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John A. McLeish

John A. McLeish

Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone:
888-494-8201 (Toll free)
Fax:
416-366-3330
Email:

John's practice is devoted to representing individuals and their families who have suffered losses through a serious or catastrophic personal injury or the death of a loved one.

John's Achievements

Recently named Toronto's 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers in Canada, John has recovered the largest personal injury damages award in Canada - an $18.4 million award for a young brain injured girl and her family against a negligent driver, an insurance company and the Ministry of Transportation.

John has also recovered the largest jury verdict in Canada for two young children whose father was killed through the negligence of a truck driver.

Because insurance companies and defence lawyers are aware of John's track record, his skill in a courtroom, and his ability to achieve high awards, this helps John achieve favourable out of court settlements for his clients.

Who are John's clients?

John's clients include people from all age groups including children, adults, and the elderly. John's clients also include judges, other lawyers, insurance adjusters, and physicians who have suffered serious injury through the negligence of another party. John represents individuals through-out the country from Atlantic Canada to British Columbia.

John's Area of Expertise

John's areas of expertise include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, serious orthopaedic injuries, and fatal accidents arising from, motor vehicle collisions, drunk driving, the excessive serving of alcohol by bars and restaurants, unsafe road and highways, pedestrian accidents, cycling accidents, boating accidents, and school negligence cases.

Rehabilitation for Injured Clients is a Priority

John works hard to ensure his clients reach their maximum potential and return to productive lives in the community. He does this by putting into place the best rehabilitation team. Over the years John has worked with many health care professionals and uses only the best and most experienced professionals to provide rehabilitation to his clients. These professionals include physicians of various specialties, case managers, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, nurses, rehab support workers, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and life care planners who are dedicated to the rehabilitation of every client.

John co-chairs a conference every year for rehabilitation and health care professionals where the conference presenters include international leaders in fields like neuro-trauma, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, injuries to children, injuries to the elderly, treating and rehabilitating fractures to joints, helping families cope with a catastrophically injured family member and the best practices for preparing life care plans.

What Do John's Clients Say About Him?

Here is what the mother of a brain injured son says about John.

"After my son suffered a severe brain injury, I hired John McLeish. At the outset John hired the best rehabilitation people to insure my son would reach his full potential. John and his team achieved a much higher settlement for my son than my husband and I ever expected. Today my son can live independently in his community with his financial future secure".

Here is what the mother of her two daughters, who suffered serious personal injuries, says about John.

"When we hired a lawyer, we did not know what to expect. John and his team kept us totally informed and involved us in all important decisions. My girls continue to receive rehabilitation help from the best health professionals. One of my girls is now in university and other is entering college. My husband and I are very grateful to John and his team."

Recognition by the Legal Profession

In addition to being named by Best Lawyers in Canada as Toronto's 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation, John also earned the title of Toronto's Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law in 2012.

John is named in the National Post's list of Best Lawyers in Canada. He is certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also recognized on Lexpert's list of Leading Practitioners in Toronto as ‘Most Frequently Recommended'. As well, John is rated AV (Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, the highest rating for legal skill and integrity that a lawyer can receive. In addition, John has received recognition for his work as a lawyer that very few lawyers ever receive – he has been inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Helping Other Lawyers Become Better Advocates for Their Clients

John is the coauthor of three published books on personal injury litigation. The purpose behind the three books is to teach other lawyers how to expertly develop and prepare cases involving personal injury and wrongful death cases in order to achieve the maximum settlement. One of the books is devoted exclusively to traumatic brain injury cases. Chapters in the books deal with spinal cord injuries, serious orthopaedic injuries, and wrongful death cases. Other chapters deal with tactics and strategies involved in mediation and trial.

The Law Society of Upper Canada asks John to annually co-chair continuing legal education programs on personal injury and wrongful death cases. These programs are broadcast across the province to other lawyers.

John chairs programs and gives continuing legal education lectures across Canada and the United States to the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers' Association, the Trial Lawyers' Association of British Columbia, The Advocates' Society, the American Association for Justice, Osgoode Hall Law School, The University of Western Ontario, Queens University, the University of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital, Lyndhurst Hospital, Hamilton General Hospital and numerous medical and rehabilitation associations.

