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Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown has been practicing for over 20 years and has dedicated his career to helping those who suffer serious and catastrophic personal injuries as well as those families who have lost a loved one due to the fault of another. He has cases throughout Ontario and is a leader in the area of personal injury law.


Patrick Brown is a principal partner of the firm and has been practicing critical injury in Ontario for over 20 years.  His cases have involved children, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, biking/cycling injury, daycare and camp negligence, drowning, road disrepair and motor vehicle collisions.  He is one of a select set of lawyers in Ontario who is a Certified Specialist with the Law Society and has been voted by his fellow lawyers and listed in Best Lawyers Canada and Lexpert Lawyer Rankings. He was recently awarded the Active Transportation Champion of the Year Award by TCAT for his advocacy work with pedestrians and cyclists.  In 2012 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and is their Past President. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, cycling and playing hockey.

During his career he has successfully conducted jury and non-jury trials and has been recognized for his advocacy skills.  After successfully obtaining the jury verdict in the case of Ishoy v. Abreau, which involved a five time Olympian who was seriously injured, the trial judge stated “counsel presented their case in a focused, well organized fashion.  Their trial preparation resulted in well prepared and focused witnesses.  The charts, aerial photographs, medical illustrations, and demonstrative evidence both assisted the jury in understanding the medical and liability issues…Mr. Brown was lead counsel …his closing address to the jury was dramatic, focused and effective.” After obtaining a multi-million dollar award in Roberts v. Morana, a case involving road disrepair, Justice O’Brien noted “I have not seen a case which has been better prepared or presented than this one.”  His advocacy skills have assisted Patrick in ensuring his clients are awarded fair and reasonable awards.

Patrick was appointed by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario as an expert to the Ontario Coroners 4 Year Review on Cycling Deaths. He was selected to provide legal insight and expertise on ways to prevent cycling deaths within Ontario while representing the interests of cycling organizations such as CycleToronto, ARC, 8-80 Cities, and the United Senior Citizens of Ontario. When the Bike Law Network expanded to represent Canadian cyclists, Patrick joined as the representation for Canada in Bicycle Injury Cases.

As a leader in his field, he has taught advocacy for legal associations and the Law Society and has been widely published within Canada Law Books and legal magazines.  He has been a guest speaker across Canada and has been appeared on television and talk radio including Canada AM, CBC News, CP24, CTV News, Global Morning Show, CityTV News, CFTO, Le Drew Live, Goldhawk Fights Back, John Moore Show 1010, Dave Agar Show 1010, Live Drive John Tory, Moose FM, 680 and other talk radio shows in the province.    He Chaired the Trial Lawyers for Veterans which provided free legal advice to disabled veterans returning to Canada from oversea conflicts.  He also started and continues the annual Toronto Helmet on Kids program where he and his firm have donated over a thousand helmets to children across Toronto to reduce head injuries.  He was Co-Chair with Dr. Charles Tator for Concussion Ontario on their Recognition and Awareness Committee which seeks to prevent the impact of concussions within team sports.  He is a former director and founding member of CycleToronto, a proud member of Bikelaw and the Chair of the Ontario Safety League.   He is the Past Chair with the Ontario Bar Associations Insurance Law Section.  He frequently attends at Queens Park and Government Ministries regarding legislative reform and consultation.

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Honours & Achievements

  • Kings College 1988 Social and Athletic Award
  • Volunteer Service Award for Boys and Girls Club
  • Peel Award of Honour Regional Award for High School Academics
  • 2012 Active Transportation Champion of the Year Award, October 11, 2012 – October 31, 2013
  • 2011 Distinguished Service Award Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, November 1, 2011 – November 1, 2012


