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McLeish Orlando Partners Recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory Rankings

Lawyers included in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory are nominated and voted in by their peers based on their skill and expertise within the practice area of personal injury.  Four partners from McLeish Orlando have once again been chosen for inclusion in the list this year.

Congratulations to:

John McLeish

  • Most Frequently Recommended
    • Personal Injury – Represents Plaintiffs
  • Repeatedly Recommended
    • Medical Negligence – Represents Plaintiffs

Dale Orlando

  • Most Frequently Recommended
    • Personal Injury – Represents Plaintiffs
  • Repeatedly Recommended
    • Medical Negligence – Represents Plaintiffs

Patrick Brown

  • Most Frequently Recommended
    • Personal Injury – Represents Plaintiffs

Rikin Morzaria

  • Repeatedly Recommended
    • Personal Injury – Represents Plaintiffs

Protect the ones you love: Buy Additional Auto Insurance

Written by: John McLeish


Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have gutted accident benefits available to injured Ontario drivers and their families. The most dramatic cuts affect those who suffer serious injuries. The protection Ontario drivers and their families once enjoyed, through a basic auto insurance policy, has been stripped away.

There are two ways you can protect yourself and your family. The first way is to purchase additional uninsured and underinsured coverage. The price of this extra coverage is cheap and the benefits if you, or a family member are seriously injured, through the fault of someone else, are enormous.

How does purchasing additional uninsured and underinsured insurance work?  If another driver causes serious injury to you or a family and only has $1 million in liability insurance, and your injuries and losses are assessed at more than $1 million, you can be fully compensated for all your injuries and losses from your own insurance company.

Below is an example which demonstrates the minimal extra cost of purchasing this additional insurance for a family of 4 who own 2 cars. 

Driver Scenario:

Driver Location: Downtown Toronto
2 drivers each age 46 – each with over 25 years licensed in Ontario
2 children, non-drivers
Neither driver has at-fault claims or convictions in their driving records

Vehicle 1 – 2016 Acura ILX
Vehicle 2 – 2015 Buick Verano

Cost of Purchasing Additional Insurance
Amount of Liability, Uninsured and Underinsured Coverage* Yearly Premium Cost of Additional Coverage
$1 million $2,914.00  
Increase to $2 million $2,990.00 $76.00
Increase to $3 million $3,020.00 $106.00

*This also includes basic AB coverage

The second way of protecting yourself and your family is by purchasing additional accident benefits coverage. It is as equally affordable as purchasing the coverage above.

We all think that a serious injury from a car accident will never happen to us or a family member. That is what all the thousands of Ontario drivers, who are seriously injured in car accidents every year, think.   Do the smart thing to protect the ones you love, before it is too late – purchase extra coverage at relatively low cost.


John A. McLeish Award: Nominations are now open


McLeish Orlando is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2015 Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Awards. The John A. McLeish Award will be presented, among many others, at the awards luncheon to be held in the fall.

About the John A. McLeish Award

The John A. McLeish Award shall be awarded to the person, association or group which has made an outstanding contribution to the goals of a fair trial and access to justice, as an advocate, in legal scholarship, continuing legal education, legal writing, politics or government.

Learn More or Submit a Nomination

For more information, or to submit a nomination, please visit www.ontariotriallawyers.com.

About John McLeish

John McLeish is a personal injury lawyer in Toronto and a founding partner of McLeish Orlando.  John has devoted his practice to representing individuals and their families who have suffered losses through a serious or catastrophic personal injury or the death of a loved one.

His expertise include traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, serious orthopaedic injuries, and fatal accidents arising from, motor vehicle collisions, drunk driving, the excessive serving of alcohol by bars and restaurants, unsafe road and highways, pedestrian accidents, cycling accidents, boating accidents, and school negligence cases.

The Ontario Trial Lawyers established the John A. McLeish Award in 2000.

McLeish Orlando donates over 500 turkeys to the Daily Bread Food Bank’s annual food drive

Once again we are honoured to support the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank and their annual Holiday Drive held at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.  This morning we donated over 500 turkeys for the holiday drive to help the fight against hunger here in the City of Toronto.

This is our second year supporting the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank with our annual McLeish Orlando Turkey Giveaway during the Holiday Season.  Over the past two years we have donated over 1000 turkeys to this drive and we are happy to continue to support this cause.  The Daily Bread Food Bank’s Holiday Drive will continue until December 31st.   We encourage all of our colleagues to join us next year for our Annual McLeish Orlando Turkey Giveaway to help the Daily Bread Food Bank’s mission.

Here are a few snap shots from today’s event hosted by Breakfast Television on air at the BT Christmas Party.

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 McLeish Orlando’s Partners Patrick Brown, Dale Orlando, and John McLeish alongside our friend Frank Ferragine from Breakfast Television.

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The lovely ladies from the Daily Bread Food Bank accepting food and toy drive donations today at the BT Christmas Party.

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Group shot of the 2nd Annual McLeish Orlando Turkey Giveaway.

McLeish Orlando would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and best wishes for 2015!