Recent Media

The Lawyers Weekly, "Never forget who is most important"

Advocate Daily, "Clients suffer when lawyers are spread too thin"

The Lawyers Weekly, "Going remote, and worry-free"

Advocate Daily, "By using technology, laptops can replace briefcases"

Advocate Daily, "Lawyers could learn from juror process"

The Lawyers Weekly, “Jury out on whether civil panels can speak”

Advocate Daily, “Effective case management needed to reduce court delays”

Law Times, "Lawyers frustrated as motion delays hit 7 months"

Advocate Daily, "McLeish named personal injury Lawyer of the Year"

Toronto Star, "TTC Driver Charged in Fatal Lawrence Ave Crash"

Toronto Star, "Family of Woman Who Died in TTC Bus Crash Speaks Out"

Toronto Sun, "Bus Crash Victim's Family Launches Suit"

CP24, "Family of Woman Killed in TTC Crash Launching Lawsuit"

Torontoist, "Family of Woman Who Died on TTC Bus-Crane Crash Plans to Sue"

Newstalk 1010, "Family Suing TTC Over Mother's Death"

CTV News, "Family of Woman Killed in Bus Crash Filing Lawsuit"

680 News, "Family of Woman Killed in TTC Bus Crash Launching Lawsuit"

Madhunt, “Beeton family wins record settlement for 2002 accident

The Barrie Examiner,  “Crash victim awarded $18M; highest in Canada

Canadian Underwriter, “Ontario court awards record auto injury amount of Cdn $18.4 million

The Star, “Ontario crash victim gets record $18M

Simcoe County, “Beeton woman awarded record $18 million

Areas of Practice

  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Disability Insurance
  • Wrongful Death

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario

Education

  • Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Bachelor of Laws
  • University of Western Ontario, Ontario
    • B.A.

Published Works

  • Expert Evidence: Setting the Stage for Expert Testimony at Trial (Co-Author), The Advocates Quarterly, Volume 22 No. 4 April, 2000
  • Contingencies; Loss of Interpersonal Relationships; the Material Contribution Test; and Punitive, Exemplary and Aggravated Damages, The Modern Law of Damages. The Law Society of Upper Canada, Special Lectures., 2005
  • The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, (Co-Author with Roger G. Oatley), Canada Law Book, 2002
  • The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Brain Injury Litigation, (Co-Authored with Roger G. Oatley), LexisNexis Butterworths, December, 2005
  • Bill 59: A Step By Step Procedural Manual and Precedents, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, October, 1996
  • Bill 198: A Procedural Guide, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Sexual Assault: Finding the Deep Pocket: Creative Ways to Tag Insurers and Institutional Defendants (Co-Author with John D. Johnson), Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, April 30, 1999
  • Presenting Claims on Behalf of Plaintiffs in a Bill 164 Environment, (Co-Author John D. Johnson), Insight, October 30, 1993
  • Strategies for Expanding the Scope of Non-Economic General Damages, (Co-Authored with John D. Johnson), The Advocates' Society, Practical Strategies for Advocates III, November 26, 1993
  • Weekly Benefits and Designated Assessment Centres, (Co-Authored with Roger Oatley), The Advocates Society, The Hands-on, Nuts & Bolts of Bill 164 & the Regulations, April 11, 1994
  • Sexual Assault: Finding The Deep Pocket: Creative Ways to Tag Insurers and Institutional Defendants, Litigation Remedies for Victims of Family Violence. (Co-Author with John D. Johnson), The Advocates' Society and Family Court Clinic, May 2, 1994
  • The Tort/Accident Benefits Interface: Strategies for Dealing with The Impossible: The Effect of the Coderre Case, Practical Strategies of Advocates IV. (Co-Authored with John D. Johnson), The Advocates' Society, November 25, 1994
  • The Tort/Accident Benefits Interface: Coderre, Cox and Carter, (Co-Authored with John D. Johnson), The Advocates' Society, Accident Benefits Workshops, April 27, 1995
  • The Non-Deductibility of Accident Benefits Under Four Insurance Schemes, Practical Strategies for Advocates V.(Co-Authored with John D. Johnson), The Advocates' Society, January 12, 1996
  • The Inter-relationship Between First and Third Party Claims: Changes to Cox v. Carter: A Roadmap to AIRS (Bill 59), (Co-Author with John Johnson), The Canadian Bar Association & The Law Society of Upper Canada, September 27, 1996
  • Damages for Spinal Cord Injuries in a Bill 59 Environment, (Co-Author with Michael Smitiuch), Michael Smitiuch, December 9, 1997
  • Bad Faith Claims: Types of Damages Available, (Co-Authored with Dale Orlando), Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Bad Faith Litigation Section, September 15, 2000
  • Strategies for Dealing with Surveillance When Representing Plaintiffs (Co-Author with Dale Orlando), The Canadian Institute, Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, November 6, 2000
  • The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Anatomy and Impairement. (Co-authored with Roger G. Oatley) LexisNexis April 2009

