Personal injury lawyer Craig Brown attributes much of his success to proper risk management. Craig, one of Lexpert Directory’s “Leading personal injury practitioners” and listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2017, counts several multi-million dollar court verdicts among his recent achievements. Nevertheless, he makes every effort to settle before facing the uncertainties of a trial as he did in helping secure the $5 billion-plus deal for Aboriginal victims of the residential schools system.
“Going to court obviously involves risk and almost always costs more, “ he says. “I want to control that risk for my client, although I love going to court.”
In the past five years, Craig has helped hundreds of clients achieve lucrative awards for brain and spinal cord injuries and other harms sustained due to negligence. From serious motor vehicle accidents to two headline-making court battles: he won $3.5 million for a 16-year-old Fort Erie boy who suffered catastrophic head injuries after being thrown from a defective bicycle and $1.2 million for Jennifer Cowles, 25, of Cambridge who was mauled by a Siberian tiger while visiting the nearby African Lion Safari.
In the historic Indian Residential Schools case, Craig displayed his class-action experience by leading a cross-Canada, 19-law firm consortium that achieved compensation for some 86,000 former ex-students. “This was a national tragedy that needed to be dealt with,” he says.
Craig is passionate about seeking compensation for damages suffered by innocent people. In the African Lion Safari case, the trial verdict allowed the single mother to “overcome tremendous odds and start her life anew.” He adds, “she was justly compensated and they got what they deserved.”
An author and lecturer, Craig is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and serves on the Board of the Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario.
- Personal Injury
- Insurance Disputes
- Professional Malpractice
- Product Liability
- Class Action
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- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Queen’s University (1975)
- Bachelor of Laws, Queen’s University Faculty of Law (1978)
- Masters of Environmental Studies, York University (1997)
Professional Accreditations and Affiliations
- Certified Specialist (Civil Litigation)
- 2016 LEXPERT Ranked Lawyer
- 2017 Listed in Best Lawyers Canada
- 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Ranked Lawyer
- Canadian Bar Association
- The Advocates’ Society
- Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
Proud to be one of just 14 plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers in Ontario (i.e. members of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association) recognized as an expert in personal injury litigation in every available peer reviewed publication – in Lexpert®, The Best Lawyers in Canada®, as a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation (by the Law Society of Upper Canada) and as a partner at a Top 10 Personal Injury Law Firm in Canada (according to Canadian Lawyer Magazine).
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