McLeish Orlando’s principal partners recognized in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada ®

We are proud to announce that John McLeish, Dale Orlando and Patrick Brown have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada ® as leading legal practitioners in Personal Injury Litigation.

Best Lawyers in Canada® is the oldest and most respected international peer-review publication in the legal profession. Lawyers who are recognized demonstrate a high level of respect amongst their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Congratulations to all of the lawyers who were selected to be included in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada®.


Designating Traumatic Brain Injuries

As the phrase implies, “Traumatic Brain Injury” (“TBI”) refers to damage to a person’s brain as a result of trauma. TBIs have become a pervasive feature of the Canadian social landscape. Where, 30 years ago, certain kinds of trauma to a person’s head would have been fatal, medical advancements now result in more people surviving. This, in turn, means that an increased number of Canadians live with the ongoing effects of a TBI.

The symptoms of TBIs present on a spectrum – anywhere from mild and short-lasting on one end to severe and permanent on the other end. Continue reading

Practical Strategies Webinar: Auto Insurance Law Impacting You and Your Clients

The Practical Strategies webinar aired on April 30, 2013.

This webinar will update you on how lawyers and health care providers are coping with the evolving challenges of working in the constantly changing auto insurance system. You will learn strategies that will benefit you and your clients, including:

  • Establishing “incurred expense” and “economic loss” in attendant care claims.
  • Recent developments in catastrophic impairment.
  • Common pitfalls in clinical note taking and report writing.
  • Preparing for giving evidence in the Courtroom.



Client Testimonial: Meet Dan

In his own words “McLeish Orlando really gave me an independent lifestyle”. Before Dan’s accident he was an athlete, a top student and a musician in school. Listen to Dan as he tells us how the McLeish Orlando team helped him regain his life and independence after his accident.



Brain Injury Series Part 3: The Challenges That Plaintiff’s Counsel Faces

This is the third part of a series of blogs on Winning Strategies for Handling a Mild to Severe Brain Injury Case. The first part of the series explained the anatomy of the brain, an understanding of which is essential in order to appreciate what happens to the brain after a traumatic brain injury.  The second part explained the ways a brain can become injured.  This part considers the challenges that Plaintiff’s counsel encounters when representing an individual who has suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Difficulties a Plaintiff’s Counsel Faces in Proving a Traumatic Brain Injury

There are a number of difficulties Plaintiff’s counsel faces in trying to prove the existence and severity of a traumatic brain injury.  One of those difficulties is that most brain injuries, unlike other injuries such as a broken arm or an amputated leg, are invisible to the naked eye.  X-rays, CT scans and MRIs can detect fractures, hemorrhages, swelling, and certain kinds of tissue damage, but they cannot always detect injury to a person’s brain. This is because traumatic brain injury, especially in its milder forms, often involves subtle traumas to the brain that cause chemical and physical changes to brain tissues. These changes often cannot be found with standard imaging procedures.

Another difficulty for any Plaintiff’s lawyer in a brain injury case is establishing that the traumatic event caused ongoing organic damage which affects the person’s ability to function in the real world. This is often difficult to prove because many brain injured individuals appear “smart.”  They are articulate and can perform many of the tasks they did before they were injured.  It is difficult for most of us to understand how a person may retain, for example, a high IQ after suffering a traumatic brain injury and still perform very poorly on certain neuropsychological tests and in real life.  It is hard for us to understand that deficits do not occur in all areas of the brain and that indeed, many parts of the brain remain intact while the person’s ability to function in many aspects of his or her life is significantly reduced.

A third difficulty is that in the months after suffering a traumatic brain injury, many individuals are in denial.  They insist they are fine and have told all their treating health professionals that they are fine.  They may tell their treating health professionals the only reason they are seeing him or her is that of ongoing pain resulting from a back injury suffered in the collision.

For these reasons, proving the existence of a traumatic brain injury, and the consequences of that injury to your client can be difficult.  However, as Plaintiff’s counsel, that is your job.

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Decision could lead to increase in unnecessary claims

As seen on AdvocateDaily.com – April 5, 2013

Ontario’s personal injury bar is concerned that a recent Court of Appeal decision could lead to an increase in unnecessary claims against underinsured insurers, Toronto critical injury lawyers Rikin Morzaria and John McLeish write in Lawyers Weekly. Read Lawyers Weekly

In Roque v. Pilot Insurance Co. [2012], the court held that a plaintiff ’s limitation period against an underinsured insurer begins to run when the plaintiff has enough evidence to give him a “reasonable chance” of persuading a judge that his claims would exceed the minimum limits of $200,000, the article says.

“This is a departure from some previous cases — Hampton v. Traders General Insurance Co. [1996] O.J. No. 41, most notably — that held that the limitation period only begins to run from the time when the plaintiff knows that the available insurance coverage under a defendant’s policy is less than that available under his or her own coverage. While the language of OPCF 44 endorsement in question — the “family protection” endorsement that extends to the policyholder the same rights provided to third parties —  arguably left the appeal court little choice, the resulting situation cries out for legislative intervention,” explain Morzaria and McLeish, partners with McLeish Orlando LLP.

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