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Paul E.F. Martin

Paul is a civil litigator. Qualified in Ontario and California, his practice focuses upon the defence of municipalities, insurers, and corporations against an array of personal injury, property and commercial disputes. Paul has handled both jury and judge-alone trials, as well as numerous contested motions and applications. He has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, and Federal Court.

Paul is especially cognizant of the need to cater his litigation style to each client's claims philosophy and unique needs on a particular file. As a result, he is equally adept at vigorously defending a proceeding on the merits of procuring an early release on the most favourable terms available to his client. 

Paul received several academic prizes while at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a frequent contributor to the Municipal Liability Risk Management Newsletter and speaks at client and public law forums such as SPIAO and the Canadian Institute.

Representative Client Work

  • In Onley v. Whitby, assisted in achieving a denial of liability in an occupiers’ liability trial where “foreseeability” of electrical shock was a central issue. Led the damages portion of the trial, where Court denied any assessment for economic losses.
  • ​Acted as counsel for the City of Toronto in the successful defence of a sidewalk slip and fall action.
  • Led the defence at a jury trial against economic loss claims brought by a Plaintiff who sustained a "hangman" (cervical) fracture, with past and future income losses assessed at under $10,000.00.
  • Successfully extricated a personally named corporate director on summary judgment motion despite allegations of bad faith and fraud.
  • Achieved a denial of liability in an occupiers’ liability trial where “foreseeability” of electrical shock was a central issue.

Legal Qualifications, Bar Admissions and Memberships

Barrister and Solicitor, Ontario
Attorney, California

Education and Designations

(Hons.)B.Sc. - University of Toronto
J.D. - Osgoode Hall Law School 
C.S.C. -  Canadian Securities Institute