Richard Halpern is a senior lawyer acting exclusively for injured people in medical negligence cases, with a special focus on infants injured at or around the time of birth. Richard is known across Canada for his expertise in birth injury cases, and is a founding member of the Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance. He has more than 30 years of experience representing seriously injured people.
Richard is known for tackling some of the most complex and challenging medical malpractice cases. He has lectured and written extensively on matters concerned with obstetrics, the cause of newborn injury, medical malpractice cases more generally, evidentiary issues, causation at law, and legal and trial strategies. He has delivered more than 80 presentations to professional groups.
With respect to birth-related injury to children, Richard has represented children with cerebral palsy, brain injury due to hypoglycemia, brain injury from elevated bilirubin, and children who have suffered loss of use of an arm from shoulder dystocia.
In 2015, Richard was the recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to the legal profession, conferred by his peers at the Ontario Bar Association. Richard has been recognized by and listed in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada. He has been recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as Most Frequently Recommended in both medical negligence and personal injury on behalf of plaintiffs.
Richard has acted in hundreds of medical malpractice cases. He has appeared in the Superior Court of Ontario and the Ontario Court of Appeal. He is also acting in a number of medical malpractice cases in other Canadian Provinces.
Richard is a past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. He is a past member of the Judicial Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments (GTA) appointed by the Federal Minister of Justice. This committee evaluated candidates for appointment to the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.
In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) and Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB), Richard earned a Masters Degree in Law (LLM) in Civil Litigation at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Advocatesʼ Society, the Ontario Trial Lawyersʼ Association, the Ontario Bar Association, Litigation Counsel of America and the American Association of Justice.