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Brain Injury Awareness Month: Introducing Friends and Families for Safe Streets to Those Looking to Make a Difference

By: Patrick Brown and Taraneh Etemadi, Summer Student

Pedestrians and cyclists make up an increasingly large number of the travelling population in the busy city of Toronto.

According to statistics gathered by the Toronto police, the year 2016 reflected the largest number of pedestrian deaths in more than a decade, with 43 pedestrians and 1 cyclist being killed by traffic violence.  Kasia Briegmann-Samson’s husband, Tom Samson, was killed in 2012 while cycling at Davenport Rd. and Landsdowne Ave., she stated, “These are not numbers, these are lives and for each individual killed, there are scores of family members and friends who are also shattered.”

In July 2016, Toronto City council agreed to endorse Toronto’s road-safety strategy with an increased budget of $80.3 million over five years to protect cyclists and pedestrians from traffic violence. Some of the added protective measures included doubling the number of mid-block pedestrian crossings and quadruple the number of new audible crossing signals to 20 intersections per year.

A new advocacy group has been introduced by Kasia Briegmann-Samson, David Stark whose wife, Erika Stark was struck and killed on a sidewalk, and Yu Li, whose friend, Zhiyong Kang was killed by a drunk driver while cycling on Finch Avenue. This group is called Friends and Families for Safe Streets (FFSS). FFSS seeks to eliminate violent driving behaviour through advocating for changes in the law that support safe streets for all road users, including cyclists. FFSS was first launched on October 25, 2016. The organization indicates that Toronto’s renewed road safety plan of 2016 is a step towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on streets; however, it is not enough. FFSS members have challenged the City to reduce speed limits on roads outside of the downtown core, enact increased fines and sentences for violent drivers who kill or injure vulnerable road users, and to avoid placing the blame on victims for wearing dark clothing or crossing in the middle of a street. All drivers should be vigilant and responsible for other road users that share the streets.

Members of the FFSS consist of individuals who have been injured or affected by a family, friend or loved one who has been killed or seriously injured as a result of a violent traffic incident. As a result, FFSS provides a peer support group service for people that are directly affected and help them in the process of coping with such complex situations. Support group meetings take place on the third Sunday of each month from 2:00pm-4:00pm for adults over the age of 18. You can find a schedule of the upcoming FFSS support group meetings here.

Members are actively working with city officials, legislators, city planners, police, transit authorities, active transportation advocates, public health professionals, and the travelling public in an effort to end traffic violence and work towards safer and more accessible Toronto streets. The traffic culture in Toronto must be revamped to consider the safety of all road users and it must be understood that fatalities and injuries can and should be prevented.

You can contact the FFSS Support Group at or 416-642-9395. Don’t forget to follow FFSS on Facebook and Twitter at @ffsafestreets to stay updated on all of the events and meetings that are held.

FFSS’ first vigil in remembrance of those who were injured or killed by road violence will  be held at Nathan Phillips Square on June 27, 2017 at 6:00pm. All are welcome.

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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

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:


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

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®.


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.


Parents Launch Lawsuit Following Daughter’s Death at Vaughan Daycare

For Immediate Release

Toronto (August 8, 2013) – The parents of a two-year-old Toronto girl, who died last month while in the care of a Vaughan home daycare, have launched a lawsuit against the Ontario Ministry of Education and five owner/operators of the daycare facility in order to ensure the safety of other children.

We’ve been advised by the coroner’s office that the death of two-year old Eva Ravikovich was preventable,” said Patrick Brown, partner at McLeish Orlando LLP, the lawyer representing Eva’s parents, Ekaterina Evtropova and Vycheslav Ravikovich. “We hope this case serves as a stark reminder to daycare operators across Ontario to practice their due diligence so that no other parents will have to endure this kind of tragic loss.”

On July 8, 2013, Eva Ravikovich died at the home daycare at 343 Yellowood Circle in Vaughan.

Brown alleges in his statement of claim, that the daycare owner/operators were negligent by failing to provide adequate care and supervision for Eva Ravikovich, exceeded the number of children allowed in the unlicensed home daycare and that members of staff were not properly trained. In addition, Brown also alleges that the Ontario Ministry of Education was negligent by failing to properly inspect, investigate and regulate the daycare, which had been the subject of previous complaints.

For further information contact:

Patrick Brown, 416-366-3311

Danna O’Brien, 416-500-0699


Media Advisory – Toronto Parents Launch Lawsuit Against Province and Daycare Operators Following Daughter’s Death

Media Advisory
August 7, 2013

Toronto – The Ontario Ministry of Education and the owner/operators of a Vaughan home daycare have been notified of a $3.5 million lawsuit filed by the parents of a two-year old Toronto girl who died last month while in daycare.

What: Parents of Eva Ravikovich speak to media at news conference
Where: Offices of McLeish Orlando LLP, One Queen Street East, Suite 1620
When: Thursday, August 8th @ 10am
Who: Ekaterina Evtropova and Vycheslav Ravikovich & Patrick Brown, partner at McLeish Orlando LLP

For further information contact:
Danna O’Brien, dobrien@advocatepr.ca 416-500-0699
Patrick Brown, pbrown@mcleishorlando.com 416-366-3311