Richard C. Halpern*, Partner

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Phone: 416.868.3215

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2013 Lexpert Ranked - Canadian Legal Lexpert
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Admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1984
 

*Richard Halpern Law Professional Corporation
 

Practice Highlights

Richard’s practice is exclusively civil litigation with particular emphasis on medical malpractice cases on behalf of the patient and auto accident cases on behalf of the injured party.

Richard is immediate past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. Richard is also the current chair of the Ontario Bar Association Working Group on Auto Insurance Reform. As a member of the Board of Directors of OTLA, he has been heavily involved in advocating for the rights of innocent accident victims and for reform to auto insurance. He has made numerous presentations to members of the Ontario Legislature on auto insurance reform.

Richard has the honour of having been selected by his peers to be published in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2013 as a leading practitioner in  the field of medical negligence and was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2014 in the field of Personal Injury Litigation (Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).
 

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto (1979)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Windsor (1982)
  • Masters of Law (Civil Litigation), Osgoode Hall Law School (1998)

Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice Claims
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
  • Other Personal Injury Matters

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • American Association for Justice
  • Past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (2007 - 2008)
  • Member of the No-Fault Working Group of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Chair of the Automobile Insurance Working Group of the Ontario Bar Association

 


 

Presentations


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 for the National Judicial Institute, OTLA, 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 was 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
  • Expert Reports

 

Richard Halpern, Intrapartum Pathways to Neonatal Neurologic Injury - A Lawyer's View, presented at the OTLA Medical Malpractice Conference on January 29, 2014.

Richard Halpern, The Obstacles in Connecting Birth Trauma to Neurologic Injury & Building the Foundation of your Birth Trauma Case based on the Fetal Monitor Tracing, presented at The Birth Trauma Conference, June 6, June 7 and June 24, 2013.

Richard Halpern, Expert Evidence in Personal Injury Law - Panel Discussion, presented at the Osgoode Certificate in Personal Injury Law & Practice on April 10, 2013

Richard Halpern, Newborn Neurological Injury and Litigation: Medical Legal Challenges to Causation, presented at the SickKids Brain Injury in Children conference on July 12, 2011.

 

Richard Halpern, Managing Risks in Maternity Care, presented at The Osgoode Certificate in Clinical Risk, Negligence and Claims Management in Health Care, January 24 - 28, 2011 in Toronto

 

Richard Halpern, Birth Trauma and the Duty of Care, presented at the OTLA 2010 Spring Conference on May 27 & 28, 2010 in Toronto

 
Richard Halpern, Auto Insurance Reform 2010 and The New Accident Benefits Schedule Transition Provisions, presented at the Navigating the New SABS: Practical Solutions Conference with Thomson, Rogers and the Toronto ABI Network on March 31, 2010

Richard Halpern, Automobile Insurance: Beyond the New Brunswick Border, presented at the Canadian Bar Association - New Brunswick Branch on February 4-6, 2010.

 

Richard Halpern, and Darcy Merkur, Ontario Proposed Auto Insurance Reforms (2010), presented at the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA) Forum on the changes to Ontario auto insurance on January 8, 2010.

 

Richard C. Halpern, Preserving Access to Justice: Resisting the Push to Restrict Tort Rights, presented at the Atlantic Provinces Trial Laywers Association Conference - Insurance Wars: Litigate to Win on November 13, 2009

 

Richard C. Halpern, Overview of Proposed Auto Insurance Reform 2009, presented at the Back to School Conference with Thomson, Rogers and the Toronto ABI Network on September 10, 2009

 

Richard C. Halpern , Timing of Asphyxial and Birth Trauma, presented at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association - Advanced Medical Malpractice CLE on September 11-12, 2009

 

Richard C. Halpern, Medical Malpractice Damages Guardianship Issues, presented at the Insight Information's Medical Malpractice and Liability Conference on April 14 & 15, 2008

 

Richard C. Halpern, Shoulder Dystocia, presented at the University of Toronto's 4th Annual Obstetrical Malpractice: A Survival Guide for 2008 Conference on January 19, 2008

 

Richard C. Halpern, Hanke v. Resurfice "But For Is Back", presented at the Advocates' Society: Tricks of the Trade 2008 - Practical Strategies for Winning Jury Trials Conference on January 18, 2008

 

Richard C. Halpern and Jill K. Van Vugt, Expert Reports: Preliminary Discussions and Draft Reports, presented at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association on May 25 & 26, 2007

 

Richard C. Halpern and Jill K. Van Vugt, Automobile Insurance in Ontario, presented at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association May 25 & 26

 

Richard C. Halpern and Jill K. Van Vugt, Medical Malpractice: Legal Causation & Obstetrics, presented at The Canadian Institute on February 28, 2007

 

