Stacey L. Stevens, Partner

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Phone: 416.868.3186

Fax: 416.868.3134

Admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2005

 

Practice Highlights

 

Stacey’s practice is entirely devoted to helping people with serious personal injuries.  Her practice is restricted to ensuring people injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, slip/trip and falls, have been denied accident benefits or disability insurance benefits as well as victims of sexual assault receive full compensation. 

Stacey joined Thomson Rogers in 2006 after gaining valuable experience working for ten years with lawyers and their clients in the area of plaintiff personal injury litigation.  She is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2005.  Stacey is one of three national recipients of the 2003 Tom Wilcox Scholarship award for her academic achievements and dedication to insurance law.   Stacey’s expertise and professionalism has been recognized and sought out in interviews on Canada AM, the Business News Network and CFRB Radio and in newspapers and magazines including the Lawyer’s Weekly, Law Times, The Litigator, and The Globe and Mail.

Stacey believes that achieving exceptional results in personal injury claims requires creativity, dedication, perseverance and hard work.  She is committed to applying those qualities on behalf of all her clients.    Although her office is in Toronto, Stacey maintains her “small town” roots.  She and her family live in Central Ontario and many of her clients are from this area.

Stacey’s passion for justice continues through her volunteer work.  She is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Advocates Society and the Canadian Bar Association.  Stacey volunteers as Legal Counsel for Spinal Cord Injury Action Canada, is on the Board of the Central East Brain Injury Association and is a lawyer with the Family Legal Health Program at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Says Stacey: "No one plans on being in an accident. It happens in the blink of an eye and can turn a person’s life into a state of turmoil.  The last thing they need is to have to fight an insurance company at a time when the focus should be on their recovery.  That’s my job."

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School (2004)

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Sexual Assault

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Ontario Bar Association

 


 

Presentations

 

Stacey L. Stevens, Optimizing the Use of Multiple Regimes: Paving the Road to a Successful Disability Management Process, presented at the Disability Management in the Workplace conference, January 29 - 30, 2014.

Stacey L. Stevens, The Ins and Outs of Conducting FSCO Arbitrations Conference, presented at The ADR Chambers on November 30, 2013.

Stacey L. Stevens (Moderator), Advocacy Panel, presented at the Back to School with Thomson, Rogers and Toronto ABI Network conference "Hospital to Home: Working Collaboratively" on September 12, 2013.

Panel:
Ruth WilcockOBIA
Katie MuirheadOBIA
Tammy KirkwoodFAIR
Nick GurevichOntario Rehab Alliance
David A. PayneThomson, Rogers

 

Stacey L. Stevens, Legal & Medical Case Studies & Discussion, presented at the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators Conference "Ethics: When Lawyers and Experts Meet", on April 12, 2013 in Toronto.

Stacey L. Stevens, The Definition of Incurred  Expenses Relating to Attendant Care, presented at Power Occupational Therapy Services Inc. on September 17, 2012 in Hamilton.

Stacey L. Stevens, An Overview of Accident Benefit and Tort Claims, presented at the BlueBalloon Health Services seminar "An Introduction to Accident Benefits and Motor Vehicle Litigation" on June 20, 2012 in Burlington.

Stacey L. Stevens, How to Protect the Needs of Your Brain Injured Client, presented at the "Ripple Effect" Conference, in conjunction with the Brain Injury Association of Quinte District on February 10, 2012.

Stacey L. Stevens, Susan E. Gunter, and Dutton Brock, Tort IME's New Needs, presented at the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators' "Business of IME's" seminar on October 21, 2011.

Stacey L. Stevens & L. Craig Brown, Future Care Cost Reports for Children and Young Adults - The Use of Pediatric Life Care Plans Prior to Trial and Beyond, presented at the Back to School with Thomson, Rogers - Catastrophic Brain Impairment: Children, Young Adults and their Families (Rehabilitation Strategies) conference on September 8, 2011.

