- Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada
- Managing Partner, Lerners LLP, Toronto (2008 – 2017)
- Partner, Lerners LLP (2000)
- Associate lawyer, Lerners LLP (1994-2000)
- Articling student, Lerners LLP (1992-1993)
- Partner -
“ Personal injury cases require compassion, experience, skill and good judgment. My team and I bring all these qualities to the service of our clients on each and every case. And we get results. ”
“When I was in what most likely would be some of the darkest and most challenging times of my life, I reached out to Lerners LLP and they came to help. Someone very close to me was in an especially serious accident. Lerners guided us through what I can honestly say was a very long journey through many stressful situations. They went far above and beyond what I ever expected of them as a firm, from late night phone calls to ensuring that “roadblocks” were overcome to helping us gain control of a situation that was anything but under control. Never in my life did I ever think that a personal injury firm would have such a positive and long-lasting effect for me and for my injured friend.
If you are looking for a personal injury firm that does more than go through the motions, if you’re looking for a firm with heart that actually cares about a client’s health and financial security before their own interests, you have certainly found them with Lerners.”
B Belfon – Toronto
“Brian and his team were awesome because I never had to worry about anything. They came to the hospital to see me a few times, Lisa was amazing and always responded quickly to my questions. Brian was so nice and came to my home to explain the settlement offer. Could not have been better.”
Sharon S, age 70
“I had been interviewing lawyers for my personal injury case for several months and was having difficulty selecting one as there seemed to be something amiss with each – from the shark who I felt I couldn’t trust to the pussy cat who I knew wasn’t strong enough to represent me. I met with Brian and was immediately impressed with his professionalism and knowledge. He was thorough, efficient and most importantly for me, trustworthy. I knew he would represent me with strength, vigour and conviction. Consequently, I signed with him. He delivered in every way that I knew he would. He guided, advised and expertly navigated me through the entire process. He handled my case efficiently and in a time sensitive manner, making the entire situation utterly painless! I have never filed a law suit before and was very nervous about going ahead with any of this. I am so very appreciative of Brian and the Lerners firm. I highly and confidently recommend him as a wonderful attorney!”
Ms. S. D. age 44
“I suffered very serious broken legs and ankles as a result of a head on collision. My family and I were very worried about what the future might hold and we wanted to make sure I received fair compensation for my injuries. I knew the injuries would prevent me from working as long as I wanted and it was therefore critical that I receive compensation that would give me financial security when I had to stop working. After receiving Brian Grant’s name at Lerners, we retained him and put our faith in his ability to achieve a fair result for us. At the end of the case, we were very pleased with the result and we are confident that we have the financial security that was so important to us.”
Artur G, Oakville
“I became an incomplete quadriplegic, as a result of a diving accident. I really never thought I had a chance of recovering any type of compensation. One of my friends suggested that I talk to a lawyer and seek advice about my options anyway. After speaking with Brian Grant at Lerners, I decided to put my trust in him and his team. Best decision I ever made, he didn’t let me down. After a hard fight with the pool owner, I recovered more compensation than I ever thought possible. What a huge difference it has made in my life. I was absolutely impressed by the dedication and professionalism of the entire Lerners team that worked so diligently on my behalf. I would certainly recommend them to anyone who has had a serious injury and needs experienced, skilled Lawyers.”
Michelle B, age 41, Niagara Falls
Selected Case Summaries
(Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. The amounts recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.)
- Fatal Accident – 82 year old husband/father/grandfather
Our 80 year old client’s husband was killed in a car accident that was not his fault. We acted for the deceased man’s widow, two adult children and three grandchildren in a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. While lawsuits in Ontario can often take several years to get to trial, the goal for our elderly client was to move the case forward as fast as possible. From the date we began the lawsuit, we were able to obtain a jury trial date within less than 14 months. Due to the speed of the case and the quality of our evidence, the defendants’ insurance company settled the case for over $575,000 shortly before trial.
- Severe Facial Scarring – Young Girl
Our young client was 8 years old when she suffered severe burns to her face, neck and chest in a camping accident. We pursued claims not only for her pain and suffering, out-of-pocket expenses and future treatment costs but also for loss of income. We successfully argued that her opportunities to obtain employment would be limited by the fact that prospective employers are less likely to hire people who have significant facial scarring. In this case, the court approved a judgment of $750,000 for damages, plus legal costs.
- Severe Brain Injury – Professional Engineer
Our client was a 61 years old engineer when he was struck by a vehicle while he was walking across a street in downtown Toronto. As a result of the accident, he suffered a serious brain injury. He had no memory of the accident and there were no eyewitnesses other than the driver of the vehicle. The driver testified that our client was at fault for the accident by “darting” in front of the vehicle. Through careful questioning of the driver under oath and with the aid of an accident reconstruction expert, we were able to successfully argue that the driver was significantly at fault for failing to see our client and avoiding the collision. Our client was unable to return to any form of work after the accident. All of our client’s claims were ultimately settled for $1,730,000.
