My goal is to help people who truly need help. Being a personal injury lawyer is the best way that I can think of to accomplish this goal. I have the rare pleasure of leaving my clients at the end of a case in a much better position than when they first met with me. It is an extremely rewarding profession.


Adam Wagman

Senior Partner

Howie, Sacks & Henry – Adam Wagman


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Adam is honoured to have been named one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. After serving many years on the Board of Directors, he was elected to be President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) for 2016-2017. Adam’s practice is devoted to personal injury litigation, accident benefits claims and other disability and insurance litigation. He fights tirelessly, with compassion for the rights of accident victims and strives to ensure that they receive appropriate compensation for all of their losses. He focuses on serious, catastrophic injury claims no matter how they happen. Adam has extensive experience in brain injury claims and spinal cord injury claims. As an avid cyclist and runner, he has a special interest in helping people injured in pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle accidents.

The former managing partner at HSH, Adam is recognized as a leader in the legal community. His peers have selected him as a Lexpert ranked lawyer and to the Best Lawyers Canada list, and the Law Society of Upper Canada has recognized him as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He is often asked to lecture to legal organizations regarding various personal injury issues, including his trial experience. Adam has conducted many successful jury and judge alone trials, arbitrations, and appeals to the Court of Appeal of Ontario.

In addition to OTLA, Adam is a member of and has held leadership roles in a number of legal and brain injury associations and organizations. He is the proud recipient of the Ontario Brain Injury Association Professional Award. Adam is also passionate about his involvement in pro bono and community associations.  He is a Hall of Fame member of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer and was a member of the award-winning rock band, “SoSumi,” performing to raise money and awareness for various charitable organizations.

Representative Cases

  • Merg Kong v. Personal Insurance Company of Canada, FSCO P06-00007 (2008)
  • Gostick v. Squance, 2007 ONCA 674 (Court of Appeal 2007)
  • Jean Marc Serret v. Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund, FSCO A07-001067 (2007)
  • Adabi Ghomi v. Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, FSCO P00-00024 (2001)
  • Harroun (Litigation Guardian of) v. Turriff, 50 O.R. (3d) 634 (Court of Appeal 2000)
  • Mangat v. Non-Marine Underwriters, FSCO A99–000182 (2000)
  • Cole v. Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, FSCO A99–000366 (2000)
  • Zeppieri v. Liberty Mutual, FSCO A96–000313 (1998)
  • MacAulay v. General Accident, A96–001971 (1998)
  • Dipietro v. Allstate, FSCO A97–001522 (1998)

Lawyer Referrals

  • Lisa Gelman, Gelman & Associates
  • Howard Manis, Macdonald Sager Manis LLP

Settlements and Verdicts

Client Reunion Videos

Bob:  One of the top motorcycle instructors in Ontario, Bob’s catastrophic motorcycle accident left him a quadriplegic. Adam battled Bob’s insurance company to get him what he needs to still enjoy the great outdoors. Watch their touching reunion

Client Testimonials

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), Member
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association:
    • – Immediate Past President, 2017 – Present
    • – President, 2016 -2017
    • – President-Elect, 2015 – 2016
    • – Board Member, 2008 – Present
    • – Member, 1996 – Present
  • Canadian Bar Association, 1996 – Present
  • The Advocates Society, 1996 – Present
  • Toronto Lawyers Association, 1996 – Present
  • Ontario Bar Association, 1996 – Present
  • Medical-Legal Society of Toronto, 1996 – Present