Stacey Stevens and David Neill, Developing Best Practices for Dealing with Experts, presented at an In-House CLE Seminar on January 26, 2011.

Stacey L. Stevens, New Rules and Expert Opinions: Practical Steps to Obtaining Reports, presented at the Ontario Bar Association: Insurance Law: Practical Guide to Expert Opinion Under the New Rules seminar on November 23, 2010.

Stacey L. Stevens, How the new Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) drives care funding and How tort claims benefit clients with auto accident injuries. Presented at Sudbury Regional Hospital: How auto insurance coverage determines the care benefits your clients receive on July 21, 2010.

Stacey L. Stevens, Making Sense of Ontario's Auto Insurance Reform: What will it mean for you & your clients and patients? presented at the Holiday Inn, Oshawa on April 1, 2010.

Stacey L. Stevens, The New Rules - Writing Reports and Being Qualified As An Expert at Trial, presented at the Navigating the New SABS: Practical Solutions Conference with Thomson, Rogers and the Toronto ABI Network on March 31, 2010.

Stacey L. Stevens, Experts, presented at the Canadian Academy of Psychologist in Disability Assessment Seminar, March 26, 2010.

Stacey L. Stevens, Choosing Experts and Using Their Reports to Win Your Case, presented at the Osgoode Hall Law School: Managing and Litigating Motor Vehicle Accident Claims on March 25, 2010.

Stacey L. Stevens, Settlement Approval through the eyes of the Parens Patriae - Obtaining Court Approval of Accident Benefit Settlements, presented at the Law Society of Upper Canada: Personal Injury and Mental Capacity Law Strategies for Claims Involving Incapable Persons on October 18, 2007.

Stacey L. Stevens, Catherine Korte and Kim Lamont, Life after DACs II – Solutions for Assisting Injured Persons - Assessment and Treatment in SABS Insurance Claims, presented at the Life after DACs II Workshop - Cobourg on May 14, 2007.

Stacey L. Stevens and L. Craig Brown, Jury Questions in Complex Cases, presented on March 30, 2007.

 


 

Publications

Stacey L. Stevens, "Off-road and in the courts - 'Tis the season for snowmobile accidents, and insurance questions", The Lawyers Weekly, January 17, 2014.

Stacey L. Stevens & Esther J. Roche, "Incurred Expenses: Defining 'Economic Loss' in Light of Simser v. Aviva", Accident Benefit Reporter, Volume 14, Issue 1, May, 2013.

Stacey L. Stevens & David F. MacDonald, "Family Members Sustain Economic Losses in Providing Attendant Care" & "Insurers Cannot Escape Paying Less than the Form 1 Rate", Accident Benefit Reporter Volume 13, Issue 2, Fall, 2012

Stacey L. Stevens & David F. MacDonald, "Court Decides Family Members are Entitled to be Paid Attendant Care", Accident Benefit Reporter Updater, June 27, 2012.

Stacey L. Stevens, "Insurer must accept AB application filed 2 years after the accident", Accident Benefit Reporter, Vol. 13, Issue 1, Summer 2012.

Stacey L. Stevens, Accident Benefits Entitlement, Accident Benefit Reporter, Vol. 12, Issue 2, Fall 2011.

Stacey L. Stevens, Stephen Birman, How to Succeed before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario: Practice Tips from Mediation to Arbitration - The Insured's Perspective, written for the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association's "FSCO Arbitrations & Accident Benefits: The Nuts & Bolts" seminar on September 27, 2011.

