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Mr. Coulter Osborne

Mr. Osborne graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 1959. He began his career as a partner in the firm of Lochead, Sills, Osborne, Madorin & Bean. In 1970 Mr. Osborne was senior partner in the firm of Osborne, Mollison, Boehler.

Mr. Osborne was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario, High Court of Justice in 1978; the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 1990; and Associate Chief Justice for Ontario in 1999.

Upon his retirement as Associate Chief Justice he was appointed Integrity Commissioner of Ontario and Lobbyist Registrar of Ontario in 2001. In 2006 he was appointed by the Attorney General of Ontario to Chair the Civil Justice Reform Project. He also conducts mediations, arbitrations and neutral evaluations.


Bill Black

William Black is a partner in our Litigation Group in Toronto. His practice consists primarily of civil litigation with an emphasis on professional negligence and commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. Black’s practice focuses in the conduct of trials and appeals in civil cases and before administrative tribunals.

Mr. Black has extensive experience with professional liability claims and proceedings in the context of:

  • medicine - represented the Canadian Medical Protective Association and its members at all levels of court and various tribunals for 18 years;
  • engineering - prosecuted matters for the Association of Professional Engineers for 15 years and was involved in various civil actions involving all manner of engineering issues; and
  • accounting - represented accounting firms in claims relating to auditors’ liability and other matters.

In addition, Mr. Black has acted for a number of banks, shareholders and businesses in a wide range of commercial disputes.

Mr. Black has spoken and written on a number of topics, including privacy issues, privilege, risk management, various medico-legal issues, and on advocacy. He is a member of faculty at the University of Toronto Law School, teaching in the trial advocacy class.

He received his BA (magna cum laude) from Harvard University in 1983, and his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1987. Mr. Black was called to the Ontario bar in 1989.


Gayle T. Brock

Gayle Brock concentrates her practice in the area of civil litigation and, in particular, plaintiffs’ medical malpractice claims.

She received her Honours B.A. from York University in 1988, and her LL.B. from The University of Western Ontario in 1992. She received her Master of Laws degree from The University of Sydney (Australia) in 1996. She was called to the Bar in 1994.

She is a member of The Advocates Society, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and its Medical Malpractice Subsection, Simcoe County Law Association, and the American Association for Justice and its Birth Trauma Litigation Subsection.

She is a frequently invited speaker on issues concerning medical malpractice and personal injury law. She has presented at and chaired conferences hosted by The Advocates’ Society, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, and County of Carleton Law Association.


Mr. Domenic Crolla

Domenic Crolla is a partner with Gowlings' Ottawa office. His practice emphasizes professional and product liability, health law, and information technology matters. He counsels clients in a litigious and non-litigious setting. Additionally, he has an active interest in the application of information technology to professional practice, particularly in relation to the practice of law and medicine.

Domenic is an advocate before all levels of courts and administrative tribunals. He has appeared in a number of complex matters in both a trial and appellate capacity.

Domenic is a frequent author and lecturer, the Editor of Telehealth Law (LexisNexis Butterworths), teaches in Osgoode’s LL.M in Health Law programme, and was the Regional Director of Osgoode Hall Law School’s LL.M in E-Business. He participated in the drafting of a proposed convention on Telehealth as part of the work of the Sub Committee of Law and Medicine, General Practice Section, International Bar Association (1998 -1999).

He is a member of a number of professional societies and has served as trustee, secretary, treasurer, vice-president and president for the County of Carleton Law Association. He is the past chair of the Medicine and the Law Committee of the Division of Legal Practice, International Bar Association and a past director of the Advocates’ Society and Bar-Ex Communications.

Between 2007 and 2010, Domenic was a member of the Firm's Executive Committee and held the position of Firm Managing Partner, Internal.

Domenic is also Honorary Counsel to REACH, a national non-profit, charitable organization for persons with disabilities.


Richard Halpern

Richard Halpern was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1984 and has practiced law with Thomson Rogers since his call to the bar. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated in 1982 from the University of Windsor with his LLB. Richard also completed a Masters Degree (LLM) in Civil Litigation in 1998 at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Richard is currently chair of the Ontario Bar Association Working Group on Auto Insurance and a past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association Working Group on No-Fault Compensation. Through these organizations Richard has been very active in advocating for the rights of innocent accident victims and for reform to auto insurance. He has made many presentations to members of the Ontario Legislature on auto insurance reform advocating for accident victims and consumers. He has lectured and written extensively on auto insurance reform and access to justice.

Richard has been very actively involved in continuing legal education. In the past he has been a seminar leader in civil litigation for the Bar Admission Course. He has delivered presentations annually for the Mount Sinai Hospital Conference on Obstetrics, for the National Judicial Institute, the OBA, the Law Society, Insight, Canadian Institute and other organizations on topics including trial advocacy, auto insurance claims, physician and hospital liability, medical malpractice and medical-legal issues in obstetrics. Richard has also been a guest instructor for a number of years at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Papers presented to continuing legal education seminars include: Medical Malpractice: Legal Causation and Obstetrics; Crossing the Threshold; Demonstrative Evidence; Post-Operative Care; Making Effective Use of Health Care Experts; Litigating Auto Insurance Claims; Reducing the Risk of Obstetric Malpractice; Preventable Adverse Events: Medical Malpractice Litigation and Patient Safety; Civil Procedure and Evidence; The Plaintiff’s View of Auto Insurance Reform; among other presentations.

