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Going Beyond Money for a Job Well Done

In an article with Lawyers Weekly, Dale Orlando discusses the strategies McLeish Orlando employs to reward our most important resource – our staff. Whether it is through monetary compensation, assuring that everyone’s ideas are heard and appreciated, or through team-building outside of the office, Dale explains that recognizing the consistent effort of our employees is the firm’s principal goal.

You can read the full article here, or Advocate Daily’s coverage here.

Patrick Brown on The Agenda With Steve Paikin: Toboggan Hills & Lawsuits

Citizens are crying foul after the City of Hamilton posted signs at popular tobogganing spots warning that sledding was banned and violators would be fined up to $5,000. Cash strapped municipalities say they don’t want to be grinches, but they just can’t afford to expose themselves to potential lawsuits. The Agenda asks McLeish Orlando’s Patrick Brown if this is creating a liability chill, and if our court system has lost touch with reality.

Watch the segment on toboggan hills below:

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Risky Business – Unregulated extreme sports are on the rise, along with lawsuits

By: Patrick Brown | Published in: The Lawyers Weekly February 6, 2015 Issue |

Extreme sports is a growing industry that is profiting from the human desire to experience the adrenaline rush associated with risk-laden activities. Whether it is racing down a ski hill on a mountain bike, falling from a white water raft, or climbing up a rock face, there is an increased appetite for such thrills. Continue reading

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

Non-lawyers in the ownership mix

Alternative business structures could result in fewer, more well-funded firms

By: Dale Orlando, McLeish Orlando LLP

Published in: The Lawyers Weekly, June 27, 2014 issue

On Dec. 9, 2011, Law Society of Upper Canada members identified as a priority for the coming year the examination of alternative business structures (ABS) as a means of delivering legal services in Ontario. Based on the contents of the first report to convocation of the ABS working group (last June) and numerous comments at the society’s ABS symposium in October of last year, some form of ABS is likely to be approved in Ontario in the coming months and that will likely have implications for the personal-injury bar. Continue reading

SCC Upholds Settlement Privilege in Pierringer Agreements

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Settlement privilege is a long-standing concept that wraps a protective veil around the efforts that litigants make to settle their disputes.  It does so by ensuring that communications made to negotiate a settlement are confidential and inadmissible at trial.  With these assurances, parties can negotiate freely without worrying that the negotiations will later come back to haunt them. Continue reading

Preparing an expert witness for trial

By: Dale Orlando, McLeish Orlando LLP

Published in: Insurance Lawyer Magazine

on October 13, 2013

In a court action for damages arising out of an injury, judges and juries will rely upon the opinions of health professionals in order to understand and interpret the facts of a plaintiff’s claim. However, many health professionals are understandably hesitant to express their opinions within this context. This article is intended to assist health professionals in this regard, through a discussion of what a health professional may expect and how best to prepare, if called to appear as a witness at trial.

The scope of the expert’s testimony

When an expert takes the stand at trial, he or she will not be narrowly confined and limited to the precise content of his or her report, which would have been delivered pursuant to theEvidence Act. A medical expert has a right to explain, amplify and expand on what is latent in the medical report – so long as they are not opening a new field. The purpose of the rule is to facilitate orderly trial preparation by providing opposing parties with adequate notice of opinion evidence to be adduced at trial. Continue reading

A Weekend of Giving Back

McLeish Orlando Supports BIST 5k Run, Walk and Roll and SCIO Wheelchair Relay Challenge

This past weekend, McLeish Orlando staff, family and friends came out to support two very important causes in our community. In spite of the rain on Saturday, there were close to 300 participants who finished the race for the 3rd Annual BIST 5K Run.

McLeish Orlando participated as part of The Personal Injury Alliance with a team of close to a hundred staff and supporters.

Through sponsorship, fundraising and registration, BIST generated over $50,000 that will go a long way in supporting programs, services and efforts to raise brain injury awareness.

The Brain Injury Society of Toronto supports brain injury survivors and family members. BIST aims to enhance the quality of life for people in the City of Toronto, living with the effects of brain injury through education, awareness, support and advocacy.

Photos from bist.ca- Click the photo to enlarge

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As part of our weekend of giving back, on Sunday we participated in Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s Wheelchair Relay Challenge held at Ontario Place.  Continue reading

VIDEOS: Patrick Brown speaks to CTV News, Global’s The Morning Show, CTV Canada AM

If you missed the airing on CTV News channel interview with Merella Fernandez, you can watch Patrick Brown, Partner at McLeish Orlando speak on behalf of Eva Ravikovich’s Parents. Click here.

Global’s The Morning Show with Leslie Roberts and Kris Reyes can be watched here

CTV’s Canada AM Show with Marcia MacMillan can be watched here.

Follow @mcleishorlando for more information on this case.

 

Toronto family launches $3.2 million damage suit against TTC

As seen on AdvocateDaily.com

Toronto (July 3rd, 2013) – The family of a 48-year Toronto woman, struck and killed by a TTC bus last January, has launched a $3.2 million damage suit against the driver – who faces charges arising from the tragedy – and the Toronto Transit Commission.

“The sad reality, is that what happened to Wendy Martella, could happen to anyone,” said Dale Orlando, of McLeish Orlando LLP, the lawyer representing the Martella family. “Wendy was simply crossing the street, on her way home from work as a Senior Management Support Officer with Scotia Bank, when she was struck and killed by the TTC bus as it accelerated through a red light, without warning.”

The TTC bus driver, Magdalene Angelidis, appeared in court on Thursday, June 6th, 2013, on charges of careless driving and failing to stop at a red light.

Orlando writes in the statement of claim, that on January 23, 2013, at approximately, 4:00 p.m., Angelidis stopped the TTC bus in the intersection of Eglinton Avenue and Sinnott Road to pick up a passenger. The bus drove through the intersection, and a red light, striking Martella as she crossed the street on a green light. She suffered serious injuries, and died the following day at Sunnybrook Medical Centre.

The Martella family, alleges the TTC bus driver was distracted and failed to follow proper protocols by making an unscheduled stop in an intersection, writes Orlando in the statement of claim.

The TTC bus driver is scheduled to make a second court appearance at Old City Hall court on July 4.

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