Practice Highlights

Ian has practiced exclusively in the area of personal injury and insurance-related matters since his call to the bar. He primarily dedicates his practice to children and adult victims injured in motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents, pedestrian-car accidents, ATV accidents, and snowmobile accidents. He represents accident victims and their families throughout Ontario. Ian strives to ensure that injury victims for whom he acts have access to attendant care and rehabilitative services that are appropriate and timely.

Although Ian often represents motor vehicle accident victims and their families, he has experience in a wide variety of personal injury actions. He has represented victims who have sustained an injury as a result of exposure to toxic chemicals, incidents involving taverns and claims arising out of a failure to properly supervise children.

Ian is recognized as an expert in personal injury litigation in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada publication,and has earned the highest peer rating of AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® for his legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards.



  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Ontario (1999)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law (2002)

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada 2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Ranked Lawyer, AV Preeminent®
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Past Member of the Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Ontario Brain Injury Association
  • Brain Injury Society of Toronto
  • Member of FAIR (Fair Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform)

Additional Information

Ian’s time spent away from the office is best enjoyed with his wife, daughter and extended family. He is also an avid hockey fan and can be found playing hockey with his friends on a weekly basis.

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    A seriously brain-injured client was denied access to over $2 million in benefits when his insurance company refused coverage for an out-of-province ATV accident. Despite losses at arbitration, a first-level appeal, and an appeal to the Divisional Court, Thomson Rogers partners Ian Furlong and Robert Ben persevered and prevailed at the Court of Appeal.

  • Supreme Court of Canada Declines to Hear Insurance Company’s Appeal of Accident Benefits Coverage

    The almost seven-year long and difficult struggle of Thomson Rogers’ seriously brain injured client Mr. B is finally over. In 2013, Mr. B was denied access to more than $2 million in medical, rehabilitation and other benefits when Belair Insurance Company refused coverage for the out-of-province ATV accident that caused his life-threatening brain injury. Mr. … Continued
  • Common $1M liability coverage not enough this day and age

    Law Times | Mallory Hendry, quoting Darcy Merkur and Ian Furlong | February 5, 2020

    Thomson Rogers partners Darcy Merkur and Ian Furlong were quoted in a recent Law Times article “Common $1M liability coverage not enough this day and age: lawyer” by Mallory Hendry discussing insurance companies needing to do a better job informing clients about liability coverage. Thomson Rogers partner Darcy Merkur says, In the right case, we … Continued
  • Ian Furlong and Robert Ben Discuss Court of Appeal Victory on Out-of-Province Insurance Coverage

    Law Times | Ian Furlong and Robert Ben Interviewed | November 4, 2019

    On November 4, 2019, Thomson Rogers’ partners Ian Furlong and Robert Ben were interviewed by Aidan Macnab of the Law Times on their perseverance and ultimate breakthrough in a case surrounding an ATV accident in British Columbia and how Ontario insurance applies out-of-province. “By the time Ian and I got to the court of appeal, … Continued
  • Ian Furlong and Robert Ben Prevail at Court of Appeal

    Thomson Rogers’ seriously brain-injured client was denied access to over $2 million in benefits when his insurance company refused coverage for an out-of-province ATV accident. Despite losses at arbitration, a first-level appeal, and an appeal to the Divisional Court, Thomson Rogers partners Ian Furlong and Robert Ben persevered and prevailed at the Court of Appeal. … Continued
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2020

    We are proud to announce that 13 Thomson Rogers partners have been selected for inclusion in the 14th Edition of The Best LawyersTM in Canada. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.  Lawyers are not required or … Continued
  • Peterborough Seminar 2018: Working Together to Help Survivors of Catastrophic Brain Injury

    Join us on November 9, 2018, for a Half-Day Seminar in Peterborough – Working Together to Identify, Gain Funding For and Help Survivors of Catastrophic Brain Injury. Sponsored by Thomson Rogers Personal Injury Lawyers with all proceeds to benefit the Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region. Brain injury survivors from car accidents may not be obtaining the … Continued
  • Join Us at the Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show 2018

    Join us on Saturday, April 7th and Sunday, April 8th at the Toronto International Centre for the Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show. Thomson Rogers will once more be showing three vintage Motorcycles – Nortons and a Triumph all of which will be entered into the vintage bike championships. Join Craig Brown, Leonard Kunka, Robert Ben, Ian … Continued
  • SCIO Ski & Snowboard Day 2018

    SCIO Ski & Snowboard Day 2018

    Thomson Rogers is once again participating in the 18th Annual Spinal Cord Injury Ontario Ski & Snowboard Day. The fun takes place on Thursday, February 15 (the day after Valentine’s day) at Craigleith Ski Club in The Blue Mountains, Ontario. Craig Brown, Ian Furlong and Joseph Pileggi will be hitting the slopes in support of … Continued
  • PIA Law Honoured by MADD Canada

    Posted October 6, 2017

    On September 23, Thomson Rogers’ Ian Furlong, on behalf of PIA Law, attended MADD Canada’s Sponsor Recognition Dinner, kicking off their annual National Leadership Conference in Toronto. During the dinner, PIA Law was recognized by MADD Canada for their ongoing support and commitment to their Victims Services program, and as the Title Sponsor of the MADD … Continued
  • ABR Updater: Causation as it Relates to Injury Victims with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Personal Injury Actions

    ABR Updater, Issue 38 | by Ian Furlong | July 2017

    The National Epidemiologic Database for the Study of Autism in Canada reports that in Canada currently 1 in 94 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The Canadian Medical Association Journal reports similar findings, specifically that 1% of the Canadian population is affected by autism spectrum disorder. This means that in Ontario there are approximately … Continued
  • Volunteers for Brain Injury Awareness Week at Toronto Rehab Institute – June 2, 2017

