Practice Highlights

Stacey’s practice is entirely devoted to helping people with serious personal injuries. Her practice is restricted to ensuring people injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, slip/trip and falls, have been denied accident benefits or disability insurance benefits as well as victims of sexual assault receive full compensation.

Stacey joined Thomson Rogers in 2006 after gaining valuable experience working for ten years with lawyers and their clients in the area of plaintiff personal injury litigation. She is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2005. Stacey is one of three national recipients of the 2003 Tom Wilcox Scholarship award for her academic achievements and dedication to insurance law. Stacey’s expertise and professionalism has been recognized and sought out in interviews on Canada AM, the Business News Network and CFRB Radio and in newspapers and magazines including the Lawyer’s Weekly, Law Times, The Litigator, and The Globe and Mail.

Stacey believes that achieving exceptional results in personal injury claims requires creativity, dedication, perseverance and hard work. She is committed to applying those qualities on behalf of all her clients. Although her office is in Toronto, Stacey maintains her “small town” roots. She and her family live in Central Ontario and many of her clients are from this area.

Stacey’s passion for justice continues through her volunteer work. She is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Advocates’ Society and the Canadian Bar Association. Stacey volunteers as Legal Counsel for Spinal Cord Injury Action Canada, is on the Board of the Central East Brain Injury Association and is a lawyer with the Family Legal Health Program at the Hospital for Sick Children. Says Stacey:

“No one plans on being in an accident. It happens in the blink of an eye and can turn a person’s life into a state of turmoil. The last thing they need is to have to fight an insurance company at a time when the focus should be on their recovery. That’s my job.”

Stacey has the honour of having been selected by her peers to be published in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2015 as a leading practitioner in the field of plaintiff personal injury litigation.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Sexual Assault

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School (2004)

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Ontario Bar Association

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  • Fernandes v. Araujo, 2015 ONCA 571

    On August 10, 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Fernandes v. Araujo confirming a motor vehicle owner’s liability under the Highway Traffic Act for its driver’s negligence is triggered solely based on the owners consent to possession and not the manner in which the vehicle was being operated.

    Stacey L. Stevens and L. Craig Brown successfully argued this issue before the Court of Appeal’s 5 member panel on June 18, 2015. In this instance, Ms. Fernandes was a passenger on an ATV which was involved in a single vehicle collision on a public highway. Following the collision, the ATV owner took the position that while he consented to the operation of his ATV on his farm, he did not consent to it being driven on a highway. The owner’s insurer, Allstate, brought a motion for summary judgment in an attempt to dismiss the Plaintiff’s claims against the owner on the basis that he was not vicariously liable for the driver’s negligent operation of his ATV. Stacey L. Stevens defeated this motion. Allstate appealled.

    As a result of Stacey and Craig’s efforts, the Court of Appeal overturned one of its previous decisions eliminating a long-standing conflict in this area of the law and preserving the rights of innocent accident victims to look to a motor vehicle owner for compensation for their injuries.

  • Tran v. 1109221 Ontario Limited

    February 21, 2012.

    View PDF of Case.

  • Quadriplegic Motor Vehicle Accident Trial (Spring, 2011)

    In the spring of 2011, Craig Brown, Darcy Merkur and Stacey Stevens were trial counsel to a motor vehicle accident victim who had lost control of his motor vehicle within days of his vehicle passing a safety inspection. The plaintiff was catastrophically impaired in the accident and was receiving catastrophic accident benefits from his accident benefit insurer. The claim was for in excess of $15 million. Three weeks into this jury trial, in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a resolution was reached between the parties. The details of the resolution are confidential. With permission of the plaintiff, you can review a copy of the plaintiff’s opening statement at the link below (to product privacy, all names have been redacted).

  • Giordano v. Royal Sun Alliance

    April 12, 2006

    View PDF of Case.

  • Ontario Adoption Information Disclosure Act

    September 19, 2007

    View PDF of Case.

  • ONCA finds owner’s liability based on possession and in a rare move overruled its previous decision

    August 11, 2015

    On August 10, 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Fernandes v. Araujo confirming a motor vehicle owner’s liability under the Highway Traffic Act for its driver’s negligence is triggered solely based on the owner’s consent to possession and not the manner in which the vehicle was being operated. Stacey L. Stevens and L. … 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
  • Big difference between possession and operation

    The Lawyers Weekly | May 8, 2015

    Stacey Stevens, partner at Thomson, Rogers was published in a recent issue of The Lawyers Weekly. Her article offers important insight regarding the difference between possession and ownership when it comes to determining vicarious liability for owners under the Highway Traffic Act – and why it’s important to consider both sides of the story. Having … Continued
  • Insurer ordered to pay special award of $750K

