Personal injury and professional liability specialists take the spotlight as Lexpert presents Toronto’s best medical negligence law firms based on the results of our comprehensive annual peer review. For the complete list of Canada’s most recommended medical negligence lawyers and law firms, check out our practice area rankings.
The medical negligence practice encompasses the representation of plaintiff patients and their families or estates and the defense of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in civil proceedings alleging personal or psychological injury, trauma or death, resulting from a failure to provide care in conformity with standard practices.
Most recommended negligence law firms representing plaintiffs
Year established: 1936
Number of lawyers: 7
Number of ranked lawyers: 2
Partners: L. Craig Brown, Kate Cahill, Deanna S. Gilbert, Sloan H. Mandel, Aleks Mladenovic
Thomson Rogers is one of Toronto’s largest civil litigation firms. Its family law, class action and land-use litigation teams are regularly sought out for their experience and advocacy skills. The firm has also evolved into one of Ontario’s leading personal injury law firms and among with the best medical negligence practices. Thomson Rogers’ medical malpractice team is known to take complex lawsuits. Its lawyers represent clients before the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, and before administrative boards and tribunals across the province.
Year established: 1999
Number of lawyers: 9
Partners: Patrick Brown, Joseph A. Cescon, John McLeish, Dale Orlando, Salvatore Shaw
McLeish Orlando LLP is a personal injury boutique comprised of experienced lawyers dedicated to representing people who have been seriously injured and family members who have lost a loved one through the negligence of others. The firm’s lawyers have successfully represented people who have suffered brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and serious orthopaedic injuries. McLeish Orlando aims to achieve a fair settlement and the best result possible for their clients while at the same time shielding them from the potential stress that comes with advancing claims with an insurance company. The firm is a recognized leader in personal injury and wrongful death law.
Year established: 2018
Number of lawyers: 4
Number of ranked lawyers: 1
Partners: Paul J. Pape, Shantona Chaudhury
Pape Chaudhury LLP is a Toronto-based litigation boutique with a varied civil litigation practice, spanning appellate advocacy, commercial litigation, negligence and torts, professional liability, class actions and public law. The firm handles high-stakes and complex matters, many of which are referred by other law firms. Pape Chaudhury boasts significant experience working with other lawyers whose clients need litigation counsel. The firm has argued more than 150 appeals on behalf of both appellants and respondents. Its lawyers have a wealth of experience at all levels of courts and tribunals in Ontario, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.
Year established: 2018
Number of lawyers: 14
Partners: Geoff Adair, John Adair, Simon Bieber, Michael Darcy, Alex Fidler-Wener, Jordan Goldblatt, Iris Graham, Gord McGuire, Nathaniel Read-Ellis, Julia Wilkes
Adair Goldblatt Bieber LLP is a boutique firm dedicated to civil litigation. The firm ranks among the most experienced trial and appellate advocacy firms in Ontario having tried hundreds of jury and non-jury cases to verdict and argued dozens of appeals in the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. It has represented clients in several precedent-setting cases, including commercial litigation matters, complex insurance issues, class actions, partnership disputes and major tort actions involving product liability or professional negligence claims. The firm takes pride on its culture of strong independence. It regularly acts on litigation matters referred to by other major law firms that find themselves in a conflict.
Year established: 1993
Number of lawyers: 15
Number of ranked lawyers: 1
Partners: Richard M. Bogoroch, Heidi R. Brown, Yoni Silberman, Mahsa Dabirian
Bogoroch & Associates LLP is a Toronto-based law firm that concentrates on civil litigation. The firm focuses on serious personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability and disability claims throughout Ontario. It adopts a client-oriented approach to litigation and prides itself on enabling injured victims and their families to obtain access to the justice system by waiting to get paid until the case is concluded and by paying for the thousands of dollars in disbursements necessary to advance their litigation. The firm’s mandate is to provide clients with outstanding legal representation. Its clients include victims of motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice and other traumatic events face many difficulties.
