Long Term Disability Section

The Long Term Disability Section is dedicated to enhancing the ability of OTLA members to seek redress for clients in conflict with their disability insurers. OTLA lawyer members may join for an additional annual fee of $100.00.

Brad Moscato 2016-17 LTD Section Chair

Brad Moscato is a partner at Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP in Toronto, Ontario.  

Brad’s practice is devoted to all types of disability litigation on behalf of Plaintiffs.

Brad has been a frequent speaker at numerous conferences dealing with issues related to disability and personal injury litigation, including at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Defence Lawyers association, the Osgoode Professional Development Continuing Legal Education Programme, and the Canadian Institute.

Brad was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004. He obtained his Law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2003, and fulfilled the requirements for a Certificate in Litigation, Dispute Resolution and the Administration of Justice.

Najma Rashid 2016-17 LTD Section Vice-Chair

Najma Rashid joined Howard Yegendorf & Associates in 1999 and became a partner of the law firm in 2009. Her practice is devoted exclusively to personal injury litigation and she is well versed in Ontario’s Insurance Act and its Regulations, including the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule.

Najma has represented seriously injured clients in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, as well as in dispute resolution proceedings before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. Najma has developed an expertise in disability and bad faith claims against insurance companies. She is Vice-Chair of the Long-Term Disability section of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA). In 2015, she helped organize and co-chair a conference devoted entirely to Long-Term Disability (LTD) Insurance.

Najma is on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. She is also a member of the Advocates Society, and supports such organizations such as REACH Canada, the Ontario Brain Injury Association and the Canadian Paraplegic Association.


Medical Malpractice Section

OTLA members with interest in medical malpractice issues may join this section; providing they are able to certify that 0% of their direct or indirect billings or time is derived from the defence of medical malpractice actions. Members are provided with access to the section's Listserve, resource materials and regular education programs. Membership is restricted to OTLA members and requires an additional annual fee of $100.00.

Jillian Evans 2016-17 Medical Malpractice Section Chair

Jillian Evans in a partner at Morris + Stoltz + Evans LLP, and has more than a decade of specialization as a committed advocate for patients and their families in litigation and related proceedings against physicians, nurses, hospitals and other health care professionals.

With extensive experience in medical injuries arising from surgical error, birthing injuries, late cancer diagnosis, misread imaging, pathology error and more, Jillian represents clients at all levels of court, as well as in hearings and appeals before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board.  

Cynthia Davis 2016-17 Medical Malpractice Section Vice-Chair

Cynthia is an experienced courtroom advocate who achieves effective and practical solutions to her client’s legal disputes. Cynthia is frequently retained in cases of serious medical malpractice where clients seek compensation for negligence on the part of a physician or health care professional.  She also has clients within the construction industry seeking her expertise in construction law.  In all cases, she is effective at understanding her client’s interests, both legal and practical, and developing a strategy that best achieves results for her clients in the most cost-efficient and timely manner.

Cynthia is pleased to have contributed her time, skills and leadership serving as a Board Member at the Canadian Cancer Society, Kitchener-Waterloo Unit, Focus for Ethnic Women, and most recently, she was appointed by the Ministry of Education as a Trustee of KidsAbility School Authority where she was Chair of the Board. 


New Lawyers Division (NLD)

All members of OTLA who have been practising for less than 10 years may participate in OTLA's New Lawyers Division. Officially formed in May 1995, the NLD seeks to specifically address the needs and interests of new lawyers through conferences and events. NLD gatherings provide valuable networking opportunities which enable new lawyers to get together to socialize, discuss common concerns and experiences, and to help each other by sharing ideas. The NLD also has its own Listserve.

Melissa Miller 2016-17 New Lawyers Division Chair 

An associate of Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP, Melissa’s practice is committed to all areas of personal injury litigation on behalf of clients who need a trusted advisor to support and guide them through the legal issues that need to be resolved as they fight to recover. Melissa has extensive experience in court arguing prominent motions and attending numerous Trials in our courts.

Melissa is a member of many professional associations and frequently authors articles for these associations and other organizations, including updates on the law, catastrophic impairment, and important issues that affect the rights of injured victims.

Michael Giordano 2016-17 New Lawyers Division  Vice-Chair 

Michael Giordano is a founding partner of Avanessy Giordano LLP. Prior to establishing his own practice, he was a partner of a prominent Mississauga personal injury firm.

He completed his law degree at the University of Ottawa. Prior to law school, Michael studied English and Law & Society at York University.

He has successfully argued numerous contested Motions and appeared as lead counsel for judge and jury trials in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He has also obtained notable decisions at the Financial Services Tribunal.

Michael is an active member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and is a past Vice-Chair of the New Lawyers Division. He is a regular contributor to the OTLA blog and has also written for The Litigator.


Women Trial Lawyers Caucus

The OTLA Women Trial Lawyers Caucus was formed in the spring of 1998 to offer events specifically geared to the interests and needs of women litigators. The Women's Caucus gatherings provide valuable networking opportunities to enable women lawyers to socialize and discuss common concerns and experiences.