    AdvocateDaily.com

  • Stacey Stevens on The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Liability Chill Sledding Bans

    Citizens are crying foul after the City of Hamilton posted signs at popular tobogganing spots warning that sledding was banned and violators would be fined up to $5,000. Cash strapped municipalities say they don’t want to be grinches, but they just can’t afford to expose themselves to potential lawsuits. The Agenda asks if this is … Continued
  • OCA ruling validates importance of counsel’s role with experts: Stevens

    AdvocateDaily.com

  • Summary judgment motion dismissed in ATV accident case

    AdvocateDaily.com

  • Legal issues of managing concussions

    AdvocateDaily.com

  • Mental health awareness event aims to reduce stigma

    AdvocateDaily.com

  • Lawyers should know limitations of snowmobile coverage

    AdvocateDaily.com

  • Passion for righting wrongs runs deep with Stacey Stevens

    AdvocatesDaily.com | Interview with Stacey Stevens | November 14, 2013

    It was a Grade 5 incident that ignited Stacey Stevens desire to become a lawyer. “One of my friends got into trouble for something she didn’t do and I just felt this urge that I needed to take up the cause and defend her,” she tells AdvocateDaily.com. Today, Stevens is still passionate about righting wrongs. … Continued
  • Civil suit filed in teen bus crash case

    The family of a girl struck by a bus in 2011 – represented by Toronto personal injury lawyer Stacey L. Stevens – has filed a $17-million civil lawsuit against the bus driver, Grand River Transit, the City of Kitchener and the Waterloo Region, CTV reports. On Oct. 7, 2011, 16-year-old Cassi Lam was walking through … Continued
  • 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
  • Bus driver cleared in roundabout collision

    Waterloo Region Record | by Jeff Outhit, quoting Stacey Stevens | October 30, 2013

    KITCHENER — A Grand River Transit driver Rafael Quintanilla, 41, smiled and hugged supporters after a court found he did not drive carelessly when he hit a St. Mary’s High School student in a crash-prone roundabout.

    View source article.

  • Lawsuits likely after fatal bus-train collision

    AdvocateDaily.com | September 23, 2013

    As investigations continue into an Ottawa bus crash that killed six and injured dozens, lawsuits are also likely to emerge, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Stacey L. Stevens. The double-decker Ottawa city bus is alleged to have driven through warning lights and guard rails into the side of a crossing passenger train, the National Post … Continued
  • Personal Injury Lawsuit: What you can expect when you attend an examination for discovery

    AdvocateDaily.com

  • Court of Appeal confirms “economic losss” is a threshold requirement

    AdvocateDaily.com

  • Court of Appeal confirms “economic loss” is a threshold requirement

    On January 4, 2013, I discussed two key decisions requiring an Accident Benefit Insurer to pay its insured an attendant care benefit based on a Form 1 Assessment of Attendant Care and not the costs associated with obtaining this service or the economic loss suffered by the care provider in doing so. On July 26, … Continued
  • Decision reflects “strong message” from court on expert evidence

    AdvocateDaily.com

  • Expert witnesses are not exempt from Rule 53 based on which category they fall into.

    The Ontario Divisional Court has upheld a decision of a Trial Judge whereby he refused to admitted evidence from his treating medical and rehabilitation specialists based on the ruling that they did not meet the requirements under Rule 53. Justice Lederer, on behalf of the court, acknowledge the existence of a line of cases which … Continued
    • Owners’ Liability Triggered by Consent to Possession Rather Than Consent to the Operation of the Vehicle

      Accident Benefit Reporter | Volume 16, Issue 2 | November 2015

      In a rare move the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned its previous decision in the 1955 case of Newman v. Terdik firmly closing the door on an automobile insurer’s ability to deny liability coverage to its insured when a negligent driver operates their vehicle in a manner prohibited by the owner. Read full article
    • Big difference between possession and operation

      The Lawyers Weekly | May 8, 2015

      This article offers important insight regarding the difference between possession and ownership when it comes to determining vicarious liability for owners under the Highway Traffic Act – and why it’s important to consider both sides of the story. Having devoted her practice largely to fighting for victims who have suffered injuries due to car, motorcycle and … Continued
    • The rising cost of driving digitally impaired

      The Lawyers Weekly | December 19, 2014

      Did you know that driving while talking on a cellphone is as dangerous as driving with a blood alcohol count of .08; that drivers using cellphones in any manner fail to see up to 50 per cent of the information in their driving environment; or that a person is 23 times more likely to be … Continued
    • Drivers face higher set fine for distracted driving March 18