Richard C. Halpern and Michael L. Bennett, Crossing the Threshold, presented at the National Judicial Institute on May 3, 2006

 

Richard C. Halpern, Demonstrative Evidence, presented at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association on January 27, 2006

 

Richard C. Halpern, Post-Operative Care, presented at The Law Society on December 12, 2005

 

Richard C. Halpern, Making Effective Use of Health Care Experts, presented at The Canadian Institute on November 28, 2005

 

Richard C. Halpern, Review of the Proposed DAC Regulations, presented at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association on October 29, 2005

 

Richard C. Halpern, Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, The Canadian Institute November 4, 2005 (Cancelled)
 

Richard C. Halpern, Protecting Accident Victims in the Future, a Work-Able Presentation for September 20, 2005
 

Richard C. Halpern, Litigating Auto Insurance Claims, presented at The Canadian Institute June 9 & 10, 2005
 

Richard C. Halpern, Civil Procedure and Evidence, presented at The Canadian Institute April 21 & 22, 2005 (Cancelled)
 

Richard C. Halpern, Reducing the Risk of Obstetric Malpractice, presented at The Canadian Institute April 5 & 6, 2005
 

Richard C. Halpern, The Lawyer’s Organization of the Examination, presented at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association April 1, 2005
 

Richard C. Halpern, Litigating Personal Injury Damages - Maximizing or Defending against Family Law Act Damages, presented at The Canadian Institute February 24 & 25, 2005
 

Richard C. Halpern, The Plaintiff’s View of Auto Insurance Reform, a CIP Society Seminar on January 19, 2005
 

Richard C. Halpern, Litigating Auto Claims for the Plaintiff, presented at The Canadian Institute on December 15, 2004
 

Richard C. Halpern and Aleks Mladenovic, Preventable Adverse Events: Medical Malpractice Litigation and Patient Safety, presented at Insight Information Co. on November 24 & 25, 2004
 

Richard C. Halpern, FLA Fatality Claims Updated, presented at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association on October 23, 2004
 

Richard C. Halpern and Veronica Rossos, Recovery in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents, 2004

 


 

Publications

The Use or Operation of an "Automobile"
Accident Benefit Reporter*, Vol. 12, Issue 1
May, 2011

 


 

Case of Note
 

Milne v. St. Joseph's Health Centre (Obstetrical Medical Negligence - Cerebral Palsy)

In a judgement released September 25, 2009, Madam Justice Morissette found an obstetrical nurse and obstetrical resident responsible for the cerebral palsy of Jessy Gibson who was asphyxiated due to a delay in performing a Cesarean section. At this time it is one of the most significant infant medical malpractice cases in the country.

 

 


 

 

In the Media
 

Unbillable Time
Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Briefly Speaking, April 2009

Auto Insurance: Restoring the Balance
Claims Canada, October/November 2008

Automobile Insurance Review Faces Rough Road
The Toronto Star Article - May 01, 2008

Consumer Groups Call for Changes to Insurance Rules; Say Firms Profiting on the Backs of Consumers
Brockville Recorder and Times - April 30, 2008

Walker's Slip-and-Fall a Lawyer's Pick-me-up
Globe and Mail Article - February 15, 2008
 


 
Testimonials

Our family wishes to thank you, Richard, and your firm, for taking care of our case. We appreciate your professionalism, promptness, and also the kindness & love we felt from all staff at Thomson, Rogers. Yesterday was two months since Wally went to the Lord. The circumstances will always hurt, but the settlement will help others because our family committed to donating 10% of the money to our favourite charities and helping others less fortunate. Today we will be donating to Colon Cancer Research since “Bayer” drugs is matching the donation.

Best Wishes,

- The Zomer Family

 

 


 

Richard,

Words cannot express our appreciation for your outstanding work on our behalf in the settlement of our recent action.

Your exceptional expertise and professionalism combined with your ardent passion are clearly evident in your pursuit of justice for your clients!

It was indeed a pleasure working with you throughout the past 4 years.

Thank you!

- Mitri Family

 


 

Dear Richard,

Where do I begin to thank you for everything you've done for my family?  You have spent the better part of seven years helping us through a very difficult time and tirelessly fighting for our cause.  You persevered, even when we were ready to give up and more importantly, you negotiated a settlement larger than any of us anticipated or even thought possible.  Because of this money, the quality of our daughter's life will be changed forever.  She will now get exactly what she needs when she needs it.  You made yourself readily available to us day or night and kindly helped us out with unrelated matters long after the agreement was signed.  Richard, you are a man of ethics and principles and you truly care about your clients. You've single-handedly changed the course of our lives and you will never know just how much we value your expertise and professionalism. We feel very fortunate to have been represented by the best lawyer in town!!  We thank you and the entire team at Thomson, Rogers for working your magic.

With sincere gratitude,  

- A. Kanellos

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