Jerome R. Morse

Jerome Morse conducts a trial and appellate advocacy practice in the field of civil litigation. His practice areas include personal injury and fatalities involving motor vehicle collisions, medical (health care) malpractice, product liability, public authority, aviation and occupier liability; casualty, property and disability insurance litigation; professional negligence (physicians/lawyers/ engineers/accountants); corporate commercial and commercial insurance (including directors and officers) litigation; banking litigation; and class actions.

Jerome is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). ACTL’s qualification requirements approve membership as a Fellow only to trial lawyers “who are unquestionably and eminently qualified… outstanding and considered the best in a state [or province] … [who have] high ethical and moral standards and excellent character … and are actively engaged in trial work as their principal activity.”

In 1990, Jerome was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in the area of civil litigation. Jerome has been named one of Canada’s 500 Leading Lawyers by Lexpert®, which identifies Jerome as a frequently recommended practitioner in personal injury, medical negligence (plaintiffs) and product liability and a repeatedly recommended practitioner in commercial insurance litigation.

The 2009 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada has identified Jerome in the specialties of personal injury litigation and product liability law.

Jerome has conducted numerous trials throughout Ontario. He also has obtained privileges and has conducted litigation in Nova Scotia, Alberta and Quebec.

Professional Involvement
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.

The 8th Edition Best Lawyers in Canada selected Jerome in the practice areas of medical negligence, personal injury litigation and product liability law. He has also been named one of Canada¹s 500 Leading Lawyers by Lexpert/American Lawyer in the practice area of product liability.

Jerome Morse is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in August 1990. Jerome has published numerous articles in the above-noted practice areas. He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association and the Toronto Medical Legal Society.

Jerome is the past Head of the Trial Advocacy Program for the LSUC Bar Admission Course in London, a past member of the Board of Canadian Paraplegic Association (Ont.) and a past Director of the Toronto Medical Legal Society.

Jerome is a founding member of the Holland Reform Group and has lectured at many continuing legal education seminars and conferences in his practice areas for the LSUC, the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), the Canadian Institute, Insight, the Middlesex Law Association, the Ottawa-Carleton Law Association, and the B.C. Trial Lawyers Association.

L. Michael Shannon

Mike Shannon conducts a trial practice in the field of personal injury and medical malpractice for people who have been seriously injured. His practice areas include personal injury and deaths involving car accidents, medical (health care) malpractice, slip and falls, product liability, aviation and occupier liability; acting for people who have had their long term disability, travel insurance and life insurance claims wrongly denied. He has recovered in excess of $100 Million dollars on behalf of his clients.

Mike is recognized by Lexpert® and The Best Lawyers in Canada and is consistently recommended as one of the leading practitioners in the area of personal injury law.

Mike is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in the area of civil litigation.

Mike has conducted numerous jury trials over the past 25 years. He has also obtained privileges and has conducted litigation in Newfoundland and Arizona.


Robert G. Plate

Bob Plate has 27 years experience as a trial lawyer, with a wide variety of trial experience including as a local Agent for the Attorney General of Canada, counsel for several multi-national insurers regarding property and casualty claims and representing plaintiffs involved in serious injury claims. He has argued cases before the Provincial, Superior and Appeal Courts of Ontario often taking on complex and contentious legal disputes. In addition, Bob has successfully represented parties at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario regarding Accident-Benefit claims, at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal.

Bob now exclusively represents victims who have been injured or suffered damages as a consequence of the negligence or deliberate acts of others. He has successfully concluded hundreds of personal injury cases and medical malpractice cases and has considerable experience handling catastrophic and major loss claims including brain, spinal cord, chronic pain and psychological impairments. He has dedicated his practice to ensuring compensation and treatment for individuals injured in Ontario.

Bob has lectured to community groups, health care professionals and through the Law Society of Upper Canada on a wide variety of medical and legal issues. In addition, Bob is often consulted by other lawyers to provide his expertise and experience regarding personal injury claims.

David Trafford

David practices trial and appellate advocacy in commercial litigation, medical malpractice and personal injury actions. His practice areas include disputes arising from partnerships, breach of contract, complex employment disputes, property rights, nuisance, professional negligence (physicians, hospitals, accountants, engineers), banking litigation, motor vehicle accidents and general personal injury claims for people who have been seriously injured.  He frequently appears before all levels of the court in Ontario including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario, in addition to representing clients in private arbitrations and before administrative boards and tribunals.

David articled with Morse Shannon LLP prior to being called to the bar in Ontario in 2015.

J.D., Queen’s University, 2014
B.A., McGill University, 2011

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
Advocates Society
Canadian Bar Association
Law Society of Ontario

Ontario Supreme Court
Rush v De Ruiter, 2018 ONSC 1210
Defence of a summary judgment motion establishing that a waiver of liability is not enforceable by a medical practitioner on public policy grounds

Morse Shannon LLP v Fancy Barristers, 2017 ONSC 2135
Motion opposing the recusal of case management judge

National Industries Inc v Kirkwood, 2017 ONSC 4196
Motion to amend statement of claim asserting a new cause of action

National Steel Car v IESO, 2018 ONSC 5165
Motion to strike notice of application in constitutional challenge of the Global Adjustment under the Electricity Act

Perlmutter v Smith, 2020 ONSC 4722
Application to enforce a Letters Rogatory

National Steel Car v Arcelor Mittal Dofasco et al, 2022 ONSC 6742
Motion for injunctive relief to enforce a municipal by-law in an action for nuisance

National Industries v Kirkwood, 2022 ONSC 937
Motion to strike pleadings under Rule 21

Mascarenhas v Teo (unreported jury trial)
Acted for plaintiffs in fatality claim with a jury award in excess of $2 million

Ontario Divisional Court
National Industries Inc v Kirkwood, 2018 ONSC 1490
Appeal of a motion to amend a statement of claim asserting a new cause of action

Mersky v Coccimiglio, 2021 ONSC 956
Leave to appeal a summary judgment motion arising from a failed real estate transaction

Wilder v Ng, 2022 ONSC 4876
Judicial review of an HPARB appeal of a CPSO complaint by a patient

Court of Appeal for Ontario
Canadian Language Leadership Centre v 20 Eglinton Commercial Centre, 2018 ONCA 604
Appeal of a summary judgement motion in a commercial leasing dispute

National Steel Car v IESO, 2020 ONCA 37
Appeal of a motion striking notice of application for disclosing no reasonable cause of action in a constitutional challenge of the Global Adjustment under the Electricity Act

Perlmutter v Smith, 2020 ONCA 611
Acted for respondent on appeal of an application to enforce a Letters Rogatory

National Industries v Kirkwood, 2023 ONCA 63
Appeal of rule 21 motion to strike

Health Professions Appeal and Review Board
M.W. v V.L.N, 2018 CanLII 107132 (ON HPARB)
HPARB appeal of a patient complaint to the College of Physicians and Surgeons



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