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 $125.00.
Najma Rashid LTD Section 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 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.
In order to advocate effectively on behalf of her clients, Najma has had to learn about the unique challenges that face each of her injured clients. She keeps herself informed of developing medical issues pertaining to such conditions as chronic pain syndrome, spinal and muscular injuries, mild and catastrophic brain injuries and psychological injuries such as depression and post-traumatic stress.
Nainesh holds a wealth of experience having appeared in trials with and without a jury at the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. He has represented clients and conducted appeals at the Federal Court level, Trial division. Nainesh has appeared before numerous Tribunal panels including; the Financial Services Commission and the Social Security Tribunal. He has featured in several televised interviews on the subjects of Personal Injury and Long Term Disability claims.
Nainesh Kotak LTD Section Vice-Chair
Nainesh Kotak’s practice includes a heavy emphasis on long-term disability cases.
Nainesh is active in the community and supports many worthy charities and causes. Each year he brings a thousand troops, veterans and cadets to a professional hockey game in a Remembrance Day event known as Kotak Law Military Appreciation Day.
Further, he is the founder of Kotak’s Heroes. He brings out individual soldiers and their families to a Brampton Beast ECHL game and covers their costs.
Nainesh is a proud contributor and supporter of Wounded Warriors Canada and The Peel’s Children’s Centre.
Nainesh hosts the inductees to the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame annually at his box suite at a Brampton Beast hockey game.
Nainesh is a Vice Chair of the board of Spectra Community Support Services, which is an organization that provides a 24-hour hotline to those in crisis. He is a Board of Director of the Peel Children’s Centre.
Nainesh also serves as the Vice Chair of the Long Term Disability Section of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers 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 $125.00.
Paul Cahill Medical Malpractice Section Chair
Paul has been a partner with Will Davidson LLP since 2011, having started here as an articling student in 2004.
Paul helps seriously injured people obtain fair compensation for their losses, whether it be by medical malpractice, car accident, slip and fall, or a product failure. Paul also assists people with first party insurance claims for disability benefits.
He has appeared at both the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal. He has represented clients at administrative boards and tribunals, including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, the Health Professions Review and Appeal Board, and the CPP Review Tribunal.
Paul believes that the best outcomes for his clients come from hard work and preparation.
Paul speaks at industry conferences and authors articles in legal publications.
Paul received his B.A. (Hons), from Queens University in 2001 and his LL.B., from the University of Ottawa in 2004. Paul was called to the Bar in 2005.
Paul received his B.A. (Hons), from Queens University in 2001 and his LL.B., from the University of Ottawa in 2004. Paul was called to the Bar in 2005.
Jan Marin Medical Malpractice Section Vice-Chair
Jan received her Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Development Studies from Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario in 2005 and her J.D. from Western’s Law School in 2009. While attending law school, Jan volunteered with the school’s Community Legal Clinic and Pro-Bono Students Canada. She also participated in an international exchange program at ESADE in Barcelona where she studied both International and European Union law.
Before joining Gluckstein Lawyers, Jan completed her articles at a prominent Personal Injury firm. She was called to the bar in June 2010.
Jan’s Personal Injury practice is focused on motor vehicle collisions, occupier’s liability, product liability and medical malpractice.
Jan is a passionate advocate for her clients and their families. When not practicing law, Jan enjoys travelling, playing soccer and volleyball.
- University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, London, Ontario, Canada
- J.D. – 2009
- Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario
- B.A. – 2005
- Honors: With Honors
- Major: Development Studies
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association, Member
- The Advocate’s Society
- Medico-Legal Society of Toronto
- Toronto Lawyers Association
- University of Toronto’s Health Law Advocacy Program, Mentor
- New Lawyers Division, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Former Co-Chair
- Women’s Caucus, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Current Co-Chair
- Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Junior Board Member
- Out of the Rough Golf Tournament, St. Michael’s Hospital, Organizing Committee Member
- Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Wheelchair Relay, Organizing Committee Member
- Volunteer with Pro-Bono Law Ontario
- Litigation Loans – Leblanc v. Doucet, OTLA Spring Conference, 2013
- Threshold Issues – AB Helping Tort, OTLA Spring Law Clerks Conference, 2012
- What is an Automobile, OTLA Fall Conference, 2011
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Research – Learning That We Have Much to Learn, The Insurance Lawyer, Vol. 1
- The Social Media Dimension of marketing and Networking, The Litigator, Summer, 2013
- Examination for Discovery of a Road Authority Representative, The Litigator, 2014
- Checklists – Don’t Leave Anything Out, OTLA Fall Conference, 2014
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.
Jennifer Hoffman New Lawyers Division Chair
Bringing a sharp and experienced eye to every case, she offers her clients the most direct path to securing their rights and interests, providing honest guidance and compassion but decisive attention in every situation, from the simplest matter to the most complex.
Jennifer knows there is a personal angle to every injury claim, and unique challenges faced by each claimant. Her goal is to establish the best possible outcome for each client, and she takes satisfaction in devoting herself and her resources fully to that aim.
