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Alison Burrison

Alison has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario, as well as administrative tribunals on behalf of her clients. She has also represented clients at multiple mediations involving complex matters of liability and damages.


Alison Burrison brings a wealth of experience in the area of personal injury litigation, especially paediatric brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and orthopaedic injuries. As a mother of two young boys, she loves working for children and their families, many of which have sustained catastrophic injuries or losses (including the loss of a loved one). She understands her clients do not just require financial security; they also need someone who understands what they have gone through. Alison says her job is most rewarding when she “can help [her] clients stay positive and focus on their future goals and ultimately give them the financial security to reach them.” One client says, “she is the definition of a professional while allowing herself to be empathetic and dedicated to ensuring her client’s needs are met.”

As a female lawyer Alison is referred by many lawyers, experts and professionals in the health care industry because of her ability to connect with families and to guide them through the legal process after life changing injuries. Her compassion and dedication to her cases make her a favourable counterpart to her clients. One health care professional says, “it is refreshing to associate, collaborate and work with someone who is open-minded and values the knowledge, skill and experience of another professional.”

Alison has a Bachelor and Master of Laws from Dalhousie University. She has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario and British Columbia, as well as administrative tribunals on behalf of her clients. She has also represented clients at multiple mediations and pre-trial conferences involving complex matters of liability and damages.

When Alison is not working, she loves travelling with her family, even if it is just for the weekend!

Expertise & News


  • Dear Alison:
    A long overdue, but very hearty, thank you to you and Dale for taking such good care of Mary regarding her claim. The accident was a very challenging time for our family (particularly my Dad) and I was so relieved that there was a good outcome for Mary, despite the then-and-ongoing challenges. Please keep in touch.
    Kind Regards,
  • Having an incurable chronic illness, it was understandably surprising to receive a notice from my ”Insurer” suddenly terminating my long-term disability benefits.  In reviewing the notice with my longtime family friend and lawyer, he advised me to seek legal council.  He suggested Alison Burrison and McLeish Orlando who were highly recommended within in his circle of lawyer friends. Alison was committed to understanding my situation and my illness.  Her professional demeanor is complemented by her assertive negotiation skills.  Through investigation of my situation she was able to understand the nature of my illness and present the facts in a manner that resulted in reversal of the Insurer’s decision. -Jodi C
  • Hi Dale, Alison, Kimberly, Nicole, and the entire team of medical support staff,
    Words cannot sufficiently express our gratitude for your guidance, support, caring, and hard work….we could go on and on……! You put together an amazing team, and met all of M’s challenges with such dedication that we always felt secure in knowing that, no matter what, you and your team would find the best possible solutions. You are amazing individuals. Apart from the obvious professionalism of your respective companies, your genuine caring, and openness to listening to clients, sets you apart. We would like you to know that you all gave M all the tools he needed to maximize his recovery. He is sure to spend his lifetime…giving back..equally! Please forward this email to all support staff that worked with M as we truly appreciate the utmost attention, kindness, knowledge, and support he received at every stage of his recovery. We honestly could not imagine having gone through the process without you! You all have our family’s deepest gratitude for life! Best wishes to all for continued success in your respective careers…you are all truly exceptional, as professionals and as human beings!
    The G Family
  • Dear Ms. Alison Burrison,
    I just wanted to thank you very much for your help and patience. You made a difficult time for me much easier and I appreciate it tremendously.
    Kind regards,

Notable Cases

  • Large Settlement for Young Girl Brings New Hope for her Future in Canada.

Recent Media

Professional Affiliations

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • The Ontario Bar Association
  • Ontario Brain Injury Association
  • Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Law Society of British Columbia
  • American Association for Justice

Published Works

  • Onus on the defence to justify further discovery.  The Lawyers Weekly, November 2014
  • A National Data Bank on Physicians’ Negative Performance History: “Right to Privacy vs. Protection of the Public”, LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2006
  • HIV Testing Policies for Pregnant Women: Who Cares? It is Just a Test?, LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2006
  • Collaboration in Primary Health Care: “Will Physicians be Liable as Captains of the Ship?” LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2005
  • Expanding the Duty of Care in Professional Negligence Cases: “The Effect of Finney v. Barreau du Quebec on Medical Regulatory Bodies in Common Law Provinces”, LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2005
  • Denying Compensation to Women who Suffer Emotional Harm from a Perinatal Injury or Loss: “Is Tort Law Biased?”, LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2005
  • Avoiding Punitive Damages: “Post Whiten v. Pilot Insurance Co.”, Harbour & Shipping, September, 2004

