Practice Highlights

Leonard has been a partner at Thomson, Rogers since 1989.

Leonard’s litigation practice is dedicated to helping victims and families who are coping with the effects of a serious injury.

Leonard has extensive trial experience, successfully representing seriously injured individuals and their families, in all types of injury cases.

Leonard’s litigation department includes an experienced and caring group of law clerks and legal assistants who work with him as a team to achieve the best possible results for his clients.

Leonard’s father suffered a devastating traumatic brain injury many years ago. Living with a family member who was recovering from a traumatic brain injury has given him a unique understanding of the challenges faced by an individual with a head injury. This experience has also created in him, a compassion and empathy for injured persons and their families.

Leonard has the honour of having been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada® since 2010 in the field of personal injury litigation (Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). Leonard has also had the honour of having been selected by his peers to be published in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2015 as a leading practitioner in the field of Personal Injury Litigation.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto (1980)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School (1983)

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • Certified Specialist (Civil Litigation)
  • 2014 LEXPERT Ranked Lawyer
  • 2015 Listed in Best Lawyers International
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA)
  • The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association (MTLA)
  • American Association for Justice
  • Past Director of the Community Head Injury Rehabilitation Services of Toronto and Region (CHIRS)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Osgoode Certificate in Clinical Risk Program

Additional Information

*Leonard Kunka Law Professional Corporation

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  • $3.3 Million Dollar Settlement for Car Accident Victim

    On March 23, 2004, Garth Holding suffered serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident when his vehicle was struck by an oncoming car.

    View associated video.

  • Arbitrator orders rare special award against insurer

    LawTimesNews.com | by Neil Etienne, quoting Leonard Kunka | November 30, 2015

    An arbitrator with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario made a rare ruling, granting a special punitive award against an insurance company for how it handled a client’s application for catastrophic impairment. “It’s a signal to insurance companies that when they’re going to deny benefits to a person or they’re going to deny that somebody … Continued
  • New Indexed Auto Insurance Deductibles

    August 10, 2015

    The reforms to the automobile insurance legislation announced with the 2015 Ontario Budget have begun to be implemented by the government. Ontario Regulation 664 requires all insurers to offer an insurance premium discount to policyholders using winter tires.  This applies to all policies and renewals after January 1, 2016. Ontario Regulation 461/96 has been amended … Continued
  • 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory Rankings

    We are proud to have 14 of our lawyers selected as leading practitioners in their field.

    Each year Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory sends out a survey to all lawyers across the country asking who they would recommend as leaders in their respective field. Thomson, Rogers is proud to announce that 14 of our lawyers have been selected as Leading Practitioners for 2015. Congratulations to: Roger T. Beaman – Repeatedly Recommended in Property Development … 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.

  • Legal Matters: How to choose a personal injury lawyer

    Metro News Toronto

    Personal injury claims can take years to complete, and the lawyer is going to become intimately involved in your life and recovery. You have to feel a level of trust and connection from your initial meeting.

    View PDF of article.

  • Usage-based insurance draws mixed reactions

    CityNews.ca

  • Going Through the System – A Consumer’s Perspective

    Presented by:
    Leonard H. Kunka, Partner, Thomson, Rogers
    Glenn Fincham, ABI Survivor

    Glenn Fincham and Leonard Kunka discuss Glenn’s road to recovery, focusing on the challenges Glenn faced, and how those challenges were overcome from the perspective of a brain injury survivor.

  • Who will benefit from usage-based-insurance?

    The Lawyers Weekly

  • Usage-based insurance has ‘huge’ legal implications

    The Lawyers Weekly

  • What kind of driver are you?

    CBC News Toronto

    Leonard Kunka was interviewed on the 6:00 pm CBC news regarding usage-based insurance. This portion of the news cast begins 18 minutes and 7 seconds into the video.

    View media source.

  • Usage-based insurance: Big Brother along for the ride

    Desjardins General Insurance Group has recently launched usage-based auto insurance (UBI) to its policyholders, Canadian Underwriter reports. The concept is relatively simple. By attaching a wireless device to the automobile’s onboard computer and mechanics, insurance companies will be able to obtain information about an insured’s driving habits, including acceleration, braking, speed, distance travelled, and the … Continued
  • Usage-based insurance: Big Brother along for the ride

    AdvocateDaily.com

    Desjardins General Insurance Group has recently launched usage-based auto insurance (UBI) to its policyholders.

    View PDF of article.

  • New Video: Managing Hospital Discharge Barriers

    A special panel discussion took place at the Back to School Conference. This discussion featured commentary from: Martha Binstock, B.Sc.P.T., MCPA, CLCP Maggie Didiano, BA (Hons.), Rehab Cert. Heather Flett, BA, BSc., MSc Helena Griner, Lyndhurst Centre Client Leonard Kunka, Partner – Thomson, Rogers Blair Williams, Lyndhurst Centre Client This discussion included commentary on the … Continued
  • Public perception of lawyers needs to change

    A new campaign that aims to overhaul lawyers’ images is one way to send the message that the negative connotation associated with the profession is not justified, Toronto personal injury lawyer Leonard Kunka tells CBC News. Watch CBC “I got into law because my dad suffered a very serious head injury when I was young … Continued
  • New Image for Lawyers

    In an effort to improve the public’s opinion of lawyers, the Ontario Bar Association has launched a public relations campaign which highlights why some lawyers chose to practice law. On February 7th, CBC News ran a segment about the campaign which featured commentary by Leonard Kunka of Thomson, Rogers. To watch the segment, visit the … Continued
  • Lump Sum CPP Disability Benefits – Does the Insurer Get Credit?

