Ontario Trial Lawyers Association elects Paul Harte as new President

BURLINGTON, ON – Paul Harte was elected President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) on May 27, 2011 at the association’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto. Mr. Harte has served on the association’s Board of Directors for five years and two years on its Executive Committee and will oversee the organization during its 20th anniversary year.

Mr. Harte is a trial lawyer in Markham, Ontario. His practice is dedicated exclusively to medical negligence, acting on behalf of individuals harmed in our medical system. Over the years, he has assisted hundreds of individuals in obtaining compensation as a result of medical error. Mr. Harte has been involved in several high profile matters including the Commission of Inquiry into the Blood Supply in Canada and the Wilson Hepatitis B Class Action lawsuit, which resulted in the largest medical malpractice settlement in Canadian history. He is a leading mass tort lawyer in the area of medical malpractice and a life-long advocate for patient safety.

Mr. Harte has been involved with OTLA for more than 10 years. He has served in a variety of capacities, including the past chair of OTLA’s Medical Malpractice Section. He has been an active participant in several OTLA initiatives seeking greater transparency and accountability in our health care system and improvements to Ontario’s auto insurance.

“It is a tremendous privilege to be handed over the stewardship of one of the finest trial lawyer organizations in North America, particularly during its 20th year celebrations,” said OTLA President Paul Harte. “There are many challenges facing our organization in the coming year. However, with an upcoming provincial election, our priority will be to ensure that Ontario motorists get the protection that they have paid for and that our system of insurance is not further eroded to enhance insurance company profits.”

Joining Mr. Harte in leading OTLA is President-Elect, Andrew Murray, from London and Vice-President, Charles Gluckstein, from Toronto, Ontario.


For more information: Linda Langston, Executive Director/CEO, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, (905) 639-6852 or

About the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association –

Founded in 1991, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) is an organization of more than 1,200 plaintiff lawyers, law clerks, articling students and law students. Our purpose is to promote access to justice for all Ontarians, preserve and improve the civil justice system, and advocate for the rights of those who have suffered injury and losses as the result of wrongdoing by others, while at the same time advocating strongly for safety initiatives.