  • “Should you need a personal injury lawyer who approaches your matter with compassion, understanding and effective research – you can rely on Mr. J. Patrick Brown, of McLeish Orlando. With Patrick Brown as counsel, you can be assured the outcome will be positive when your future well-being and dignity depends on the effectiveness of your lawyer. I cannot thank Patrick Brown and his proficient staff enough for assisting me in getting where I am today.”
    -Ann Simmons
  • “Patrick Brown is an excellent lawyer. I was injured by a motorist breaking a red light at a crossroads intersection while I was cycling home. I was unfamiliar with Canadian law and lawsuits in general. Patrick was recommended to me by a cycling advocacy group. At each stage I was informed about what was going on, everything was explained to me in layman’s terms, and his assistants at McLeish Orlando were extremely helpful during what was a very difficult time for me. My injuries required two surgeries and I was unable to work during my recovery period. Patrick gave me first class advice on what course of action to take; he fought the defence on every point, and encouraged me to remain patient despite ‘low ball’ offers of a settlement. In the end, Patrick and his team secured an excellent compensation for me. He was friendly, articulate, and determined to secure a favourable result. I would recommend him to anyone, and I sincerely thank him for his time and work that he put in on my behalf. ”
    -Kevin O’Donnell, Kaiser Permanente
  • “To be in a serious car accident that was not your fault and to subsequently realize that life as you knew it has been permanently taken from you is very frightening. I didn’t anticipate a battle with my insurance company and was blindsided when they cancelled all benefits. A friend recommended calling Patrick Brown at McLeish Orlando for help. Pat immediately began the process of getting benefits reinstated and came up with a comprehensive course of action. He was determined and tenacious in his representation of our claims. Ultimately, Pat’s expertise and skill as a litigator provided us with a good resolution. I can’t thank Patrick Brown enough and wholeheartedly recommend his services.”
    -Lesley Bolton
  • “There are no words to express how much Patrick Brown’s caring, compassion and dedication have meant to our family. Without him, there would have been no accountability or closure respecting my husband’s tragic death in 2007. He and his team are a unique and amazing group of people, and they have touched our lives forever.”
    -Linda Longauer
  • “J. Patrick Brown, at McLeish Orlando, is a professional lawyer who provided me with a great resolution after I was struck down on my bike by a drunk driver and suffered a head injury. Not only did he ensure I had the rehabilitation and treatment needed to help me get better, he fought hard against the defendant to obtain a financial result that will help me as I move forward in life. Patrick and his excellent team looked after many complicated details which occurred during the course of my case. They were always forthcoming with updates and information that was relayed in a way that people who are not familiar with the civil lawsuit process could understand with ease. The firm strives to provide a positive outcome for all their clients/victim-survivors of serious motor vehicle accidents. I strongly recommend Patrick Brown and his team for others who have been injured in serious motor vehicle accidents.”
    -Willem Loyen

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Notable Cases

Patrick has represented a wide range of clients. His notable cases include:

Professional Affiliations

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists
  • Toronto Cyclist Union, Founding Member
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), President, 2008 – 2009
  • Elect of OTLA, President, 2007 – 2008
  • Trial Lawyers Association Council of Presidents, 2007 – 2008
  • Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Automobile Insurance Policy Forms and Endorsement Committee, 2006 – 2007
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2006 – 2007
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Director, 2005 – 2007
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Chair, Insurance Committee, 2004 – 2007
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2000 – 2008
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2006 – 2008
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Political Action Committee, 2004 – 2008
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, President Elect, 2007 – 2008
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Director (3 Elected Terms), 2000 – Present
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Advocates Society, Limitations Committee (Bill 163), 2001
  • Canadian Paraplegic Association of Ontario
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Member at Large, Executive Committee, 2005 – 2007
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2000 – 2007
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Vice Chair, Nominations Committee Member, 2003
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Vice Chair, Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, 2003
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Insurance Subcommittee Bill 59 Reform, 2001 – Present
  • Advocates Society, Insurance Committee – Bill 59 Reform Task Force, 2001
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Nominations Committee, 2000 – 2002
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Political Action Committee, 2000 – Present
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2001 – 2002
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2006
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Round Tables Committee, 2001
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, New Lawyers Division, Executive Member, 1998 – 1999
  • University of Western Ontario, Kings College Student Council, President, 1989 – 1990
  • Ontario Bar Association, Vice Chair, OBA Insurance Section, 2013 – 2014

Published Works

  • The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, Canada Law Book Inc., Chapter 19, 2002
  • The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, Aurora: Canada Law Book Inc., Volume 2, Chapter
  • The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, Aurora: Canada Law Book Inc., Chapter 58, 2002
  • Medical Evaluators Need to Conduct Required Video Examinations, The Lawyers Weekly, September 7, Volume 27, No. 17., 2007
  • Restoring the Balance: Access to Justice for Senior Citizens, The Voice, United Senior Citizens of Ontario Inc, September, Issue 9, 2007
  • Punitive Damages for Bad Faith: Influence of the American Experience on Developing Trends in Canada, (Co-Author with G.R. Will), The Barrister, Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 61, 2001
  • “Examination of the Defence: Goals, Objectives, Considerations”, (Co-Author with G.R. Will), The Litigator, Volume 8, Number 1., 2000
  • Co – Editor, Your Legal Rights Under the Current No-Fault Legislation, Fifth Printing, OTLA Press, 2007
  • Threshold and Deductible: Restoring the Balance, OTLA Press, 2006

