For 25 years as a lawyer, Brian represented plaintiffs and defendants alike in a wide variety of cases and participated in hundreds of mediations. With this experience, and with his formal dispute resolution training, Brian has a deep knowledge of the mediation process and the dynamics at work on both sides of the table.
Brian is available for video conference mediations as well as in-person sessions.
Motor vehicle accidents
Occupiers’ Liability claims
Municipal liability, including roads, highways and sidewalks
Police negligence (use of force, negligent investigation and more)
School Board liability
Benefit disputes (SABS and LTD)
Building Code claims and faulty construction
Professional negligence involving lawyers, dentists, engineers, nurses
Insurance coverage disputes
Brian has expertise and substantive knowledge in all areas of personal injury and insurance law, motor vehicle accidents and related areas. He is qualified to mediate cases involving allegations of municipal liability, police misconduct, public entity claims, professional liability and other broad categories of negligence.
Brian has guided anxious and challenging plaintiffs through the mediation process, preparing them for the negotiations, answering their questions, addressing their concerns and ultimately obtaining instructions to settle. He knows the pressures plaintiffs can feel during the mediation sessions and is able to communicate sensitively and carefully throughout the day.
He has also worked with his defence clients through many mediations, reporting in advance, discussing appropriate reserves and assessing risks. Brian can communicate professionally and directly to insurance representatives, speaking their language and addressing their issues.
Brian is a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario. Brian has completed both the Basic and Advanced ADR programs through the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law and the Stitt Feld Handy Group. Brian is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in civil litigation.
Brian brings a vast array of skills to each mediation. With substantive legal knowledge and careful preparation for each mediation, Brian can address legal positions and find creative solutions to move issues forward. With a personable communication style, Brian conveys ideas and positions in a way that engages parties and keeps them focused on solutions. With active listening, Brian ensures that all issues are on the table and that all concerns are addressed.