Classes/Seminars

  • Practical Strategies for Funding Case Development, The Advocates' Society. Practical Strategies for Advocates I, June 14, 1990
  • The Expert Witness as an Essential Element of a Medical Malpractice Case, Institute for International Research, May 19, 1992
  • Strategies for Proof of Permanent, Serious Impairment of an Important Bodily Function: Effective Medical Evidence, The Advocates' Society. Practical Strategies for Advocates II., November 20, 1992
  • Sexual Assault: Finding the Deep Pocket: Creative Ways to Tag Insurers and Institutional Defendants, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, April 30, 1993
  • Presenting Claims on Behalf of Plaintiffs in a Bill 164 Environment, Insight, October 30, 1993
  • Strategies for Expanding the Scope of Non-Economic General Damages, The Advocates' Society. Practical Strategies for Advocates III, November 26, 1993
  • Life After No-Fault Insurance, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, February 18, 1994
  • Weekly Benefits and Designated Assessment Centres, The Advocates Society. The Hands-on, Nuts & Bolts of Bill 164 & the Regulations, April 11, 1994
  • Sexual Assault: Finding The Deep Pocket: Creative Ways to Tag Insurers and Institutional Defendants, The Advocates' Society and Family Court Clinic., Litigation Remedies for Victims, May 2, 1994
  • Empower the Jury, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, May 28, 1994
  • The Tort/Accident Benefits Interface: Strategies for Dealing with The Impossible: The Effect of the Coderre Case, Practical Strategies of Advocates IV., The Advocates' Society., November 25, 1994
  • Trial Advocacy Techniques, Faculty of Law. Osgoode Hall., January 11, 1995
  • Winning in Opening and Closing, Faculty of Law. Queen's University, February 27, 1995
  • The Tort/Accident Benefits Interface: Coderre, Cox and Carter, Accident Benefits, The Advocates' Society.
  • The Use of Demonstrative Evidence in a Brain Injury Case, Handling the Acquired Brain Injury Claim: Legal, Medical and Rehabilitation, Insight, September 20, 1995
  • Preparing for and Executing a Winning Examination for Discovery in a Medical Malpractice case, The Canadian Institute, October 13, 1995
  • Winning Strategies in Jury and Non-Jury Trials,, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario, October 25, 1995
  • The Non-Deductibility of Accident Benefits Under Four Insurance Schemes, Practical Strategies for Advocates V., The Advocates' Society, January 12, 1996
  • Effective Damages Presentation, Simcoe County Law Association, February 1, 1996
  • The Use of Demonstrative Evidence in a Personal Injury Trial, The Lawyers Weekly, March 29, 1996
  • Closed Head Injuries: State of the Art Proof, Ontario Trial Lawyers, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia and Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, April 11, 1996
  • Children's Personal Injury Claims: Litigating Personal Injury Claims on Behalf of Children: Loss of Earning Capacity., The Canadian Institute, April 18, 1996
  • Effective and Innovative Trial Preparation in a Personal Injury Case, Law Society of Upper Canada. Osgoode Hall, May 2, 1996
  • Loss of Earning Capacity. Winning Strategies for Litigators., Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, June 1, 1996
  • Birth Trauma: The Law in Canada, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association & Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, June 21, 1996
  • Winning Techniques for Examination in Chief and Cross-Examination, Queen's University, Faculty of Law., September 19, 1996
  • The Inter-relationship Between First and Third Party Claims: Changes to Cox v. Carter: A Roadmap to AIRS (Bill 59), The Canadian Bar Association & The Law Society of Upper Canada, September 27, 1996
  • Strategies for Maximizing Future Loss of Income, Practical Strategies for Advocates VI, The Advocates Society, October 4, 1996
  • Examination in Chief of an Accountant, Winning Strategies for the Proof of Future Economic Losses, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, October 26, 1996
  • Civil Litigation Updated: Bill 59: Tactical Considerations in a Tort Claim, The County of Carleton Law Association, Ottawa, Ontario., November 8, 1996 - November 9, 1996
  • How to Introduce Exhibits and Demonstrative Evidence at Trial. Strategic Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Civil Cases, The Law Society of Upper Canada, December 5, 1996
  • Proving Causation in Medical Negligence Cases: A How-To Approach., Smooth Operations: Developing, Assessing and Conducting Medical Malpractice Claims. CBAO., February 1, 1997
  • Winning Strategies for Pleadings, Obtaining Productions & Conducting Discoveries in a Medical Malpractice Case. Winning Strategies for Targeting Non-Protected Defendants, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, November 8, 1997
  • Damages for Spinal Cord Injuries in a Bill 59 Environment, L'Expert Conference, December 9, 1997
  • Cross-Examination of a Defence Doctor, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association., New Lawyers Division, March 31, 1998
  • Medical Malpractice Checklist, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Section., June 5, 1998
