James R. Howie
Jim’s practice is devoted to litigation, principally in the areas of personal injury litigation, insurance claims and medical malpractice, on behalf of victims.
Jim helps clients deal with disasters that have come into their lives. When it comes to making sure that they are properly compensated for their injuries and able to manage the quality of their lives moving forward, Jim takes a hard-nosed approach to his cases. He has tried these cases and appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as various tribunals, including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.
Jim has both chaired and lectured frequently for various personal injury programmes put on by a number of legal professional associations, and has held leadership roles in several prominent lawyer and medical-legal organizations. He is a Past President of the Toronto Lawyers Association, a Past Director of The Advocates Society, and is a current Member of Council of the Medico‑Legal Society of Toronto. He has also presented and written for Canadian Defence Lawyers, Lexpert®, Insight and others, and has lectured frequently on auto insurance at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Jim has been recognized and qualified as an expert in personal injury law by the Ontario Superior Court. He has been, for many years, continually named to the list of “Best Lawyers in Canada,” “Lexpert® Directory of Legal Experts” and the National Post’s List of Best Lawyers in Canada.
Jim founded the St. Michael’s Hospital Head Injury Clinic annual Charity Golf Tournament, and has served numerous times as the tournament’s Chairman. Each year, it raises more than $100,000 to benefit the Clinic. He also served for two years on the non-profit Brain Injury Association of Toronto as a Director.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Opoku, Sarpong v. Coseco Insurance Co., 49 O.R. (3d) 97 (C.A.) (Ontario Court of Appeal 2000)
Meandro and Pilot Insurance Company, FSCO Appeal P-004433 (1997)
Alfred and Allstate/State Farm, FSCO Appeal P96-00015 (1997)
Cole and Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, FSCO A96-000394 (1997)
Adabi Ghomi and Allstate Insurance Company of Canada and Wellington Insurance Company, FSCO Appeal P96-00065 (1997)
Settlements and Verdicts
Client Reunion Videos
A horrific car accident left Rory a quadriplegic with severe brain injuries. Unable to care for himself, his family wanted Rory to live at home. Jim engineered a settlement that achieved that with round-the-clock care. Their touching reunion (video).
After a bad motorcycle accident, Amy lost much of the mobility in her left leg. Jim fought to make it possible for her to avoid Canada’s cold winters and get her lifestyle back. Their touching reunion (video).
The Elephant on the Road: Truck Accidents and Personal Injury, HSH Blog, January 2018
American Truck Drivers Involved in Accidents in Ontario, HSH Blog, November 2017
HSH Partners Recommended By Their Peers in Lexpert, HSH Blog, May 2017
Car Accident Prevention Tips: Safety Features To Look For When Buying a New Car, HSH Blog, February 2017
Personal Injury on Municipal Property: Does The City Value Your Safety?, HSH Blog, January 2017
Cycling Accidents Without Insurance, Who Pays?, HSH Blog, December 2016
Cycling Hand Signals And Other Tips For Drivers, HSH Blog, November 2016
Car Accident Prevention Tips: Five Inspections To Keep Your Vehicle Road Ready, HSH Blog, November 2016
Cycling Safety Tips and Hand Signals For Cyclists, HSH Blog, November 21, 2016
Pedestrian Safety: Accidents and Fatalities – Walk The Line, HSH Blog, July 2016
Ten Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in Your First Five Years of Law Practice, HSH Blog, April 2016
Medical Expert Evidence – What’s Old, What’s New, The Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 17, No. 33, 1998
Speaking & Teaching Engagements
Winning Clients with New Referral Rules, Ontario Bar Association, February 8, 2018
Changes to Statutory Accident Benefits, The Disability Channel, January 27, 2017
Updated Catastrophic Impairment Criteria, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, June 2, 2016
Accident Benefits Spring Symposium, Canadian Defense Lawyers, April 28, 2016
Understanding Case Law, Insurance Institute of Ontario, February 25, 2016
Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injury, Osgoode Professional Development Continuing Legal Education Conference, April 2015
Building Your Network and Professional Reputation Amongst Your Peers, Ontario Bar Association, November 13, 2013
Top 10 Mistakes You Should Not Make in Your First Few Years of Practice, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, September 25, 2013
Why Does My Head Hurt? Acquired Brain Injury Litigation and Medicine, May 1, 2013
Qualification of Family Doctor (in Chief / Direct Examination) by Plaintiff Lawyer, Co-presenter, Canadian Defence Lawyers, March 30, 2012
Accessing Funding for Medical Rehabilitation, Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP Accident Benefits Seminar, March 29, 2012
How an Injury May be Deemed to be Catastrophic, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, September 27, 2011
Recent Trends in Personal Injury, Ontario Trial Lawyers Conference, May 26, 2011
Pet Peeves and Problem Areas, Professionally Speaking, Canadian Defence Lawyers 3rd Annual Accident Benefits Joint Plaintiff and Defence Seminar, April, 2011
It’s Raining CATS and Dogs, Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, February 22, 2011
Insurance Law Update: Changes in Motor Vehicle Law after September 1, 2010, Toronto Lawyers Association Nutshell Program, December 7, 2010
Bring Us Your Problem Cases, Canadian Defence Lawyers, November 1, 2010
Accident Benefits: How to Win Your AB Case from Start to Finish, Canadian Defence Lawyers, April 15, 2010
Lecturer, Insurance Law to Law Students, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2004 – 2009
Personal, Industry and Community Activity
Called to the Ontario Bar, 1980
LLB, Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, 1978
BA (Honors: Deans List) University of Western Ontario, 1975
Honors and Awards
Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation, by The Law Society of Upper Canada
Qualified Expert on Personal Injury Law, Ontario Superior Court
Listed in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as “Consistently Recommended” (1997-2015) and “Most Frequently Recommended” (2016) in Personal Injury Law.
National Post’s list of best personal injury lawyers in Canada every year since the list’s inception
Annual List: The Best Lawyers in Canada, Personal Injury Category, 2007 – 2014
Brain Injury Society of Toronto, Board of Directors
The Advocates Society, Board of Directors
Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, Member of Council
Out of the Rough Golf Tournament in support of the St. Michael’s Head Injury Clinic, Chair, 2013
Professional Associations and Memberships
Advocates’ Society, Former Director, Current Member, 1985 – Present
Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, Council Member, 2000 – Present
American Association for Justice, Current Member, 1984 – Present
The Toronto Lawyer’s Association, (Past President, 2002), 2002 – Present
Brain Injury Association of Toronto, Former Director, 1992 – 1994
Ontario Bar Association
Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), Member
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