 


 

In the Media

Drivers face higher set fine for distracted driving March 18
AdvocateDaily.com
March 7, 2014

Lawyers should know limitations of snowmobile coverage
AdvocateDaily.com
January 14, 2014

Passion for righting wrongs runs deep
AdvocateDaily.com
November 14, 2013

Civil suit filed in teen bus crash case
AdvocateDaily.com
November 8, 2013

Bus driver cleared in roundabout collision
TheRecord.com
October 30, 2013

Lawsuits likely after fatal bus-train collision
AdvocateDaily.com
September 20, 2013

Court of Appeal confirms "economic losss" is a threshold requirement
AdvocateDaily.com
July 19, 2013

Decision reflects "strong message" from court on expert evidence
AdvocateDaily.com
July 5, 2013

Maintaining independence from retainer to report writing - Part 2
AdvocateDaily.com
May 31, 2013

Maintaining independence from retainer to report writing - Part 1
AdvocateDaily.com
May 23, 2013

Budget proposal good news for Ontario drivers
AdvocateDaily.com
May 10, 2013

Stevens to share insights on ethics for expert witnesses
AdvocateDaily.com
April 12, 2013

The incurred expenses debate
AdvocateDaily.com
March 25, 2013

Debating incurred expenses
The Lawyers Weekly
March 22, 2013

Recommendations poised to help auto insurance system
AdvocateDaily.com
January 28, 2013

Report tackles auto insurance fraud
Law Times
January 7, 2013

Hearing for GRT driver charged in roundabout crash
CTV News
April 24, 2012

 

Safe New Years
CTV News
December 23, 2011

 

Homeowner's Liability During the Holiday Party Season
Canada AM
December 21, 2011

 

Expert evidence: Narrowing the privacy zone
The Lawyers Weekly
December 17, 2010
 

Ontario Adoption Law
Canada AM
June 1, 2009

 
Punitives and The Jury
The Litigator, Journal of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
April 2009

Discussing the law regarding punitive damage claims in personal injury and product liability lawsuits and how a personal injury lawyer may best present a punitive damage claim at trial on behalf of an accident victim.
 

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

 

Social Host Liability
Strictly Legal, Business News Network
December 13, 2007

 

Controversial Adoption Law Struck Down
Law Times Article
October 1, 2007
 

Stacey Discusses Adoption Information Disclosure Law on CFRB radio.
CFRB Radio Talk Show
October 2007
 

Challenging New Adoption Information Disclosure Law
Law Times Article
January 29, 2007

 


 

Litigation Process Videos

Personal Injury Lawsuit: Have you been injured in a car accident and wonder if you can sue?
AdvocateDaily.com
June 17, 2013

Personal Injury Lawsuit: What you can expect when you attend an examination for discovery
AdvocateDaily.com
September 12, 2013

 


 

Notable Decisions

Tran v. 1109221 Ontario Limited
February 21, 2012

 

Quadriplegic Motor Vehicle Accident Trial (Spring, 2011)

In the spring of 2011, Craig Brown, Darcy Merkur and Stacey Stevens were trial counsel to a motor vehicle accident victim who had lost control of his motor vehicle within days of his vehicle passing a safety inspection. The plaintiff was catastrophically impaired in the accident and was receiving catastrophic accident benefits from his accident benefit insurer. The claim was for in excess of $15 million. Three weeks into this jury trial, in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a resolution was reached between the parties. The details of the resolution are confidential. With permission of the plaintiff, you can review a copy of the plaintiff's opening statement at the link below (to product privacy, all names have been redacted).

 

Giordano v. Royal Sun Alliance
April 12, 2006

 

Ontario Adoption Information Disclosure Act
September 19, 2007

 

8 Million Dollar Settlement For Bryan Gill Who Was Injured As A Result Of A Drunk Driver

On June 25, 2000, Bryan Gill suffered a severe brain injury when the car he was riding in crashed into the ditch. The drunk driver of the car lost control on a township road under construction. Bryan was 30 years old when he was injured in this accident. As a result of the accident, Bryan will have life long care needs.

Craig Brown and Stacey Stevens of Thomson Rogers represented Bryan and his family in the action to recover compensation for his injuries. On the eve of trial, Brown and Stevens were able to settle Bryan's claims for more than 8 million dollars. 