Programs Chaired Or Co-Chaired

  • P. Brown, Co-Chair 8th Annual Forum on Personal Injury Settlements, Canadian Institute, January 25 and 26th, 2010, Marriott Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
  • P. Brown, Co-Chair Dynamic Discoveries: Principles and Practice, The Advocates’ Society, December 3, 2009 The Advocates Society Education Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • P. Brown, Co-Chair Canadian Institute’s Advanced Legal Guide to the New Civil Litigation Regime, Canadian Institute, November 30, 2009 and December 1, 2009, Sutton Hotel Conference Center, Toronto, Ontario
  • P. Brown, Co-Chair Canadian Institute’s Forum on Personal Injury Settlements, Resolution Orientated Case Management, Mediation, and Arbitration, February 23 and 24 th, 2009 Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, Toronto, Ontario
  • P. Brown Co Chair The Road to Trial, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Fall Conference, OTLA, October 30 and 31, 2008, Westin Prince, Toronto, Ontario
  • P. Brown, Co Chair Winning the Personal Injury Cases, Practical Strategies to Help you Build Your Case, The Canadian Institute, (February 21 & 22, 2008, Marriott, Toronto)
  • P. Brown, Co Chair – Discharge and Beyond 7th Annual Spinal Cord Conference, Burlington Convention Center, Burlington, September 14, 2007
  • P. Brown, Chair, Litigating Personal Injury Damages, Canadian Institute, February 20 and 21, 2007, Toronto, Ontario.
  • P. Brown, Chair, Insight Information, Litigating Catastrophic Disability Damages, [St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre, Toronto, Ontario, December 3 and 4 th, 2006.
  • P. Brown, Co Chair – Attendant Care in the Hospital, Discharge and Beyond Annual Spinal Cord Conference, Burlington Convention Center, Burlington, September 14, 2006
  • P. Brown, Co Chair, The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Spring 2006 Conference, Playing to Win, May 25 and 26th, 2006, Toronto, Ontario
  • P. Brown, Co Chair, Report Writing for the Medical Professional (Discharge and Beyond Annual Fall Spinal Cord Conference, Burlington, Burlington Convention Centre, September 12, 2003)
  • P. Brown, Co-Chair, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association’s Spring 2002 Conference, Playing to Win, (Toronto Hilton Hotel May 24 and 25, 2002)
  • P.Brown, Chair, Windsor Advocates’ Society Court House Series: Punitive Damages, Panel: Justice Cusimato, Martin Wunder, & Keith Smokum; Windsor (The Advocates’ Society, Windsor, February 3, 2000)
  • P. Brown, Co-Chair, MTBI Summit on Concussion (Metropolitan Hotel, March 21, 2013)
  • P. Brown, Chair, Ontario Bar Insurance Institute Program: Great Debates in Insurance Law: Effective Settlement Strategies at Mediation  (Westin Harbour Castle, February 8, 2013)
  • P Brown, Co-Chair – Mastering Winning Discovery Techniques, The Adovates’ Society, October 30, 2012, The Advocates Society Education Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • P Brown, Co-Chair – Great Debates in Insurance Law, Ontario Bar Association, February 10, 2012, Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • P. Brown, Co-Chair, Mastering Winning Discovery Techniques, The Advocates’ Society, October 6, 2011, The Advocates Society Education Centre, Toronto, Ontario
  • P. Brown, Chair – Essential Trial Series: Effective Objections and Cross Examinations, Ontario Bar Association, March 31, 2011, The OBA Conference Center, Toronto, Ontario

Community Involvement

  • Helmet for Kids Toronto Campaign, 2010 – 2013
  • Committee Member, Discharge and Beyond, Spinal Cord Conference, Ontario, 2001 – 2007
  • Member, Canadian Paraplegic Association, 2002 – 2004
  • Canadian Paraplegic Association, Wheelchair Relay Committee, 2003 – 2004
  • Legal Resource Volunteer Pro Bono Legal Counselling, Covenant House, Toronto, Ontario, 1995 – 1999
  • Boys and Girls Club of Canada [London]
  • Mother Theresa Famine Relief [Mississauga]
  • Helmets on Kids, Toronto, 2011 – Present
  • 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, 1993


  • University of Saskatchewan, 1991
    • Bachelor of Laws
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