategic Use of Offers to Settle.
  • September 14, 2006, Discharge & Beyond:  6th Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  Evolution of the Catastrophic Impairment.
  • June 16, 2005, Practical Strategies for Health Professionals Conference.  Automobile Compensation for Children.
  • May 2005, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.  2005 Spring Conference:  Be in the Know:  Empowered for Trial.  Building an Economic Loss Case.
  • December 2004, The Canadian Institute.  Anatomy of an Auto Insurance Claim Action:  Tips for Building and Litigating a Winning Case.
  • October 2004, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.  Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses.
  • September 2004, Discharge and Beyond:  4th Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  Get Ready, Get Set, You’ve Been Called as a Witness.
  • September 2004, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.  National Spinal Cord Research Conference:  The Evolving Architecture of Patient Care, Education and Research.  Scheduling Services to Meet the Needs of the Spinal Cord Injured Population.
  • June 2004, York University and Ontario Psychologists Association.  Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology.  Expert Testimony.
  • June 2004, Toronto Trial Lawyers Association.  Bill 198 – 6 Months Later.
  • June 2004, Practical Strategies for Health Care Professionals:  Making the Best of Bill 198.  Preparing for that Killer Cross-Examination on your Qualifications.  Co-presented with Lisa Kunow of OPUS Rehabilitation.
  • February 2004, The Law Society of Upper Canada.  The Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases.  Program #3:  Trial Practice Strategies from Closing the Opening to Closing the Case.  Ten Tips for Effective Examinations in Chief.
  • December 2003, The Law Society of Upper Canada. The Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury in Motor Vehicle Cases:  Program #2:  Trial Practice. Strategies from the Opening Interview to Opening the Jury.  Assessing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Case.
  • November 2003, The Law Society of Upper Canada.  The Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases:  Developing Your Case for a Winning Result.  Changes to the SABS – New Limits, New Procedures, New Strategies.
  • September 2003, Practical Strategies for Health Care Professionals:  Bill 59 and the Neurotrauma Patient.  The New Auto Insurance Act:  Changes to the Tort and the Implications.
  • September 2003, Practical Strategies for Health Care Professionals:  Bill 59 and the Neurotrauma Patient.  Cashing out Accident Benefits:  When and How Should This Be Done.
  • September 2003, Discharge and Beyond:  3rd Annual Spinal Cord Conference. Current MVA Legislation.
  • December 2002, The Law Society of Upper Canada.  The Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases:  More Successful Strategies.  The Perils of Surveillance:  How to Use It?  How to Force Disclosure.
  • November 2002, The Law Society of Upper Canada.  The Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases:  More Successful Strategies.  Program #1:  Strategic Case Development.  The “Nuts and Bolts” of Proving Claims for Loss of Housekeeping and Handyman Capacity.
  • September 2002, Discharge and Beyond:  2nd Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  Funding for Rehabilitation:  Two Sides of the Coin.
  • January 2002, The Advocates’ Society. Tricks of the Trade: Practical Strategies for Personal Injury Lawyers, Plaintiff Perspective on Motions for Expert Assessments and Expert Evidence at Trial
  • December 2001, Sibley and Associates Staff Inservice, Medical Legal Report Writing for Health Practitioners
  • October 2001, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, Questions About Evidence You Were Afraid to Ask
  • September 2001, Excel Care.  Discharge and Beyond:  1st Annual Spinal Cord Conference.  Getting Paid for Reasonable and Necessary Treatment.
  • June 2001, Neuro Rehabilitation Services, Outcome Measurement Conference, Ensuring Successful Outcomes in a Bill 59 Environment
  • April 2001, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, Maximizing Settlement Through Private Mediation
  • March 2001, George Brown College, Fundamentals of Canadian Law, Elements of a Jury Trial
  • March 2001, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, Creating the Trial Notebook
  • February 2001, Sunnybrook Hospital, Medical Legal Report Writing for Health Practitioners
  • February 2001, Advocate Society, Practical Strategies for Advocates X, Arbitration vs. Court:  Which Forum Should You Choose and Why
  • January 2001, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, The Pre-Discovery Meeting with the Plaintiff
  • December 2000, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, File Organization: Having the File and Facts at Your Finger Tips
  • November 2000, Canadian Institute, Litigating Disability Claims, Strategies for Dealing with Surveillance (Co-Author with John McLeish who presented paper)
  • October 2000, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, First Steps in Developing Case Theories of Liability
  • September 2000, Bad Faith Conference Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Bad Faith Claims: Types of Damages Available (Co-Author with John McLeish who presented paper)
  • October 1999,  Fall Conference Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Practical Considerations of the Hearsay Rule October 1999,  Parkdale Community Legal Services, An Accident Benefit Overview
  • May 1999,  Spring Conference Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Using Surveillance to Your Advantage
  • May 1997,  Spring Conference, What is the Time of Trial
  • October 1997, Fall Conference Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Doctors, Hospitals, Legal Basis, Liability (Co-Author with Moi Vienneau who presented paper)
  • November 1996,  County of Carlton Law Association Civil Litigation updated, Bill 59: Tactical Considerations in a Tort Claim

Recent Media

Areas of Practice

  • Plaintiffs' Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Disability Insurance
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1995

Education

  • University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, London, Ontario, Canada
    • Bachelor of Laws - 1994
  • McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1991
    • Major: Economics

Published Works

  • The Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle, (Co-Author), Canada Law Book Inc., Chapters 5, 14, 18 28 and 35. December, 2002
  • Inoculating the Problem Case. The Litigator, November, 2003
  • The Changing Face of Case Management in Toronto. The Litigator, Fall, 2005
  • Doctors, Hospitals, Legal Basis, Liability, (Co-Authored with Moi Vienneau Who Presented Paper), Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Fall, 1997
  • Bad Faith Claims: Types of Damages Available, (Co-Authored with John McLeish Who Presented Paper), Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, September, 2000
  • Strategies for Dealing with Surveillance, Litigating Disability Claims, (Co-Authored with John McLeish Who Presented Paper), The Canadian Institute, November, 2000

