Mr. Justice John Laskin
Graduated from University of Toronto Law School 1969; Civil and public law litigation practice 1971-1994; Counsel to a number of commissions of inquiry, including the Ontario Inquiry into Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation (the Osborne Inquiry,1987-88); Appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal, January 1994.
Following his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Justice Laskin has organized and taught in many programs on decision writing and advocacy, both in Canada and abroad. For many years he was co-chair of the annual CIAJ Judgment Writing Seminar, and then of the NJI-CIAJ advanced judgment writing seminar, called Style and Context. He contributes frequently to the NJI’s oral judgments program. And he has taught decision writing to many individual courts and tribunals in Canada. He has also spoken on advocacy at numerous programs, including OCAT’s Annual Written Advocacy seminar. Abroad, he has taught judgment writing, advocacy, and judicial education in Hong Kong, China, Albania, The Hague, Arusha, Spain, Scotland, New Mexico, Barbados, and Jamaica.
Articles: A View from the Other Side: What I Would Have Done Differently If I Knew Then What I Know Now (1998); Forget The Windup and Make the Pitch: Some Suggestions for Writing More Persuasive Factums (1999); What Persuades (or What’s Going on Inside the Judge’s Mind) (2004); How to Write a Persuasive Factum: A Judge’s View (2004); Why Are You Telling Me All This? (2008); The Right Stuff: Marvin Catzman and Legal Writing (2008); Teaching Judgment Writing in Canada (2011); Memories of Marc Rosenberg (2016).
Gayle T. Brock
Gayle Brock concentrates her practice in the area of civil litigation and, in particular, plaintiffs’ medical malpractice claims.
She received her Honours B.A. from York University in 1988, and her LL.B. from The University of Western Ontario in 1992. She received her Master of Laws degree from The University of Sydney (Australia) in 1996. She was called to the Bar in 1994.
She is a member of The Advocates Society, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and its Medical Malpractice Subsection, Simcoe County Law Association, and the American Association for Justice and its Birth Trauma Litigation Subsection.
She is a frequently invited speaker on issues concerning medical malpractice and personal injury law. She has presented at and chaired conferences hosted by The Advocates’ Society, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, and County of Carleton Law Association.
Mr. Domenic Crolla
Domenic Crolla is a senior litigator with Gowling WLG based in Ottawa. His practice emphasizes professional and product liability and health law.
Domenic is an advocate before all levels of courts and administrative tribunals. He has appeared in a number of complex matters in both a trial and appellate capacity.
Domenic is a frequent author and lecturer, the Editor of Electronic Healthcare Law Review (LexisNexis Canada Inc.) and taught at Osgoode’s LL.M in Health Law programme. He was formerly the Chair of the law and Medicine Sub Committee, IBA and is a member of a number of the professional societies where he has served in a number of leadership positions.
Between 2007 and 2010, Domenic was a member of his firm’s Executive Committee and held the position of Firm Managing Partner, Internal. He is currently a member of Gowling WLG’s Board of Trustees.
Domenic is also Honourary Counsel to REACH, a non-profit, charitable organization for persons with disabilities.
Darryl Cruz is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in the Toronto Litigation Group. From 2007-2011, Mr. Cruz served as Litigation Practice Group Leader and worked with the firm’s litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, intellectual property, environmental, international trade and research lawyers in all of its offices across Canada.
Mr. Cruz maintains a general litigation practice with particular emphasis on commercial and professional liability issues. He has acted as trial and appellate counsel for clients such as Bell Canada, Veresén Inc., Ostrander Point GP Inc., Pepsi-Cola Canada Ltd., Xerox Canada Ltd., American Airlines Inc., Ellis Vision Incorporated, the Special Deputy Receiver for the State of Illinois and Connor Clark Ltd. He has tried jury and non-jury cases. His trials have concerned all areas of law, including contract law, advertising law, competition law, insurance, tax, environmental law, intellectual property, technology law, defamation, professional negligence and employment. He has regularly appeared as counsel on injunction applications and on other applications for interim relief. Mr. Cruz also acts as counsel on class actions or other mass tort proceedings.
In the professional liability context, Mr. Cruz has acted as lead counsel for doctors and lawyers in a wide variety of negligence cases and discipline cases.
Mr. Cruz has appeared as counsel at all levels in the Ontario courts and in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has appeared as counsel before various administrative boards and tribunals such as the Environmental Review Tribunal, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.