 


 

Testimonials

 

 

Hi Stacey,

I feel like I’ll never be able to thank you enough, so please allow me to thank you as long as I can, even if you get tired of it. I knew it was hard to believe what was going on with me was true, I find it hard to believe myself sometimes, until finally, I just accepted it. This is who I am now. But you believed in me and that is why I had faith in you. That you will do everything to get what is right for me, whatever that is. I hope you continue to help people, people like me. We need more of you in this world. Thank you forever Stacey.

Gordyn

 


 

In 2006 my mom was involved in a collision, resulting in a permanent injury to her knees and back. For a few years following the incident, life became terrible for her as well as us, her family. Multiple surgeries, countless painkillers, hours of therapy, a relationship breakdown, and the loss of her ability to work did more damage to her mind and heart than the collision itself did. We could never get her the right support she needed to heal properly without fear for her future.

After a difficult experience with another firm, she received a referral for Thomson, Rogers. After a little research, it became clear that Thomson, Rogers would be the best place for a situation like hers, given the depth of their experience with personal injury cases.

I remember mom being nervous about the first meeting. As we sat in the lobby, she stared at the floor, barely holding herself together. She worried what she would do if nobody took her on. When Stacey and Darcy sat down with her, I think that hopelessness came through as she told them about her case. We later drove home with the same relief that comes when you pass something heavy to someone else to hold when your arms are about to give out.

Over the following months, information and discussions with the other parties flew back and forth. We never knew exactly what was happening day to day, but it was clear that things were moving forward. Some days I would come home from work and mom would be on the phone with Stacey, who had called to see how she was doing. Some clients need to have frequent contact and Stacey recognized that.

Less than two years after that first meeting, a resolution was reached with a better-than-expected outcome. This end was fair and final, which is all mom wanted from the beginning.

If she had not asked Stacey and Darcy for help, there is no telling where she would be now. I don’t even want to think about that. Rather, I’m thankful I get to see her new reality where she no longer worries about getting by, her spirit is restored, and her body in a manageable state. I am grateful that I get to see her get married next year and have the life she always wanted for herself. Thanks to Stacey, Darcy and the team at Thomson, Rogers, I get to see that happy endings really do exist.

- Holly C.

 


 

Stacey and her team were attentive to every aspect of my case from acute care to my future care and success. Her expertise is immeasurable and went beyond the legalities of the matter with great attention to my pre-accident lifestyle and current needs (some of which she was aware of before I was). I always felt looked after but there was also a greater feeling of being cared about. Stacey was incredibly responsive to any concerns and questions from myself and my family. Without her representation and support I would not have the quality of life I do today. Thank you for your guidance during this difficult part of my journey.

- LeeAnn C.

 


 

Hi Stacey/Craig

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your support and hard work in making a tough situation better.

The last 6+ years have been very difficult for me and my family.  I met with three law firms before meeting with yours but realized after our first meeting that I didn't need to look any farther.  We were recommended to your firm through one of my wife's friends.  You helped us through a difficult time and I don't believe I could have asked for a better outcome.  Your team is top notch and I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone I know needing superior counsel in future.  They say don't hate the players hate the game.  The game (the legal process) I hate.  Thankfully I secured the best team.  Time for me to move forward but we will never forget the support you have provided us to make that possible.  Please thank your team on our behalf.

With sincere thanks,

- M. Tompsett

 


 

Dear Stacey,

Debbie and I are grateful to you and all of the members of Thomson Rogers who worked diligently on Debbie's behalf for your hard work, compassion and patience.

We would like to thank you, Joe Pileggi, Carmen Spano, Craig Brown, Shelley Zachodniak, Jennifer McIntyre, and the many others who helped us get through this difficult time.

I know it was a difficult and complicated case as Debbie, my sister, was disabled with MS at the time of the accident and only became more so afterwards. You showed our family a great deal of understanding while we were trying to pick up the pieces of our lives.

So, now because of your tireless work we are financially able to help Debbie with the ongoing needs for her life which are many.

Stacey, above all, you were professional, caring, and kind to our family when you had to field many phone calls from all of us and worked very hard to handle so many details on Debbie's behalf.

