Upcoming Programmes

The Marshall Report Audioconference
Your Office! 15 May 2017  


May 15, 2017 12:30 - 1:30 pm Eastern

Cost: One Price $113.00  CPD: .75 hour substantive  

Price includes one dial in line, unlimited attendees. $25 for each additional line.
Contact bushra@cdlawyers.org to arrange additional lines or call 416-340-9859
Dial-In instructions & materials will be emailed ONE day prior to the program.



The Marshall Report
Ramifications for the Practice of Accident Benefits and Tort 

“one of the least effective insurance systems in Canada” –

That’s how David Marshall categorized the Ontario Auto Insurance system in his report dated April 11, 2017, Fair Benefits Fairly Delivered: A Review of the Auto Insurance System in Ontario.


Find out why, what he recommended, and its significant implications on the insurance industry in an audioconference  

with Speakers Philippa Samworth and Adam Wagman
on May 15, 2017.


There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the audioconference. If you wish to submit a question ahead of time email it to maryellen@cdlawyers.org


Women's Caucus Luncheon
The Austin Gallery - One King West Hotel 7 June 2017  

This inaugural event will feature Marianne Trost. Marianne is a nationally recognized coach with over 20 years of experience helping lawyers succeed in the business of law and she knows what it takes to achieve in private practice.

Marianne is a nationally recognized and award-winning trainer, coach, and speaker. She has the distinction of being one of the nation’s first in-house law firm training professionals and was responsible for developing and implementing a hands-on attorney training program that was ranked #1 in the American Lawyer by associates.

What makes her unique is that she knows the business of the practice of law from the inside out. Working in law firm management within AmLaw 100, medium and small law firms, as well as in the courts and as Director of Client Relations for the Bar Association of San Francisco enabled her to develop a keen understanding of what it takes to succeed in today’s competitive legal market. She is exceptionally well versed in the inner-workings of law firms and highly skilled at advising attorneys in navigating their careers successfully.



Annual Meeting 2017
One King West Hotel 8 June 2017  

Cost: Members $621.50  Non-Members $791.00
CPD: 5.5 CPD Credits  (Including 1 hour Ethics/Professionalism)

8:30 am:  CDL Annual General Meeting
9:00 am: Conference Program Begins


Annual General Meeting & Conference

Chaired By:

Howard Lightle, Weaver Simmons, Sudbury


Lisa Armstrong, Samis + Company, Toronto


Join your colleagues from across Canada to learn, network at CDL’s 21st Annual General Meeting & Conference. Whether you are looking to discover new trends, expand your practical knowledge, gain insight from the top cases from across Canada or capitalize on  networking and business development goals, this flagship event is certain to meet your needs. CDL’s annual meeting features an excellent array of experts and speakers on a variety of trending topics in the legal and professional sphere.



Program Highlights This Year Will Include


  • The Honourable Justice Joseph Quinn( Retired): The Unsettling Truth about Settlement
  • American Trial lawyer Robert Byman, Jenner & Block, Chicago, on Funding Third Party Litigation or How Bubba the Love Sponge wiped out Gawker
  • The Erosion of the Civil Jury and FAIRness with Alan Rachlin, Rachlin & Wolfson, & Todd McCarthy, Flaherty McCarthy, Toronto
  • The Bleeding Edge: Top 5 Defence Cases of 2016/2017 with Erik Knutsen, Associate Professor, Queen's Law
  • Diversity in Your Law Firm
  • How to Implement a Paperless File System



5.5 CPD Credits – with 1 hour Ethics/Professionalism Credit


* A  group discount for hotel rooms have been made available for seminar attendees at the One King West Hotel, 1 King Street W, Toronto. For reservations, click HERE to directly contact One King West Reservations  and refer to Canadian Defence Lawyer’s Annual Meeting to take advantage of the group rate of CAD $219 . Reservations must be made by May 7, 2017 to secure this rate.