Daniela Pacheco 2016-17 Women Trial Lawyers Caucus Chair

Daniela is a member of the Medical Malpractice Group at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers. She has experience in all areas of plaintiff side medical malpractice and traumatic injury litigation. Daniela has appeared as counsel in complex multi-party medical malpractice trials and appeals, and has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal for Ontario as an advocate for her clients.

Daniela completed an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction at the University of Toronto, and went on to complete a Juris Doctor at Osgoode Hall Law School. In law school, Daniela worked as a case worker in the Social Assistance, Violence and Health Group at Parkdale Community Legal Services, and represented Osgoode Hall Law School as Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court Moot at The Hague, Netherlands.

Daniela is a member of the Medical–Legal Society of Toronto and the Advocates’ Society.  Daniela has written for and spoken at Ontario Trial Lawyers Association conferences and webinars on issues ranging from tavern liability, complex examinations for discovery, and trial preparation. Daniela is also a regular contributor to the OTLA Medical Malpractice Newsletter and has been recently named Chair of the Women’s Caucus.  Daniela is on the Board of Directors and Policy Committee of Abrigo Centre, a charity that works to build community capacity in downtown Toronto.

Ines Jelic 2016-17 Women Trial Lawyers Caucus Vice-Chair

Ines articled with Burke-Robertson LLP (Ottawa) in 2013 and stayed with the firm after her Call to the Bar in 2014 as an associate in the Civil Litigation department. Her practice predominantly consists of personal injury and insurance-related cases including car accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice, and long-term disability claims.

In her spare time Ines is dedicated to volunteering. She is Vice-President of The Rehabilitation Centre Volunteer Association (TRCVA) Board of Directors and Chair of its Charity Auction & Dinner Committee. In these roles Ines is actively involved in fundraising for of the Ottawa Hospital to enhance the quality of life of TRCVA patients who have experienced disabling physical illnesses or injuries and are in need of mobility devices and services that they cannot otherwise afford.

Over the years Ines has been involved with the Carleton University women’s basketball team and other Ottawa basketball teams as a coach. Ines also mentors female students who have an interest in pursuing law as a career through the Alumni Mentorship Program at Carleton University, and is an ambassador of the Women’s Business Network (Ottawa).

Outside of her practice and volunteering, Ines enjoys staying active and is always up for a friendly, or competitive, game of basketball.

Ines has been a member of OTLA since 2014 and feels privileged to be the incoming Vice-Chair of the OTLA Women’s Caucus. 


Law Clerk Section

OTLA's Law Clerk Section meets twice annually at the OTLA Spring and Fall Conferences, plus round table meetings are organized throughout the province. The Law Clerk Section has an active Listserve.

Stacy Bailey 2016-17 Law Clerks Section Chair

Stacy Bailey is a Licensed Paralegal and a Senior Medical Malpractice Clerk at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers. She joined the firm in 2014 and has worked in civil litigation for over ten years. Stacy was licensed as a Paralegal in 2015 and is a graduate of the University of Guelph. As a Senior Clerk, Stacy provides leadership both at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers, and in the medical malpractice community.

Stacy has extensive experience in medical malpractice, catastrophic claims and plaintiff-side personal injury. She is skilled in all aspects of managing litigation readiness including preparation of pleadings, analysis of medical documentation, examinations for discovery, mediation, liaising with expert witnesses and trial preparation.

For over six years, prior to joining Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers, Stacy worked with a sole practitioner focusing on civil litigation, personal injury and family law, and three years at a mid-size law firm in Toronto in their Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury groups.

Stacy is an active member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Ontario Paralegal Association and the Women’s Paralegal Association of Ontario. Stacy is actively involved with OTLA through her participation in the Education Committee. She also enjoys volunteering in her community with a particular interest in anti-oppression and youth activism. 

Tania Harris 2016-17 Law Clerks Section Vice-Chair

Tania is a Personal Injury Law Clerk at Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP, working closely with Senior Partner, Adam K. Wagman since 2004.

Tania is currently the Vice Chair for the Law Clerk Section of OTLA. 

Tania always puts her clients first and is involved in every aspect of the file.  Always trying to stay one step ahead, she is an effective problem solver, an excellent leader and has a vast knowledge of Accident and Personal Injury Law.

Amanda Kizlyk 2016-17 Law Clerks Section Education Rep

Amanda Kizlyk was born and raised in Barrie, Ontario.  Out of high school she studied at Laurentian University until she was involved in a T-Bone collision in 2009, which prompted the insurance and legal process. From this experience she enrolled at Niagara College and subsequently obtained her Law Clerk diploma.  Her work experience began in insurance defence litigation but after two years she made the switch to plaintiff personal injury.  She has worked in personal injury for three years and is currently working at Oatley Vigmond.  She is an active Board Member for the Brain Injury Services Muskoka Simcoe, certified peer mentor (caregiver) for the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, an active member with the Ontario Brain Injury Association and contributes to Spinal Cord Injury Ontario.  In her leisure she enjoys hot yoga, figure skating and babysitting Wednesday evenings.