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Mediation Advocacy in Personal Injury and Insurance Matters: Part 1

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Mediation Advocacy in Personal Injury and Insurance Matters: Part 1
CPD Accredited Credits (Ontario)
Professionalism: 0.75
45 minutes
Presenter(s)
Jonathan Cooper
Vance Cooper
Marcela Saitua
Allyson Webster
Source
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
Provider
CPDOnline.ca
Language
English
Length
45 minutes
$89.00 plus tax
Includes handouts

Mediation is a powerful step in the personal injury litigation process. With so much uncertainty associated with trial outcomes, it is no wonder that less than 5% of lawsuits go to trial. Clients, therefore, expect a lot out of mediation. This means your performance as a plaintiff’s or insurance defence lawyer is key!

Join an experienced panel of mediators who will discuss:

  • What kinds of conflicts of interest can arise before, during and after mediation
  • What to avoid during a caucus
  • What is the right amount of friction at mediation
  • What to do when you’re served with a late report

Presenter(s)

Jonathan Cooper

Jonathan Cooper commenced work with Cooper Mediation Inc. in 2014. He has an insatiable appetite and passion for mediation. He has trained extensively with the Stitt Feld Handy Group and has attended numerous industry sponsored educational programs. He has interned extensively with a number of very experienced and well regarded mediators.

Jon devotes 100% of his professional time to mediating. He is a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario. In his free time, Jon plays all sports [being particularly fond of golf, basketball and squash] and is an avid supporter of all Toronto professional sports teams [and is a member of all of the support groups associated with the consistent failure of Toronto sports franchises over the years].

Vance Cooper

Vance Cooper is the principal of Cooper Mediation Inc. Vance was called to the Bar in 1985 and practiced exclusively in the areas of personal injury and insurance disputes until 2010. He represented both plaintiffs and defendants [insured and self-insured entities] and handled both tort and first party claims [statutory accident benefits, long term disability and life claims].

Marcela Saitua

Marcela A. Saitua acts as a civil litigation mediator. Before becoming a mediator, Marcela worked as a lawyer with a diverse civil litigation practice.

Marcela's practice as a lawyer was primarily in the area of insurance defence with an emphasis on personal injury and solicitors' negligence.  She has, however, represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of civil actions and applications.  Marcela has a wealth of experience in insurance coverage issues, and has been involved in cases dealing with bodily injury, property damage, general corporate commercial litigation, including directors’ and officers’ liability, and class actions. Marcela has appeared as counsel in the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Canada, and has appeared before various administrative tribunals, including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

Marcela graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, with a Combined Specialist B.A. in History and Political Science and a minor in French Language in 1996. She received her M.A. in International Relations and J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2000, and was called to Bar in February of 2002.

Marcela is a member of the ADR Institute of Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, Toronto Lawyers Association, and Advocates' Society.  She is also past President of the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA), and past Co-Vice Chair of the Roundtable of Diversity Associations (RODA). She has served as a mentor with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and has acted as a Run-Through Judge and Supervisor for the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law's Compulsory Upper Year Moot Program.

Allyson Webster

Allyson Webster practiced primarily personal injury law since being called to the New Brunswick Bar in 1995. She articled and practiced with Gilbert, McGloan, Gillis in Saint John, New Brunswick handling a diverse spectrum of litigation matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. In 1997, she moved to Ontario where she joined the legal team at MacMillan Rooke Boeckle (now Will Davidson LLP) which was involved in the HIV litigation cases in Ontario for a number of years.

Upon completion of the HIV litigation Allyson practiced personal injury insurance defence work and became a Partner at Will Davidson LLP. Allyson has experience at all levels of the courts in Ontario and New Brunswick and has acted for both plaintiffs and defendants over the course of her legal career. She brings nearly 20 years of knowledge, skill and wisdom to her mediations.

Allyson was trained as a mediator in 2002 through both Osgoode Professional Development Centre and Stitt Feld Handy Group and was accepted as a roster mediator for the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program, a position she held for seven years. Allyson has developed a full time mediation practice and conducted hundreds of mediations involving numerous areas of law. The current focus of her mediation practice is personal injury cases. At the end of 2012, Allyson stopped handling litigation files to focus exclusively on her mediation practice.  Allyson is a Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators.