September News 2016
On September 27, 2016, Judgment was issued in favour of the Belanger family arising out of a motor vehicle accident where $15.8 million is to be paid for damages and costs.
On November 22, 2000, Lisa Belanger lost control of her motor vehicle due to accumulated snow and ice on an overpass in Sudbury, crossed the centre line, struck a school bus head-on in the oncoming lane, and sustained catastrophic injury. No fault could be attributed to the operator of the school bus so a trial was necessary to determine whether Sudbury was at fault due to it's failure to properly maintain the roadway to keep it clear of the accumulated snow and ice and whether Lisa was also at fault for losing control of her vehicle.
In January 2014, Jerome Morse
was retained by the Plaintiffs' law firm in Sudbury, to conduct the trial for the Plaintiffs which commenced on November 18, 2014, was interrupted but concluded on April 22, 2015.
On November 17, 2015, the trial judge, Sr. Regional Justice R.D. Gordon, delivered Reasons for Judgment that found Sudbury 100% liable for the agreed-upon damages amount of $12 million payable by Sudbury which, in combination with Lisa Belanger's SABS payments, results in total damages for her motor vehicle accident of approximately $14.4 million. On May 16, 2016, Justice Gordon ordered Sudbury to pay the Plaintiffs costs of approximately $1.4 million. Sudbury has appealed the judgment. The appeal is to be heard in early 2017.
June News 2016
On May 26, 2016, Michael Shannon
spoke in Toronto
at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association’s (OTLA) Spring Conference on Maximizing Damages in Fatal Accident Claims
. The two day event focused on the topic of “From Ordinary to Epic: Crossing the critical gap between competence and mastery”.
January News 2016
is proud to announce that Jerome Morse
and Michael Shannon
have once again been recognized in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada
. Mr. Morse in the practice areas of Medical Negligence, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Law and Mr. Shannon in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based upon an extensive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 175,000 evaluations by top lawyers. For the last decade, Best Lawyers has been regarded – by both the profession and the public- as the most credible definitive guide to legal excellence in Canada.
The Lexpert December 2015 Guide to Leading US/Canada Cross Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada has once again recognized Mr. Morse in the practice area of product liability law based upon its annual survey of leading lawyers.
December News 2015
is proud to announce that Jerome Morse
has once again been recognized in the Globe and Mail December 2015 issue of Report on Business magazine as one of “Canada’s leading 2015 Litigation Lawyers”
in the Lexpert Special Edition
presenting Lexpert ranked lawyers selected on the basis of peer surveys in several business-facing practice areas.
The current Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a survey of leading senior lawyers and other professionals familiar with the provision of such legal services, has rated Jerome the highest rating available as 1 of 3 lawyers rated “ Most Frequently Recommended” for Medical Negligence representing plaintiffs and 1 of 8 “Most Frequently Recommended” in Personal Injury representing plaintiffs. He has also been ascribed the next highest rating available rated as “Consistently Recommended” in Litigation-Commercial Insurance and “Repeatedly Recommended” in Litigation –Product Liability and in Litigation -Professional Liability.
On November 19, 2014, Michael Shannon
will be speaking in Toronto
at the Osgoode Professional Development short course The Intensive Short Course Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Claims - The Science, The Law, The Strategies
. Chronic pain syndrome, in its various forms, has been acknowledged as one of the most difficult and expensive-to-resolve areas in personal injury litigation. This information-packed conference is about the latest on how to successfully litigate and mediate these challenging claims.
On Sunday, September 21, 2014
, the Morse|Shannon team, led by Michael Shannon
, participated in the 2014 Wheelchair Relay Challenge
at Monarch Park Stadium in Toronto to help raise funds in support of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and those living with spinal cord injuries. >LEARN MORE
is proud to announce that Michael Shannon
has once again been selected by his peers in the Eighth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
as a leading practitioner in the practice area of Personal Injury
. Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most highly respected peer-review guide to the legal profession worldwide.
Michael is also listed as a leading practitioner and “consistently recommended” for Personal Injury representing Plaintiffs
in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory
is the most comprehensive guide that ranks top Canadian legal talent.
Morse Shannon LLP
is proud to announce that Jerome Morse has been named the
Best Lawyers' 2014 Toronto Personal Injury Litigation "Lawyer of the Year"
and that on October 13, 2013 the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association ("OTLA")
honoured Jerome with the OTLA Bruce T. Hillyer Award awarded to an
individual who exemplifies the spirit of OTLA in fearlessly advancing the
cause of individual rights by the effective use of trial advocacy.
The Canadian Legal Expert Directory ("LEXPERT"), a survey of leading lawyers
in Canada, has rated Jerome the highest rating available being 1 of 2
lawyers "most frequently recommended" for medical negligence representing
plaintiffs and 1 of 4 lawyers "most frequently recommended" for personal
injury representing plaintiffs. He has also been ascribed the next highest
rating available being "consistently recommended" in litigation, commercial
insurance and litigation, product liability. Jerome is rated "repeatedly
recommended" for professional liability cases by LEXPERT.
On January 29, 2014, Michael Shannon
is a Co-Chair at the OTLA Medical Malpractice Conference
“Medical Malpractice: Building Your Case Through to a Jury Trial” being held in Toronto.
is a speaker at this conference “The Medical Malpractice Discovery: Nuts and Bolts”.
Both Michael and Jerome are also participating in a Discovery Demonstration and Panel Discussion at the conference.
December News 2013
On December 10, 2013
, Jerome Morse
will be providing a demonstration of a plaintiff’s mediation opening statement for The Osgoode Short Course in Mediation Advocacy, part of the Osgoode CLE program.
November News 2013
is the 2013 recipient of the H. Bruce T. Hillyer Award
. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of OTLA in fearlessly advancing the cause of individual rights by the effective use of trial advocacy.
was a keynote speaker at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) 2013 Fall Conference
, speaking on Examining Lay Witnesses and also carried out a demonstration.
August News 2013
Jerome Morse and Michael Shannon have once again been selected by their peers for inclusion in the Eighth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada as leading legal practitioner in their practice areas.
Jerome Morse was selected in the practice areas of: Medical Negligence, Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Law. He was also named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Toronto Personal Injury Litigation "Lawyer of the Year".
Michael Shannon was selected as The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014 in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation.