Upcoming Programmes

Law Clerks 2017
Sheraton Centre Toronto 123 Queen St W 30 March 2017  

Cost: One Price $214.70
Time:  9:00 AM - Full Day
Where: Sheraton Centre Toronto, 123 Queen St W, Toronto
CPD: 5 Hours Substantive


Chairs:Rachel Thompson & Anne Smith, Sullivan Festeryga LLP - Hamilton

This Year’s Topics Include:


  •       Top 10 AB Cases - Amanda Faulkner, Evans, Philip
  •       Top 10 Tort Cases - Ian Corneil, Sullivan Festeryga LLP
  •       Engineers : When to Retain, What They Need & Accident Reconstruction - Neil Bigelow, BAR Inc.
  •       Anatomy, Specialists, When and Who to Hire - Sara Jones, Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers
  •       SABS Changes - Krista Groen, Samis + Company
  •       New CAT Definition  - Dr. Ron Kaplan, Neuropsychologist, Kaplan Psychologists
  •       LAT: One Year Later/What They Require/The Process– Linda Lightbody, SLASTO, and Adele DiMonte, AABS
  •       Panel: LAT questions -  Joy Stothers, Schultz Frost LLP and Amela Selimovic, Ross & McBride LLP



ONE PRICE $214.70 ($190 + HST)    BN 84996 1974



Accident Benefits Spring Symposium
Hyatt Regency 370 King St W Toronto 13 April 2017  

Accident Benefits Spring Symposium

Date: April 13, 2017    Length: Full Day 9am-4:30pm     Where: Hyatt Regency
Cost: CDL Members $446.35 Non-Members $576.30  
Accreditation: 5.5 hours CPD (to be confirmed post event)

Chaired by: Lisa Armstrong, Samis + Company & Joseph Campisi, Campisi LLP

Save the Date for the 8th Annual Accident Benefits Joint Defence/Plaintiff Program


Medical Marijuana 101

A panel discussion on what it is, what it treats, and what it means for statutory accident benefits. Panelists will explain the medical side of marijuana use, how it is prescribed and distributed, key regulations, and answer questions about how it might affect your statutory accident benefits practice.

Panel Moderator: Jenna Meth of Samis + Company
Tara Cooke, Medical Marijuana Group,
Dr. Peter Carlen, Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine U of T


Navigating the LAT One Year Later

A panel discussion on the changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits Dispute Resolution, their experiences with AABS and the LAT one year from the landmark changes as they provide their insight into the new regime.

What does the system look like?
What trends are emerging?
What are the cases saying?

The Panel: Laura Emmett, Lerners LLP, Fabio Longo, Trianta Longo LLP, Andrea Lim, Dutton Brock LLP


Lawyer Fees and Costs

What is the impact of contingency fee agreements in the practice of accident benefits? Recent decisions that limit costs in accident benefits settlements (Decisions of Cao and MVAC v. Aviva, unreported).

Eric Grossman, Zarek Tayor Grossman Hanrahan LLP 


Constitutional Challenge Update/ Legal Representation and Costs:

What is the constitutional challenge and impact on litigants as a result of the changes to the Insurance Act and Regulations?Analysis of the benefits of contingency fee agreements and alternatives.

Joseph Campisi, Campisi LLP 


Advocacy Techniques for Electronic Hearings: 
Marni Miller, Zarek Taylor Grossman Hanrahan LLP, Adam Wagman, Howie Sacks & Henry LLP, OTLA President 

Changing Trends in Claims Handling: PANEL:
Michael Hart, DGIG, Tracy Romanowski, Kahler Personal Injury, Chris Schnarr, Thomas Gold Pettingill LLP, Alex Voudouris, Pace Law

Limitation Periods in AB Claims - Case Law Developments:
Sandi Smith, GKS Lawyers, Shalini Thomas, Samis + Company

Is the MIG Over?: 
Cary Schneider, Beard Winter LLP,  Jordan Assaraf, Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers


Save the Date for the 8th Annual Accident Benefits Joint Defence/Plaintiff Program

Spots are limited in this historically sold out event! Reserve yours today

CLICK HERE to register!



Young Lawyer's Ping Pong Social
Spin Galactic 461 King St. W. Toronto 13 April 2017  


Ping Pong Social

April 13 2017   |  6:30 pm |  Spin Galactic  | 461 King St. W. Toronto

Bat some balls with the Young Lawyers from CDL & OTLA! Just register here - $22.60 - includes two drinks tickets, munchies and table time. Join us April 13 for a fun night of casual socializing and play

SPiN Toronto is a 12,000 sq ft ping pong night club located at 461 King Street West in the heart of downtown Toronto! 



Defensible Positions 2017
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront 1919 Upper Water St. Halifax 20 April 2017  

Half Day - 1-4:30 pm  | Halifax Marriott Harbourfront  | 1919 Upper Water St | Halifax

CDL Members $254.25        Non-Members $333.35      Insurance Professionals $169.50

Chaired by Tipper McEwan, Stewart McKelvey and  Jillian Kean, McInnes Cooper


Canadian Defence Lawyers is pleased to be presenting our Atlantic Canada Annual Program. Join us for an afternoon of high quality accredited programming from Canada’s only national provider of CLE specifically tailored to Canada’s defence bar. It’s also a great chance to get together with your colleagues in the defence bar and from the insurance community in general.


CDL’s programs are open to everyone: defence counsel at all levels, insurers, industry professionals – we provide training for the entire defence team. 


Lunch Sponsored by 


This year’s Program includes:


- Cause and Origin of Fire Loss and Arson

Bill Murphy from Contrast Engineering, Halifax, will discuss cause and origin reporting. Bill is Contrast’s Senior Fire Origin & Cause Investigator responsible for Fire & Explosion Investigations, Vehicle Fire Investigations, and Fire Investigation Instruction in Atlantic Canada. An experienced fire fighter, fire instructor and investigator, Bill has conducted over 700 fire origin and cause investigations and is a well-respected fire investigator throughout Atlantic Canada.


- Accident Reconstruction and Human Factors

Sam Kodsi,  Kodsi Engineering, Mississauga explores methods of determining liability in motor vehicle collisions. President & Consulting Professional Engineer at Kodsi Engineering, Sam has been involved in more than 5,000 technical investigations and has been the lead engineer in more than 4,000 reconstructions involving motor vehicle collisions and other personal injury incidents. He has  more than 20 years’ experience in automotive engineering safety and Accident Reconstruction.


- Medical Experts:  Forensic Psychiatrist and Physiatrist, Assessmed, discuss their expertise and experience in the context of the Independent Medical Examination.

Dr. Zohar Waisman is a physician and psychiatrist with extensive experience treating a range of mental and emotional disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, mood disorders, and brain injuries. His background in objective claimant evaluation for personal injury litigation has distinguished him as an expert in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry at Ontario and Superior Court levels.

Dr. Ben Clark, National Executive Medical Director of Assessmed, oversees all of AssessMed’s medical professionals and the Executive Medical Team. Dr. Clark maintains an ongoing clinical practice in physiatry in addition to his role with AssessMed where he provides assessment services exclusively for AssessMed clients in Ontario. He has performed thousands of third party independent assessments in the area of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for various sources including legal firms, long term disability insurers, auto insurers, and employers.  Dr. Clark has been recognized by the court as an expert witness in his medical field of expertise.