- Fatal Accident – Father of Three
Our client’s husband was 47 years old when he was tragically killed by a truck while riding his bicycle to work in Toronto. Our goal in the case was to achieve the best result as quickly as possible so that the family could put all legal issues behind them and move forward to rebuild the family unit. We were able to achieve a settlement of $1,960,000 within one year of the accident.
- Spinal Cord Injury – Delayed Onset
Our client was 60 years old when he was involved in a fairly minor chain reaction collision. The client was living on social assistance disability payments due to a long-standing medical condition. In the accident his car was struck from behind and pushed into the vehicle in front of him. Although he was able to walk after the accident, he did not know he had sustained an unstable micro fracture in his thoracic spine. Ten days later, while walking to his car, he collapsed when the fracture displaced and permanently damaged his spinal cord. He has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. We faced a very difficult fight proving that his paraplegia was caused by an accident which had occurred 10 days earlier. We were able to settle all of the client’s claims for $2,280,000.
- Dog Bite – Facial Scarring
Our client’s infant daughter was 3 years old when she was bitten in the face by a friend’s dog. It is not known why the dog (a golden retriever) bit the young girl, but it did not matter for our case. The Dog Owner’s Liability Act establishes strict liability on the owner of a dog who bites a person. We pursued an action against not only the owners of the dog but also the friends of the owners who were taking care of the dog at the time of the attack. Our client’s daughter was left with noticeable scarring on her cheek and temple. In the end, the court approved judgment of $400,000 which is held in trust for the young girl and will be paid out to her in interval lump sums when she reaches adulthood.
- Loss of fingers – hotel accident
Our client was 35 years old when she lost 3 fingers in a very strange accident. While she was lying on a bed in a hotel, the bed collapsed and a component of the bed severed 3 of her fingers. Despite surgical efforts, the fingers could not be reattached. We advanced arguments as to why the client could no longer pursue her chosen career and would be limited in her income earning capacity in the future. The defendants agreed to pay $600,000.
- Severe knee fracture – car accident
Our client was a 29 year old emergency medical technician when she was involved in a serious head-on collision. She suffered a severely fractured and dislocated kneecap which required extensive surgery and lengthy rehabilitation. It was likely she would require a knee replacement in the future and her job as an EMT was severely affected. Despite our client’s excellent pre-accident health and physical fitness, she was not able to return to her full pre-accident duties. Her case was settled for $775,000 plus payment of legal costs.
- Fall down stairs – restaurant accident
Our client, a World War II veteran, was 87 years old when he fell down a flight of stairs at a restaurant. Through expert engineering investigation and analysis, we successfully argued that the stairs were not safely configured and were poorly lit. There was inadequate signage advising restaurant patrons that they were entering a stairwell. As a result of the fall, our client suffered a fractured hip, fractured wrist and bruising to his face. We settled his claim for $250,000.
- Severe ankle fractures – head-on collision
Our client was the 43 year old owner of a flooring business when he was involved in a serious car accident. As a result of the collision, he fractured both ankles which significantly interfered with his ability to run his flooring business. Although the business continued, our client was required to transfer some of his duties to another manager and colleague. There is now a prospect he will be required to retire early from the work force. We were able to negotiate a settlement of his claim for $850,000 plus legal costs.
- Nursing home assault – elderly client
Our client was 95 years old and was in a closed nursing facility. She was suffering from progressive senile dementia at the time and required constant care. While in the nursing home, she was pushed by another resident, fell to the ground and suffered a fractured hip. We argued that not only had the nursing home failed to properly take care of our client, the nursing home was negligent by allowing the other resident (with a known history of aggression) to come in contact with our client and assault her. Considering the client’s advanced age and frail physical state, her family hoped to have the matter dealt with as quickly as possible. We were able to settle her case for $90,000 within 6 months of the date of the incident.
- Snowmobile accident – jury award
Our client was 29 years old when he was involved in a high speed snowmobile crash. The accident occurred at night on a frozen lake in cottage country. As a result of the accident, our client sustained a serious wrist fracture, a concussion and ongoing soft tissue injuries. The defendants disputed all issues of liability and damages. Essentially, the defendants argued that they were not at fault for causing the accident and that our client had not suffered any significant injuries. At the conclusion of trial, the jury assessed our client’s damages at $233,000 and found the defendant 75% responsible for causing the accident. As a result, the defendant was also required to pay legal costs.