    A recent FSCO decision of Arbitrator Wilson provides an answer to the question of whether an insurer gets credit against Income Replacement benefits, for a lump sum CPP Disability payment received long after an accident. The insured, Leroy Pries applied for and received accident benefits, (and in particular the IRB benefit) from Economical Mutual Insurance … Continued
  • Pedestrians, Cyclists, and the Role of an Impact in Motor Vehicle Insurance Coverage

    With the near tropical winter most Ontarians experienced this year, the number of cyclists on our roads in January and February was higher than ever. This naturally led to a rise in the number of accidents involving bicycles and motor vehicles. Despite the obvious coverage available to an injured pedestrian or cyclist who has been … Continued
  • Burlington Train Derailment

    Despite the numerous articles surrounding this tragic Burlington train derailment, little has been discussed about the rights and remedies of innocent accident victims against Via Rail, and any other responsible party. The obligation of Via Rail is to ensure their patrons arrive safely at their destination. Via Rail’s obligation in this instance has in no … Continued
  • Overview of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule – Ontario Regulation 34/10

    Darcy Merkur & Leonard Kunka, Personal Injury Lawyers at Thomson, Rogers, provided an overview of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule – Ontario Regulation 34/10, presented at the Navigating the New SABS: Practical Solutions conference with Thomson, Rogers and the Toronto ABI Network on March 31, 2010 in Toronto.
  • Snowmobiles & Trailers

    As summer comes to a close, and winter only a few months away, recreational enthusiasts’ thoughts turn to winter sports and to snowmobiling. There is often significant confusion surrounding how snowmobiles are treated for the purpose of insurance claims in the event of a snowmobile accident. Snowmobiles are required to be insured in the same … Continued
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      Ontario Bar Association's Institute 2013 - The Great Debates in Insurance Law: Effective Settlement Strategies at Mediation

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      Law Society of Upper Canada Webcast

      Law Society SKU #CLE12-01111.

    • Liability Risks Facing Athletic Associations and Coaches

      "Keep Your Head In The Game - Play Hard Play Safe" Concussion Discussion, hosted by the Bay of Quinte Safe Communities and the Brain Injury Association of Quinte District

    • Catastrophic Impairment and the Impact of the Court of Appeal Decision in Kusnierz v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company – The Plaintiff’s Perspective

      Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association (CICMA)

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      "The Ripple Effect" conference in conjunction with the Brain Injury Association of Quinte District

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      Skill Builders Conference for The Association of Driving Rehabilitation Specialists

    • Ask for Legal Advice – a seminar on recent Court cases

      Darcy Merkur & Leonard Kunka, Ask for Legal Advice – a seminar on recent Court cases impacting the interpretation of the definition of “catastrophic impairment” in the Ontario Statutory Accident Benefit Schedule, presented at the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario on June 10, 2011.
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      "Piecing the Puzzle Together: Catastrophic Claims, Tort Claims and the New SABS" conference with Thomson, Rogers

    • Medical Professionals Charting

      "Lorman's Medical Records Law in Ontario" seminar

    • An Overview of the Litigation Process (And its Impact on Clinical Risk)

      Osgoode Professional Development's Program toward the Osgoode Certificate in Clinical Risk

    • The 3 Most Important Changes to the Ontario Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule From the Perspective of Hospital Trauma Workers

      Anyone injured in a car accident is entitled to accident benefits (also known as no-fault benefits).  The Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (the “SABS”) sets out a person’s benefit entitlement and the process to access those benefits. Several significant changes have been made to the SABS effective September 1, 2010.  These changes may have an impact … Continued
    • Returning to Work Following a Serious Injury – Success Lies in the Hands of the Rehabilitation Team,

      "Back-to-School II with Thomson, Rogers" conference

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      "How will Ontario's New Automobile Legislation Impact Patients and their Treatment?" seminar, in conjunction with Physio Fix & Fitness

    • Overview of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule – Ontario Regulation 34/10

      Overview of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule—Ontario Regulation 34/10— effective September 1, 2010 Prepared by Darcy Merkur & Leonard Kunka of Thomson, Rogers© 2010 PDF of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule INDEX:  INTRODUCTION THE NEW SABS PROCESS—OVERVIEW                               REDUCTION IN BENEFITS:  ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT ISSUES:  Assessment Costs Paid out of Med/Rehab Limits Cap on Costs … Continued
    • Overview of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule – Ontario Regulation 34/10

      Darcy Merkur & Leonard Kunka, Overview of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule – Ontario Regulation 34/10, presented at the Navigating the New SABS: Practical Solutions conference with Thomson, Rogers and the Toronto ABI Network on March 31, 2010. Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule Summary – Revised August 17, 2010 Summary of Top 20 SABS Process Changes … Continued
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