Practice Highlights

David A. Payne was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1984. He graduated from Dalhousie University in 1978 with his B.A. and from Queen’s University Law School in 1982. He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, The Canadian Bar Association, Metropolitan Toronto Lawyer’s Association, The Ontario Trial Lawyer’s Association and The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

David has been a guest lecturer before the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and Le Bureau de Quebec. He has graded exams at the Bar Admission Course and has been a guest lecturer before numerous health care associations and facilities.

David’s trial practice includes personal injury law, insurance law, bad faith litigation, breach of contract, medical malpractice and estate litigation.

In the community, David has coached youth hockey and soccer teams. He has been a local cub and scout leader. He has served on the Board of Directors of his local daycare and his local Rate Payer’s Association. He is presently keenly involved in turning a parking lot in his community into a park. He was a Director of Save Our City, a charitable organization advocating for fair tax assessment. He is an active hockey player and equestrian. He enjoys white water canoe trips with his family. In the upcoming summer, he plans to ride horseback up and over the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains.

Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Law
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Breach of Contract
  • Estate Litigation

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Dalhousie University (1978)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Queens University Law School (1982)

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
  • The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice

Additional Information

*David Payne Law Professional Corporation

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  • Municipality Pays Multi-Million Dollar Settlement for Failure to  Properly Place a Stop-Sign.


    Municipality Pays Multi-Million Dollar Settlement for Failure to Properly Rescue Swimming Pool Patron in a Near Drowning.


    Injured Motor Vehicle Accident Victim Declared Catastrophically Impaired with a 79% Whole Person Impairment Seven Years after the Accident – Overturning a 1% Whole Person Impairment Finding by the DAC.


    Nursing Home Contributes to a Multi-Million Dollar Settlement for Failure to Properly Supervise a Resident.


    Insurer Declared to have issued a Valid Motor Vehicle Policy of Insurance even though Policy Lapsed Eight Months before Accident and Insured Did Not Pay for Policy notwithstanding Repeated Demands for Payment in Writing.


    Insurer Ordered to Pay Interim Benefits on an Emergency Basis, Years After the Initial Brain Injury.


    Insured Allowed to Claim Benefits from the Financial Services Commission at the same time and maintain an action in the Superior Court of Ontario for Punitive Damages.


    Obtained a New Judgment Setting Aside Court Approved Settlements Allowing for Significant Additional Recovery Where Prior Counsel Did Improvident Settlements for Brain Damaged Children.


    H. v. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada, [2007] O.F.S.C.D. No. 29


    Monteiro v. Aviva Canada Inc., [2004] O.F.S.C.D. No. 54


    Bolger v. CGU Insurance Co. of Canada, [2003] O.F.S.C.I.D. No. 73


    Bolger v. CGU Insurance Co. of Canada, [2003] O.F.S.C.I.D. No. 88


    Federow v. Kingsway General Insurance Co., [2000] O.F.S.C.I.D. No. 188


    Allstate Insurance Co. of Canada v. Brown, [1998] O.J. No. 2318.


    Allstate Insurance Co. of Canada v. Brown, 40 O.R. (3d) 610.


    Brown v. Allstate Insurance Co. of Canada, [1997] O.I.C.D. No. 144


    H. v. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada, [2007] O.F.S.C

  • Kerry’s Head for the Hills Trail Race 2017

    If you’re a runner or love trying new types of workouts, the Kerry’s Head for the Hills Trail Race is definitely worth considering. Taking place in beautiful St. Catharines, this race takes you off-road to get in touch with nature while you’re burning calories, making new acquaintances and ultimately throwing your support behind the Brain … Continued
  • Know Your Rights at Home, at Work and on the Road

    Windsor Regional Hospital | October 13, 2016

    Thomson, Rogers’ personal injury lawyers David Payne and Darcy Merkur will be hosting a Lunch n’ Learn at Windsor Regional Hospital on October 13, 2016. Their presentation will focus on various legal rights and issues that health care workers should be aware of. For more details, see Agenda
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

    August 10, 2016

    Published annually by Best Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in Canada is one of the country’s most highly regarded legal directories. Inclusion is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey and a thorough authentication process. We are proud to announce that the following 14 lawyers from Thomson, Rogers were selected for inclusion in 11th Edition of The Best … Continued
  • BIAN Conference 2016: Demystifying Brain Injury

    Thomson, Rogers is a proud Platinum Sponsor of the Brain of Association of Niagara’s 2016 conference. The focus of this year’s conference will be on Demystifying Brain Injury. DATE: Thursday, October 27, 2016 LOCATION: American Conference Resort and Spa | N8444 Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, Ontario KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Dr. Abe Snaiderman – Director, Neuropsychiatry Clinic, Brain … Continued
  • PIA Law Lawyers Launch Innovative New Personal Injury Module

    December 11, 2015

    Recently, lawyers representing all three of the PIA Law firms worked alongside LexisNexis Canada to help create the Lexis Practice Advisor’s Personal Injury (Ontario) module. The module was designed as a comprehensive guide on how to prepare a personal injury case. Lawyers from across Canada will now have an opportunity to access documents prepared for … Continued
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

    August 24, 2015

    Published annually by Best Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in Canada is one of the country’s most highly regarded legal directories. Inclusion is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey and a thorough authentication process. We are proud to announce that the following 14 lawyers from Thomson, Rogers were selected for inclusion in the 10th Edition of The … Continued
  • TR Lawyers Feed the Hungry

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Thomson, Rogers lawyers served breakfast this morning as part of the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry program operated through the Law Society.

