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The Advocates’ Society will award The 2013 Advocates’ Society Medal to Philippa G. Samworth of Dutton Brock in Toronto. Philippa was a founding Board member of CDL and we congratulate her on her achievement. She was also the first recipient of CDL's Lee Samis Award of Excellence. A dinner will be held in her honour by the Advocates Society in February 2014.
The Advocates' Society Medal is the highest expression of esteem that the Society can convey to one of its members. It is intended to honour those who have demonstrated clearly their pre-eminence as counsel and who are acknowledged unequivocally as leaders of the bar; who have been dedicated and active members of the Society, and who have made a significant contribution to the profession of law and to the well being of the community at large.
1974 - Joseph Sedgwick, Q.C.
1975 - Arthur E. Maloney, Q.C.
1976 - John J. Robinette, Q.C.
1977 - Isadore Levinter, Q.C.
1980 - Walter B. Williston, Q.C.
1983 - Brendan O'Brien, Q.C.
1985 - Douglas K. Laidlaw, Q.C., posthumously
1987 - The Honourable John D. Arnup, Q.C.
1988 - The Honourable G.Arthur Martin, Q.C.
1990 - Charles F. McKeon, Q.C.
1995 - John P. Nelligan, Q.C.
1996 - Earl A. Cherniak, Q.C.
1999 - Kenneth E. Howie, Q.C.
2003 - C. Scott Ritchie, Q.C.
2003 - The Honourable Eleanore A. Cronk
2006 - Austin M. Cooper, Q.C.
2008 - Kristopher H. Knutsen, Q.C.
2008 - Sheila R. Block
2009 - Edward L. Greespan, Q.C.
2010 - Ronald G. Slaght, Q.C.
2011 - The Honourable W. Ian C. Binnie
2012 - Marlys Edwardh, C.M., LSM
2013 - The Honourable Associate Chief Justice Dennis O'Connor
2014 - Philippa G. Samworth
￼Join members of the Bench and Bar for an evening to celebrate The Honourable Chief Justice Warren K. Winkler on the occasion of his retirement as the Chief Justice of Ontario.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building, 255 Front Street West, Toronto
Cocktail Reception: 5:30 p.m. ~ Dinner: 7:00 p.m. Dress: Business Attire
Proceeds from the Chief Justice Winkler Retirement Dinner benefit The Winkler Institutefor Dispute Resolution.
To reserve your table or for more information, contact Rachel Stewart (416) 597-0243 ext. 129 or email@example.com
CDL's member newsletter now available. If you are a CDL member and did not receive yours via email in September please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Justice Chipman was a partner at the Halifax law firm of Stewart McKelvey. He has practiced law for more than 20 years, working on a wide variety of legal issues including insurance and medical malpractice claims and representing clients in arbitration, mediation and before disciplinary bodies. He has also appeared before all levels of the Nova Scotia Courts. Read more about the appointment
Keep track of your CPD with CDL. Complete listing under our Accreditation tab. CLICK HERE TO FIND THE CPD CHART
Canadian Defence Lawyers (CDL) is pleased to announce that Geoff Adair QC of Toronto, Ontario will be the twelfth recipient of the prestigious Lee Samis Award of Excellence. Geoff has probably tried more insurance cases in Canada than perhaps any other lawyer in the last 50 years. He is an incredibly skilled advocate who has been involved in the highest profile insurance cases at all levels of court. “He is a lawyer’s lawyer. He gives to the profession much of his time, mentors young lawyers, is a frequent lecturer and is especially adept at cross examinations both in the court room and in mock demos.” (Paul Tushinski, Dutton Brock LLP) Drawing upon his litigation and trial experience, Geoff published the first edition of On Trial in 1992 to assist students and members of the legal community prepare for and conduct trials. Now in its second edition, On Trial (Butterworths, 2004) continues to be an invaluable resource for all levels of litigators, judges and students alike. "On Trial is not only a treasure trove for litigators, it is a gold mine for those called upon to determine whether the advocates have crossed the lines in advancing their client's cause whether the respect to evidence, procedure, or advocacy." (Justice Gilles Renaud, Ontario Court of Justice) Over a long and distinguished career, Geoff’s exploits have been legendary. He has deservedly achieved the mantle of ‘go-to’ counsel for insurers and corporations to handle the biggest, most difficult, publicly sensitive and challenging cases. He does so with aplomb and resoluteness. “He’s difficult to move from a position once taken. He’s a fearless but civil advocate in the traditional mold. You know where you stand with Geoff, and he’s very smooth. I remember a case we had where he rose and told the judge that my argument was seductive, before proceeding to deconstruct it piece by piece.”(Daniel Reisler, Reisler Franklin LLP)
The written endorsement is from the Oct 30 Appeal is now posted on the CDL website. With thanks to Derek V. Abreu Bell, Temple.
The appeal was heard today at Osgoode Hall, before Justices Sharpe, Rouleau and Hoy. The Justices agreed that section 267.5(7) of the Insurance Act was not ambiguous and that multiple deductibles would in fact continue to be applied for multiple accidents. The Justices heard only from the Appellants and then dismissed the appeal orally, without requiring submissions from the respondents. Once the written endorsement is released, it will be posted on the CDL website. With thanks to Derek V. Abreu Bell, Temple
Last week the Ontario Court of Appeal granted CDL status to intervene in the above case regarding how many “deductibles” apply when the same plaintiff sues as a result of 2 or more accidents. CDL’s brief is being prepared and will be argued by Derek Abreu of Bell Temple in Toronto.
At first instance, the Court held that each defendant is entitled to the benefit of the immunity from suit (for the first $30,000 of non-pecuniary damages), known colloquially as the “deductible”. The plaintiff has appealed and their position will be supported by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, who have also been granted leave to intervene.
Download Endorsement of Herman, J. and CDL's Cross Motion Record HERE
The appeal has been rescheduled to Jul 31, 2012.
Advocacy before the Courts on matters of importance to our members (and our clients) is part of CDL’s mandate. We welcome suggestions from members as to cases where CDL might have an important perspective to assist the Court.