This page was created to honour OTLA members who have passed and to celebrate their contributions to our organization.
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Hubert ("Hub") Bray
Honorary OTLA President Hubert (“Hub”) Bray was an active and inspirational leader in our organization before his passing in 2007. Hub practised law in his hometown of Sudbury for over 30 years. Hub will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, compassion, sense of humour, and for his incredible ability to make anyone feel important, welcome, and included within the organization. With his eternal sense of optimism and unfettered integrity, Hub always stood up for the little guy and provided leadership of the first order to those who needed it the most.
Sarah will always be remembered for her calm presence, her willingness to help, and her genuine care for those around her. She will be greatly missed.
Sarah joined Roger R Foisy PC in 2008 as a Junior Law Clerk and was quickly embraced as a valued member of the team. She held a Bachelor of Education from Brock University and was a Member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario as well as the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.
We lost one of the personal injury bar's gentle giants when Dean Edgell passed away in 2007. Dean was only 48 when cancer took him suddenly from his colleagues at Oatley, Vigmond and his beloved wife Ainsley and their two children. Dean had a brilliant, clear, analytic mind and was blessed with outstanding judgement. He never sought attention or reward for his efforts on behalf of others. And when someone needed help, Dean was the first to lend a hand. He was the author of a respected text on products liability law, which he researched and crafted entirely by himself.
That text is still relied on by lawyers across the country. Dean brought his good judgement and commitment to the OTLA Board of Directors. He was on the Editorial Board of the Litigator from 1998 to 2005 and throughout those years wrote The Trial Notebook column, which was full of helpful tips for personal injury litigators, for every single issue. He is deeply missed by all who knew him.
Kenneth ("Ken") Howie
During his 6 decades of practice Ken set the standard for competence and courtesy as a trial lawyer. He will be remembered as a gentleman advocate. Born September 16, 1925 Ken grew up in the Great Depression and as a result knew the value of a dollar. He served in the Royal Regiment of Canada in northern Europe during the final years of World War II. When he returned to Canada, he completed his legal education at the University of Toronto Law School and Osgoode Hall. In 1949, he joined Haines & Haines to practice tort and insurance law in Toronto. He fondly remembered those early years trying cases for Edson Haines in Division Court and over time transforming his insurance defence practice into a plaintiff’s personal injury practice. In the following decades, the firm grew and its name became Thomson, Rogers. Ken began taking medical malpractice cases and developed a reputation for competence, courage and courtesy. As he gained seniority, he worked with and mentored many TR lawyers and provided a role model to countless others. Ken has dozens of reported decisions but among the most notable were two medical malpractice cases, Reibl v. Hughes (1977) and Nielsen v. Kaufmann (1984). Each of these cases established principles of law which guide the courts to this day. In 1985, he tried McErlean v. City of Brampton and precipitated a substantial reform of automobile insurance principles in Ontario which continues to the present. Ken was appointed Queen’s Council in 1958. He acted as Managing Partner of Thomson, Rogers from 1977 to 1998. His involvement in professional organizations was extensive. He was the President of the Advocates Society, the Medical Legal Society of Toronto, the Toronto Lawyers Association and was a Dean of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Ken also served as co-chair of the Law Reform Commission of Ontario and sat as a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada for 12 years. Ken retired as Counsel to Thomson, Rogers in 2012.
Paul Jewell, Q.C. began practicing law in 1960 after graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School. Since the inception of OTLA, Paul was always an active member of OTLA, including being on the Board of Directors. A champion for victims of accidents and master litigator, Paul had many landmark decisions, including the Court of Appeal decision where he secured the highest award ever obtained for a Family Law Act claim for the death of a 14 year old boy. He was a true friend of OTLA and a one-of-a-kind litigator.
A fantastic litigator and a true gentleman. He is dearly missed every day.
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Martin Wunder, Q.C.
Martin “Buddy” Wunder was a true giant of the legal profession. Based in Windsor, he was innovative, compassionate, inspiring, dedicated, fearless and tenacious. Over 58 years of distinguished practice (graduated in 1957), Martin devoted himself to legal scholarship through teaching and speaking and writing, including 2 books on personal injury litigation. Having argued the Teno v. Arnold case, he was part of a landmark decision for the cap on non-pecuniary general damages by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1979. He was a mentor and friend helping others to reach their true potential as he surely did himself.