    If you would like more information about the program or would like to donate, please visit: Lawyers Feed the Hungry Toronto.

  • Clear Your Snow

    CBC Ontario Morning | February 6, 2014

    David Payne speaks about occupiers liability after a snow fall. Listen to the interview on CBC Ontario Morning below:

  • Clear Your Snow

    CBC Metro Morning | February 5, 2014

  • Advocacy Panel

    Back to School Conference with Thomson, Rogers and Toronto ABI Network | September 12, 2013

    Panel discussion at the Back to School Conference – Hospital to Home: Working Collaboratively Moderator: Stacey L. Stevens, Thomson, Rogers Panel: Ruth Wilcock, OBIA Katie Muirhead, OBIA Tammy Kirkwood, FAIR Nick Gurevich, Ontario Rehab Alliance David A. Payne, Thomson, Rogers The Guardianship Application process: Paper The important role of the client’s health care providers View PDF … Continued
  • Cottage Liability

    CBC Radio One

    The cottage is a place where you can put your usual worries to rest, and the last thing you need is a legal hassle involving your property and even worse, damage or injury. But it happens all too often.

    Listen to the interview.

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  • When is a request for an insurance exam ‘reasonably necessary’?

    Law Times | by Julius Melnitzer | October 19, 2009

    Getting insurance claimants to submit to a medical exam has become harder due to a recent decisions by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. When Ontario abolished designated assessment centres, it gave insurers the right to request medical examinations for each benefit for which a claimant applied. The only limit on the number of examinations was … Continued
  • Catastrophic SABS Amendments: How Catastrophic Are They?

    Brain Injury Association of Niagara Conference: Demystifying Brain Injury | October 27, 2016

    On June 1, 2016, significant changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) came into effect. These changes include: Cutting the combined limit for attendant care benefits and medical rehabilitation benefits from $2,000,000.00 to $1,000,000.00; Cutting off non-earner benefits after 2 years; Eliminating the GCS criterion for catastrophic impairment; The introduction of diagnostic imaging and … Continued
  • Issues Relating to Patients Who Lack Legal Capacity to Make Their Own Choices

    Windsor Regional Hospital | October 13, 2016

    The purpose of this paper is to not only alert the reader to the legal test for capacity and the accompanying requirement of a guardian but to hopefully instruct on when a guardian is not required, thereby allowing the ABI sufferer to maximize their own independence and quality of life. Legal Test for Guardianship: Property … Continued
  • Major Accident Benefits Changes Come into Effect on June 1st, 2016

    Accident Benefits Summary Charts (for accident on or after June 1, 2016)

    To help those in Ontario understand the major automobile insurance changes and the new reduced accident benefits limits, Thomson, Rogers has prepared two useful accident benefits summary charts. The first chart: Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule Summary (for accidents on or after June 1, 2016) highlights the accident benefits available for each of the three categories of … Continued
  • An Inside Look at a Personal Injury Case – Alex

    Accident Benefit Reporter - Volume 16, Issue 1 | May 2015

    It started as a typical December day in Sudbury when Alex’s friend offered to drive him home. Alex, an 18-year old, healthy, young man was just finishing up high school. Christmas had ended and New Year’s Day was around the corner. It was that time of year when nobody worked and nothing got done. On this fateful day, … Continued
  • Insurers Keep Trying to Put the CAT Back in the Bag. Don’t Let Them

    published in the Accident Benefit Reporter, Volume 14, Issue 1

  • Paediatric Catastrophic Impairment – Passing the Test

    Presented at the Back to School Conference with Thomson, Rogers | January 5, 2012

    David Payne provides and in depth presentation regarding paediatric catastrophic impairment. Since October 1, 2003 with the enactment of Ontario Regulation 281/03, the catastrophic determination for persons under the age of 16 has been subject to special considerations. The issue is what are those special considerations and how do we apply them to an infant’s … Continued
  • Impaired Driving Civil Cases

    presented at the 2011 MADD Canada's Victims' Weekend and Candlelight Vigil of Hope & Remembrance

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    Sibley & Associates Inc. AGM

  • How to Work with the New SABS

    Presented at Sudbury Regional Hospital

  • How Ontario’s New Automobile Legislation is Impacting Your Patients and Their Treatment

    presented at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital

  • An Overview of the New SABS & Guardianship: What are My Rights?

    Hero's Journey, Trauma, Transitions and Thriving Conference

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    presented at the Navigating the New SABS: Practical Solutions Conference with Thomson, Rogers and the Toronto ABI Network

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  • The Rights of a Disabled / Brain Injured Person Returning to Work

    presented at the Provincial Acquired Brain Injury Conference "Harnessing the Power After Brain Injury"

  • The Proposed Accident Benefit Changes

    presented at the Back to School Conference with Thomson, Rogers and the Toronto ABI Network

  • Catastrophic Impairment Rebuttals

    Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators conference titled "Insurers' Examination: Successful Rebuttals"

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    Brain Injury Association Niagara

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    Chronic Pain Management Unit at Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation

  • Accident Benefits & Spinal Cord Injuries under Bill 198

    presented at Lyndhurst

  • Developing the Bad Faith Claim against the First Party Auto Insurer

    Ontario Trial Lawyer’s Association

  • Ontario Auto Insurance Bill 198 and Other Changes – What the Health Care Professionals Need to Know

    Leonard H. Kunka and David A. Payne, Ontario Auto Insurance Bill 198 and Other Changes – What the Health Care Professionals Need to Know, presented on February 17, 2004