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Peter N. Downs

Peter N. Downs

- Partner -

“ Part of my decision to become a lawyer was that I wanted to pursue a profession - not just a job or a business. I like to win like anyone else, but as many of us learned long ago, how you play 'the game' is important, especially in the legal profession. ”


Email: pdowns@lerners.ca
Phone: 519-640-6331
Fax: 519-932-3331
85 Dufferin Avenue. P.O. Box 2335, London, On N6A 4G4

Noteworthy Cases

  • White (Litigation Guardian of) v. Godin [1994] O.J. No. 2254 (Motor Vehicle Accident – Computer Simulations – Transport Truck Driver’s Standard of Care)
  • Mortimer v. Cameron (1992), 9 M.P.L.R. (2d) 185; 12 C.P.C. (3d) 284 and 308; [1992] O.J. No. 764 OntCtGD – 1992 Apr 13 (Occupiers’ Liability – Municipal Liability – Failure to Enforce Building By-laws – Damages in Catastrophic Case)
  • Sambell v. Hudago Enterprises Ltd. [1990] O.J. No. 2494, OntCtGD – 1990 Nov 30 (Tavern Owner Liability)


  • Recognized and recommended by Lexpert as a leading lawyer in the area of Medical Negligence [represents defendants] and personal injury [represents plaintiffs] (2014-2018)
  • Selected by peers to be included in Best Lawyers in Canada (2011-2020)

Selected Presentations/Publications

  • “Impact of Clinical Guidelines on Clinical Practice from a CPSO and Civil Liability Perspective” This presentation was made at the Optimology Clinical Day at the London convention Centre in April 2017.
  • “The Physiatrist as an Expert Witness-Legal Perspective” (presentation to Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Scientific Meeting, June 11, 2011, Victoria BC)
  • “Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia” (presentation to the Law Society of Upper Canada, May 18, 2004)
  • “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Litigation Perspective” (presentation to family physicians and other health care providers, McMaster University in Hamilton, 1998)
  • “Mediation v. Litigation” (presentation to the Ontario Fibromyalgia Association at The University of Toronto, 1997)
  • Frequent presentations to lawyers, physicians, and patient advocacy groups on long-term disability claims and personal injury law


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Middlesex Law Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Past President, Highlands 1 Cottage Association
  • Past Committee Member, London Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Thames Valley Children’s Centre
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Special Ability Riding Institute
  • Past Chairperson, Human Resources Committee, Thames Valley Children’s Centre

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Lerners LLP (1991 to present)
  • Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (1988-1991)
  • Associate lawyer, Ivey & Dowler (1985-1987)


  • Harvard University Mediation Dispute Resolution Program (2008)
  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (1985)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Queens University (1983)
  • Bachelor of Commerce, The University of Toronto (1980)

Complementary Areas of Practice

  • Health Law

Personal Information

Running (completed Detroit Marathon 1991), golf, squash, reading

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