Practice Highlights

Richard’s practice is exclusively civil litigation with particular emphasis on medical malpractice cases on behalf of the patient and auto accident cases on behalf of the injured party. Richard has a particular interest in birth trauma and obstetrics cases. He has lectured and written extensively on medical malpractice arising in labour and delivery.

In 2015 Richard received the Award for Distinguished Service to the legal profession presented by the Ontario Bar Association. This award was in recognition of Richards’s extensive participation in continuing legal education and advocacy for injured people.

Richard is immediate past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. Richard is also the current chair of the Ontario Bar Association Working Group on Auto Insurance Reform. As a member of the Board of Directors of OTLA, he has been heavily involved in advocating for the rights of innocent accident victims and for reform to auto insurance. He has made numerous presentations to members of the Ontario Legislature on auto insurance reform.

Richard has 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 medical negligence and personal injury litigation, and was also selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2015 in the field of Personal Injury Litigation (Copyright 2009 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.)


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto (1979)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Windsor (1982)
  • Masters of Law (Civil Litigation), Osgoode Hall Law School (1998)

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • 2015 LEXPERT Ranked Lawyer
  • 2015 Listed in Best Lawyers International
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the AAJ
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • American Association for Justice
  • Past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (2007 – 2008)
  • Member of the No-Fault Working Group of the Canadian Bar Association
  • Chair of the Automobile Insurance Working Group of the Ontario Bar Association
  • Member of the American Association for Access to Justice

Additional Information

Richard has been very actively involved in continuing legal education. In the past he has been a seminar leader in civil litigation for the Bar Admission Course. He has delivered presentations for the National Judicial Institute, OTLA, the OBA, the Law Society, Insight, Canadian Institute and other organizations on topics including trial advocacy, medical malpractice litigation, standard of care and causation in obstetrics litigation, auto insurance claims, and physician and hospital liability. Richard was a guest instructor for a number of years at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Papers presented to continuing legal education seminars include:

  • Intrapartum Pathways to Neonatal Neurologic Injury
  • Medical Malpractice: Legal Causation and Obstetrics
  • Crossing the Threshold
  • Demonstrative Evidence
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Making Effective Use of Health Care Experts
  • Litigating Auto Insurance Claims
  • Reducing the Risk of Obstetric Malpractice
  • Preventable Adverse Events: Medical Malpractice Litigation and Patient Safety
  • Civil Procedure and Evidence
  • The Plaintiff’s View of Auto Insurance Reform
  • Expert Reports

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