Voting is now open for Canadian Lawyer’s annual Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers poll. Thomson Rogers is proud to announce that Richard Halpern has been nominated in the Changemakers category, which recognizes lawyers who are catalysts for positive change and innovation.
With more than 30 years of experience, Richard has dedicated his practice exclusively to representing injured people in medical negligence cases and is renowned across Canada for his expertise in handling challenging and complex birth injury cases.
In the last year Richard teamed up with lawyers across Canada in the prosecution of medical malpractice claims, in particular obstetrical malpractice claims. Most complex and risky forms of litigation and prosecution of claims can result in life-changing results for the families they act for. He is a leading expert in Canada on such cases.
Richard presents every year at the Mount Sinai Annual Obstetrical Malpractice conferences in January in Toronto. He has challenged conventional medical thinking on how and why babies become injured during labour and delivery, facilitating access to justice that might otherwise be denied to some children. He is a leading commentator and analyst on obstetrical legal issues, also working with organizations to establish “guidelines” that attempt to set standards that may make it more difficult to establish liability against physicians in obstetrical malpractice claims.
Richard is a member of the Holland Group, which is a group that promotes reforms in medical malpractice cases aimed at increasing access to justice and timely and equitable resolution of medical malpractice claims. The disbursements associated with preparing and trying an obstetrical case generally run approximately $250,000. The clients most often cannot afford this expense, so it must be covered by counsel. As the cases invariably proceed by way of contingency fee agreement, if the case is lost, not only do counsel forego a fee, but they lose the disbursement investment as well. Very few lawyers in Canada are prepared to undertake this risk on an ongoing basis.
We encourage you to review the profiles of all the nominees and help ensure Richard is recognized for his extraordinary dedication by casting your vote here: Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers.
Polls are open until June 7.