Christopher R. Dawson

Christopher R. Dawson

- Partner -

“ My first priority is always to my client - people like you who have been wronged. It is my job to fight for you and get results, whether that is through a well-negotiated settlement or court. ”

CONTACT INFO

Email: cdawson@lerners.ca
Phone: 519-640-6360
Fax: 519-932-3360
85 Dufferin Avenue. P.O. Box 2335, London, On N6A 4G4

Representative Work in Personal Injury

Chris exclusively practices personal injury law – working only for injured people and their families.

Chris is guided by the principle that the most important case is your case. He is a passionate advocate for his clients. He brings energy and enthusiasm to the table and uses his knowledge of the law, combined with creativity, to secure results.

With a Master’s degree in English, Chris draws upon strong written and oral advocacy skills. He has earned a reputation as a lawyer who negotiates strong settlements. When the best settlements are not possible, Chris has gone to trial and won. Chris has successfully argued at all levels of Ontario Court, as well as successfully appealed entitlement decisions for Accident Benefits, Criminal Injuries Compensation, CPP Disability, WSIB, and ODSP.

Chris offers free no-obligation consultations. He also offers a no fee unless we win retainer.

Testimonials

“Considering the length these matters usually have to go and the time it takes to conclusion, I am beyond grateful that I had the privilege of working with Chris Dawson. He was professional, personal and always available to me for any questions from start to finish.”
Joan Preece, London, Ontario

“I would highly recommend the services of Christopher Dawson and Shawn Smith of Lerners LLP for somebody needing legal counsel for representation in personal injury. These two gentlemen were very supportive, understanding, and sympathetic in dealing with my case. They took the extra time to explain every detail and to prepare me in dealing with insurance medical experts, which was my biggest challenge. I am certain the satisfactory outcome of my case wound not have occurred without Chris and Shawn.”
Maria G., London, Ontario

“Was recommended very highly to this firm – very professional, caring staff. Chris Dawson was very caring and helpful. Good advice and prompt replies to all questioning”
E.A. Jenkin, Goderich, Ontario

“I was happy I got double what I wanted in settlement.”
Philip Channer, London, Ontario

“My case was not cut and dry and at times quite frustrating. Chris was very professional and showed shrewdness combined with compassion as we settled the affair. Today I am doing much better physically, emotionally and slowly rebuilding financially, and without Chris’ encouragement and leadership I would not be where I am today. Many times people complain about their lawyers but you and your staff treated us with respect and honesty and we are better for having you as our lawyers. I believe that Chris will continue to benefit any client he assists you with and I wish the best for you, your team and Chris in your future endeavours.”
Jason Kenemy

“I had a serious car accident when I was hit by a car while crossing the street. I hired a lawyer shortly after the accident but I soon became unhappy with that lawyer. Chris came highly recommended and so I decided to call him. He came and visited me at my home and, after meeting him, I immediately hired him. Chris began fighting for me right away. He helped me get the treatment I required and led me through a very difficult process. I was very impressed that Chris was able to negotiate a great settlement for me so quickly. I would highly recommend you meet with Chris if you are considering hiring a personal injury lawyer!”
C.T., Windsor Ontario

“I knew that I would have the best legal representation with Lerners, but I didn’t realize that everyone would be so kind and genuinely care about my well-being and that of my family.
G.K. Medical Secretary, London, Ontario

Mr. Chris Dawson is a very good lawyer. Professional! Treated me with respect and kept me aware of all the positive or any negative, throughout the process. I wish him all the success in his life! Thank you Chris.
P.R., Gemologist, London Ontario

Noteworthy Cases

Economical Mutual Insurance Company v. Caughy, 2016 ONCA 226
Precedent setting case from the Ontario Court of Appeal that confirms a spinal cord injured person’s entitlement to accident benefits when he tripped over a motorcycle.

Jane Doe v. Sun Media, 2015 ONSC 4239
A trial decision where the plaintiff’s identify had been published in a newspaper and online, contrary to a court ordered publication ban. This decision is currently the highest known award of damages in Canada for breach of a publication ban causing psychological injury.

Bhatt v. Kwok-Ching Chan, 2013 ONSC 804
Divisional court decision where we successfully argued against transferring the place of trial.

Peters v. Minister of Employment and Social Development
Successful appeal entitling the appellant to Canada Pension Plan disability benefits after over a decade of denials and disputes.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal Decision No. 2406/11
Successful appeal of a worker’s entitlement to full loss of earnings benefits.

 

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2017)
  • Associate Lawyer, Lerners LLP (2010 – 2016)
  • Articling Student, Lerners LLP (2009-2010)
  • Summer Student, Lerners LLP (2008)

Education

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2010)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law (2009)
  • Master of Arts, University of Windsor, Faculty of Arts and Social Science (2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Windsor (2005)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Gen), University of Windsor (2004)

Achievements & Awards

  • Dean’s Honour List, University of Windsor (2004-2006)
  • Recipient, Miller Thomson LLP National Entrance Scholarship
  • Recipient, Law Foundation of Ontario/Law Alumni Access to Legal Education Scholarship
  • Recipient, Leroy Freeman Altiman Memorial Award
  • Recipient, Post-Graduate Studies Scholarship
  • Recipient, Community Scholars Award – University of Windsor

Charitable & Community Involvement

  • Brain Injury Association of London & Region – Community Awareness Committee Member
  • Spinal Cord Injury Ontario Southwestern Region – Committee Member
  • Kids Country Club: Parents of Technologically Dependent Children of Ontario – London Board Member
  • Contributor, Brain Injury Association Sarnia-Lambton Newsletter
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers for Veterans Pro Bono Program
  • Golden Future – South Africa Development Project
  • Ontario Justice Education Network – Elgin Avenue School – Mock Debate – November, 2013
  • Annual Fundraiser for Windsor Essex Cares for Kids (proceeds go to paediatric programs at: Windsor Regional Hospital, Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital, Leamington District Memorial Hospital and John McGivney Children’s Centre).

Selected Presentations & Publications

  • Guest Speaker, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario; Topic: “The Times They Are A-Changin,” June 15, 2016.
  • Quoted in The Law Times, “Court Reinforces Reporters’ Duties Around Publication Bans,” July 27, 2015.
  • Guest Presenter, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario; General Information Session. October 31, 2013.
  • Guest Speaker, Parkwood Hospital; Topic: “What is a Motor Vehicle and How to Avoid the Pitfalls.” December 10, 2012.
  • Guest Columnist, Premier Magazine, “When a Dog is Not your Best Friend – Dog Attacks in Ontario.” August 2012.
  • Guest Columnist, “Ask a Lawyer,” Brain Injury Association Sarnia-Lambton Newsletter, 2010 to present.

Memberships

Legal

  • Ontario Bar Association Insurance Law Section Executive Committee Member (present)
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Middlesex Law Association

Community Enrichments

  • Contributor, Brain Injury Association Sarnia-Lambton Newsletter
  • Golden Future – South Africa Development Project
  • Spinal Cord Injury Ontario Southwestern Region – Committee Member

Languages

  • English
  • Basic comprehension of French and Arabic

Personal Information

Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children. Originally from Essex County, Chris remains involved with many Windsor/Essex events while servicing clients all over Southwestern Ontario.

Chris enjoys playing recreationally in many sports but is particularly passionate about soccer and hockey. Chris is a diehard Manchester United fan (who rarely disappoint him) and a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan (who almost always disappoint him). Chris also enjoys sampling various traditional foods from across the globe and is always on the hunt for a new culinary experience.

Dawson and Kids

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