Barbara O’Gorman completed a Legal Secretarial Arts and Science program at Sheridan College and went on to complete a Legal Assistant and Administration program from Humber College. She completed an Alternative Dispute Resolution course held by the Institute of Law Clerks and The Law Society of Ontario. Before joining Thomson Rogers she operated her own paralegal business. She graduated on October 13, 2012, with distinction from Brock University with a Bachelor of Education, in Adult Education degree. Effective April 25, 2016, she has received her Masters of Education in Adult Education degree from Yorkville University.

Barbara has over twenty years of progressive responsibility as a law clerk. She regularly attends and successfully resolves accident benefit issues on behalf of victims at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. She regularly participates as a team member on both Non-Catastrophic and Catastrophic cases. She has extensive knowledge of the various Statutory Accident Benefits Schedules and, in particular, issues related to catastrophic impairments.

Barbara has been working with personal injury lawyer David MacDonald, a partner at Thomson Rogers, for the past fifteen years.

Barbara has lectured other law clerks to update their skills and knowledge at the request of the Department of Education at The Law Society of Ontario. She is currently a part-time faculty member in the Continuing Education Department at Seneca College.

For more on Barabara O’Gorman, read: No Age Limit on Learning for MEd Graduate who is Now Pursuing her PHD


Experience intertwined with genuine concern for clients.

David MacDonald was invaluable in helping me through a difficult time. After I was involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffered a catastrophic brain injury, I didn’t know which end was up. We were dealing with doctors, medical bills, and the overwhelming emotions involved in knowing how I would be able to move past this to be the person I could have been; considering, I am a single mother and my son depends on me. David MacDonald walked me through the process and made it easy. He answered my questions, no matter how trivial (even if out of town!), and took time out of his day to come to my family’s home, rather than making me come to him. Now that I know myself and my son will be cared for financially, I can focus on continuing to improve and recover, as well, I can focus on spending more time with my son. Thomson Rogers is a tightly woven network of highly professional attorneys and staff professionals who walked me through a six and a half year-long process, reassuring me every step of the way. Mr. MacDonald was primarily supported in this case by senior law clerk Barbara O’Gorman. Barbara operates way above the level one expects from a law clerk. She is well experienced and assists in guiding clients through life-altering situations. She is diligent, shows great grasp of detail, and has the ability to pinpoint and address the key issues. She was also strong in her genuine concern for humanity.

T. Khan

Having Thomson Rogers represent me made me feel secure and safe, knowing that they would do everything they could to ensure my case was successful. I felt that I had sufficient support and protection throughout the years during my lawsuit. David MacDonald, Ian Furlong and Barbara O’Gorman made sure that my recovery was smooth and they did everything they could to make sure I would have a bright future. I have to thank Mr. MadDonald, Mr. Furlong and Ms. O’Gorman for representing me and helping restore my life to what it was originally, as well as ensuring that I would have support in the years to come.

C. Lam