The Quick & Dirty Personal Injury Update: Remarks from the Bench; Tort Law Case Review: Causation & Discoverability; Hot Topics & Trends in Accident Benefits; A Case Comment: Merino v. ING |

The Quick & Dirty Personal Injury Update: Remarks from the Bench; Tort Law Case Review: Causation & Discoverability; Hot Topics & Trends in Accident Benefits; A Case Comment: Merino v. ING

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Professionalism (Ethics, etc.): 0.5
30 minutes
Substantive: 1.25
80 minutes
Alysia Christiaen
Kerry Figliomeni
Duncan Grace
Lucy Lee
Colin Osterberg
Doug Wallace
Laura Zeleznik
Middlesex Law Association
110 minutes
$129.00 plus tax
Includes Handouts

Remarks from the Bench

The Honourable Mr. Justice Grace will address the current state of the courts due to COVID-19 and what could potentially happen in July and the fall, from a personal injury perspective. 

Tort Law Case Review: Causation & Discoverability

Colin Osterberg covers numerous cases in his Tort Law Review focusing particularly on discoverability and causation.

Hot Topics & Trends in Accident Benefits

Laura Zeleznik will provide an update on hot topics and trends in Accident Benefits including the LAT’s recent treatment of limitation periods and discoverability, causation, “medical and other reasons”, costs and special awards and what constitutes an “accident” these days.

A Case Comment: Merino v. ING

Doug Wallace will speak about the Merino v. ING decision, where the Court of Appeal held that automobile insurers have no ability to treat a policy as void ab initio, even before an accident occurs.


Alysia Christiaen

Kerry Figliomeni

The Honourable Mr. Justice A. Duncan Grace

Justice Grace attended Western University (LL.B., 1980) and the University of Melbourne (LL.M., 1990). He practised in the areas of commercial insolvency and related litigation. In 2004, he also served as cocounsel to the Honourable Roland Haines during the Meat Regulatory and Inspection Review. Justice Grace taught Commercial Law at Western University for almost a decade, was a senior lecturer at the Bar Admissions Course for even longer and while in practice authored and co-authored many articles and case comments on a range of commercial litigation and insolvency topics. He was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in February, 2010 and presided in Toronto until reassigned to the Southwest Region in April, 2012. Justice Grace has been the Local Administrative Judge in London since August 2014.

Lucy Lee

Lucy practises in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, and non-profitco-operative housing. She has assisted clients in obtaining fair compensation when they have been injured due to: car accidents, slips and falls, medical malpractice, product defects, assaults, and recreational related activities. She has assisted clients in obtaining compensation from long-term disability providers, WSIB, and CPP. She has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and Court of Appeal, Licence Appeal Tribunal, Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals, Pension Appeals Board, Workplace Safety Insurance Board- appeals branch, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

Lucy is very active in the London community. She is presently the Vice Chair on the King’s University Foundation Board, member of the London Claims Association, Brain Injury Association, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, The Advocates’ Society, and the Southwest Region Women’s Law Association. She is the former chair of Leads Employment Services.

Colin Osterberg

Doug Wallace

Doug Wallace  is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in Civil Litigation. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Personal Injury Litigation).

Amateur athlete, social media novice, husband and father of three children, Doug is the managing partner of Wallace Smith LLP.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario he moved to London in 1986 to attend the University of Western Ontario where he obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees in history before attending law school. While attending school, Doug worked for Apple Canada and he maintains an avid interest in the adoption and use of new technologies.

After graduation in 1994, Doug practiced civil litigation at a large firm in London where he represented both plaintiffs and defendants. In 2008, he founded Wallace Smith LPP as a civil litigation boutique where he focuses on personal injury, professional liability, and insurance law. Doug is experienced trial and appellate counsel and has handled cases in the Ontario Superior Court, Divisional Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada.

He is also consulted regularly on complex coverage issues. Some notable cases include the Algo Mall collapse in Elliot Lake, the Sunrise Propane explosion in Toronto, and the tragic death of eleven migrant workers outside of Stratford.

Doug advocates for professionalism and civility in all aspects of practice. He writes and presents papers in his area of expertise and speaks frequently at legal education and industry conferences.

In his spare time, Doug plays hockey poorly and has an even less impressive golf and tennis game. He coached basketball and soccer for many years and supports the Oakridge and Norwest Optimist Clubs. He is a strong advocate for education and research into brain injury and is an active supporter of several community causes.

Laura Zeleznik

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