Stephen Birman is a partner at Thomson Rogers, which has been awarded Law Firm of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation by Best Lawyers. Stephen's practice focuses primarily on helping victims of car accidents, slip and falls and sexual abuse. He also practises in class actions. Stephen regularly litigates claims in Superior Court and at the License Appeals Tribunals where he obtained for his client one of the first "special award" orders imposed by the Tribunal. Stephen has also been a leader with respect to the transition to virtual Court proceedings having conducted both jury and non-jury trials using virtual technology. Currently, Stephen is leading class actions against private for-profit nursing home operators in respect of COVID-19 as well as against a major insurer for its denial of business interruption insurance stemming from the pandemic. Stephen spent several years assisting survivors of Residential Schools advance compensation claims under Canada's largest class action settlement. Stephen prides himself on his ability to help clients understand and feel informed and in control throughout the litigation process. He has earned the highest peer rating of AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell for his legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards.