Practice Highlights


Stacey Stevens’ 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 have 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. She 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 as a leading practitioner in the field of plaintiff personal injury litigation.  She has also earned the highest peer rating of AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® for her legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards.

Practice Areas

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

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Education

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

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • LEXPERT® Ranked Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Ranked Lawyer, AV Preeminent®
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Ontario Bar Association
  • Member of FAIR (Fair Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform)
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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.

  • What Is The Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund?

    The Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund (the “Fund”) is a fund available to people injured in a car accident where there is no other policy of automobile insurance available to respond to Statutory Accident Benefit claims as well as tort (negligence) claims. This usually occurs where the injured person is a passenger in an uninsured … Continued
  • Thomson Rogers Webinar Series – The Interplay Between Tort and AB Claims

    Thomson Rogers Webinar Series: The Interplay Between Tort and AB Claims Thank you to everyone who attended our Thomson Rogers Webinar Series: “The Interplay Between Tort and AB Claims” conducted by Stacey Stevens, Michael Bennett and Sarah Naiman. In this interactive session the top ten questions asked by Health Care Providers were answered including: What … Continued
  • Thomson Rogers Webinar Series – The Interplay Between Tort and AB Claims

    Thomson Rogers lawyers Stacey Stevens, Michael Bennett and Sarah Naiman will be discussing “The Interplay Between Tort and AB Claims” in our Thomson Rogers Webinar Series on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11:00 am. In this interactive session, you will get the answers to the top ten questions that are asked by Health Care Providers … Continued
  • Can An Insurance Company Conduct Surveillance on Me?

    Recently, CBC released an article about a woman who was placed under surveillance by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) as part of her claim for benefits after a job injury in 2015. This raises the question; if I am injured in a car accident, can my automobile insurer put me under surveillance? The … Continued
  • Stacey Stevens Featured In Law Times “Four Decisions Have Shown How Juries Can Be Dismissed During COVID”

    Stacey Stevens in Law Times | October 1, 2020

    On October 1, 2020, Thomson Rogers personal injury lawyer Stacey Stevens discussed four decisions that have put Ontario on a trajectory towards reduced roles for juries in an article titled “Four decisions have shown how juries can be dismissed during COVID” in Law Times. “What I thought was interesting to take out of them is … Continued
  • PIA Webinar Series: The Pandemic Within The Pandemic – Strategies And Solutions For Keeping You Connected

    Presentation by David MacDonald, Stacey Stevens and Matthew Sutton

    Brain Injury: The Pandemic Within The Pandemic – Strategies And Solutions For Keeping You Connected Thomson Rogers personal injury lawyers David MacDonald, Stacey Stevens and Matthew Sutton presented in the Brain Injury Society of Toronto Summer Webinar Series presented by PIA Law on August 25th. In this webinar, panelists Dr. Joanna Hamilton, Neuropsychologist; Leigh Craney, … Continued
  • Thomson Rogers Webinar Series – What Health Care Providers Want to Know

    Thomson Rogers personal injury lawyers Stacey Stevens, Matthew Sutton and Ava Williams webinar on "What Health Care Providers Want to Know."
  • PIA Summer Webinar Series Session 3: The Pandemic Within The Pandemic

    Presentation by David MacDonald, Stacey Stevens and Matthew Sutton

    Brain Injury: The Pandemic Within The Pandemic – Strategies And Solutions For Keeping You Connected Thomson Rogers personal injury lawyers David MacDonald, Stacey Stevens and Matthew Sutton will be presenting in the Brain Injury Society of Toronto Summer Webinar Series presented by PIA Law on August 25th at 3 PM on “Brain Injury: The Pandemic … Continued
  • Stacey Stevens Featured In Law Times In “How a landmark SRL ruling raises access to justice issues”

    Stacey Stevens in Law Times | August 5, 2020

    On August 5, 2020 Thomson Rogers personal injury lawyer Stacey Stevens discussed "how a landmark SRL ruling raises access to justice issues" with Law Times.
  • Thomson Rogers Webinar Series: CAT Assessments and Attendant Care Benefits

