Loretta P. Merritt
Loretta P. Merritt
Partner at Torkin Manes LLP
(416) 863-0305
151 Yonge St, Suite 1500, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 1987 (ON)
More than 30 years experience in civil sexual abuse lawsuits. Represented hundreds of clients in cases involving abuse by clergy, doctors, police officers, teachers, relatives and neighbours. Cases involve institutions such as school boards (public and private), churches, children’s clubs, children’s aid societies, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers, group homes and training schools. Represents adults and children, men and women. Co-Counsel on the only historical abuse common issues trial in a class action in Canada. Practice also includes catastrophic injury litigation. On the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA). Presented with the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for contributions to Canada in representing abuse survivors. Recipient of the Litigation Counsel of America’s inaugural Peter Perlman Service Award (2013) for meaningful contributions to society by giving time and resources to improve the lives of others. 2018 recipient of OTLA’s John A. McLeish Award, honouring only eight individuals since its inception in 2000, for outstanding contributions to the goals of a fair trial and access to justice. Also recognized by The Best Lawyers in Canada and Martindale-Hubbell (AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated).
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