We will definitely recommend you and Thomson Rogers to others who may need your services.

Thank you so much!

Cheryl K.

 


 

Dear Stacey,

Just a few lines to say thank you and your team for a job well done on my lawsuit.

I wish you much success for the future and I know who to call if I need a good lawyer in the future.

All the best.

Sincerely,

Elaine K.

 


 

Dear Stacey,

Several months ago you were so kind to meet with my husband Tony and I to offer great advice and help towards three Statements of Claim my son and I had received – totaling three million dollars against a car accident. Your advice really helped us understand so much and we felt better able to handle the upcoming discovery.

Today we heard that three claims were being dismissed! What an incredible relief! It was hard to comprehend how knowing there is no wrong doing and yet you feel totally at the mercy of the incident.

Stacey – Tony and I thank you so much for giving us your time and for educating us on the legal issues surrounding the case.

Sincerely

- Yvonne & Tony F.

P.S. I can’t thank Reggie enough for pointing us your way

 


 

My story starts back to April 30 2006. A few close friends and I decided to have a night out seeing that it has been a while since we all have gotten together. We decided to go to a place called crystal vibes night club, as we arrived there around 10:30pm everything was going well with everyone. We had a few drinks and danced with each other, everything was still going smoothly as more people arrived too the club. It was about 12:30am when a random guy came up to my older brother's wife and asked her to dance, she said no to him. The same person came back 2 more times to ask her to dance, that’s when my brother and I told him that she is married and that she does not want to dance with him. We thought that was the end with him, but later that night, about 1:30 am, we were getting ready to leave. We made our way to the exit door (we were parked next to the exit door) there was a group of 25 guys outside. As we started to get everyone in to the car (7 of us) my brother and I were attacked by the group of 25 guys.

I remembered waking up a few day later at Sunnybrook Hospital in the intensive care unit not knowing what had happened to me. I later found out that I had been shot in the head by one of the guys at the club. After getting released from the hospital, I was referred to Toronto Rehab. I had to re-learn everything (walking, talking, memory and reading). At this point my disability insurance was giving me a hard time with my claim and I had nowhere to go for legal help. I was referred to Thomson Rogers lawyers where Stacey Stevens took on my case. Thomson Rogers guided me through all the legal processes, taking the time to explain everything in detail. They dealt with my disability insurance company and got results fast. They also represented me with the Criminal Injury Compensation Board and also got great results. Thomson Rogers was by my side for 3 years helping and guiding me through this hard time in my life. I have recommended them to my family, friends and any one that needs help. I will always use Thomson Rogers for any future legal issues. Since my accident I have returned to my career as an electrician and living life to the fullest. I truly believe that if it was not for the help of Sunnybrook hospital, Toronto Rehab and Thomson Rogers, I would not have been able to be where I am today. I am now 27 years old, married and loving every minute of it.

- T. Nandkumar

 


 

We were really impressed by the care & commitment you demonstrated to help provide further medical evaluations/treatments for our daughter's injury. Even though the duration of the case was very long, your professionalism & skills to negotiate exceed our expectation. We would also like to thank you for providing options to maximize our daughter funds and accommodating our request with the Courts.

It’s been a pleasure to work with Stacy and we would definitely recommend her to any prospective client.

- B. & J. Shivnauth

 


 

Dear Ms. Stevens:

Practical Guide to Expert Opinion Under the New Rues – Tuesday, November 23, 2010

On behalf of the Ontario Bar Association, a very sincere thank you for your generous contribution of time, energy and above all, expertise for presenting at this great program. We could not have done it without you.

Sincerely,

A. Buahene
Director, Continuing Legal Education
Ontario Bar Association

 


 

Dear Stacey,

Now that the case has concluded, I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks especially to you for your hard work to represent me in this case. You have exhibited extreme professionalism throughout the whole process. I am not knowledgeable in legal matters, your guidance made me feel comfortable in the presence of the defendants. I highly commend you and hope for your continued success.