Richard is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates Society and the American Association for Justice. His practice is exclusively civil litigation with particular emphasis on complex medical malpractice cases on behalf of the patient and auto accident cases on behalf of the injured party.


Peter Kryworuk

Peter Kryworuk is a Partner at Lerners LLP and Leader of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. Mr. Kryworuk is certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has been included in the Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006 and has been recognized by Lexpert as a leading lawyer in the areas in medical negligence, personal injury, product liability and professional liability. He has also been identified by LawDay as one of the top leading lawyers in Canada in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, professional liability and product liability.

Mr. Kryworuk regularly acts as counsel for physicians in medical negligence actions, hospital privileges matters and other regulatory and licensing proceedings. He acted as counsel to the Honourable Mr. Justice Haines on the Meat Regulatory and Inspection Review in 2004. He has written and lectured extensively in his areas of practice.

He is very active in the community and has served on many boards and committees including serving as Chair of the Board at London Health Sciences Foundation, President of the London Ukrainian Centre and as a member of the Boards of the London Health Sciences Centre, London Community Foundation, Fanshawe College Foundation and other community organizations.

Mr. Kryworuk obtained his LL.B. from the University of Windsor in 1982 and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1984. In addition to his practice in health law Mr. Kryworuk also practices commercial litigation and personal injury/insurance litigation.


Paul Mann

Paul Mann is a sole practitioner who operates his practice in the City of Cambridge, in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and Province of Ontario. He has been litigating complex medical malpractice issues, for plaintiffs only, for approximately 30 years. He is a member of the Ontario Bar and is also a member across the Dominion of all other law associations based on a multi-disciplinary approach for specialists of complex cases. He is also a member of the American organization of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has practiced from Newfoundland all the way to British Columbia, save Saskatchewan and Quebec. Paul will shortly be certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist advocate in health law (a new designation by the Law Society). Paul has won the Bruce Hillyer Award for litigation and the advancement of justice on 2 separate occasions. As well, he has been designated as the number one medical malpractice lawyer by the Lawyers Weekly. He has been invited to give lectures to many organizations including the Waterloo Law Association, the Carleton County Law Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society of Ontario, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Insight, and the Newfoundland Neurologic Society.


John Morris

John Morris is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and National Leader of the firm’s Health Law Practice Group. Mr. Morris was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1983. He was awarded an LL.B degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (1981). He is a recipient of the Walter Williston Award for legal scholarship. Mr. Morris is a Graduate of the Harvard University Mediation Course, and is a Sessional Lecturer in ADR at Queen’s University Law School. Mr. Morris has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of Medical Negligence by the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory. Mr. Morris received the designation of Certified Specialist (Health Law) from the Law Society of Upper Canada in February, 2007.

Mr. Morris regularly acts as counsel for numerous health facilities and health professionals throughout Ontario involving malpractice and product liability claims. He also regularly advises hospitals in Ontario in relation to issues involving patient records, consent to treatment, physician privileges and duties and obligations arising out of the Public Hospitals Act.


Jerome Morse
  • Morse Shannon, Partner
  • Civil Litigation Specialist
  • Fellow of American College of Trial Lawyers
  • The Advocates’ Society: Member and Lecturer
  • Medico-Legal Society: Past Director and Lecturer
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA): Member and Lecturer
  • Canadian Bar Association Ontario Division (CBAO): Member and Lecturer
  • Named one of "Canada’s Leading Lawyers by L’Expert"
  • Named one of "The Best Lawyers in Canada" 2006 Warden and White
  • Temporary privileges in Quebec


Paul J. Pape
  • Pape Barristers Professional Corporation: principal
  • Osgoode Hall Law School
  • London University, England: Master of Laws
  • American College of Trial Lawyers: fellow
  • Advocates’ Society: member and
  • Co-Chair of Appellate Advocacy programme
  • Listed in Lexpert/ALM Guide to the Top 500 Lawyers in Canada and Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers: recommended in
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada: Former head of Litigation Department at a large Toronto firm
  • Bar Admission Course: instructor of civil procedure for many years


Robert Roth

Robert Roth graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1972 and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1974. He has a specialized practice in civil litigation with an emphasis, since 1978, in medical malpractice.

Mr. Roth has been certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation since 1990 by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has been a lecturer and participant in numerous seminars on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association, the LSUC (including the Bar Admission Course’s trial advocacy programme), The Ontario Bar Association, The Canadian Institute, Insight and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (O.T.L.A.), and has contributed to various legal periodicals. He is designated by Lexpert in the category of “Most Frequently Recommended” counsel representing plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice actions.

Numerous decisions involving medical malpractice and general civil litigation issues in which Mr. Roth was counsel have been reported in various case law publications.


Robert Somerleigh

Graduated University of Windsor 1975. Called to Bar 1977. Legal Practice consists of approximately 70% medical/nursing/hospital negligence work covering Northwestern Ontario from Sault Ste. Marie to Manitoba border. Balance of legal practice primarily involves insurance-related issues for plaintiffs.