Episode 017: A Journey into the Life of a Civil Trial Lawyer with Derek Nicholson

On today’s episode, you hosts Brenda Agnew, Jordan Assaraf and Charles Gluckstein welcome Derek Nicholson who shares specific aspects of what it means to be a civil trial lawyer as well as lots of interesting and fun stories about his career, life, and hobbies.

Derek Nicholson has been one of Ottawa’s leading civil trial lawyers since 1980. In his early years of practice, he focused on defense insurance work and represented several major insurance companies including Chubb Insurance and Royal Insurance. He has also represented many high-profile clients including the Attorney General of Canada in a trial against Boeing USA, CJOH -TV and Blue Line Taxi.

In the last forty years, he has focused on Personal Injury work, especially in catastrophic injury victims. With Derek as a key member of Gluckstein Lawyers and lead lawyer of our new Ottawa location: Nicholson Gluckstein Lawyers continues to take on the most complex personal injury claims throughout Ontario. His approach and focus are on helping injured victims recover. He has guided hundreds of plaintiffs through recovery by assisting in maximizing rehabilitation benefits and supporting victims to restructure their lives.

Although he now exclusively represents plaintiffs against insurance companies, it is of great value that he represented insurance companies in the early years to obtain insight to assist plaintiffs today.