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Salvatore Shaw

Salvatore’s practice has focused on motor vehicle, products liability and wrongful death cases, acting exclusively on behalf of injured people and their family members.


Salvatore Shaw is a partner at McLeish Orlando. For over a decade, Salvatore has dedicated his practice to representing those who have suffered serious or catastrophic personal injuries and families who have lost a loved one.  Since 2016, Salvatore has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada for personal injury litigation.  His cases have involved children, orthopaedic and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, road disrepair, motor vehicle collisions and cycling injuries.

Salvatore regularly appears as counsel before various levels of Ontario courts, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and the CPP Review Tribunal.

He lectures and publishes extensively on trial advocacy and all matters related to actions for personal injury and wrongful death.  He is a frequent speaker at various continuing legal education programs, including those of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Canadian Institute and the Advocates Society.

He is involved in various legal associations. He currently sits on the Council of The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto.  He is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Ontario Bar Association, the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, The Canadian Bar Association and the Advocates’ Society.

When not at work, Salvatore enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Expertise & News

Honours & Achievements

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada (Personal Injury Litigation) since 2016


  • “I would like to take a final opportunity to thank you on behalf of my mother, David, myself, and the rest of my family for all the help and support you’ve given my mother during the past four years.”
  • “We are thankful for the time you took to work on my case. We would definitely recommend you and your firm to other would find themselves in similar circumstances.”
    S & J.G.
  • “Thank you for your hard work. You are an excellent lawyer and a nice person.”
  • “Thank you very much for all your efforts, time and patience on our case…Your counselling and advice was excellent. We greatly appreciate everything you have done on our behalf.  We would recommend you and your firm at anytime.”
    B.J. and L.J.
  • “I just wanted to say thank you for everything that you and your team have done for me.  It was very thorough and professional and I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone needing such services…”
  • “Sincere thanks for your kindness in handling and setting my claim.  Your understanding was greatly appreciated at a stressful time in my life. Without hesitation, you would be highly recommended to my family and friends.”
  • “We are so grateful for all your hard work on our behalf.…Thank you again for your professional and personal support. It means the world to us.”
    T.M. & K.M.
  • “..As this will more likely be our last correspondence, I, along with [my wife], would like to extend our deep appreciation to you and your staff for your professionalism, thoughtfulness and kindness throughout this whole matter….you always made me feel comfortable in what was a very uncomfortable situation for me, and we are both very grateful for all your assistance in this matter.”
  • “I know how valuable your time is and I want you to know how much I appreciate the time you gave me….Thank you for contributing to my being able to sleep again!”
  • “This is just a brief note of thanks for all the effort you put forth on my behalf….Thank you again”
  • “Once again I would like to thank you and all your collegues for everything you have done for me.”
  • “Thanks for a great job on my case…”
  • “…We would like to say THANK YOU for your expertise and knowledge to help us going through this matter.We are glad that the issue had been sorted out under your guidance and support. It had been a long, difficult and emotional draining journey for us and we had learned a lot from this traumatic experience.We sincerely THANK YOU for all your time and continuous support. We couldn’t have made it out without your help.”P.M. & D.M.

Recent Media

Notable Cases

  • P. V. Primmum Insurance Co., O.F.S.C.D. NO. 202 (2005)
  • Michriky v. Hack , O.J. NO. 982 (2005)
  • Plummer V. Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Co., O.F.S.C.D. NO. 6 (2005)

Professional Affiliations

  • Medico-Legal Society of Toronto , Council member (2015-present)
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Ontario Bar Association
  • The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Ontario Brain Injury Association
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Published Works

  • Loss of Interdependent Relationships — Recognition of the Loss of Shared Living Relationships, Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice by Roger Oatley and John McLeish, Canada Law Book, 2002
  • Contingencies; the Material Contribution Test; and Punitive, Exemplary and Aggravated Damages; Loss of Interpersonal Relationships; The Modern Law of Damages, (Contributing Author), The Law Society of Upper Canada. Special Lectures, 2005
  • Interdependent Relationship, The Litigator, April 2012

Papers & Presentations

  • Assessing the Case: The importance of File Selection. Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law Practice Basics 2016, Donald Lamont Learning Centre, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, September 19, 2016
  • 2015 Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, hosted by UHN’s Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, January 2015
  • Report Writing and Charting, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, January 29, 2015
  • Bifurcation – When, Why and How, The Oatley-McLeish Lecture Series, Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation, March 27, 2014
  • How to Best Leverage the Use of Surveillance and Investigation in Court – The Plaintiff’s Perspective, The Canadian Institute’s 13th Annual Conference on Managing & Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, April 10, 2013
  • Taking Advantage of Facebook/Social Media Investigations in Your Disability Claims, The Canadian Institute’s 12th Annual Conference on Managing & Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, April 17 & 18, 2012
  • The Loss of an Interdependent Relationship. Co-authored with John McLeish. The Canadian Bar Association. 2011 National Health Law Summit. Critical Issues in Health Law. Montreal. May, 2011
  • The Definition of Incurred: Any Guesses? The Canadian Defence Lawyers’ 2nd Annual Accident Benefits: It’s Not the End of the World…But You Can See It From Here,
    April, 2011
  • Loss of Inter-Dependent Relationship – an Emerging Head of Damages, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation, Law Society of Upper Canada, Friday, March, 2010
  • The Loss of the Interdependent Relationship, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Conference, Mea Culpa- Lessons Lived & Learned,
    October, 2009
  • Tracking Plaintiffs Outside and Online: Exploring Contentious Issues Concerning Surveillance Techniques in the 21st Century, The Canadian Institute’s 10th Annual Conference on
    Managing & Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, October 27, 2009
  • Loss of the Interdependent Relationship – Recognition of the loss of shared living relationships, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation, Law Society of Upper Canada, November, 2008
  • Marshalling the Evidence Before Discovery, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
    Playing to Win – Leveling the Playing Field
    in Auto Insurance Claims, May 2006
  • Ten Tips for Managing Documents at Trial, The Law Society of Upper Canada, February 4, 2004
  • Leading the Right Evidence to Meet a Newly Defined Threshold – Has the Forest Changed or Just the Trees?, The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases, Law Society of Upper Canada, November 6, 2003
  • Opening Statement: Telling a Winning Story and Avoiding a Mistrial, Co-Author, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Fall Conference. – Our Invisible Enemies. October, 2003
  • The New Costs Grid: How much can you get? How do they work? The Oatley-McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice Under Bill 59, Law Society of Upper Canada, January, 2003

Community Involvement

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2000


  • University of New Brunswick, Faculty of Law
    • LLB. – 1998
  • University of Western Ontario
    • BA. – 1994
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