William A.G. Simpson

William A.G. Simpson

- Partner -

“ The legal process can be complicated and it can often feel overwhelming. My clients know that, when I take their case, we are in it together until the end. ”

CONTACT INFO

Email: wsimpson@lerners.ca
Phone: 519-672-4510
Fax: 519-932-3328
85 Dufferin Avenue. P.O. Box 2335, London, On N6A 4G4

Representative Work in Personal Injury

  • Bill practices personal injury law and works on serious injury and fatality cases for adults, children and their families, across Ontario
  • Bill has been described by Lexpert as consistently demonstrating success at a level beyond what can be expected from an individual with his level of seniority. He is smart, creative, dogged, thinks outside the box, and bucks today’s trends by taking cases to trial or hearing as much as possible in the Superior Court, Divisional Court, the CPP and WSIB appeal tribunals, FSCO, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
  • Bill has obtained excellent outcomes for clients in very complex cases. His clients appreciate his down-to-earth approach and ability to simplify complex legal issues for them.
  • Bill has been mentored and encouraged by his friend and partner, Nigel G. Gilby, and together they have achieved outstanding results for their clients.

Noteworthy Cases

  • Maguire v. Padt [2014] O.J. No. 5356 – A widely-reported decision that clarifies how the law will protect one person who comes to the rescue of another in a situation of peril.
  • Carradine v. Worsley, 2010 CarswellOnt 9559 (Div.Ct.)
  • Claybourne v. Gore Mutual Insurance Company, 2008 CarswellOnt 8326 (F.S.C.O.)

Testimonials

“On May 7, 2011, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident. I was originally told my injuries were minor and to go on with my life. Months later, after being properly diagnosed, I realized I needed to hire legal representation. An acquaintance recommended a law firm in the Windsor area. After having retained them, months went by without any updates or contact from them. Having never gone through this before, I wasn’t sure if this was “normal” practice. The only advice I ever received from them was to listen to my insurance company. That was a mistake! In August 2012, a good friend inquired about how things were going. After explaining what was going on, she recommended I get a second opinion. That’s when I contacted Bill Simpson at Lerners in London. After my very first meeting, I knew I was in the right place. Bill quickly identified key points that had not been addressed by my previous lawyer and put a plan in place immediately. I received continual updates on how my file was progressing and some much needed assistance with my own insurance company. Fourteen months after retaining Bill Simpson, my file was settled without the need for a trial. I am content with the results and would recommend Bill Simpson to anyone who’s been injured and needs a great lawyer to fight for them. Thanks to Bill and his team for their hard work!”
Scott Doman

“I have dealt with Bill on the other side of cases as legal counsel. I was greatly impressed by Bill’s devotion to his clients and his vigorous representation of their interests. I would strongly recommend Bill to any person who has sustained an injury in an accident.”
George Tsakalis, Lawyer, Brown and Korte Barristers

“While working with Bill over the past few years I have come to appreciate his dedication, honesty, and professionalism. He is a genuine and capable representative who showcases not only his legal skills and talent, but also his moral character, within every interaction. Bill’s personal approach to sensitive legal matters sets him apart from his peers and I would highly recommend his work to anyone in need of strong and diligent representation. His staff is equally commendable – clearly from working under great leadership.”
Erin Foley Pitman, Platform Support Specialist, Thomson Reuters

“Bill has represented a number of my clients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents, navigating the complexities of the Accident Benefits claims process, as well as through civil suits, if required. Each and every one of my clients has indicated to me that they appreciate Bill’s approachability, honesty and legal knowledge, along with the high level of support provided by his law clerks. Bill has consistently acted as an advocate for his clients to help them obtain the services, support and funding that they require to recover from and move past a traumatic event such as an MVA. Having a skilled legal representativecan make a big difference, and Bill consistently demonstrates his ability to be one of the best.”
Melissa Knott, Occupational Therapist, Pursuit Health Management

Achievements

  • Recognized by Lexpert as a “Rising Star”– Canadian Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2012)
  • Young Alumni Award of Distinction, Huron College, Western University (2004)
  • Western University Student Award of Merit (1999)
  • The David H. M. Stewart Memorial Prize, Huron College, Western University (Awarded to graduating student with the highest overall achievement) (1999)

Memberships

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Middlesex Law Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • Detroit Athletic Club

Professional Experience

  • Member, Executive Committee (Firm Management), Lerners LLP (2015-2017)
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, Western University (Civil Procedure) (2013-2014)
  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2009 to present)
  • Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (2004 – 2009)
  • Articling student, Lerners LLP (2003 – 2004)
  • Summer student, Lerners LLP (2002)

Selected Presentations/Publications

  • William A. G. Simpson and Nigel G. Gilby, “Duty of care for rescuers”, The Lawyers Weekly, May 1, 2015
  • Invited speaker, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Fall Conference: Building Blocks of Practice Excellence: A New Look Through Old Windows; Topic: “Estate & Guardianship Matters: How to Get It Paid Through ABs”, October 20, 2014
  • Guest speaker, Western Law Lunch and Learn; Topic: ”Mediation and Personal Injury”, Faculty of Law, Western University, October 14, 2014
  • Invited speaker, Federated Press’ Disability Claims Management Course, September 26 & 27, 2013
  • Invited speaker, Canadian Institute’s 13th Annual Managing and Litigating Disability Insurance Claims; Topic: “How to Work and Communicate Effectively with Experts to Build a Strong Evidentiary Record”, April 9, 2013
  • Invited speaker, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance; Topic: “Helping You Help Your Patients: What Is An Accident and How Do You Fill Out All This Paperwork”, November 9, 2012
  • Invited speaker, Law Clerks of Ontario Annual Conference; Topic: “Update on Personal Injury Law and Practice”, May 10, 2012
  • Invited speaker, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance; Topic: “Helping You Help Your Patients: Learning about Insurance Issues in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims, April 27, 2012
  • Invited speaker, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Fall Conference: The Power of Persuasion; Topic: “Building a Practice”, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Friday, November 11, 2011
  • Invited speaker, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Conference for Law Clerks: Back to Basics: SABS from Start to Finish; Topic: “To Litigate or Arbitrate: That is the Question”, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Tuesday, September 27, 2011
  • Invited speaker, Rotary Club of Chatham: “What you Really Need to Know about Motor Vehicle Insurance in Ontario”, May, 2011
  • Guest lecturer, Advanced Negotiation and Mediation Classes, Faculty of Law, Western University, March, 2011
  • Nigel G. Gilby and William A. G. Simpson, “The New Automobile Legislation and What it Means for You” (Paper presented to Regulated Health Care Professionals & Physicians, 2010)

Education

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2004)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor (2003)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours History, Huron College, Western University (1999)

Personal Information

Bill enjoys spending time at the family cottage in Meaford, Ontario, faithfully following the Detroit Tigers to the World Series, and spending time at home with his wife, Holly, and son, Henry, and four champion hunting dogs: Frasier, Ana, Saul and Prudy.

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