Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – Kaitlyn MacDonell

Kaitlyn MacDonell


Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – Kaitlyn MacDonell


Kaitlyn’s practice is devoted to personal injury litigation, accident benefits claims and other disability and insurance litigation. She understands – both personally and legally – all aspects of the devastation caused when someone falls victim to serious personal injury. It is this understanding that motivates Kaitlyn to be an effective advocate for her clients and to protect their rights. She represents her clients in court, on Motions, Trials and Appeals before the courts and administrative tribunals.

After personally experiencing the adjustments that a family encounters when a loved one suffers a brain injury, I understand the importance of having good legal representation. It is this unique perspective that has driven me to become an advocate for injured victims.

In her final year of law school, Kaitlyn was chosen by the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism as a recipient of the 2012 Rueter Scargall Bennett LLP prize in legal ethics for her essay entitled “Ethics of Class Counsel: Is there a need for restrictions on investigating class claims?”

In 2014, she was appointed as a director of the Brain Injury Association – Peterborough Region (BIAPR). In 2016, she was selected as the editor in chief of the Long-Term Disability Section of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association newsletter.

Practice Focus

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Professional Success

Representative Cases

Charbonneau v. First Choice Canada Inc., 2016 ONSC 7140 – motion at Superior Court of Justice where Kaitlyn successfully won a motion to examine a witness in advance of a summary judgment motion

Moretto v. Nicolini-Femia 2017 ONSC 3945 – Trial where Kaitlyn successfully advocated for her client with a serious dog bite

Veeran v. State Farm, 2016 Arbitration, Final Decision, FSCO 4934 – Arbitration where Kaitlyn successfully advocated for the entitlement of income replacement benefits for her client with chronic pain

Thought Leadership


Long-Term Disability Series: Opioid Alternatives and Chronic Pain, HSH Blog, August 2017

Acquired Brain Injury – Navigating the Waters and The Importance Of Self-Advocacy, HSH Blog, June 2017

Broker Negligence Claims: Are You Adequately Covered?, HSH E-News, November 2016

Uber – Are you covered under insurance if injured?, HSH E-News, September 2016

Landriault v. Sun Life, 2015 ONSC 3196, OTLA Blog, December 2015

Proposed Ontario Budget Slashes Mandatory Accident Benefits. Why You Should Care, HSH E-News, April 2015

Chronic Pain:  An Invisible Injury, HSH E-News, March 2015

New PJI Changes Effective January 1, 2015 – Retroactive or Prospective?, HSH E-News, February 2015

The 2013 Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation, Book

The Guide to Scheduling Civil Trials and Other Matters in Ontario Courthouses, Book, April 2013

Speaking Engagements

2018 LTD Workshop, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, September 2018

Using Social Media: Risk Management, Ontario Brain Injury Association – Advisory Council, June 2015

Personal Injury and Bankruptcy: What to do When a Party is Bankrupt, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, September 2014

News & Media

Client Testimonials

Personal, Industry and Community Activity


Called to the Ontario Bar, 2013

JD, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, 2012

BSc, Trent University, Faculty of Forensic Science, 2009

Community Involvement

Vice President of the Brain Injury Association – Peterborough Region

Professional Associations and Memberships

Ontario Bar Association

Toronto Lawyers Association

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

The Advocates’ Society

Ontario Brain Injury Association

Young Women in the Law

Kaitlyn MacDonell’s Team

Name Title
Mehria Qarizadha
Assistant to Kaitlyn MacDonell

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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