- N. Bragado

 


 

Craig Brown and Stacey L. Stevens from Thomson, Rogers from the initial meeting till the end of the full duration of the case were extremely supportive and helpful. It is the first time we have ever encountered such an event in our lifetime and the whole ordeal at first felt surreal, nerve racking, and set our minds in a state of panic and confusion. As we have never dealt with taking legal action against another party. Having Craig Brown represent us was the best thing that happened as his knowledge, experience and professionalism helped us understand the direction that we needed to take for the case. As a client of Craig Brown and Stacey Stevens we felt at ease as their care for their clients is reflected in their work by the constant follow ups, feedbacks and suggestions.

It is our greatest gratitude that Thomson, Rogers represented us on our dog attack case. Not only did we receive the professionalism, knowledge and experience the fee structure offered was very reasonable for the care in detail they put into my case. The doctors recommended were freindly, helpful and understanding which assisted in our road to recovery.

Craig Brown and Stacey Stevens, patience and professionalism made what could have been a very difficult and emotional experience for us much easier to approach. We would gladly recommend Thomson, Rogers to anybody looking for exceptional legal services.

M. and S. Wong

 


  

We would like to thank Stacey for her time and effort in bringing our case to completion.

Throughout the process Stacey showed us kindness, compassion, empathy and understanding. She carefully explained each stage of the legal process and her support was very much appreciated. Should we become aware of anyone requiring legal services, we would confidently recommend Stacey.

- J. Geissler and H. Brady

 


 

I would like to thank Thomson, Rogers for being such a professional law firm, and especially Stacey Stevens for being so thorough and well prepared. She was very committed in achieving our goals. I felt very comfortable with Stacey and her very efficient team. She is very personable and compassionate and I always felt like I was in good hands. I was treated with full respect. It was a pleasure dealing with her and I am very happy that she was representing me in a tough time. I would definitely recommend Thomson, Rogers and Stacey Stevens.

- L. Hartnett

 


 

I am writing to thank you for doing a great job representing me in my personal injury suit. You and your associates (Carmen Spano and Stacey Stevens) were always professional, understanding and pro-active in moving my claim forward towards a settlement.

I was never disappointed with my decision to have you represent me. You achieved a settlement I am very happy with. The best part is, I did not have to go to court.

I would highly recommend Thomson, Rogers to anyone wanting professional help in settling a personal injury claim.

- M. Betz

 


 

Dear Stacey Stevens,

I am writing to thank you for all the hard work and personal attention that you and your team at Thomson, Rogers provided for the settlement of my Accident Claim.

From the first meeting to the very end I was shown patience, empathy, care and understanding. You helped me see the situation clearly and maintain focus and a positive perspective on my future. My fiancé and I are finally able to put the past behind us and begin our lives together with a clean slate and we owe it all to you.

- J. Bardyn

 


 

After dealing with several lawyers at Thomson, Rogers each an expert in their own field, I had the opportunity to work with Stacey Stevens. It soon became apparent that Stacey is a bit of a "pit bull", once she gets hold of a case, she is thorough, smart, detailed and on top of things. Yet at all times she is human in the way she handles the matter, understanding and always grounded. Any individual who gets to work with Stacey should indeed consider himself or herself fortunate.

- N.A. Berenkey

 


 

Dear Stacey,

We needed you and you were there.

We are so grateful for your donation in support of our programs and services, such as Peer Support, Rehabilitation Counselling and Information Services.

A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time and it is one of the most traumatic events to occur in an individual's life. There are 350-400 new spinal cord injuries every year in Ontario - that is almost one Ontarian sustaining an injury every day.

Last year, we served more than 1,300 clients with 97,471 hours of service. With your support, you are helping us obtain our goal of reaching 100% of people living with a spinal cord injury.

Thank you for your generosity and commitment to our work.

- William Adair, Executive Director
Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario

 

 

 

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