    Thomson Rogers Webinar Series: CAT Assessments and Attendant Care Benefits Thank you to everyone who attended our Thomson Rogers Webinar Series “CAT Assessments and Attendant Care Benefits” held June 26, 2020 conducted by Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyers Michael Bennett, Stacey Stevens and Matthew Sutton. To view all previous Thomson Rogers Webinar Series please click … Continued
  • Thomson Rogers Webinar Series: Best Practices for Reporting in a Virtual World

    Thomson Rogers Webinar Series: Accident Benefits In The Virtual World |  Session 3: Best Practices for Reporting in a Virtual World Thank you to everyone who attended our Thomson Rogers Webinar Series “Best Practices for Reporting in a Virtual World” held May 29, 2020 conducted by Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyers Leonard Kunka, Stacey Stevens and … Continued
  • High Speeds Equal Less SABS

    Recently, we saw another example of how incidents of stunt driving and street racing have been on the rise since the COVID-19 pandemic started. On May 9, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police caught a driver travelling 308 km/h on the QEW Highway. Not only does this behaviour attract the risk of significant fines, vehicle impoundment, incarceration … Continued
  • Thomson Rogers Webinar Series: Virtual CAT Assessments

    Thomson Rogers Webinar Series: Accident Benefits In The Virtual World |  Session 2: Virtual CAT Assessments Thank you to everyone who attended our Thomson Rogers Webinar Series  “Virtual CAT Assessments” held May 15, 2020 conducted by Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyers Leonard Kunka, Stacey Stevens and Matthew Sutton. Questions & Answers Q1: What level of … Continued
  • Stacey Stevens Discusses Cost Management In Law Times

    Stacey Stevens in Law Times | by David Kitai | May 6, 2020

    On May 6, 2020, Thomson Rogers partner Stacey Stevens discussed “The lessons of cost management in a $5 million case” with David Kitai of the Law Times. Stevens discusses Cheesman et al. v. Credit Valley Hospital et al., 2020 ONSC 1729 and says the case demonstrates the cost challenges personal injury lawyers face in cases that … Continued
  • Thomson Rogers Webinar Series: The Legal Implications of Virtual Treatments and Assessments

    Thomson Rogers Webinar Series: Accident Benefits In The Virtual World |  Session 1: The Legal Implications of Virtual Treatments and Assessments Thank you to everyone who attended our Thomson Rogers Webinar Series  “The Legal Implications of Virtual Assessments” held May 6, 2020 conducted by Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyers Leonard Kunka and Stacey Stevens. From … Continued
  • Client Intake in a Social Distancing Landscape – Virtual Roundtable

    Join the discussion with Thomson Rogers partner Stacey Stevens on Client Intake in a Social Distancing Landscape. This virtual roundtable will be held via Zoom. Key Topics Conducting the initial interview Meeting LSO Requirements for Identification Retainers Confidentiality Issues For more information please click here.
  • Right to Claim Catastrophic Attendant Care and Housekeeping Benefits Returned

    By Stacey Stevens

    Insurers have been put on notice — accident victims who have been deemed catastrophically impaired more than 104 weeks after their car accident can no longer be barred from claiming catastrophic attendant care benefits based on the expiration of the two year limitation period set out in section 18 of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule … Continued
  • Slips, Trips and Falls

    By Stacey Stevens

    As we move further into the colder months, the accumulation of ice and snow is inevitable but slips, trips and falls are not, provided proper care is taken to ensure sidewalks, driveways and stairs are maintained. In Ontario, every property owner and tenant has a positive obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure people coming … Continued
  • Know Your Rights as an Unpaid Caregiver

    By Stacey Stevens

    Did you know that unpaid caregivers spend an average of 17 hours per week taking care of their disabled family members on top of their own work and personal responsibilities? Did you also know that caregivers often fund various additional necessities such as prescription medications, transportation and rehabilitation costs? In recognition of the burdens associated … Continued
  • Passing the Reasonable and Necessary Legal Test for Treatment Plans

