Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – Renee Vinett

Renée Vinett, RN, LLB


Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – Renee Vinett


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

Renée is a partner at the firm, whose practice is devoted to fighting for the rights of injured accident victims and their families in a wide range of personal injury matters.  She has successfully conducted numerous Trials and Hearings before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

In addition to being a lawyer, Renée has been a registered nurse for over 30 years with experience in disability management in both the United States and Canada. Her medical knowledge and legal expertise enables Renée to approach each case from the central perspective, that it is her clients’ needs and long-term quality of life that is paramount.

As a former registered nurse, I know first-hand how serious injuries impact the lives of my clients and their families. These experiences have provided me with a unique combination of insight and skills to deliver caring and trusted advocacy for my clients.

She holds memberships with legal and professional associations, for which she often chairs and lectures at their continuing legal education programs. Renée is also a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Practice Focus

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Professional Success

Representative Cases

Mr. C. and Coachman Insurance Company (FSCO A09-000167, October 21, 2011)

Chin-Sang v. Bridson, 2009 CanLII 16295 (ON SC)

Stein v. Exec-U-Fit Personal Fitness Training Centres Inc., 2007 CanLII 16447 (ON SC)

Golab v. Schmidt, 2007 CanLII 12206 (ON SC)

Settlements & Verdicts

$2 Million – 15-year-old suffered spinal cord injury jumping in swimming pool

Thought Leadership


Essure Permanent Birth Control: “Risk of Serious Complications” – Expect the Unexpected, HSH Blog, March 2018

Rebuilding The Human Body – The Bionic Spine, HSH Blog, August 2017

Long-Term Disability Series: Physical Injury and Its Effects on Mental Health, HSH Blog, March 2017

Navigating the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund in Ontario: A Last Resort, HSH Blog, January 2017

The Spirit of Fear: Nurses and Workplace Violence, HSH Blog, January 2017

Non-Earner Benefits Revisited – Impact of Recent Changes, HSH Blog, January 2017

Adrenal Fatigue: Avoiding Medical Malpractice Through Long-Term Disability Benefits, HSH Blog, November 2016

Expert Witnesses: The Who, What, When And How Of Retaining Experts And Making Them Effective For You, HSH Blog, October 2016

Statutory Accident Benefits: Funding the Medical System Through the Legal System, HSH Blog, October 2016

From Breast Cancer Diagnosis to Remission: Short & Long Term Disability – Understanding Your Legal Rights, HSH Blog, September 2016

Ontario’s Nurses Deserve PTSD Disability Presumption, HSH Blog, September 2016

Dealing With Grief and Trauma in the Emergency Department – An Interview With Dr. Lori Triano-Antidormi, Ph.D, C.Psych, HSH Blog, August 2016

Pokémon GO: The New “Virtual” Reality of Personal Injury, HSH Newsletter, August 2016

Pokémon GO: Personal Injury, Safety Issues, and Liability, HSH Blog, August 2016

Charting: Little Things Make Big Things Happen, HSH Blog, June 2016

Catastrophic Impairment – Arbitrator Not Bound by Experts’ Opinions, HSH Newsletter, November 2011

Speaking Engagements

Motor Vehicle Litigation Summit 2018, March 27, 2018

Women in Litigation Symposium, The Advocates’ Society, October 27, 2017

Practical Approaches for the Personal Injury Lawyer, Toronto Lawyers Association, November 9, 2016

Effective Examination-in-Chief, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, March 10, 2016

Litigation Strategies in a Time of Change, The Advocates’ Society, January 29, 2016

How to Shape the Insurer’s and Client’s Perceptions of the Case’s Value, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association NLD Conference, September 25, 2015

Top 10 Accident Benefits Cases 2014, Ontario Bar Association, November 25, 2014

The Fundamentals of Personal Injury Practice, (YLD), April 9, 2014

Advocacy Tips and Takeaways, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, April 4, 2014

News & Media

Personal, Industry and Community Activity


Called to the Ontario Bar, 2002

LLB, York University, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2000

Nursing (Honours) cum laude, Middle Tennessee State University, 1985

Honors and Awards

Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation, Law Society of Upper Canada, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

Counsel member of the Medico Legal Society of Toronto

Ontario Bar Association

Toronto Lawyers Association

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

The Advocates’ Society

Women’s Law Association of Ontario

College of Nurses of Ontario

Renée Vinett’s Team

Name Title
Kristina Krekich
Assistant to Renée Vinett
Kelsey Pietrobon
Law Clerk
Amy Snow
Assistant to Kelsey Pietrobon

Kristina Krekich
Assistant to Renée Vinett

Kelsey Pietrobon
Law Clerk

Amy Snow
Assistant to Kelsey Pietrobon

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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