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

Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in the area of civil litigation, Michael is recognized by Lexpert®, The Best Lawyers in Canada and Martindale-Hubbell and is consistently recommended as one of the leading practitioners in the area of personal injury law.

Over the past 25 years, Michael has conducted numerous jury trials. He has handled cases all over North America and obtained privileges and conducted litigation in Newfoundland and Arizona.:

Professional Involvement
As a leading personal injury lawyer, Michael has published extensively in the area of personal injury area, has Chaired numerous personal injury conferences and has lectured at many continuing legal education seminars for:
  • the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • the Ontario Bar Association
  • Insight
  • Osgoode Hall Law School
  • the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • the Canadian Institute
  • Melvin Belli Annual Seminars
  • the American Association for Justice
  • The Continuing Legal Education Society of Nova Scotia
  • Queen’s Faculty of Law
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Forensic Engineering and Materials at the University of Toronto
  • International Competition for Mediation Advocacy
  • Osgoode Professional Development Conferences
Michael is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association. He is a past Trustee of the Toronto Lawyers Association, past Member of Council of the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario, past Delegate for the Province of Ontario for the American Association for Justice and past member of the Student Advisory Committee for the American Association for Justice.

In 2008, Michael was the recipient of the Volunteer Tribute Award from the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario. He was the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Volunteer Support from the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario and in 2004 the Distinguished Service Award from the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. He was the Chair of the Annual Toronto Wheelchair Relay for the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario for a number of years during which time over $2,000,000 was raised.

Key Decisions:
$11 Million Settlement - Motor Vehicle Accident resulting in Catastrophic injuries
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Two children were passengers in a car and suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of a head on collision. Both children suffered spinal cord injuries. Shortly before trial, the insurers and their lawyers of the various defendants settled for over $11,000,000 - one of the largest settlements in Canadian history at the time.

Over $7 Million Recovered – Product malfunction
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We successfully recovered over $7 million for our client who was catastrophically injured as a result of a product malfunction.

$5.25 Million Verdict - Pedestrian hit by Car
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An elderly pedestrian in excess of 70 years old was standing on a sidewalk with his wife, when he was struck by a car. The car had been rear ended by a truck that was following too closely. Our client suffered a catastrophic brain injury and required 24-hour attendant care. The case proceeded to trial so that our client could access the insurance policies of both vehicles. Notwithstanding that the truck was following too closely, we were able to convince a jury that the driver of the car was 20% at fault for making a last second decision to turn right, without any prior warning.

$2.9 Million Settlement - Pedestrian hit by Car
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A pedestrian was struck by a car as she stepped out on the road to get around another car that was blocking the sidewalk she was on. Both the insurers of the car that struck her and the car that was blocking the sidewalk contributed to the settlement.

$2.74 Million Settlement – Traumatic Brain Injury
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A teenager who suffered a serious traumatic brain injury in a car crash settled at mediation. With the assistance of evidence developed by a Human Factors Expert and Accident Reconstruction Engineer, we were able to successfully obtain a significant contribution towards the settlement from a driver that waived the plaintiff’s vehicle into the intersection and from the car that struck them that had the right of way.

$1.5 million Settlement – Passenger in Car Crash
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We successfully reached a settlement of $1.5 million for our client who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury and serious orthopaedic injuries.

$1.3 Million Settlement - Traumatic Brain Injury
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Our client was hit in the head by a rock while driving his car and suffered a traumatic brain injury. The challenging part of this case was proving who was responsible for his injuries.

$1.25 Million Verdict – Motorcycle Accident
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Our clients were riding a motorcycle when a vehicle made a left hand turn in front of them. As a result, our clients suffered serious orthopaedic injuries. After a lengthy contested trial, the court awarded damages to our clients in excess of $1,250,000.




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