  • The Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Personal Injury Cases, Personal Injury Law: Current Practices and Emerging Directions, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Special Lectures 1998, June 11, 1998
  • Medical Malpractice: What Questions to Ask and Why, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 1998 Fall Conference.
  • Proving the Non-Catastrophic Case, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 1999 Spring Conference, 1999
  • Proof and Use of Documents a Evidentiary Issues., Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 1999 Fall Conference, October 29, 1999
  • Bad Faith Claims: Types of Damages Available, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Bad Faith Litigation Section, September 15, 2000
  • The Retainer and Formal Compliance with Bill 59, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59., The Law Society of Upper Canada, October 6, 2000
  • Nine Steps in Advancing a Claim for Future Cost of Care in Potentially Non-Catastrophic Cases., Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Fall Conference., October 27, 2000
  • Strategies for Dealing with Surveillance When Representing Plaintiffs, The Canadian Institute. Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, November 6, 2000
  • Collecting and Organizing Damages Documents, The Law Society of Upper Canada, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, December 4, 2000
  • The Post-Examination for Discovery Work-Up, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, The Law Society of Upper Canada, January 16, 2001
  • Examination for Discovery of the Defendant Physician, Canadian Association of Trial Lawyers, Banff, Alta., February 2, 2001
  • Preparing for Trial, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, The Law Society of Upper Canada., March 8, 2001
  • Offer to Settle, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59., The Law Society of Upper Canada, April 26, 2001
  • The Burden of Proof in LTD Cases and Use of Juries, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, A Liability Toolbox, June 2, 2001
  • Pre-Trial Strategies: Laying the Foundation for Successful Litigation, The Canadian Institute, June 12, 2001
  • The Advanced Program on Medical Malpractice: The Latest Legal Developments and Practical Strategies for Building and Winning Your Case., June 12, 2001
  • The Elements of an Effective Opening, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, The Law Society of Upper Canada., June 15, 2001
  • The Power of Rhetoric., The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59., The Law Society of Upper Canada., June 15, 2001
  • Discharge and Beyond, Catastrophic Versus Non-Catastrophic Impairment. What is the Difference?, Spinal Cord Conference, September 14, 2001
  • Effective Examination of Witnesses, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59., The Law Society of Upper Canada, October 22, 2001
  • The Elements of a Closing, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, The Law Society of Upper Canada, November 19, 2001
  • Dealing with Damages, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59., The Law Society of Upper Canada, November 19, 2001
  • Costs: Don't Win the War and Lose the Battle, The Rooney Decision and the Implications on Offers to Settle, The Advocates' Society Court House Lecture Series. Ottawa., February 14, 2002
  • Attendant Care After Discharge: Making the SABS Work in the Real World, Practical Strategies for Health Care Professionals, April 26, 2002
  • The Paperless Office, Playing to Win: Strategies for Success in a Changing Auto Insurance Environment, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Spring Conference, April 24, 2002
  • Myth or Reality? The Paperless Office and the Electronic Trial Notebook., The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association, LegalTech Toronto Conference., November 14, 2002
  • Examinations for Discovery: Ten Tips for Getting the Information You Need, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases., The Law Society of Upper Canada, November 19, 2002
  • Planning the Examination in Chief: Using the Language of Visualization, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases., The Law Society of Upper Canada, December 10, 2002
  • Planning the Attack: Five Safe Ways to Cross-examine the Orthopaedic Surgeon, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases., The Law Society of Upper Canada, December 10, 2002
  • Openings and Closings: Explaining Athey v. Leonatti to the Jury, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases., The Law Society of Upper Canada, January 24, 2003
  • Opening Statements: Telling a Winning Story and Avoiding a Mistrial, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Fall Conference, Our Invisible Enemies, October 24, 2003
  • 5 Tips for Success in the New Regime, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, The Law Society of Upper Canada, November 6, 2003
  • Opening to the Jury: Telling a Compelling Story, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, The Law Society of Upper Canada, December 9, 2003
