Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – D. Joel Dick

D. Joel Dick


Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – D. Joel Dick


Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – Certified Specialist (Civil Litigation)

Joel is a Partner at the firm whose practice is dedicated to personal injury litigation, and in particular, motor vehicle accidents, product liability injuries and solicitors’ negligence.

Joel has argued successfully in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario and has handled the full range of personal injury claims, from slip and falls, to amputations and catastrophic brain injury. Joel is passionate about his work and has earned a reputation for understanding and fighting for the needs of his clients.

I chose Howie, Sacks & Henry because of the firm’s unparalleled reputation for excellence, integrity, and results. I am part of a team of highly skilled lawyers dedicated to achieving the best result possible for our clients.

He is a frequent presenter and author for various legal associations, and served as an adjudicator on the Toronto Licensing Tribunal for three years.

Giving back to the community, Joel is involved in a number of pro bono organizations, as well as charitable initiatives. Notably, Joel is the founding president of Next Generation Energy Alternatives, a charity which promotes the use of renewable energy technologies.

Practice Focus

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Professional Success

Representative Cases

Hans-Jorg Reichert v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, 2013 FSCO A 12-003518

Armstrong v. Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company, 2013 ONSC 4226

Armstrong v. Dominion of Canada General Insurance Company, 2013 ONSC 1949

Settlements & Verdicts

Past results are not predictive of future results and each situation is unique and requires individual and independent legal advice

$1,300,000 in benefits – Young Child who suffered a brain injury in an MVA

$1,000,000 – Young mother who lost two children in an MVA

$698,000 – Self-employed man left with significant pains following roll-over accident preventing work

$675,000 – Retired senior cuffered catastrophic injuries when struck by car while crossing road

$557,000 – Kitchen manager suffered mild head injury in car accident

$300,000 – Roofer who fell down a flight of stairs at a bar suffering a very serious brain injury.

Client Testimonials

“I was treated very well and compensated very well…” – William P.

“Joel and the rest of the firm were invaluable in helping us through a difficult time…” – Maria D.

“Let me express my personal appreciation to you and all your staff…” – Derek E.

“Almost immediately following the MVA that occurred in August 2012, Joel Dick became an important part of my recovery both physically and financially…” – Mark C

“Dear Joel Dick, I am pleased to mention your firm to people I know if they need a personal injury lawyer…” Diana B

“The team at Howie, Sacks & Henry have been instrumental in helping my family navigate the legal and insurance systems. We are very appreciating of the…” – V.K.

“From my first meeting with Adam, through following interaction with Joel, staff and third party professionals I always felt I was in the hands of true professionals…” – George H

“Joel, thank you for all your help with my parents. We are very appreciative of the hard work…” – Vy

“Litigation was not a road I wanted to travel but since that’s the way things unfolded, I’m very grateful that you and I journeyed it together…” – Kate

“I found Mr. Dick to be extremely passionate, knowledgeable and approachable. He always made me fell he was in my corner and based all his decisions on what was in my best interest….” – Brett A

“I did want to say my family has asked me to express their appreciation to Joel Dick for the hard and dedicated work you put into this case over the last few years…” – Ken S

“Upon receiving the closure letter in my accident case, I wanted to take the time to express my gratitude to you Adam, Tania, Pryia, Katrina and Joel…” – Jonathan B

Thought Leadership


What’s Next After Court Affirms There Are No Limits to Family Law Act Damages for the Loss of a Close Family Member?HSH Blog, June, 2022

Broker liability: The anatomy of a negligence claim – Victoria Yang & D. Joel Dick, The Advocates’ Journal Vol. 39, No. 3, Winter 2020

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Motorcycle Accidents, HSH Blog, May 2017

Successful Safety Preparation: Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents, HSH Blog, March 2017

