richard halpern bio

Senior Counsel & Lawyer

Richard Halpern

Email | [email protected]
Phone | 416.408.4252, Ext.263

Richard Halpern is a senior lawyer acting exclusively for injured people in medical negligence cases, with a special focus on infants injured at or around the time of birth.  Richard is known across Canada for his expertise in birth injury cases.  He has more than 30 years of experience representing seriously injured people.

Richard has a detailed understanding of the highly technical medical issues, particularly relating to birth injury cases.  His experience allows him to provide meaningful advice and direction to families considering a medical negligence lawsuit following a review of the medical record.

Richard is known for tackling some of the most complex and challenging medical malpractice cases.  He has lectured and written extensively on matters concerned with obstetrics, the cause of newborn injury, medical malpractice cases more generally, and legal and trial strategies.  He has delivered more than 80 presentations to professional groups.  One of his more recent papers is titled “Birth Trauma Litigation: Proving the Cause of Newborn Neurologic Injury”.

In 2015, Richard was the recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to the legal profession, conferred by his peers at the Ontario Bar Association.  Richard has been recognized by and listed in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada.  He has been recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.

Richard has acted in hundreds of medical malpractice cases.  He has achieved significant settlements for his clients, many exceeding $10,000,000, though past results are not necessarily indicative of future outcomes.  He has appeared in the Superior Court of Ontario and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Richard is currently a member of The Holland Group, a group that promotes reforms in medical malpractice cases aimed at increasing access to justice and timely and equitable resolutions of medical malpractice claims.  The Holland Group is chaired by former Ontario Court of Appeal Justice John Laskin.  Richard is also a member of a bench a bar committee established by the Ontario Court of Justice.  The members of this committee included judges and senior lawyers and the committee meets to look at reforms to improve the administration of justice.

Richard is a past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.  He is a past member of the Judicial Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments (GTA) appointed by the Federal Minister of Justice.  This committee evaluated candidates for appointment to the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) and Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB), Richard earned a Masters Degree in Law (LLM) in Civil Litigation at Osgoode Hall Law School.  He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the American Association of Justice.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Birth Injury

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto (1979)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Windsor (1982)
  • Masters of Law (Civil Litigation), Osgoode Hall Law School (1998)

Honours and Awards of Distinction

  • LEXPERT® Ranked Lawyer
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers® in Canada since 2010
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Ranked Lawyer

Professional Associations, Memberships & Volunteering

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the AAJ
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • American Association for Justice
  • Past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (2007 – 2008)
  • Member of the American Association for Access to Justice

Professional Experience – Contributions

Papers presented at continuing legal education seminars include:

  • Intrapartum Pathways to Neonatal Neurologic Injury
  • Medical Malpractice: Legal Causation and Obstetrics
  • Crossing the Threshold
  • Demonstrative Evidence
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Making Effective Use of Health Care Experts
  • Litigating Auto Insurance Claims
  • Reducing the Risk of Obstetric Malpractice
  • Preventable Adverse Events: Medical Malpractice Litigation and Patient Safety
  • Civil Procedure and Evidence
  • The Plaintiff’s View of Auto Insurance Reform
  • Expert Reports

Published Works

  • Birth Trauma Litigation: Proving the Cause of Newborn Neurologic Injury
  • Birth Trauma Litigation Complex, Controversial
  • Major Accident Benefits Changes Come into Effect on June 1st, 2016
  • Revisiting Intrapartum Pathways to Neonatal Neurologic Injury – A Lawyer’s View of the Medicine
  • Intrapartum Pathways to Neonatal Neurologic Injury – A Lawyer’s View
  • The Obstacles in Connecting Birth Trauma to Neurologic Injury
  • Expert Evidence in Personal Injury Law – Panel Discussion
  • Newborn Neurological Injury and Litigation: Medical-Legal Challenges to Causation
  • Managing Risks in Maternity Care
  • The Osgoode Certificate in Clinical Risk, Negligence and Claims Management in Health Care
  • Auto Insurance Reform 2010
  • The New Accident Benefits Schedule Transition Provisions
  • Birth Trauma and the Duty of Care
  • Automobile Insurance: Beyond the New Brunswick Border
  • Ontario Proposed Auto Insurance Reforms (2010)
  • Darcy Merkur & Richard Halpern, Ontario Proposed Auto Insurance Reforms (2010)
  • Preserving Access to Justice: Resisting the Push to Restrict Tort Rights
  • Timing of Asphyxial Injury and Birth Trauma
  • Timing of Asphyxial and Birth Trauma
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association – Advanced Medical Malpractice CLE
  • Overview of Proposed Auto Insurance Reform 2009
  • Medical Malpractice Damages Guardianship Issues
  • Shoulder Dystocia

Awards

Sponsorship