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Dale Orlando

Dale was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996. He is a Past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and has been chosen by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.

About

In 1991, Dale graduated with a B.A. in Economics from McMaster University and in 1994 went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Western Ontario. Dale joined Loopstra, Nixon & McLeish as an articling student and continued as an associate on his call to the bar in 1996.

Dale is one of the founding partners in McLeish Orlando. He is a Past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Advocates’ Society. Dale is Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Most recently, Dale has been selected by his peers as “Most Frequently Recommended” in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and listed each year in the Best Lawyers in Canada Registry since 2010.

Dale’s practice is dedicated exclusively to personal injury and wrongful death cases, acting on behalf of injured people and their family members. Dale looks forward to helping people who have suffered serious personal injuries. He finds that it is the most fulfilling and rewarding type of work that you can do as a lawyer.

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

Expertise & News

Honours & Achievements

Testimonials

  • 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!
    Sincerely,
    The G Family
  • Dear Dale,
    This message is long overdue, however, on behalf of our entire family, we wish to express our utmost gratitude and appreciation toward you and your staff at McLeish Orlando. The dedication, professionalism and consideration exhumed towards J’s healthcare needs has lifted everyone’s spirits as a feeling of positive direction has been initiated.
    We truly feel blessed to have had your firm represent J’s care and offer a sense of calm when we urgently needed it many times!
    In closing, we wish all of you good health and continued success in a much needed service provided by McLeish Orlando.
    Sincerely,
    R, J and Family.
  • Dear Dale, Joseph and the rest of your wonderful staff,
    You have worked so hard for me over the last three years and I will never forget you all. I feel like I will get somewhat of a new start on life hopefully. I have to stay positive that I will not have to have another surgery. I would like to thank Kimberly for answering all my questions and also for all the positive thoughts and taking time for me. I am going through a lot, but I have great friends and family that are helping me through it, but now I have a new house to start new memories and I will always be thankful.
    Yours truly, S
  • Dear Dale:
    We want to thank you and your staff for your support over the past 3 ½ years. At the outset, we didn’t realize how difficult to process this would be, but fortunately we picked the right firm to represent us. We would certainly recommend McLeish Orlando to anyone that asks.
    Yours gratefully,
    C
  • Mr. Dale Orlando,
    I wish to express my sincere gratitude to you and the staff of your office for having handled my case very satisfactorily. I am very thankful.
    Yours truly
    H
  • To Dale, Loretta, Kimberly and all the wonderful staff who worked on our file.
    Thank you all for your kindness and sensitivity in all your dealings of our file. We feel truly blessed to have been guided through such a difficult ordeal with the expertise and warmth of such an amazing team.
    D Family
  • Dear Dale:
    Thank you for giving me the most wonderful ladies in your office to help me. Their kindness, patience and knowledge is helping me so much though this difficult process. I do appreciate it more than words day.
    Sincerely,
    HG
  • Dear Dale, Joseph, Sal and Staff,
    Thank you for all your support and efforts over the past few years. We appreciate the expertise and hard work from the McLeish Orlando team.
    Best, BN
  • Dear Mr. Dale Orlando,
    Thank you very much for all your help and generosity during what was a very trying time for me. Your kindness is very much appreciated.
    Sincerest regards,
    MF

Recent Media

Professional Affiliations

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Ontario Trial  Lawyers Association, Immediate Past President, 2011 – 2012
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2010 – 2011
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, President Elect, 2009 – 2010
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2008-2010
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Director, 2007-2012
  • Ontario Bar Association, No-Fault Working Group, 2006-2010
  • Advocate’s Society, Insurance Committee Member, 2001-2006
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Director, 2000 – 2004

Published Works

  • Onus on the defence to justify further discovery.  The Lawyers Weekly, November 2014
  • Non-lawyers in the ownership mix. Pg 1. Pg 2. The Lawyers Weekly, June 2014
  • The effect of living longer and working older.  The Lawyers Weekly, February 2014
  • Preparing an Expert Witness for Trial. Insurance Lawyer, October 2013
  • A heavy burden of proof to deduct benefits. The Lawyers Weekly, June 2013
  • ‘Catastrophic impairment’: What’s at stake. The Star, April 2011
  • The Changing Face of Case Management in Toronto. The Litigator, Fall, 2005
  • Inoculating the Problem Case. The Litigator, November, 2003
  • 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
  • Strategies for Dealing with Surveillance, Litigating Disability Claims, (Co-Authored with John McLeish Who Presented Paper), The Canadian Institute, November, 2000
  • Bad Faith Claims: Types of Damages Available, (Co-Authored with John McLeish Who Presented Paper), Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, September, 2000
  • Doctors, Hospitals, Legal Basis, Liability, (Co-Authored with Moi Vienneau Who Presented Paper), Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Fall, 1997

Programs Chaired & Co-Chaired

  • Co-Chair Practical Strategies Conference at the Carlu, June 13, 2013
  • Chair Partners in Trauma Conference at Hamilton Health Sciences, May 7, 2013
  • Co-Chair National Witness Academy, May 2, 2013
  • Chair program for Osgoode Professional Development, Expert Evidence in Personal Injury Cases, April 10, 2013
  • 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 & Presentations

  • 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

Community Involvement

  • Annual supporter of SickKids Sponsor-A-Family Program
  • Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Wheelchair Relay Participant
  • Brain Injury Society of Toronto -5K Run, Participant
  • Lawyers Feed the Hungry
  • Annual McLeish Orlando Turkey Drive supporting the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank

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
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McLeish Orlando is a Toronto personal injury law firm representing people who have been seriously injured and family members who have lost a loved one through the negligence of others. McLeish Orlando is a recognized leader within wrongful death and personal injury law. We represent people who have suffered brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and serious orthopaedic injuries. We strive for a fair settlement and the best possible results for our clients.

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