    Toronto Rehab Institute | June 2, 2017

    On June 2, 2017, Ian Furlong, personal injury lawyers at Thomson Rogers, teamed-up with the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) to raise awareness of the impacts of brain injury as part of Brain Injury Awareness Week. John-Paul and Ian manned the BIST booth at the Toronto Rehab Institute (TRI) along with Miranda Hong (Service Coordinator … Continued
  • NRIO Breakfast Seminars – Spring Series 2017

    The Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario proudly presents the NRIO Spring Series of Breakfast Seminars 2017. These FREE seminars are designed to be forums where knowledge and information are shared, so individuals with acquired brain injuries can obtain the best care possible. Join Us: Date: Monday, May 29, 2017 Time: 9:15a.m. – 10:45a.m. Location: NRIO | Etobicoke … Continued
  • 27th Annual Toronto Motorcycle SPRINGSHOW 2017

    March 25th - 26th, 2017 | International Centre, Toronto

    Hey there motorcycle enthusiasts! The Toronto Motorcycle SPRINGSHOW is right around the corner. For most of us motorcycle enthusiasts, this show marks the beginning of spring and depending on the weather, the perfect weekend to get the bike out for the first time, fingers crossed. Join us on Saturday March 25th and Sunday March 26th … Continued
  • The Motorcycle Show Toronto 2017

    February 17-19, 2017 | Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place

    It might be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your first Sunday ride with friends. Whether you’re a casual rider or could cruise for days on end, you’ll love The Toronto Motorcycle Show. From February 17th to 19th you can find the personal injury lawyers from Thomson Rogers among the show’s exhibitors … Continued
  • Thomson Rogers at The Norwood Fall Fair 2016

    Posted October 5, 2016

    This Thanksgiving weekend we’re delighted to be part of The Norwood Fall Fair as exhibitors. Personal injury lawyers Robert Ben and Ian Furlong will be there to be there to join in on the fun. This year’s theme is Cow Bells & Carousels! If you’ve never heard of The Norwood Fall Fair then it might be … Continued
  • SCIO 2016 Wheelchair Challenge

    September 18, 2016 | Monarch Park Stadium, Toronto

    On Sunday, September 18th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm the 2016 Wheelchair Challenge will be taking place at Monarch Park Stadium in Toronto, in support of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. All funds raised go towards supporting programs and services that assist people with spinal cord injuries. Accepting the challenge from Thomson Rogers will be personal injury lawyers Carr Hatch, Kate Cahill, … Continued
  • Mayor John Tory Proclaims June is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Toronto

    Posted June 16, 2016

    Mayor John Tory proclaims June as Brain Injury Awareness Month in the city of Toronto. Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability of Canadians under the age of 40. Most Canadians do not know how prevalent brain injury really is or how much it can change lives. Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyers Ian … Continued
  • Ride for Sight – A Motorcycle Charity Event

    Ride for Sight 2016

    Thomson Rogers is proud to support Ride for Sight 2016. Ride for Sight is Canada’s longest-running and most renowned motorcycle charity event. For 37 years, motorcyclists from across Canada have rallied together against vision loss and raised over $20 million for research in hospitals and universities. On Friday, stop by our booth and say hello to … Continued
  • The Motorcycle Show Toronto 2016

    Posted February 22, 2016

    Thomson Rogers was a proud show sponsor at this year’s Motorcycle Show Toronto. Lawyers Craig Brown, Leonard Kunka, Stacey Stevens, Robert Ben, Ian Furlong and staff members, Joseph Pileggi and Tawnya Rudy attended the 3-day event at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place. Along with raising funds for the motorcycle charity event, Ride for Sight 2016, … Continued
  • SCIO Ski & Snowboard Day 2016

    Posted February 16, 2016

    On February 11, 2016, Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyers, Craig Brown, Ian Furlong and Joseph Pileggi made their way to Craigleith Ski Club in support of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s Ski & Snowboard Day. A fun-filled day was had by all with silent auctions, a buffet lunch, fun races, and complimentary Ski & Snowboard clinics. Here is an inspiring … Continued
    • fMRI, GOSE and Ensuring Chronic ABI Survivors are Recognized as Catastrophically Impaired Lawlor

      Presented by David MacDonald and Ian Furlong at Lawlor Therapy Support Services | March 20, 2019

      On March 20, 2019, Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyers David MacDonald and Ian Furlong presented at Lawlor Therapy Support Services on the topic of “fMRI, GOSE and Ensuring Chronic ABI Survivors are Recognized as Catastrophically Impaired.” The presentation discussed the following topics: What imaging is currently being used for assessing mTBI/concussion? How to access fMRI … Continued
    • MADD Canada National Conference 2016

      MADD Canada National Conference for Victims of Impaired Driving | April 23, 2016

      Once a year MADD Canada hosts a National Conference for Victims of Impaired Driving. This year it took place from Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24, victims and survivors came together to share their experiences and honour those who have been killed or injured from impaired driving. Thomson Rogers’ Partner Ian Furlong, spoke at the conference … 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
    • Catastrophic Impairments: Increasing Access to Care and Treatment for Patients with Severe Injuries

      Presented at Trillium Health Partners | January 24, 2014

    • Determining Catastrophic Impairment for the New SABS

      Presented at the AMA Guides to Impairment Rating seminar at The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

      The goal of this paper is to provide health care professionals with further tools to assist them in conducting evaluations and providing detailed reports to assist in Catastrophic Impairment determination. This paper examines the definition of catastrophic impairment, legislative intent and provides a summary of all of the decisions concerning catastrophic impairment determination by the courts and by FSCO Arbitrators. … Continued