Mr. Cruz has handled cases in varied industries, such as automotive, food and beverage, technology, software development, and transportation industries and he has recently acted as counsel in relation to numerous wind power projects in Ontario, both at the Environmental Review Tribunal and in the Courts.
Mr. Cruz is consistently recognized in a number of prominent legal directories and guides, including the current edition of Chambers Canada, where he is listed as a leading lawyer in the area of healthcare. He is listed in the current edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the areas of medical negligence, professional liability, corporate commercial litigation and personal injury. In the current edition of Benchmark Canada, he is listed as a Litigation Star in Ontario, and in the LMG Life Sciences Guide, he is listed as a Life Science Star.
Tom Curry is Managing Partner at Lenczner Slaght.
Widely recognized as a leading trial and appellant counsel, Tom has a long record of success in high-profile litigation. He is a longstanding member of The Holland Group. Tom represents private and public sector clients in class actions, arbitrations, business disputes, administrative proceedings and judicial reviews, professional liability matters and intellectual property cases at both the trial and appellant levels.
Tom is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and is certified as a specialist in civil litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a regular on a wide variety of subjects relating to trial practice and substantive law.
A senior partner and leader of the GowlingWLG Medical Defence Group. His practice is focused on medical malpractice (defence), professional liability, health law, privacy and professional disciplinary proceedings. He graduated from Dalhousie University Law School in 1988 and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1990, and the Nunavut Bar in 2003. Over the course of his career he has extensive trial and hearing experience (a highlight of which was conducting a case in the Western Arctic). He is annually recognized in a number of ranking publications for his expertise in the area of Medical Negligence and professional liability. He is involved in both legal and medical continuing education on issues related to health law, medical malpractice and professional liability.
Hilik Elmaleh attended the University of Warwick Law School in the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1993. From 1993 to 1994, he attended Ottawa University Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997 after articling at Sommers & Roth.
Mr. Elmaleh practices in the area of civil litigation, with a particular focus on medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. He has appeared successfully before all levels of court in Ontario. He is a member of The Law Society of Upper Canada, The Canadian Bar Association, The American Association for Justice, The Medical Legal Society of Toronto and The Toronto Lawyers Association.
He has lectured at continuing education conferences, educating professionals in the area of obstetrical malpractice. He has been a guest lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School and is a contributor to the Advocates’ Quarterly journal.
For his precedent-setting advocacy on behalf of his clients, including extensive medical malpractice trial experience, Mr. Elmaleh is recognized across Canada as a leader in medical negligence and obstetrical negligence litigation. He is often asked to consult on complex medical-legal matters by other well-known medical malpractice lawyers.
Mr. Elmaleh has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers Ontario and Best Lawyers Canada and is ranked as a Leading Practitioner in medical negligence law by Lexpert, the Canadian Legal Expert Directory.
Richard Halpern was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1984 and has practiced law with Thomson Rogers since his call to the bar. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated in 1982 from the University of Windsor with his LLB. Richard also completed a Masters Degree (LLM) in Civil Litigation in 1998 at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Richard is currently chair of the Ontario Bar Association Working Group on Auto Insurance and a past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association Working Group on No-Fault Compensation. Through these organizations Richard has been very active in advocating for the rights of innocent accident victims and for reform to auto insurance. He has made many presentations to members of the Ontario Legislature on auto insurance reform advocating for accident victims and consumers. He has lectured and written extensively on auto insurance reform and access to justice.
Richard has been very actively involved in continuing legal education. In the past he has been a seminar leader in civil litigation for the Bar Admission Course. He has delivered presentations annually for the Mount Sinai Hospital Conference on Obstetrics, for the National Judicial Institute, the OBA, the Law Society, Insight, Canadian Institute and other organizations on topics including trial advocacy, auto insurance claims, physician and hospital liability, medical malpractice and medical-legal issues in obstetrics. Richard has also been a guest instructor for a number of years at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Papers presented to continuing legal education seminars include: Medical Malpractice: Legal Causation and Obstetrics; Crossing the Threshold; Demonstrative Evidence; Post-Operative Care; Making Effective Use of Health Care Experts; Litigating Auto Insurance Claims; Reducing the Risk of Obstetric Malpractice; Preventable Adverse Events: Medical Malpractice Litigation and Patient Safety; Civil Procedure and Evidence; The Plaintiff’s View of Auto Insurance Reform; among other presentations.
