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Rikin Morzaria

Rikin devotes his practice to representing individuals who have suffered serious or catastrophic personal injuries and families who have lost a loved one in wrongful death cases.

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For over a decade, Rikin Morzaria has dedicated his practice to representing those who have suffered serious or catastrophic personal injuries and families who have lost a loved one in wrongful death cases.  His areas of practice include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, cycling injuries, fatal accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and disability insurance claims.

In 2014, the legal publication Lexpert named Rikin a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in its guide to leading litigation lawyers in Canada.

Rikin received his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with Distinction from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He completed his law degree at the University of Toronto, where he also received the top prize in Trial Advocacy and the top prize in Public International Law.

Rikin has written and published more than twenty journal articles and chapters in leading textbooks in the field of civil litigation and personal injury law. He is regularly invited to give lectures to other lawyers and to health professionals about litigation and personal injury law.

Rikin was co-counsel at trial in McNeil v. Bryan, and achieved an $18.4 million judgment, the largest personal injury damages award in Canadian history. He has also represented clients in several precedent-setting cases, including:

  • A decision that prevented an insurer from obtaining defence medical examinations that would have delayed a trial of a multi-million dollar action. This is believed to be the first case of its kind where an insurer was forced to proceed to trial in a multi-million dollar case without the benefit of any defence medical examinations.
  • A decision that recognized that a manufacturer may be liable for defects in its products even without direct evidence of the manufacturer’s negligence.
  • A decision that recognized the liability of bars and taverns who over-serve patrons and allow them to drive away from the premises while impaired by alcohol.

Rikin is a Director on the Board of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and has been a Director of the Board of Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) since 2003.  He is also a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, and the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA).

Rikin believes passionately in the need for safe streets and commutes by bicycle to work every day.  When not working, Rikin spends his time with his wife and two children.

Expertise & News

Honours & Achievements

  • In 2014, Lexpert named Rikin a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in its guide to leading litigation lawyers in Canada.

Recent Media

Notable Cases

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2013-2014 Board of Directors
  • American Association for Justice
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights, Director and Secretary of Board, 2003 – Present

Published Works

  • Roque v. Pilot: A limitation period minefield. The Lawyers Weekly, December 2012.
  • A National Data Bank on Physicians’ Negative Performance History: “Right to Privacy vs. Protection of the Public”, LL.M., Dalhousie University, 2006
  • “Shareholder Litigation: Directors’ Conflicts of Interest”, (Co-Author With Jeffrey S. Leon & Rikin Morzaria), 8(3) Corporate Liability 478, 2003
  • “Shareholder Litigation: Litigation from Contested Take-over Bids”, (Co-Author With Jeffrey S. Leon & Rikin Morzaria), 8(4) Corporate Liability 490, 2003
  • “Shareholder Litigation: Litigation from Corporate Reorganizations”, (Co-Author With Jeffrey S. Leon & Rikin Morzaria), 9(1) Corporate Liability 506, 2003
  • “Shareholder Litigation: Forum for Multi- jurisdictional”, (Co-Author With Jeffrey S. Leon & Rikin Morzaria), 9(2) Corporate Liability 522, 2004
  • “Bill 198 Update: Assessing the Impact of Automobile Insurance Reform”, (Co-Author With Jeffrey S. Leon & Rikin Morzaria), Litigating Disability and Auto Insurance Claims, The Canadian Institute, April 19, 2005
  • “Contingencies, Loss of Interpersonal Relationship, The Material Contribution Test & Punitive, Exemplary and Aggravated Damages”, Contributor: John A. McLeish, The Modern Law of Damages (Law Society of Upper Canada Special Lectures 2005), April 20, 2005
  • Court Restricts Pre-Trial Communication Between Defence Counsel and Health Practitioners, Lawyers Weekly, July, 2008
  • Proving Future Cost of Care at Trial: New Challenges to the Qualification of Experts and Introduction of Future Care Experts, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases (Canada Law Book), 2009
  • Litigating the Threshold Issue: Optimizing your position from the initial interview to the trial, The Litigator, December, 2009

Papers and Presentations

  • “The Rule in Browne v. Dunn: The Development and Modern Application of the Rule in Canada”, Playing to Win: Levelling the Playing Field in Auto Insurance Claims, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, May 27, 2006/
  • “The Defence Expert: Critiquing the Expert Report and Planning Your Cross Examination”, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Proof of Personal Injury Damages, Law Society of Upper Canada, April 18, 2007
  • “Approval of Costs When Representing Parties Under Disability: The Impact of Marcoccia v. Gill”, Personal Injury and Mental Capacity Law – Strategies for Claims Involving Incapable Parties, Law Society of Upper Canada, October 18, 2007
  • Panelist, “Assessment of General Damages”, Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association, November 7, 2006
  • Speaker, “Presenting the Numbers How to do it so the Jury Understands; A Plaintiff’s Perspective”, Litigating Catastrophic Disability and Damages Insight Information, December 5, 2006

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2003

Education

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) – May, 2002
  • Prize in Trial Advocacy
  • Prize in Public International Law

Schulich School of Businses, York University, Toronto, Ontario

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)– April, 1999
  • Honours: With Distinction
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