Awards & Honours



H. Bruce T. Hillyer Award

The H. Bruce T. Hillyer Award is awarded to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of OTLA in fearlessly advancing the cause of individual rights by the effective use of trial advocacy.

Past recipients have included:

Gary Will (1996), Richard Shekter (1998), Guy Bertrand (1998), Paul Mann (2000), Paul Jewell, Q.C. (2002), Kristopher Knutsen, Q.C. (2003), Alfred Kwinter (2004), Paul Mann (2005), Carl Fleck, Q.C. (2006), Lorenzo Girones, Q.C. (2007), Tim Boland (2008), Ches Crosbie, Q.C. (2009), Nancy Ralph (2010), Barb Legate (2012), Jerome Morse (2013), Ray Wagner, Q.C. (2014), Kevin Doan (2015).




 

John A. McLeish Award

The John A. McLeish Award shall be awarded to the person, association or group which has made an outstanding contribution to the goals of a fair trial and access to justice, as an advocate, in legal scholarship, continuing legal education, legal writing, journalism, politics or government. 

2016 recipient:

Steven Rastin, Rastin & Associates, Barrie

Steve Rastin - John A McLeish Award

Past recipients have included:

Martin Wunder, Q.C. (2000), Robert Munroe (2002), Roger Oatley (2003), Tom Connolly (2008), George Bonn (2009) and Richard Halpern (2010).




 

Dean Edgell Award

The Dean Edgell Award is awarded to an individual who has promoted the goals of OTLA through significant contribution and excellence in legal writing, continuing legal education, and leadership activities. 

Past recipients have included:

David Lackman (2008), Andrew Murray (2009), Martin Wunder, Q.C. (2010) Darcy Merkur (2011), Adam Little (2013), and Richard Bogoroch (2015).




 

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award shall be awarded for long standing dedicated service to furthering the goals and ideals of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

2016 recipient:

Laurie Tucker, Burn Tucker Lachaîne LLP, Ottawa

Past recipients have included:

Paul Harte (2015), Peter Feifel (2014), Duncan Embury and Ted Masters (2013), Simona Jellinek, Greg Monforton and Claire Wilkinson (2012), Patrick Brown and Allan Rouben (2011), Peter Kennedy (2010), Jim Vigmond, Brian Cameron and Adam Little (2009), Selma Colvin and Andrew Spurgeon (2006), Stephen Abraham and Moi Vienneau (2005), Ted Bergeron, Diana Edmonds, Paul Jewell, Q.C., John Johnson, Ava Hillier, David Lackman, Shirley Linton, Joan MacDonald, Paul Mann, Michael Shannon,  and Jay State (2004)


 

Martin Wunder, Q.C. Outstanding New Lawyer Award

The Martin Wunder, Q.C. Outstanding New Lawyer Award is awarded to an OTLA member in recognition of exceptional commitment to and promotion of the advancement of OTLA’s Mission:  To fearlessly champion through the pursuit of the highest standards of advocacy the cause of those who have suffered injury or injustice.  Candidates must have practiced law for less than 10 years and be nominated by an OTLA Member in good standing.  The successful recipient will have demonstrated participation in activities and programs to improve our legal system and its responsiveness to those for whom we advocate.  The individual will have displayed professional proficiency, undertaken trials, service to the profession and service to the community.

2016 recipient:

Peter Cho, Smitiuch Injury Law, Toronto

Peter Cho Martin Wunder Award

Past recipients have included:

Alan Preyra (2006), Brian Cameron (2008), Catherine Wilde (2009), Elizabeth Quigley (2010), Maria Capulong (2011), Darcy Romaine (2012), Jason Singer (2013), Melissa Miller (2014).


 

Women's Caucus Award

The Women’s Caucus Award is awarded to a female lawyer in OTLA who has demonstrated leadership in OTLA, promoted the retention and advancement of women in law, mentored other women and supported other female lawyers in OTLA. 

2016 recipient:

Tina Radimisis, Jewell Radimisis Jorge LLP, Toronto

Past recipients have included:

Pascale Daigneault (2010), Judith Hull (2011), Maia Bent (2012), Laurie Tucker (2013), and Barbara MacFarlane (2015).


 

Distinguished Law Clerk Award

The Distinguished Law Clerk Award shall be awarded to a senior law clerk, with at least 5 years membership in the OTLA Law Clerks Section, who has consistently exemplified the mission of the organization.

Charlene Lewin, Campisi LLP, Toronto

charlene lewin - distinguished law clerk

Past recipients have included:

Josie Skelly (2007), Tracy Romanowski (2008), Sharon Smiley (2009), and Barbi Andrews (2015).




 

Outstanding Law Clerk Award

The Outstanding Law Clerk Award will be awarded to the OTLA law clerk who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and proficiency to the OTLA Law Clerk Section, or contributed in a significant way to cases over the past year. The successful candidate will have displayed generosity with their time and contributions in their assistance to their fellow law clerks, and/or to their law offices, and has shown a dedication to those for whom we advocate.

2016 recipient:

Roger Shoreman, Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers, Toronto

Roger Shoreman - Outstanding Law Clerk

Past recipients have included:

Tracy Romanowski (2007), Jose Emiliani (2008), Fiona Korolenchuk (2009), Jennifer Baic (2010), Jessica MacInnes (2011), Misty Lucas (2012), Amy Hofstetter (2013), Wanda Huitema (2014), Laurie Taft (2014), and Christopher Jackson (2015).


 


Celebration of the Personal Injury Bar

The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association recognizes leaders of the plaintiff and defence personal injury bar at its Celebration of the Personal Injury Bar. Recipients have included:

2016
James Vigmond, Paul Tushinski

2015
David Smye, Q.C., James Regan, Q.C.

2014
Timothy P Boland, Sheldon A Gilbert, Q.C.

2013
James Scarfone, Peter Boeckle

2012
Kristopher Knutsen, Q.C., Barry Percival, Q.C.

2011
Jack Fireman, Q.C., Brian Brock, Q.C.

2010
Bruce Hillyer, Joseph Dillon, Q.C.

2009
Barbara Legate, Cameron Godden

2008
Alfred M. Kwinter, Philippa G. Samworth

2007
Carl Fleck, Q.C. Jesse Glass, Q.C., Bernard Gluckstein, Q.C. and Michael Royce

2006
Paul Mann, Tom McGrenere, Q.C. John McLeish and Alexander Szalkai, Q.C.

2005
Geoff Adair, Q.C., Graham Dutton, Q.C., Lawrence Mandel, Q.C. and Roger Oatley

2002
Earl Cherniak, Q.C., Kenneth E. Howie, Q.C. and Martin Wunder, Q.C.
The Honourable John D. Bowlby, Q.C. , Edson Haines, Q.C., The Honourable R.E. Holland, Q.C., The Honourable Frank J. Hughes, Q.C., Douglas Laidlaw, Q.C., The Honourable Mayer Lerner, Q.C., Isadore Levinter, Q.C.