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Trial Lawyer

Derek Nicholson

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Phone | 613.277.7201

Legal Assistant

Donna Bradbury

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Phone | 416.408.4252 Ext.266

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 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 (including those affected by traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and multiple injuries resulting in a 55% whole body impairment as defined under the Insurance legislation.)

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.

Derek Nicholson has also co-chaired a program on the recent changes to the Statutory Accident Benefits for Ottawa’s Bar Association (the Carleton County Law Association) in the Fall of 2010. He has done demonstrations of Cross-Examinations of Bio-Mechanical Engineering experts before 400 lawyers at the OTLA Fall 2015 Conference.

Derek served on the Executive of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association as Treasurer and Regional Organization Coordinator. Derek was initially elected a Director of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. He is the former Chair of the OTLA cup committee, which organizes an annual Moot Court in personal injury for six of the law schools in Ontario. Derek is also a member of the American Association for Justice.

Derek recently secured the largest settlement in Canadian History. He won over $15 million for clients who were catastrophically injured in a motor vehicle accident. The settlement also produced one of the most significant structured settlements in Canadian History of $11 million.

In 2014 after several weeks of Trial in Soullieres v Robitaille on behalf of a young man who was very severely brain-injured, Madame Justice Rocamo of the Superior Court of Ontario said:

”I have little doubt that absent counsel’s willingness to accept the risks, the social the objective of providing access to justice for injured children and parties under the disability of limited financial means would not have been met… The legal complexity of the case was significant.”

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Occupier Liability
  • Disability Matters
  • Criminal Injuries Compensations
  • Wrongful Death Claims
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Claims