Besides excellent legal credentials and multiple bar memberships, Jennifer has advanced training in neuroscience, which complements her legal expertise with insight into potential medical aspects of her clients’ claims, especially in head injury cases. This is an advantage in skills and understanding personal injury cases which very few lawyers share.
Jennifer is passionate about using her skills to help people through challenges, and navigating the justice and health care systems with confidence to achieve maximum compensation for her clients.
In doing so, she helps level the power difference between personal injury victims and large institutional defendants such as insurance companies.
Jennifer has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2010, and holds memberships in the Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Canadian Bar Association. She has been a partner at a preeminent personal injury law firm in Toronto, and worked alongside one of Canada’s most accomplished and respected practitioners in this field for many years. Her LLB/JD and her M.Sc. in neuroscience are from the University of Western Ontario.
Outside of her law practice, Jennifer enjoys keeping fit and active, spending quality time with family, and making the most of Toronto’s diverse food scene.
Casey Dorey New Lawyers Division Vice-Chair
Casey is an associate lawyer at Bergeron Clifford LLP. He works primarily in Kingston but travels across Eastern Ontario.
Casey obtained his LL.B from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom, with First Class Honours. While in law school, Casey was a Moot Court champion and represented the school externally in London, England. He was also awarded the Canadian Spring Scholarship.
Casey has presented at various legal conferences in Ontario and currently serves on the Board of Directors of ThinkFirst Kingston, an organization dedicated to the prevention of brain injuries.
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.
Rachel Radomski Women Trial Lawyers Caucus Chair
Rachel Radomski is an associate at Bogoroch & Associates LLP. She joined the firm in October, 2015. Prior to joining Bogoroch & Associates LLP, Rachel articled and practiced at a boutique personal injury firm in Toronto where she represented seriously injured victims and their families.
Rachel attended Western University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009, and her Juris Doctor in 2012. Rachel was called to the Ontario Bar in 2013.
Rachel is the Chair of the OTLA Women Trial Lawyers Caucus and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, The Advocates' Society and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.
Simmy Yu Women Trial Lawyers Caucus Vice-Chair
Simmy Yu is a lawyer at Tkatch & Associates, a boutique personal injury law firm located in downtown Toronto. Simmy’s main areas of practice are motor vehicle accidents, accident benefits, slip and falls, trip and falls, disability claim denials, product liability, dog bites and other personal injury matters.
As a passionate advocate for injured people as well as their family members, Simmy is committed to achieving the best possible settlement for each client. Simmy has represented clients in various levels of court, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice, as well as tribunals including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and Licence Appeal Tribunal. She also takes on an active mentoring role, speaking on panels with the University of Toronto as well as the Ontario Bar Association. Simmy previously worked as a Content Manager and Writer at Sympatico/MSN and was a Community Contributor for Global News in the field of personal injury law.
Simmy enjoys working with various community groups and served on the Board of Directors for the Community Legal Clinic of York Region for many years, helping to ensure access to justice to those who need it. Most recently, she judged the 2018 and 2019 U of T Cup mooting competition. She has been featured or published on: The Huffington Post, Global News, Advocate Daily, The Lawyer’s Daily, CanLII and The Canadian Press. She also lends her editorial voice as a member of the Editorial Board of The Litigator magazine.
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.
Franca Recchia Law Clerks Section Chair
Franca Recchia is a law clerk at McNally Gervan LLP in the National Capital Region. She has 10 years of experience in the personal injury field where she handles all aspects of both accident benefits and tort claims for injured clients. Franca has gained considerable experience advocating on behalf of clients to ensure that they have access to the benefits they deserve.
Franca is committed to ensuring that her clients receive excellent service with compassion and understanding. She makes a point of being approachable and available to answer any questions her clients have.
As a senior law clerk, Franca has adopted the role of mentor to many of her colleagues. She takes pride in sharing her knowledge and experience with other members of her work team. Franca has extended her mentoring into the larger legal community, where she has presented to students of the law clerk program at Algonquin College on various civil and accident benefits matters.
Opportunities for continuing education are important to Franca and outside of OTLA conferences she regularly attends local fundraising and educational events through organizations like Reach Canada and the Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley.
Outside of the office Franca can be found enjoying the outdoors with her 2 children and their dog Wesley. She is an active member of the local Italian community where she appreciates getting back to her roots.
Anne Smith Law Clerks Section Vice-Chair
Anne is a Law Clerk in the personal injury department with Ross & McBride LLP. Prior to joining Ross & McBride LLP in 2017, Anne worked at a full service law firm in Hamilton for 6 years, and prior to that she was an Accident Benefits Adjuster in the insurance industry for 17 years.
Anne has extensive knowledge with plaintiff personal injury cases, with a focus on accident benefits and tort motor vehicle cases. Anne provides assistance to lawyers in all aspects of the personal injury litigation process, with her vast knowledge of accident benefits, motor vehicle accidents and insurance claims.
In her spare time, Anne supports her local community by volunteering as a Director of Select for Dofasco Minor Hockey, a team manager, loves spending time with the family, and is also an avid traveller, who holds a TICO licence.
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