- Fall down stairs – severe pre-existing disabilities
Our clients’ daughter was a severely disabled 31 year old woman before she suffered an accident in a daycare facility. Since birth, she had suffered cerebral palsy with severe physical and mental impairments. Her parents had enrolled her in a daycare facility for disabled adults. Unfortunately, she was left unattended and somehow managed to manoeuvre her wheelchair to the top of a flight of stairs where she lost control and fell. She suffered injuries to her nose, jaw and body as a result. After taking the case over from the clients’ previous lawyer and pursuing the claim with the assistance of the right experts, we successfully persuaded the defendants that the claim was worth far more than previously offered. The court ultimately issued judgment in our clients’ favour in the amount of $260,000.
- Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation
- Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada for Personal Injury Litigation
- Brian has a special interest in teaching and is a regular instructor with The Advocates’ Society CLE programs, Osgoode Professional Development and the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop for lawyers. Brian has taught Trial Advocacy to third year law students at Osgoode Hall and at the University of Toronto Law School and has lead seminars on examination, cross-examination and examinations for discovery, among other topics. Brian also provides instruction to Lerners’ associates and students through various in-house training seminars and programs.
Upcoming Teaching Activity
- Co-chair, “Summary Judgment Motions” program, The Advocates’ Society, May 25, 2018
- Skills Instructor, “Summary Trial Advocacy Workshop”, The Advocates’ Society, June 14 & 15, 2018
- Team Leader, “Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop”, Osgoode Professional Development, July 9-13, 2018
Recent Teaching Activity
- Judge, “First Year Trial Advocacy Event”, University of Toronto Law School, February 27, 2018.
- Instructor, “CLE and Bar Admission course”, Law Society of Nfld and Labrador, St John’s Nfld, Oct 30 & 31, 2017
- Skills Instructor, “Leading Your Case: Opening Statements and Examination-in-Chief”, December 15, 2017; Advocates’ Society”
- Skills Instructor, “In-House Advocacy Training”, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, April 28, 2017
- Co-chair, “Summary Judgment Motions” program, The Advocates’ Society, May 30, 2017
- Team Leader, “Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop”, Osgoode Professional Development, July 2017
- Team Coach, “Do a Trial!”, The Advocates’ Society, April 1, 2017
- Skills Instructor – “Cross-Examination: Strategies for Success”, The Advocates’ Society, January 20, 2017
- Co-chair, “Mastering Winning Discovery Techniques”, The Advocates’ Society, October 31, 2016
- Presenter, “12th Annual Update: Personal Injury Law and Practice”, Osgoode Professional Development, September 23, 2016
- Team Leader, “Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop”, Osgoode Professional Development, July 11 to 13, 2016
- Program Co-Chair, Summary Judgment Motions, The Advocates’ Society, May 27, 2016
- Skill’s instructor, ”Examinations for Discovery – Advanced Skills Workshop”, Osgoode Professional Development, May 13, 2016
- Team coach, Do a Trial!, The Advocates’ Society, April 9, 2016
- Skill’s instructor, “In-House Advocacy Training on Cross-examination”, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, March 4, 2016
- Panelist and Presenter, Examining and Cross Examining Experts, The Advocates’ Society, February 9, 2016
- Presenter, Tricks of the Trade 2016, The Advocates’ Society, January 29, 2016
- Instructor, “Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop”, Osgoode Professional Development, July 7 and 8, 2015
- Program Co-Chair, Brain Injury Symposium, Osgoode Professional Development, April 8, 2015
- Team Coach, “Do a Trial”, The Advocates’ Society, March 28, 2015
- Skill’s instructor, “Leading Your Case: Opening Statements and Examination in Chief”, The Advocates’ Society, December 11, 2014
- Panelist, “Intensive Short Course on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Claims”, Osgoode Professional Development, November 19, 2014
- Skill’s instructor, “Examining and Cross-Examining Experts”, The Advocates’ Society, November 6, 2014
- Team Leader, Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop, Osgoode Professional Develoment, July 7, 8 and 9, 2014
- Skill’s instructor, “Trial from A to Z”, The Advocates’ Society, April 29, 2014
- Team coach, “Do a Trial”, The Advocates’ Society, April 5, 2014
- Skills instructor, “Cross-Examination: Strategies for Success”, The Advocates’ Society, January 31, 2014
- Brian has presented seminars and papers for the Canadian Institute and for the Canadian Bar Association Ontario’s Continuing Legal Education Program, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and The Advocates’ Society.
- The Advocates’ Society
- Ontario Bar Association
- ADR Institute of Ontario
- Admitted to Ontario Bar (1994)
- Bachelor of Laws, University of Toronto (1992)
- Bachelor of Arts (History), Queens University (1987)
Brian is actively involved in many of Lerners’ charitable activities. Brian volunteers with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario as a member of the organizing committee for its Annual Ski and Snowboard Day and has participated in its annual Wheelchair Relay. Brian is married, with two children. He is an avid sportsman whose Canadian roots require him to play hockey as often as possible. Brian feels at peace walking his dog or playing a round of disc golf.