Practice Highlights

Michael L. Bennett was admitted to the Law Society of Ontario in 2000. Since that time, he has worked exclusively in the field of Personal Injury Law. In his first two years of practice, Michael represented several insurance companies and the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee. Michael has now restricted his practice to the representation of injured persons and their families.

Michael has appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Licencing Appeals Tribunal and other regulatory bodies on subjects concerning insurance coverage, benefit entitlements, the rights and responsibilities of insurers and, of course, Catastrophic Impairment issues.

Michael is a caring yet fearless advocate on behalf of his clients. He is willing to go the extra mile to see clients receive the treatment they require and deserve with a special interest in complicated orthopaedic injuries, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

Michael Bennett has worked at Thomson Rogers since 2002 and has been a partner there since 2008 where he continues to practice.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of McGill (1995)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School (1998)

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers™
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Ontario Brain Injury Association
  • Board member with the Brain Injury Association of Peel and Halton
  • Member of FAIR (Fair Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform)
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  • Greer et al v. Kurtz et al

    On March 2, 2003, Donald Greer’s life tragically changed forever when he was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident on an icy highway near Hamilton.  Mr. Greer was catastrophically brain-injured in the collision.

    “The trial judge simply held that Mr. Kurtz should have slowed his vehicle more than he did and that his failure to do so meant that the speed of impact was greater than it otherwise would have been.” [para.10]

    “Finally, the trial judge’s impugned negligence finding is not related to avoidance of the accident.  As we have said, it is directed to Mr. Kurtz’s failure to slow his vehicle adequately, the result of which was to make the force of the collision greater than it otherwise would have been.  This is negligence.” [para.11]

  • The Top 5 CAT Cases Of 2019

    Presented by Michael Bennett at MLST 10th Annual Catastrophic Injury Program | February 12, 2020

    On February 12, 2020, Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyer Michael Bennett presented the “Top 5 Purr-iceless CAT Cases of 2019” at the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto (MLST) 10th Annual Catastrophic Injury Program. The presentation focused on the following 5 cases: Case #1: Tomec v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company, 2019 ONCA 882. Case #2: 18-004112 v. … Continued
  • Supporting ABI Car Accident Survivors, Family Members and In-Patient Rehab Teams

    Presented at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare | May 7, 2014

    Personal injury lawyers, David F. MacDonald, Michael L. Bennett and Darcy R. Merkur presented, Supporting ABI Car Accident Survivors, Family Members and In-Patient Rehab Teams, at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare on May 7, 2014. Overview of presentation: The following is an attempt to document typical examples of questions asked by survivors and their family members and corresponding responses … Continued
  • Attendant Care Benefits Update “Incurred Expenses”

    Presented at St. John's Rehab Hospital | February 5, 2014

    As of September 1, 2010, the definition of “incurred” was amended to prevent friends and family members from claiming payment for services they provide to their loved ones following an accident unless they could establish that they had suffered an “economic loss’. View PDF of PowerPoint Presentation.
  • The Role of the Occupational Therapist

    presented at the OSOT Annual Conference

  • Hot Topics in Rehabilitation

    Presented at the Back to School Conference | September 30, 2010

    As lawyers and health-care practitioners are aware, dealing with seriously injured persons is not easy. Often, we are dealing with a complicated and an intertwining constellation of injuries that can be physical, mental or psychological. With respect to those survivors with serious physical injuries, it is not uncommon for them to experience psychological aftermath in the nature of an … Continued
  • Finding Solutions to Key Challenges

    Presented at the Navigating the New SABS: Practical Solutions Conference | April 26, 2010

  • Future Care Costs

    Presented at The Canadian Institute's 8th Annual Forum on Personal Injury Settlements | January 26, 2010

    In Catastrophic Injury cases, preparation and presentation of Future Care Costs should be the greatest focus of Plaintiff and Defence counsel’s attention in approaching mediation and trial. Future Care Costs form the largest component of a catastrophically injured Plaintiff’s claim. The Life Care Plan or the Future Care Cost Report is the most important anchor to quantify the … Continued
  • Admission of Accident Reconstruction at Trial: Winning Strategies and Tactics

    Presented at Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development CLE - Managing and Litigating Motor Vehicle Accident Claims | April 22, 2009

    In this presentation, David MacDonald and Michael Bennet cover the following topics: What is Accident Reconstruction Evidence? Review of the Law of Admissibility Giving Instructions to your Expert Engineer The Tool Box Leica Toal Station Equipment HVE/PC Crash AutoCAD Computer Software 3Ds Max Computer Software Scientific Visualizations and Animations Human Factors View PDF of PowerPoint Presentation.
  • Public and Private Partnerships for Client-Centred Care

    Presented at Credit Valley Rehab Centre | February 13, 2007

    Presentation objectives: Review accident benefit entitlements Review roles of a case manager, lawyer, private occupational therapist and hospital social worker from admission to discharge in the context of accident benefits Medical, Rehabilitation and Attendant Care Services – Who is responsible to provide services? Creating a model for Public/Private therapy in hospital and community Process for … Continued
  • Crossing the Threshold

    National Judicial Institute

  • Adapting to the Changes in the Acute Care Setting

    Presented at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre | March 1, 2003