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Sandev Purewal

Senior Litigation Lawyer

Sandev Purewal

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Phone | 416.408.4252, Ext.228

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Molly McLeod

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Phone | 416.408.4252, Ext.240

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Sandev was called to the Ontario Bar in 2001 and is an experienced lawyer in the areas of serious personal injury and disability insurance, while also having addressed a wide range of civil and commercial litigation matters. The Law Society of Ontario (LSO) certified him as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in 2017. He has appeared as counsel before the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, Financial Services Commission of Ontario and the Tax Court of Canada.

Sandev is currently a member of the OTLA Board of Directors (2015-date), Past-President (2010-2013) and Director (2007-2009) of the Brain Injury Association of Peel & Halton (BIAPH), as well as being actively involved in other community activities, such as leading the “Helmets on Kids” project in the Peel Region since 2007, which provides free bicycle helmets to children in need.

Since 2010, Sandev has been a Senior Litigation Lawyer at the leading Toronto law firm of Gluckstein Lawyers P.C.

He received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Bachelor of Education degrees from York University in 1996, a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the University of Toronto in 1998, and his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1999. While attending Osgoode Hall Law School, Sandev was also a Research Assistant to Professor D. Paul Emond in 1998, and helped to develop the Professional Development Program’s Negotiation Skills Workshop.

Sandev has published several papers—in the areas of personal injury, disability insurance and civil litigation—and presented at various forums to further lawyers’ continuing legal education.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Disability Insurance
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Occupier’s Liability

Professional Qualifications

  • Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Ontario, 2017
  • Law Society of Ontario – Barrister & Solicitor since 2001
  • Ontario College of Teachers – Ontario Teacher’s Certificate, 1996; Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT), 2010


  • 2000, Law Society of Ontario, Bar Admissions Course
  • 2010, Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT), Ontario College of Teachers
  • 1999, Osgoode Hall Law School, J.D.
  • 1999, Osgoode Hall Law School, Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop
  • 1998, University of Toronto, Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • 1996, Ontario Teacher’s Certificate, Ontario College of Teachers
  • 1996, York University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • 1996, York University, Bachelor of Education

Honours & Awards of Distinction

  • 2018 Lexpert Zenith Awards: Mid-Career Excellence in the Legal Profession (Personal Injury)
  • Peel District School Board Award of Excellence, 2017
  • Peel District School Board Leadership Development & School Support Services Award of Distinction, 2017
  • Peel Regional Chief of Police Certificate of Appreciation and Challenge Coin, 2017

Professional Associations, Memberships & Volunteering

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA)
  • The Advocates’ Society (TAS)
  • The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto (MLST)
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
  • The American Association for Justice, Canadian Caucus (AAJ)
  • Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
  • Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
  • South Asian Bar Association (SABA)
  • Peel Helmets On Kids Project (2007- Present), Chair (2007- Present)
  • Established the “Set for Safety” Charity Sports Tourney in support of Peel Helmets on Kids (launching on June 24, 2018)
  • OTLA, Director (2015 Present)
  • Brain Injury Association of Peel & Halton (BIAPH), Past President (2010-2013); Director (2007-2010)    
Publications / Presentations
  • Webinar Leader: “Litigation Financing”, (OTLA, Toronto), June 21, 2018*
  • Presenter: “Independent Medical Exams and Medical-Legal Assessments – Best Practices”, (Canadian Defence Lawyers, Accident Benefits Spring Symposium, Toronto), April 19, 2018
  • Conference Co-Chair: “The LTD File from A to Z”, (OTLA, Toronto), May 26, 2017
  • Webinar Leader:  “Successful Resolution of the LTD Case”, (OTLA/TrialSmith), July 26, 2016
  • Paper Presented: “Long Term Disability Claims” (OBA, The Fundamentals of Personal Injury Practice, Toronto), April 9, 2014
  • Paper Presented: “Effective Examinations for Discovery” (LSUC: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law 2010, Toronto), Sept. 28, 2010
  • Workshop Leader: “The Due Diligence Defence” (Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce & Industry: Directors’ & Officers’ Liability, Mississauga), Nov. 10, 2009
  • Paper Presented: “LTD: Key Cases and Developments” (OTLA: Long Term Disability Conference, Burlington), Sept. 28, 2007
  • Paper Presented: “Preparing the Client for Examination for Discovery” (OTLA: 2007 Spring Conference, Toronto), May 25, 2007
  • Workshop Leader: “A Strategic Guide for Litigators and Medical Experts” (The Canadian Institute: 8th Annual Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, Toronto), Nov. 9, 2006
  • Paper Presented: “LTD Update: What’s New Since 2003?” (OTLA: Winning the Bad Faith Case V, Toronto), April 7, 2006
  • Paper Published:  “Individual or Class Action?” (The Litigator, Summer 2005)
  • Paper Published:  “Loss of Home Maintenance Capacity Claims” (The Litigator, Winter 2005)
  • Paper Published:  “Examination of Expert Witnesses at Trial” (The Litigator, Fall 2003)