Richard is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates Society and the American Association for Justice. His practice is exclusively civil litigation with particular emphasis on complex medical malpractice cases on behalf of the patient and auto accident cases on behalf of the injured party.
Peter Kryworuk is a Partner at Lerners LLP and Leader of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. Mr. Kryworuk is certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been included in the Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006 and has been recognized by Lexpert as a leading lawyer in the areas in medical negligence, personal injury, product liability and professional liability. He has also been identified by LawDay as one of the top leading lawyers in Canada in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, professional liability and product liability.
Mr. Kryworuk regularly acts as counsel for physicians in medical negligence actions, hospital privileges matters and other regulatory and licensing proceedings. He acted as counsel to the Honourable Mr. Justice Haines on the Meat Regulatory and Inspection Review in 2004. He has written and lectured extensively in his areas of practice.
He is very active in the community and has served on many boards and committees including serving as Chair of the Board at London Health Sciences Foundation, President of the London Ukrainian Centre and as a member of the Boards of the London Health Sciences Centre, London Community Foundation, Fanshawe College Foundation and other community organizations.
Mr. Kryworuk obtained his LL.B. from the University of Windsor in 1982 and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1984. In addition to his practice in health law Mr. Kryworuk also practices commercial litigation and personal injury/insurance litigation.
- Paul M. Mann Professional Corporation, Principal
- Civil Litigator specializing in complex medical malpractice cases for Plaintiffs
- Member of Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
- Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
- Member of the Canadian Bar Association
- Member of The Waterloo Law Association
- Member of the American Organization of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Member of the Advocates’ Society of Upper Canada
- Recognized by Canadian Lawyers Magazine as one of the top ten lawyers in the Dominion of Canada
- Recognized by Martindale and Hubbel in the highest category of advocacy and excellence with an A/V rating
- Recipient of the H. Bruce T. Hillyer Award on two occasions
- Recipient of Distinguished Service Award by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
- Honoured by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association in 2006 at the Celebration of the Personal Injury Bar as a leader of the Plaintiffs’ Bar
John Morris is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and National Leader of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. Mr. Morris was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1983. He was awarded an LL.B degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (1981). He is a recipient of the Walter Williston Award for legal scholarship. Mr. Morris is a Graduate of the Harvard University Mediation Course, and is a Sessional Lecturer in ADR at Queen’s University Law School. Mr. Morris has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of Medical Negligence by the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory. Mr. Morris received the designation of Certified Specialist (Health Law) from the Law Society of Upper Canada in February, 2007.
Mr. Morris regularly acts as counsel for numerous health facilities and health professionals throughout Ontario involving malpractice and product liability claims. He also regularly advises hospitals in Ontario in relation to issues involving patient records, consent to treatment, physician privileges and duties and obligations arising out of the Public Hospitals Act.
- Morse Shannon, Partner
- Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers since March 2000
- Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Civil Litigation Specialist in August 1990
- The Canadian Legal Expert Directory (“LEXPERT”), a survey of leading lawyers in Canada, has rated Jerome the highest rating available being 1 of 3 lawyers “most frequently recommended” for medical negligence representing plaintiffs and 1 of 12 lawyers “most frequently recommended” for personal injury representing plaintiffs. He is also ranked in 3 other categories.
- The 11th Edition Best Lawyers in Canada has identified Jerome in the specialties of personal injury, medical negligence and product liability litigation.
- The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association honoured Jerome with the OTLA Bruce T. Hillyer Award awarded to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of OTLA in fearlessly advancing the cause of individual rights by the effective use of trial advocacy.
- The Best Lawyers’ 2014 Toronto Personal Injury Litigation “Lawyer of the Year”
- The Advocates’ Society: Member and Lecturer
- Medico-Legal Society: Past Director and Lecturer
Paul J. Pape
- Pape Barristers Professional Corporation: principal
- Osgoode Hall Law School
- London University, England: Master of Laws
- American College of Trial Lawyers: fellow
- Advocates’ Society: member and
- Co-Chair of Appellate Advocacy programme
- Listed in Lexpert/ALM Guide to the Top 500 Lawyers in Canada and Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers: recommended in
- The Best Lawyers in Canada: Former head of Litigation Department at a large Toronto firm
- Bar Admission Course: instructor of civil procedure for many years