Papers and Presentations

  • “Litigation Loans and Adverse Cost Insurance,” – Toronto Lawyers Association, December 12, 2016
  • Trending Issues for Personal Injury Defence Lawyers – Part 1,” – Toronto Lawyers Association, November 2016
  • Toronto Lawyers Association Nutshell Program – Practical Approaches for the Personal Injury Lawyer – November 9, 2016
  • Faculty speaker at Osgoode Professional Development – Successful Settlements: Strategies and Tactics For Civil Litigators – November 26, 2015.
  • Panel speaker at Toronto Lawyers Association Nutshell Program – Hot Topics in Accident Benefits – October 29, 2015
  • Authored and presented “Top 5 Tort Cases – 2014 in Review” at The Oatley McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation 2015 Conference on March 26, 2015.
  • “Paediatriac TBI”, NRIO Breakfast Seminar, June 20, 2014
  • “Tricks of the Trade 2013: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Latest Updates, Critical Case Law and New Practical Tips”, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, January 25, 2013
  • “The Twelve-Minute Accident Benefit Insurance Litigator”, Law Society of Upper Canada, November 27, 2012
  • “Guardianship Seminar”, The Bank of Nova Trust Company, Toronto, Ontario, November 19, 2012
  • “OTLA 2012 Fall Conference, Playbook for Trial: Rolling Out Winning Strategies”, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, Ontario, October 24 – 25, 2012
  • “The 2012 Oatley McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation”, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Ontario, January 11, 2012
  • Osgoode Professional Development – Managing and Litigating Motor Vehicle Claims- “How Will Auto Claims be Impacted by the New Rules of Civil Procedure?” March 24, 2010.
  • The Oatley-Mcleish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation – “Top 5 Accident Benefit Cases from 2009” – March 5, 2010.
  • The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Demonstrative Evidence, Part Two –Its Use in All Phases of Litigation – “Use in Orthopaedic Cases” – December 3, 2009.
  • The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation, Part Two- Accident Benefits and Practice Trends – “Obtaining Court Approval: Some Modern Realities and Strategies” – November 21, 2008
  • “Annual Conference 2007″, American Association for Justice, Chicago, Illinois, June 13, 2007 – June 17, 2007
  • “Spring Conference 2007″, Ontario Trial Lawyer’s Association, Toronto, Ontario,, May 26, 2007
  • “Civil Litigation Skills Certificate Program – Discovery Done Right”, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, April 19, 2007
  • “Tricks of the Trade 2007 – Practical Strategies for Winning Auto Cases”, The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, January 19, 2007
  • “Health Care Litigation – The Medical Malpractice Trial”, Continuing Legal Education Society, Toronto, Ontario, 2006
  • “Money, Money, Money – Bioethics Confronts Dollars & Sense”, 17th Canadian Bioethics Society Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 20, 2006 – October 23, 2006
  • Collaboration in Primary Health Care: “Will Physicians be Liable as Captains of the Ship?”, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Training Program Colloquium, Toronto, Ontario, May 4, 2006 – May 5, 2006
  • “Health Law at the Supreme Court of Canada”, 3rd National Health Law Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 23, 2006 – February 25, 2006
  • “Medicine for Lawyers”, Continuing Legal Education Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 6, 2005
  • Privacy Issues in the Marine Industry: “The Impact of PIPEDA and PIPA”, Vancouver, March 25, 2004
  • Promoting Wellness in the Workplace: “Accommodating Ill or Disabled Employees and Protecting

Community Involvement

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 2005
  • British Columbia, 2003


  • Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Master of Laws – 2006
    • Major: Health Law and Policy
  • Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Bachelor of Laws – 2002
  • McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    • Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude
    • Honours: Honours
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