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Editors: Sudevi Mukherjee‐Gothi and Jasmine Tsang.

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Our Access to Justice Crisis Needs Solutions: Could Med-Arb Be An Answer?

  • November 25, 2022
  • Ryan A. Murray

The Ontario civil justice system faces an unprecedented crisis. Our constitution mandates that criminal cases must be addressed within a particular timeframe. Family cases, which often feature child access and other time-sensitive issues, tend to have the next level of priority. This leaves civil lawsuits, including many personal injury lawsuits, to linger for years without resolution.

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The Ontario Court of Appeal Considers Insurance Policy Interpretation in Early COVID-19 Coverage Claim

  • September 29, 2022
  • Thomas Russell

The COVID-19 pandemic has left a scar upon numerous sectors in Canada, leaving many businesses reliant on their insurance coverage plans for the resulting business losses. 202135 Ontario Inc., et al v. Northbridge General Insurance, 2022 ONCA 304 appears to be the first COVID-relating coverage case to come before the Ontario Court of Appeal. In this case, the court considered how to interpret a limit of liability clause, ultimately finding in favor of the insured.

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OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law 2020 Winner Profile: John A. Olah

  • September 23, 2022
  • Dennis Ong

John A. Olah was called to the bar in 1975 and since then has litigated complex tort litigation matters, ranging from product liability cases to high-profile sporting matters. John is a recognized national and international expert, acting for resorts and hotels across Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. John’s practice includes private international law cases, complex environmental law litigation as well as class action matters.

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OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law 2020 Winner Profile: David F. Smye, Q.C.

  • September 23, 2022
  • Katie Di Tomaso

David F. Smye, Q.C. was called to the bar in 1972 after accelerating quickly through post-secondary education studying Economics and Political Science and obtaining a degree in Law in only five years. David’s pace remained swift while his legal career made a steep ascent to partner only one year after being called to the bar. David was a founding partner of Mackesy Smye in 1973 where he has continued to practice and lead the firm for nearly 50 years.

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OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law Winner 2021 Profile: Richard H. Shekter

  • September 23, 2022
  • Katie Di Tomaso and Richard Shekter

Richard Shekter graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1973 as a Bronze Medallist. Following completion of his term of articles with Eddie Greenspan, Michael Moldaver and Alan Gold, he obtained an LL.M. from the University of California at Berkeley, summa cum laude, on a Laidlaw Foundation Scholarship, before being called to the bar in 1976. Richard served one year as law clerk to the Chief Justice of Ontario before entering private practice in 1977.

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OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law 2021 Winner Profile: Todd J. McCarthy

  • September 23, 2022
  • Dennis Ong

Todd J. McCarthy was called to the bar in 1989 and since that time he has continually dedicated himself to advocacy, primarily as defence counsel. Todd is an intrepid and passionate advocate. The complete body of his contribution to the development of the common law is impressive in terms of substantive complexity, breadth, volume and scope.

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OBA Award for Excellence in Insurance Law 2022 Winner Profile: Keith Smockum

  • September 23, 2022
  • Bronwyn Martin

Keith Smockum has practiced exclusively in the area of insurance law since he was called to the bar in 1986. He began his career at Lawson McGrenere LLP, where he became partner, followed by managing partner in 1991. He started his current firm, Smockum Zarnett LLP, in 2008. Over the course of his career, Keith has earned a reputation as one of the best insurance litigators in this province.

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