Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – James R. Howie

James R. Howie

Founding Partner

Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – James R. Howie


Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Best Lawyers Canada – James R. HowieHowie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – Certified Specialist (Civil Litigation)Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – LExpert Ranked Lawyer

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.

I chose, along with my founding partners, to create a law firm which would be dedicated to providing quality legal service to personal injury victims.

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.

Practice Focus

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Professional Success

Representative Cases

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

Lawyer Referrals

Client Testimonials

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).

Thought Leadership


Media Mentions

Allegations of Falling Concrete from West End Bridge (video): Jim speaks to City News about the dangers from older bridges after client is hit by falling concrete, City News, January 4, 2017.

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

Community Involvement

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

James R. Howie’s Team

Name Title
Anna GabrielliAssistant to James R. Howie416-361-7574
Donna MoscattiniLaw Clerk416-361-7584
Leslie FieldingLaw Clerk, Assistant to Donna Moscattini416-361-7578
Justin ConteAssistant to Donna Moscattini416-361-7557
Chris TempleLaw Clerk416-361-7581
Amrita BharoseAssistant to Chris Temple416-572-8794
Lisa GrodzinskiAssistant to Chris Temple416-847-1062
Christie McKeownLaw Clerk416-649-7658
Diana PetoAssistant to Christie McKeown416-646-3627
Milva PrestiaLaw Clerk416-361-5990 x5555

Anna Gabrielli
Assistant to James R. Howie

Donna Moscattini
Law Clerk

Leslie Fielding
Law Clerk, Assistant to Donna Moscattini

Justin Conte
Assistant to Donna Moscattini

Chris Temple
Law Clerk

Amrita Bharose
Assistant to Chris Temple

Lisa Grodzinski
Assistant to Chris Temple

Christie McKeown
Law Clerk416-649-7658

Diana Peto
Assistant to Christie McKeown

Milva Prestia
Law Clerk
416-361-5990 x5555

Among the best in Canada

Since 2011 Canadian Lawyer Magazine rated us one of the top personal injury law firms in Canada. Why? With more than 30 years experience helping accident victims and their families, we understand the laws that affect your rights to compensation because we’ve helped shape those laws in favour of accident victims.

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