Bicycle Mastery, Mastery of Life, HSH Blog, May 2016

Apples To Apples, HSH E-News, February 2016

Maxwell v. Luck: A Warning to Insurers, HSH E-News, June 2015

Slip and Fall: Standard of Care, HSH E-News, November 2014

Brain Injury Case Too Complicated for Jury, HSH E-News, June 2014

The Hidden Cost of Childhood Head Injuries, HSH E-News, May 2014

The Development of Rule 53: A Return to First Principles, OTLA Fall Conference: Trial by Jury, October 2013

Treating Doctors and Rule 53, HSH E-News, August 2013

HSH Claims Major Victory for Plaintiffs Injured by Unidentified Drivers, HSH E-News, April 2013

Optional Insurance Benefits and the Duty to Give Advice, HSH E-News, October 2012

Kusnierz: Case Comment, HSH E-News, February 2012

A Victory for Fairness: Kusnierz v. Economical, HSH E-News, January 2012

Surveilling Yourself: Photos Posted to Facebook, (Co-author of Chapter 3, The Great Debates in Insurance), Ontario Bar Association, 2012

Rule 53.03: A Sliding and Uncertain Scale (Co-author), 2011

The Ocean Port Decision — More Questions than Answers? Volume 10:2 Ontario Bar Association: Administrative Law Newsletter, 2002

Speaking Engagements

Anatomy of a Trial: A Deeper Dive Into Jury Trials, Ontario Bar Association, April 2019

2nd Annual Disability Insurance Law Conference, The Canadian Institute, October 18-19, 2017

Bringing and Defending Summary Judgment Motions Under the OPCF 44R: What is “Other Material Evidence”?, Canadian Bar Association, June 8, 2016

Legal Perspectives on Treatment Financing, Ontario Rehab Alliance, March, 29, 2016

Accident Benefits: Behind the Mask, Toronto Trial Lawyers Association, October 29, 2015

Intermediate Accident Benefits: Making Sense of the Numbers, OTLA Webinar, September 2015

Optimizing the AB Claim to Cash Out, OTLA Spring Conference, May 2015

Collateral Benefits – What to Deduct, When and How?, OBA Advanced Accident Benefits for Tort Lawyers, April 2015

Bringing and Defending Summary Judgement Motions Under the OPCF 44R: What is “Other Material Evidence”?, Canadian Bar Association, April 2, 2014

Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Discovery, YLD, March 7, 2014

Psychological Testing in the Context of Independent Clinical Evaluations, Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators, October 2013

Guest Lecturer, University of Waterloo, 2005

Personal, Industry and Community Activity


Called to the Ontario Bar, 2002

JD, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 2001

MA, International Relations, University of Toronto, 2001

MA, Peace Studies, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Indiana, 1998

Honours and Awards

Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation, Law Society of Upper Canada, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Personal Injury Category

Professional Associations and Memberships

The Law Society of Upper Canada

Ontario Bar Association

The Advocates’ Society

The Ontario Society of Adjudicators and Regulators

Law Union of Ontario

Community Involvement

Ontario Bar Association Law Day Program, Volunteer, 2018

Ontario Bar Association & Ontario Justice Education Network, Volunteer Mock Trial Judge, 2018 

Seneca College Advocacy Course, Mock Trial Judge, 2011

Next Generation Energy Alternatives, Volunteer Director and President, 2006 – Present

Child Advocacy Project, Pro Bono Lawyer, 2006 – 2008

Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program, Community Volunteer

D. Joel Dick’s Team

Name Title
Thushyanthy Thevarajah
Assistant to D. Joel Dick

Thushyanthy Thevarajah
Assistant to Adam K. Wagman

Among the best in Canada

Since 2011, our peers have consistently voted for us as one of Canada’s top personal injury firms in Canadian Lawyer  magazine’s annual rankings of the top personal injury boutiques in Canada. With decades of experience helping accident victims and their families, our firm understands the laws that affect your right to compensation because we’ve helped shape those laws in favour of accident victims.

Among the best in Canada

Since 2011 Canadian Lawyer Magazine rated us one of the top personal injury law firms in Canada. Why? With close to 20 years helping accident victims and their families, our firm understands the laws that affect your rights to compensation because we’ve helped shape those laws in favour of accident victims.

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