June 11, 2012

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 
elects Andrew Murray as new President

BURLINGTON, ON – Andrew Murray was elected President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) on June 8, 2012, at the association’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto. Mr. Murray has served on the association’s Board of Directors since 2006, and has been a member of its Executive Committee for the past four years. Mr. Murray will oversee the organization during the 2012-13 year.

Mr. Murray acts for clients in southwestern Ontario, practicing civil litigation, with an emphasis on motor vehicle claims, serious personal injury cases, and long-term disability litigation, from London, Ontario. 

Mr. Murray will begin his presidential year with a two-day strategic planning discussion with OTLA’s Board of Directors to help set the path for the association’s priorities. These include a continued focus on advocacy for a fair civil justice system. 

“We will continue to work shoulder to shoulder with like-minded organizations – both in and outside of Ontario – who share our concerns. We will use our collective wisdom as positive agents for change not only for our association members but for the clients we represent” said Mr. Murray. 

In addition, Mr. Murray said that OTLA will continue to work with the insurance industry and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario to create an effective strategy for dealing with the FSCO mediation backlog, “which is unacceptable, severely hampers access to justice, and is diametrically opposed to the goal of ensuring that individuals injured in an automobile collision receive needed benefits in a timely way.”

Joining Mr. Murray in leading OTLA is President-Elect, Charles Gluckstein, from Toronto and Vice-President, Steven Rastin, from Midland, Ont.

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 1,300 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.