    By Stacey Stevens

    More often than not adjusters are taking a deny first/approve later approach. Not only does this impact our client’s recovery, but it also impacts your ability to do your job. Here are some tips that will increase the likelihood of your treatment plan passing the elusive “reasonable and necessary“ legal test. Develop a relationship with … Continued
    • Tips For Favorably Advancing Attendant Care Claims

      Presented at the ABI Network Conference | by Stephen Birman, Stacey Stevens & Elysia M. Martini | November 12, 2020

      Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyers Stephen Birman and Stacey Stevens and Student-at-Law Elysia Martini, along with guest speakers Karla Forgaard-Pullen, Mathew Rose and Gina Matesic, presented at the ABI Network Conference on November 12, 2020 on the topic of “Tips for Favorably Advancing Attendant Care Claims.” The presentation focused on the following four themes after … Continued
    • PIA Webinar Series: The Pandemic Within The Pandemic – Strategies And Solutions For Keeping You Connected

      Brain Injury: The Pandemic Within The Pandemic – Strategies And Solutions For Keeping You Connected Thomson Rogers personal injury lawyers David MacDonald, Stacey Stevens and Matthew Sutton presented in the Brain Injury Society of Toronto Summer Webinar Series presented by PIA Law on August 25th. In this webinar, panelists Dr. Joanna Hamilton, Neuropsychologist; Leigh Craney, … Continued
    • What in the World is a PLUP

      Presented by Stacey Stevens at Ontario Bar Association | November 2, 2018

      On November 2, 2018, Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyer Stacey Stevens presented “What in the World is a PLUP” at the Ontario Bar Association to discuss personal liability umbrella policy. The presentation focused on the following key topics: The Insurance Act The OPCF-44R Family Protection Coverage Endorsement The Personal Liability Umbrella Policy Who Pays What … Continued
    • Overcoming Obstacles at Mediation and Beyond

      Presented by Stacey Stevens at Ontario Bar Association's Motor Vehicle Tort Litigation: Critical Updates | October 22, 2019

      On October 22, 2019, Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyer Stacey Stevens presented at the Ontario Bar Association’s annual review of the key developments in Motor Vehicle Tort Litigation. The presentation focused on a number of areas including: Getting the Parties to the Table Choosing the Right Mediator Being Prepared Inviting All Relevant Parties Identifying Your Goals … Continued
    • fMRI, GOSE and Ensuring Chronic ABI Survivors are Recognized as Catastrophically Impaired

      Presented by David MacDonald and Stacey Stevens at Bayshore Therapy & Rehab | April 5, 2019

      On April 5, 2019, Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyers David MacDonald and Stacey Stevens presented at Bayshore Therapy & Rehab on the topic of “fMRI, GOSE and Ensuring Chronic ABI Survivors are Recognized as Catastrophically Impaired.” The presentation discussed the following topics: ABI + CAT Criteria Since June 1, 2016 Positive Findings fMRI Triaging the … Continued
    • fMRI, GOSE and Ensuring Chronic ABI Survivors are Recognized as Catastrophically Impaired Bartimaeus

      Presented by David MacDonald and Stacey Stevens at Bartimaeus Inc. | February 28, 2019

      On February 28, 2019, Thomson Rogers’ personal injury lawyers David MacDonald and Stacey Stevens presented at Bartimaeus Inc. 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 testing Positive … Continued
    • Premorbidity Conditions: How Does SABS and Tort Treat Them?

      Presented at Hamilton General Health Sciences Centre | Friday, April 6, 2018

      On April 6, 2018, at the Hamilton General Health Sciences Centre, David MacDonald and Stacey Stevens presented on the topic of, “Premorbidity Conditions: How does SABS and Tort Treat them?? In their presentation, they provide: A variety of case studies Clinician takeaways Information on Thin Skull and Crumbling Skull in a Tort lawsuit
    • Getting to CAT: A Roadmap for Health Care Professionals

      Toronto ABI Network Conference | November 10, 2016

      This paper is essential reading for any health care professional working with catastrophically (CAT) injured accident victims and interested in understanding the GOS-E. Personal injury lawyer Stacey L. Stevens provides a series of best practices to be followed in light of the recent changes to the catastrophic impairment definition ranging from the initial client interview … 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
    • 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"