Media Mentions

Speaking and Teaching Engagements

  • Understanding Personal Injury Law and The Importance Of Retaining Counsel Early In The Process, King Law Chambers, May 12, 2016
  • 3rd Annual Threshold Conference on Brain Injury, NRVMS/DSF, April 13, 2016
  • Without Prejudice – Young Lawyer Series, Canadian Defence Lawyers, March 3, 2016
  • Examining and Cross-Examining Experts: Winning Strategies, Trends and Solutions, The Advocates’ Society, May 28, 2014The 4th Annual Accident Benefits Joint Plaintiff and Defence Seminar: Gee, I Wonder If There Is Anything Left to Talk About? Canadian Defence Lawyers Program, April 24, 2014
  • 5th Annual Joint Defence/Plaintiff Accident Benefits Program, Canadian Defence Lawyers, April 10, 2014
  • Surviving the Avalanche: The Expert Guide to Changes in Personal Injury Law – Deductibility of Collateral Benefits: Accident Benefit Cases, Ontario Bar Association, February 6, 2014
  • Deductibility of Collateral Benefits – Accident Benefits Cases, January 6, 2014, Ontario Bar Association Conference
  • Insurance Institute of Ontario – Understanding Case Law, December 11, 2013
  • Is More Really Merrier? Joint Tort, AB and Mediations? May 30, 2013, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Spring Conference
  • Why Does My Head Hurt? May 1, 2013, Medico-Legal Society Conference
  • Your First Civil Trial – Opening and Closing Statements, March 8, 2013, Ontario Bar Association
  • Who Let the CAT Out of the Bag – Top 5 CAT Cases, February 29, 2013, Medico-Legal Society
  • The Twelve-Minute Accident Benefit Insurance Litigator: It Was the Best of Times…It Was the Worst of Times, November 11, 2012, The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ask the Experts: What You Have Heard? September 28, 2012, OTLA New Lawyers Division Conference
  • Where do We Stand on Catastrophic Impairment? June 7, 2012, OTLA Spring Conference
  • Working with Experts: Trends and Tactics, May 16, 2012, The Advocates’ Society Civil Litigation Skills Certificate Program
  • The Edge of Reason: The State of Accident Benefits in Ontario, April 20, 2012, Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Your First Civil Trial – Conference, March 9, 2012, Ontario Bar Association
  • Great Debates In Insurance Law – Disclosure and Production within the New Age, February 10, 2012, Ontario Bar Association
  • Working with Experts: Trends & Tactics, May 18, 2011, The Advocates Society
  • Your First Civil Trial Conference, February 25, 2011, Ontario Bar Association
  • It’s Raining CATS and Dogs, February 22, 2011, Medico/Legal Society of Toronto
  • Medical/Legal Course Instructor, February 10, 2011, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • The New SABS and FSCO Arbitrations of Personal Injury Claims, September 17, 2010, Osgoode Professional Development
  • Recent FSCO Cases Continue to Make an Impact Under the New SABS, September 17, 2010, Osgoode Professional Development
  • The Tricks of the Trade: Advancing & Defining Economic Loss Claims in Uncertain Times, January 22, 2010, The Advocates’ Society
  • New Civil Litigation Regime Conference – November 30, 2009, Top Tips for Negotiating & Settling a Civil Action
  • Osgoode – Medical/Legal Course  Instructor – February 26, 2009


Community Involvement

  • Elected President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), 2016/17
  • Board of Directors, Peel Halton Acquired Brain Injury Services (PHABIS), 1996 – 2007
  • Board of Directors, Founding Member, Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST), 2003 – 2008
  • Past President, Ontario Association of Community Based Boards for Acquired Brain Injury Services
  • Member, Toronto Region Case Management Steering Committee (Communications and Education Sub-Committee)
  • Member, FSCO Automobile Insurance Stakeholder Advisory Committee
  • Member, FSCO Automobile Legal Advisory Committee
  • Member, ADR Chambers Counsel Forum
  • Advisory Committee Member, Practical Law Canada
  • Bench and Bar Committee, Toronto Region – Ontario Superior Court

Community Involvement Videos

TIPSY Presentation at St. Michael’s Hospital:  Adam spoke recently to a group of high school students at the Think First Injury Prevention Strategy for Youth (TIPSY) program.  His message: Don’t drink and drive, don’t text and drive, be smart and make good decisions. Watch his video.

Honors and Awards

  • Honoured as Changemaker in 2017 Canadian Lawyer magazine’s Survey of Top 25 Most Influential
  • Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation, by The Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Brain Injury Association, Professional Award, 2008
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory – Consistently Recommended in Personal Injury Law
  • Best Lawyers’ Directory – Leading Practitioner in Personal Injury Law


  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1996
  • LLB, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 1994
  • BA, Mathematics, University of Western Ontario, 1990

Adam Wagman’s Team

Pryia Hassan
Assistant to Adam K. Wagman
Tania Harris
Law Clerk
Alexa Gardiner
Assistant to Tania Harris
Padma Sahadeo
Law Clerk
Ana Mohammed
Assistant to Padma Sahadeo
Navneet Garcha
Team Assistant