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McLeish Orlando Donates 500 Turkeys to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank

This morning McLeish Orlando announced their donation of 500 turkeys to help the Daily Bread Food Bank and their mission to fight against hunger here in our city.

Follow @DailyBreadTO to learn more about the fight against hunger and tune into City TVJohn Pat and Frankie 1John Pat and Frankie 2

John McLeish and Patrick Brown with Frankie Ferragine, Breakfast Television

McLeish Orlando would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season and best wishes for 2014.

Bike Safety: Cycling at Night


With the arrival of the fall season fast approaching, days are shorter, leaving numerous cyclists caught in the dark on their commute home from work. Cycling at night is a dangerous time to bike due to poor visibility. Without lights, cyclists become invisible to motor vehicles.

The McLeish Orlando team took to the Toronto streets last night to promote Cycle Toronto’s Get Lit! campaign. The campaign is aimed towards educating the public on safe cycling at night. Under Ontario law, cyclists must have a rear red light or reflector and a front white light shining thirty minutes before sundown and thirty minutes before sunrise. 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


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

Bike Safety: A Self Reporting System for “Dooring” Cycling Accidents

Torontonian Web Designer Finds a Solution to a Lack of Police Monitoring

Between 2007 and 2011 an average of 144 “dooring” accidents were reported in Toronto. “Dooring” occurs when an oncoming cyclist hits an abruptly opened car door.

A recent change to the Provincial definition of a collision now requires a vehicle to be in “motion” to be considered a collision. The new definition excluding “dooring”, has forced Police to stop investigating accidents where cyclists have been “doored”. In the summer months where tourists and commuters take to the congested Torontonian streets, a lack of monitoring of “dooring” incidents is of great concern.

But fear not, while Police officers must wait to be ordered to begin monitoring these kinds of accidents again, one young Torontonian has come up with a solution to the lack of monitoring. His plan; create an online database designed as a self-reporting system for cyclists who have been plagued with the horrible fate of getting “doored”. 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.


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

The Upper Limit

The 1978 trilogy of Supreme Court of Canada cases decided that the upper limit (or cap) on non-pecuniary general damages for pain and suffering was $100, 000.[1]   The Court indicated that the upper limit of $100, 000 can be increased by the rate of inflation.  However, no specific direction was provided by the Court as to how the rate of inflation is to be calculated.

The most commonly used indicator of inflation is the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  The CPI is a measure of the average price of a fixed basket of consumer goods and services.  CPI data is collected and reported by Statistics Canada on a monthly basis.[2]  The rate of inflation is the percentage change in the CPI index from one time period to the next time period.

Why is this important?  Continue reading

McLeish Orlando’s Helmets on Kids Campaign Kicks Off

Not only is it Bike Month in Toronto, but Brain Injury Awareness Month. That makes the upcoming launch of the Helmets on Kids campaign especially timely.

This is the 5th annual Helmet On Kids campaign organized by Patrick Brown, an avid cyclist.

This year’s campaign kicks off at Blake Street Junior Public School at 2pm on Tuesday, June 11th. That’s when Patrick will donate helmets to 500 young cyclists. Since the campaign began four years ago, it has donated 1,500 helmets to students across Toronto.

The Helmets on Kids campaign is aimed at making this a safer summer by encouraging more young cyclists to wear helmets. We know helmets are a simple way of preventing serious brain injuries. We also know that more kids should be wearing them. Statistics show that only 13 of 51 young cyclists involved in collisions last year in Toronto were wearing a helmet.

We’re working hard to change that. Please make sure your kids are wearing helmets when out on bike riding this summer.

Happy cycling!

McLeish Orlando’s Toronto Helmets on Kids campaign is part of a province-wide Bike Helmets on Kids program started by members of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) in 2002. Since its first event, held in London, Ontario, more than 19,000 helmets have been distributed to elementary school students. All helmets are purchased with funds donated by OTLA lawyers, their firms and other community sponsors.

In 2013, OTLA Bike Helmets on Kids events have taken place throughout May and June in Ottawa, Toronto, Aurora, Halton Region (Burlington), Peel Region, Barrie, Quinte West (Belleville and Trenton), Sudbury, Windsor, Simcoe County (Midland), and Thunder Bay. These events will help distribute an estimated 4,000 bicycle helmets this year to children in cities and regions across Ontario. For more information, visit www.otla.com.

New Lawyer Practice Series Part 6: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law

This is the last post of the series Developing and Funding a Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Practice. The last challenge in starting your own firm is ensuring you have the best resources available. People.

Growing Pains

When John McLeish and I started our firm in 1999 we had one other lawyer who worked with us and 7 staff members.  We have made a point of not growing the firm simply for the sake of growth.  Despite this approach, we now have a firm of 11 lawyers, 3 articling students and 50 support staff.  We currently employ an excellent office manager and receptionist, in addition to a host of excellent accident benefit clerks, law clerks and legal assistants.  All of these people are absolutely essential to the success of our law practice, but this growth hasn’t come without its share of problems.  There is truth to the saying “good people are hard to find” and we have had our share of mistakes. 

It is important that the people that work for me are dedicated, hard working, intelligent and honest, but this is only a starting point.  For me, one of the most important aspects of our firm is the atmosphere.  It isn’t for everyone, but it is for me.  For almost everyone in the workforce, you spend the majority of your waking hours with the people that you work with.  You can pay people well and they will show up for work, but if you want them to go the extra mile, work has to be a place that they enjoy going.  They have to like the people that they work with and they have to like you.  If your employees like and respect you, they will put their hearts and souls into the success of your operation.  You can’t force people to like and respect you, but if you respect them, treat them fairly and take an honest interest in their well being, you will find that they can’t help but reciprocate.  I’m not suggesting that you should be afraid to point out peoples mistakes or take appropriate action to correct behaviour that is detrimental to the office so long as it is done the right way.  However, once you realize that you have made a bad hiring decision, you should move as quickly as you can to undue the mistake by letting the person go.  It doesn’t take long for one person’s bad attitude to fester and create division within an office.  You will spend a great deal of time and money fostering goodwill with your employees.  You don’t want to let your efforts be undone by a bad apple.  Continue reading

New Lawyer Practice Series Part 5: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law

In part 5 of our series we discuss Funding Your Practice.

There are significant financial demands to running a successful personal injury practice.  These demands are greatly increased when you are in the process of setting up and establishing a new personal injury practice.  As stated above, you will have virtually no choice but to offer your services on a contingent fee basis which means you will collect fees some number of months or years after you begin working on a file and you will carry most  of the disbursements associated with the file for this period of time as well.  At the start of your practice, you can expect a significant delay in the inflow of cash.  Conversely, the outflow of cash will begin before you even open your doors for business.  Starting in the planning stages of opening your firm, you will begin to incur the typical overhead expenses of a law firm, such as rent, salaries, law society fees, insurance, equipment purchase, etc. 

Before setting out on your own or in partnership, you must ensure that you have enough money in the bank or access to adequate credit to ensure that you can continue to pay your overhead costs when cases are pending.  You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where your judgment about the value of a case is effected by your need to meet your financial obligations.  In my experience, banks will be reluctant to lend to anyone who does not have significant collateral that they can pledge as security for their loan or a long and proven track record of success in their law practice.  Banks have difficulty recognizing the value retained in a personal injury law practice by way of work in progress (WIP) and paid disbursements.  On complex cases, the paid disbursements can easily run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  In a large practice, paid disbursements can amount to millions of dollars.  Continue reading