  • Making and Managing Objections, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases., The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 4, 2004
  • Strategies for an Effective Closing Argument, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 4, 2004
  • Assessing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Case., The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, February 6, 2004
  • Opening to the Jury: Telling A Compelling Story, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, February 6, 2004
  • Making and Managing Objections, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, February 6, 2004
  • Strategies for an Effective Closing Argument, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, February 6, 2004
  • Injured Victims, Property and Casualty Insurance Industry Forum., Langdon Hall, April 22, 2004
  • Movies and Videos in the Civil Context, Don't Just Tell Me Show Me! Orillia, Ontario Bar Association, May 1, 2004
  • Storytelling a From Pleadings to Pretrial, Persuasion Through the Magic of Storytelling, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, May 29, 2004
  • Protecting the Account of the Health Care Professional, Practical Strategies for Health Care Professionals, Making the Best of Bill 198., June 4, 2004
  • Focus Groups and Mock Trials, Personal Injury Claims Stem to Stern, Part 2: Winning at Trial, Brudenell, P.E.I., Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association, June 11, 2004
  • Opening to the Jury a Making the Best of a Golden Opportunity, Personal Injury Claims Stem to Stern, Part 2: Winning at Trial, Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association. Brudenell, P.E.I., June 11, 2004
  • Closing to the Jury a Making it Count. Personal Injury Claims Stem to Stern, Part 2: Winning at Trial, Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association, Brudenell, P.E.I., June 12, 2004
  • The Early Days: A Strategic Foundation for Success, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, The Law Society of Upper Canada, November 5, 2004
  • The Necessity of Calling The Family Doctor, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Brain Injury Litigation, The Law Society of Upper Canada, December 9, 2004
  • Putting it all Together - Proving Economic Loss, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Brain Injury Litigation, The Law Society of Upper Canada, December 9, 2004
  • The Trouble with Contingency Fees and Referral Fees, Tricks of the Trade, The Advocates' Society, January 14, 2005
  • Assessing the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Case, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, Trial Lawyers' Association of British Columbia, February 4, 2005
  • The Post-discovery Work-up, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, Trial Lawyers' Association of British Columbia, February 4, 2005
  • Opening to the Jury: Making the Best of a Golden Opportunity, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, Trial Lawyers' Association of British Columbia, February 4, 2005
  • Ten Tips for Managing Documents at Trial, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, Trial Lawyers' Association of British Columbia, February 4, 2005
  • Ten Tips for Examination in Chief, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, Trial Lawyers' Association of British Columbia, February 4, 2005
  • Making and Managing Objections at Trial, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, Trial Lawyers' Association of British Columbia., February 4, 2005
  • Closing to the Jury: Making it Count, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, Trial Lawyers' Association of British Columbia, February 4, 2005
  • Opening to the Jury in a Brain Injury Case: Special Challenges and Opportunities, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Brain Injury Litigation, The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 11, 2005
  • Effective Strategies for Examination in Chief: The Traumatic Brain Injury Expert as Teacher, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Brain Injury Litigation., The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 11, 2005
  • Closing to the Jury in a Brain Injury Case, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Brain Injury Litigation, The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 11, 2005
  • Proving Future Loss of Income and Loss of Competitive Advantage a An Update, The Canadian Bar Association, April 16, 2005
  • Proving Future Loss of Income and Loss of Competitive Advantage a An Update, Ontario Bar Association, April 16, 2005
  • Bill 198 Update: Assessing the Impact of Automobile Insurance, Litigating Disability and Auto Insurance Claims, Insight, April 19, 2005
  • Personal Injury Damages: Contingencies, Loss of Interpersonal Relationship, The Material Contribution Test and Punitive, Exemplary & Aggravated, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Special Lectures, April 20, 2005
  • Fatal Accidents a Key Steps That Can't Be Missed, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 2005 Spring Conference, May 27, 2005