      AdvocateDaily.com | February 2014

      An Ontario court has hiked the set fine for motorists caught driving while using a cellphone or other prohibited device. Chief Justice Annemarie Bonkalo of the Ontario Court of Justice has signed an order increasing the set fine to $225 from $125 starting March 18. That means drivers would face a fine of $280, including … Continued
    • Optimizing the Use of Multiple Regimes: Paving the Road to a Successful Disability Management Process

      Disability Management in the Workplace Conference

    • Off-road and in the courts – ‘Tis the season for snowmobile accidents, and insurance questions

      The Lawyers Weekly | January 17, 2014

      In a vast, often snowy country such as Canada it is no surprise that off-road vehicles are so popular — chief among them, the snowmobile. Unfortunately, each winter also brings with it snowmobile accidents resulting from the numerous inherent dangers associated with this popular recreational pastime. On average, Public Health Ontario statistics show that over 40 people … Continued
    • The Ins and Outs of Conducting FSCO Arbitrations Conference

      The ADR Chambers

    • Incurred Expenses: Defining “Economic Loss” in Light of Simser v. Aviva

      Accident Benefit Reporter | Volume 14, Issue 1 | May 1, 2013

      Changes to Section 3 of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (“the SABS”) were introduced by the Government of Ontario on September 1, 2010. The changes require an insured to prove expenses have been incurred in order to receive attendant care, housekeeping, and med/rehab benefits. Section 3(7)(e) of the SABS states that in order for an … Continued
    • Legal & Medical Case Studies & Discussion

      Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators Conference "Ethics: When Lawyers and Experts Meet"

      Paper: The Tipping Point – Maintaining Independence from Retainer to Report Writing Claims made on behalf of people injured in car accidents rely heavily on medical expert opinions in order to advance their claim, especially when the person has been catastrophically injured. What happens when the court rules your expert is bias?
    • The Definition of Incurred Expenses Relating to Attendant Care

      Power Occupational Therapy Services Inc.

    • An Overview of Accident Benefit and Tort Claims

      BlueBalloon Health Services seminar "An Introduction to Accident Benefits and Motor Vehicle Litigation"

    • How to Protect the Needs of Your Brain Injured Client

      "Ripple Effect" Conference, in conjunction with the Brain Injury Association of Quinte District

    • Tort IME’s New Needs

      Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators "Business of IME's" Seminar | October 21, 2011

      Presented with Susan E. Gunter, and Dutton Brock.

    • How to Succeed before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario: Practice Tips from Mediation to Arbitration – The Insured’s Perspective

      Ontario Trial Lawyers Association's "FSCO Arbitrations & Accident Benefits: The Nuts & Bolts" Seminar | September 27, 2011

      Appearing before the Financial Services Commission (FSCO) presents counsel with the unique opportunity of litigating a case from start to finish within a world where alternative dispute resolution prevails over going to trial. Although similarities exist between FSCO and the Superior Court, proceeding by way of Arbitration is a stream-lined and costeffective process that is … Continued
    • How to Succeed before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario: Practice Tips from Mediation to Arbitration – The Insured’s Perspective

      Presented at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association's "FSCO Arbitrations and Accident Benefits: The Nuts and Bolts" Seminar | September 27, 2011

      Appearing before the Financial Services Commission (FSCO) presents counsel with the unique opportunity of litigating a case from start to finish within a world where alternative dispute resolution prevails over going to trial.  Although similarities exist between FSCO and the Superior Court, proceeding by way of Arbitration is a stream-lined and cost-effective process that is … Continued
    • Future Care Cost Reports for Children and Young Adults – The Use of Pediatric Life Care Plans Prior to Trial and Beyond

      Presented at the Back to School with Thomson, Rogers conference on September 8, 2011

    • Developing Best Practices for Dealing with Experts

      In-House CLE Seminar

    • New Rules and Expert Opinions: Practical Steps to Obtaining Reports

      Ontario Bar Association: Insurance Law: Practical Guide to Expert Opinion Under the New Rules Seminar

    • How the new Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) drives care funding and How tort claims benefit clients with auto accident injuries

      Presented at Sudbury Regional Hospital: How auto insurance coverage determines the care benefits your clients receive

    • The New Rules – Writing Reports and being Qualified as an Expert at Trial

      Prepared by Stacey L. Stevens of Thomson, Rogers© 2010

      On January 1, 2010, the Rules of Civil Procedure were amended in response to the recommendations of the former Associate Chief Justice of Ontario Coulter Osborne at the conclusion of the Civil Justice Reform Project.  These amendments have, in part, changed the Rules relating to the form, content and delivery of expert reports and reflect … Continued