Classes/Seminars

  • Bill 59: Tactical Considerations in a Tort Claim, County of Carlton Law, 1996
  • Doctors, Hospitals, Legal Basis, Liability, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 1997
  • What is the Time of Trial, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Spring Conference, 1997
  • Using Surveillance to your Advantage, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Spring Conference, 1999
  • An Accident Benefit Overview, Parkdale Community Legal Services, 1999
  • Practical Considerations of the Hearsay Rule, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Fall Conference., 1999
  • Bad Faith Claims: Types of Damages Available, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Bad Faith Conference, 2000
  • First Steps in Developing Case Theories of Liability, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice under Bill 59, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2000
  • Strategies for Dealing with Surveillance, The Canadian Institute, Litigating Disability Claims, 2000
  • File Organization: Having the File and Facts at your Fingertips, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice under Bill 59, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2000
  • The Pre-Discovery Meeting with the Plaintiff, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice under Bill 59, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2001
  • Arbitration vs. Court: Which Forum Should You Choose and Why, Practical Strategies for Advocates X., The Advocates' Society, 2001
  • Medical Legal Report Writing for Health Professionals, Sunnybrook Hospital, 2001
  • Creating the Trial Notebook, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice under Bill 59, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2001
  • Elements of a Jury Trial, Fundamentals of Canadian Law, George Brown College, 2001
  • Maximizing Settlement Through Private Mediation, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice under Bill 59, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2001
  • Ensuring Successful Outcomes in a Bill 59 Environment, NeuroRehabilitation Services. Outcome Measurement Conference, 2001
  • Getting Paid for Reasonable and Necessary Treatment, Excel Care. Discharge & Beyond: 1st Annual Spinal Cord Conference, 2001
  • Questions About Evidence You Were Afraid to Ask Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice under Bill 59, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2001
  • Medical Legal Report Writing for Health Professionals, Sibley & Associates Staff Inservice, 2001
  • Plaintiff Perspective on Motions for Expert Assessments and Expert Evidence at Trial, Tricks of the Trade: Practical Strategies for Personal Injury Lawyers, The Advocates' Society, 2002
  • Funding for Rehabilitation: Two Sides of the Coin, Excel Care. Discharge & Beyond: 2nd Annual Spinal Cord Conference, 2002
  • The "Nuts and Bolts" of Proving Claims for Loss of Housekeeping and Handyman Capacity, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Program #1: Strategic Case Development, 2002
  • The Perils of Surveillance: How to Use It? How to Force Disclosure Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases: More Successful Strategies, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2002
  • Current MVA Litigation, Excel Care. Discharge & Beyond: 3rd Annual Spinal Cord Conference, 2003
  • Cashing out Accident Benefits: When and How Should This Be Done, Practical Strategies for Healthcare Professionals: Bill 59 and the Neurotrauma Patient, 2003
  • The New Auto Insurance Act: Changes to the Tort and the Implications, Practical Strategies for Health Care Professionals: Bill 59 and the Neurotrauma Patient, 2003
  • Changes to the SABS - New Limits, New Procedures, New Strategies, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2003
  • Assessing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Case, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Program #2: Trial Practice. Strategies from the Opening Interview to Opening the Jury, 2003
  • Ten Tips for Effective Examination in Chief, Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Program #3: Trial Practice Strategies from Closing the Opening to Closing the Case, 2004
  • Preparing for that Killer Cross-Examination on your Qualifications, Practical Strategies for Health Care Professionals: Making the Best of Bill 198, Co-presented with Lisa Kunow of OPUS Rehabilitation, 2004
  • Bill 198 - 6 Months Later, Toronto Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Expert Testimony, Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology, York University and Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Scheduling Services to Meet the Needs of the Spinal Cord Injured Population, The Evolving Architecture of Patient Care, Education and Research, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. National Spinal Cord Research Conference, 2004
  • Get Ready, Get Set, You've Been Called as a Witness, Excel Care. Discharge & Beyond: 4th Annual Spinal Cord Conference, 2004
  • Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, 2004
  • Anatomy of an Auto Insurance Claim Action: Tips for Building and Litigating a Winning Case, The Canadian Institute, 2004
  • Building an Economic Loss Case., Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. Spring Conference: Be in the Know: Empowered for Trial, 2005
  • Automobile Compensation for Children, Practical Strategies for Health Care Professionals, 2005
  • Evolution of the Catastrophic Impairment Excel Care, Discharge & Beyond: 6th Annual Spinal Cord Conference, 2006
  • Turn Up the Heat - Strategic Use of Offers to Settle, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Fall Conference, 2006
  • Whittling Down a Civil Case, Central East: Focussed Advocacy - Making Trials Affordable: Why & How, Ontario Bar Association, 2007
  • Understanding the Turbulence: New Developments in Automotive, Excel Care. Discharge & Beyond: 7th Annual Spinal Cord Conference., 2007
  • Structuring the Settlement with an Eye to Capacity Issues, Personal Injury and Mental Capacity Law Strategies for Claims Involving Incapable Parties, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2007
  • Using Demonstrative Aids in your Opening, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Fall Conference, 2007
  • Great Debates in Insurance Law: Effective Settlement Strategies at Mediation, Ontario Bar Insurance Institute Program February, 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Advocates' Society
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Toronto Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Loopstra, Nixon & McLeish, Articling Student/Personal Injury Litigator, 1994 - 1998
  • John McLeish & Associates, Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigator, 1999 - 2002

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