  • The Rights of Children in Negligence: Protection Against the Conduct of Others, Practical Strategies for Health Professionals. Sheraton Centre, June 16, 2005
  • Practical Strategies for Developing Theories of Economic Loss, Tricks of the Trade, The Advocates' Society, January 20, 2006
  • Medical Evidence: The Importance of Medical Experts and Their Reports in Every Personal Injury Case, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, New Lawyers Division Conference., March 3, 2006
  • What's New in Litigating Brain Injury Cases, Canadian Bar Association, The National Civil Litigation CLE Conference., April 28, 2006
  • Hot Topics in Litigation and Advocacy, OBA Conference Centre. Toronto, April 28, 2006
  • Strategies for Enhancing Damages, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, The Law Society of Upper Canada, May 10, 2006
  • How to Prove Future Cost of Care, Practical Strategies for Winning Auto Cases, Tricks of the Trade, The Advocates' Society., January 19, 2007
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Persuading the Jury, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, January 1, 2007
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Persuading the Jury, Marriott Resort & Spa. Vail, Colorado., February 1, 2007
  • A Modern Guide to Litigating Brain Injury Cases, Canadian Bar Association a New Brunswick Branch, 2007
  • Lawyering in the 21st, Delta Fredericton. Fredericton., February 9, 2007
  • How to Obtain the Best Medical Reports, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Proof of Personal Injury Damages a Injuries to Joints, The Law Society of Upper Canada, May 17, 2007
  • Preparing Your Client for Trial, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Spring Conference. Westin Prince. Toronto, May 25, 2007
  • The Victims Speak Out, Auto Insurance Reform: Impact of Bill 164., The Advocates' Society, January 10, 1992
  • Understanding Chronic Pain, Practical Strategies for Advocates V., The Advocates' Society, January 12, 1996 - January 13, 1996
  • Litigating Children's Personal Injury Claims., The Canadian Institute, April 18, 1986
  • Video Surveillance in Medico-Legal Cases, The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, February 21, 2001
  • Cross-Examination of Expert Doctors on Bias, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, October 26, 2001
  • Trial Techniques Workshop for Lawyers., Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2003 Spring Conference, May 29, 2003 - May 28, 2003
  • Trends and Developments in Tort Cases., Canadian Claims Managers Association, June 4, 2003
  • Trial Experts Panel, "Little Mistakes and Fatal Mistakes", Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 2003 Fall Conference., October 24, 2003
  • What's That Damage Really Worth? 2nd National Forum on Litigating Damages, Canadian Institute, February 26, 2004
  • What's That Damage Really Worth? 3rd National Forum on Litigating Damages, Canadian Institute, February 25, 2005
  • A View from the Other Side, A Plaintiff's Lawyer's Perspective, Recent Developments in Canadian Insurance Law, Risk Management Counsel of Canada, May 5, 2005
  • Auto Insurance: Where have all the Claims Gone?, KPGM 14th Annual Insurance Issues Conference, October 20, 2005
  • Practical Strategies for Proving Economic Loss, Tricks of the Trade, The Advocates' Society, January 20, 2006
  • What's That Damage Really Worth? 4th National Forum on Litigating Damages, Canadian Institute, February 24, 2006
  • Persuasive Advocacy a Observations, Insights, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, February 2, 2007
  • What's That Damage Really Worth? 5th National Forum on Litigating Damages, Canadian Institute, February 21, 2007
  • Trial Preparation, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. Spring Conference, Westin Prince. Toronto., May 25, 2007

Honours and Awards

  • Toronto’s 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Toronto’s 2012 Lawyer of the Year in Insurance Law by Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Member
  • Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, Member
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
  • The Advocates' Society, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association, Member
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Director, 1991 - Present
  • Canadian Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • American Association for Justice, State Delegate, 1989 - 1991
  • American Association for Justice, Governor, 1991 - 1996
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Past President, 1993 - 1995
  • Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, On Council, 1995 - 1999

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McLeish Orlando LLP, Personal Injury Lawyers represents clients in the greater Toronto area (GTA) and throughout southern Ontario, including residents of Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Brampton, Woodbridge, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, Oshawa, Ajax, Whitby, Pickering, Newmarket, Aurora, Barrie, Ottawa, London, Kitchener, Waterloo, St Catharines, Niagara, Kingston and Guelph, Ontario.

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