Most recommended negligence law firms representing defendants
Year established: 1823
Number of lawyers: 20+ (Health care disputes)
Number of ranked lawyers: 9
Partners: Justine Blanchet, Keegan Boyd, Katharine Byrick, Cynthia Clarke, Kate Crawford, Ronald Foerster, Daniel Girlando, Mary Lynn Gleason, Robyn A. Grant, Patrick J. Hawkins, Daphne G. Jarvis, Danielle Joel, Anna Marrison, Barbara Walker-Renshaw, Wendy Whelan
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is one of the largest full-service business law firms in Canada. The firm boasts more than 700 lawyers and legal professionals in its offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Calgary, Vancouver and Beijing, China. The bilingual law firm excels under both the common and civil law systems in the country. It is also the first law firm in North America to implement client service standards. BLG’s health care disputes team boasts more than 40 years of experience representing health care facilities and their staff in malpractice litigation and other disputes. It has more than 30 specialists that provide dispute litigation services to over 250 health care institutions across Canada. The team represents institutions and individuals in all stages of the malpractice litigation process, including the discovery process, trials and appeals.
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Year established: 1992
Number of lawyers: 50+ (Professional liability and regulation)
Number of ranked lawyers: 15
Partners: Nina Bombier, Jonathan Chen, Tom Curry, Peter Griffin, Monique Jilesen, Rebecca Jones, Risa M. Kirshblum, Brian Kolenda, Eli S. Lederman, Matthew B. Lerner, Jaan Lilles, William C. McDowell, Brendan F. Morrison, Peter J. Osborne, Andrew Parley, Andrew Porter, Scott Rollwagen, Shara N. Roy, Matthew Sammon, Ronald G. Slaght, Glenn Smith, Lawrence E. Thacker, Dena N. Varah, Paul-Erik Veel, Mark Veneziano
Toronto-based Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP is recognized for having one of Canada’s leading litigation practice. For more than two decades, the firm has acted for clients in over 17,000 cases, conducting more than 500 trials, arbitrations and tribunal hearings. Lenczner Slaght has one of the leading professional liability practices in Canada, representing clients in diverse fields across a broad landscape of regulatory, civil and quasi-criminal matters. The team defends professionals before disciplinary and regulatory tribunals and in all levels of the courts across the country. It also prosecutes professional disciplinary cases for many regulatory colleges and governing bodies. In addition, the team acts as general counsel to several of those bodies, providing strategic advice, policy recommendations and counsel on drafting regulatory frameworks with regard to professional registration, fitness to practise, the handling of complaints and discipline.
Year established: 1855
Number of lawyers: 40+ (Professional liability)
Number of ranked lawyers: 6
Partners: Erica J. Baron, Sarit E. Batner, William D. Black, Darryl A. Cruz, Shane C. D’Souza, Bryn Gray, Christopher Hubbard, Kosta Kalogiros, Gillian Kerr, Dave Leonard, Christine Lonsdale, Frank McLaughlin, William G. Scott, Byron Shaw, Junior Sirivar, Caroline Zayid
McCarthy Tétrault LLP is one of Canada’s largest full-service law firms, offering expert legal services to clients in Canada and around the world. The firm delivers integrated business, litigation, tax, real estate and labour and employment offerings through its offices in Canada’s major commercial centres, New York in the US and in London, UK. McCarthy Tétrault’s professional liability team represents architects, dentists, directors and officers of companies, engineers, financial advisors, lawyers, media personnel, physicians, psychologists, real estate agents and other professionals. It acts on civil proceedings, securities commission hearings, insolvency-related proceedings, disciplinary charges and criminal allegations.
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Year established: 1957
Number of lawyers: 1 (Personal injury)
Miller Thomson LLP is recognized as one of Canada’s leading national business law and litigation firms. It has 550 lawyers in more than 60 specialty practices who are well-positioned to assist domestic and international decision makers with all of their Canadian legal needs. The firm offers a complete range of business law, advocacy and personal legal services to corporations, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, governments, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. It has clients in virtually every sector, including banking, insurance, manufacturing, energy, agribusiness, transportation, marketing and advertising, retail, commercial real estate, construction, projects, social impact, technology, life sciences and health care and environmental services. The firm’s personal injury team has been working with clients for more than 40 years, finding solutions for the significant economic and lifestyle disruptions that accidents bring. The team advises clients on injuries arising from motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, slip and falls or someone else’s negligence.
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