Marinus Lamers

Marinus Lamers

- Partner -

“ The vast majority of personal injury claims arise from motor vehicle accidents, and successful pursuit of these claims requires not just an understanding of the complexities of changing insurance legislation, but sensitivity to the clients personal circumstances in order to maximize financial compensation. ”

CONTACT INFO

Email: mlamers@lerners.ca
Phone: 519-640-6387
Fax: 519-932-3387
85 Dufferin Avenue. P.O. Box 2335, London, On N6A 4G4

Noteworthy Cases

  • Close v. Dominion of Canada (2007) Claim for Income Replacement Benefits and Loss of Earning Capacity Benefits arising from a 1996 motor vehicle accident. Success after a 9 day trial upheld on appeal resulting in a substantial award for damages, interest, and costs.
  • MacKenzie v. Ward (2006) Successful claim for damages for personal injuries arising from exposure to toxic contact cement fumes resulting in brain damage and permanent disability. Trial judgement for damages, interest and costs totalled in excess of $900,000.00.
  • Sharpe v. City of London (2003) Successful damage claim against municipality arising from flooding of single family home due to diversion of rain water following alterations to shoulder of road.
  • Woods v. City of Sarnia (2000) Successful personal injury claim against municipality arising from diving accident resulting in quadriplegia. After a three week trial municipality found partially responsible for Mr. Woods’ injuries due to its failure to post proper warning signs.
  • Meyer v. Bright (1992) Assisted senior counsel in first case to address personal injury threshold in motor vehicle accident claim.

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Middlesex Law Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Appointed Representative to the Canadian Bar Association – Ontario Governing Counsel, Middlesex Law Association (1998-2003)
  • Instructor on Civil Litigation, Professional Liability and Practice Management, and Legal Writing, Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada, London, Ontario (1991- 2005)
  • Elected Trustee, Middlesex Law Association (1991-1999), including Presidency (1998)
  • Founding Member, Young Lawyers’ Division, London Region, Canadian Bar Association Ontario, including Chairperson (1982-1985); past Chairperson (1985-1986); member at large (1986-1988)
  • Executive Member, Young Lawyers’ Division, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), 1982- 1985

Professional Experience

  • Lerners LLP (1991 to present)
  • Littlejohn & Lamers (1989-1991)
  • Marinus Lamers Law Firm (1988-1989)
  • Morrison Hanes Clayton Uren & Buchner (1982-1988)
  • McBride & Carr (1981-1982)

Selected Presentations/Publications

  • “The Demise of the ‘Special Circumstances’ Doctrine and its Practice Management Implications”, paper and presentation at the Middlesex Law Association, 2nd Annual Personal Injury Conference: New Developments in Personal Injury Law, October 30, 2008
  • “New Changes to Automobile Legislation”, 2010, multiple papers and presentations addressing amendments to motor vehicle accident insurance and statutory accident benefit claims effective September 1, 2010

Education

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (1981)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Queen’s University (1979)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Queen’s University (1976)

Community Service

  • Member, Board of Directors, Centre for Children & Families in the Justice System (2008 to date)
  • Chair, Children’s Health Foundation Change Bandits Work Team Committee (2004-2005)
  • Member, Children’s Health Foundation Marketing & Communications Committee (2000- 2003)
  • Municipal Appointment, Member, Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee, City of London (2000-2003)
  • Elected Member of School Council, Woodland Heights Public School (1996-1997)
  • Coach/Manager, Southwest Optimist Minor Baseball (1995-2004)
  • Member, Board of Trustees London and Middlesex Branch, Canadian Red Cross Society (1994-1998)
  • Municipal Appointment, Judge, Court of Revision, City of London (1991-1994)
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