Steve Rastin joined Gluckstein Lawyers, as a Senior Counsel and Lawyer, in 2021 and is the lead lawyer of Rastin Gluckstein Lawyers. He is dedicated to helping injured victims recover after suffering an injury and is an advocate for his clients, and takes the time to listen to their concerns.
Steve is an award-winning trial lawyer whose practice focuses on Civil Litigation, where he has been providing cutting-edge legal services to clients for almost 30 years. Steve’s focus is on personal injury, employment law, and mass tort/class action.
It is a point of pride for him that his clients are treated fairly, and he has shown his willingness to go the extra mile for his clients. He has argued cases before the Ontario Superior Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He’s also argued cases before many different tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. His precedent-setting decisions have benefited not only his clients but victims throughout the Province.
Steve regularly chairs and speaks at legal education conferences for the Ontario Lawyers Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and others. He has spoken at conferences throughout Ontario and across Canada.
His Peers recognized Steve in the Lexpert Directory of Legal Experts, Best Lawyers in Canada, and he is a past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. Rastin Gluckstein Lawyers has been recognized as one of the Top 3 Personal injury lawyers in Orillia.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Automobile Litigation
- Occupier Liability
- Disability Matters
- Wrongful Death Claims
- Insurance Litigation
- Product Liability
- Employment Law
- Commercial Litigation
- University of Toronto, Honours B.A., St. Michael’s College Toronto, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Degree in History / Medieval Studies
- University of Western Ontario, J.D. in Law
Honours and Awards of Distinction
- Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Ontario
- Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2021
- 2017-2021 Lexpert Ranked, Consistently Recommended Lawyer (Peer Reviewed)
- 2014-2015 President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
- Recipient of the 2016 City of Barrie, Mayor’s Recognition Award
- Recipient of the 2016 J.A. McLeish Award for Contributions to Advocacy, Access to Justice, and Legal Scholarship
- Recipient of the 2015 SCDBE Trustees Tribute Award
- 2015 Nominee for the Canadian Lawyer Magazine Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers
Professional Associations, Memberships & Volunteering
- Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (Past President)
- Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations
- Law Society of Ontario
- Simcoe County Law Association
- Advocates Society
- York Region Law Association
- American Association for Justice
Cases of Note
- Turcotte v. Lewis, 2018 The applications for leave to appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Number C63637, 2018 ONCA 359, dated April 13, 2018, are dismissed with costs.
- Tomec v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company, 2019 Steve Rastin successfully intervened on behalf of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association in this Ontario Court of Appeal case where the principle that Insurance Litigation is consumer protection litigation was affirmed by the Court which held that limitation periods in accident benefits cases were not “hard limitation periods” but were subject to the discoverability principle.
- Pratt v. Tay Township Public Library Board, 2015 Dispute involving alleged human rights violations in the contract of administrative boards and municipalities.
- Younis v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 2012 Joint cases that were argued before the Ontario Court of Appeal considering the “60 day rule” for required mediations under the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule. This was a leading case that prompted significant improvements to the SABS dispute resolution process.
- McIlravey v. Vincent Salon and Spa, 2009 Dispute involving alleged human rights violations in the work place.
- Ms. G v. Pilot Insurance Co., 2008 This is a matter where Mr. G and Pilot insurance went to hearing, appeal or Judicial Review on 9 separate occasions. This is one of the earliest, and most important, cases on catastrophic impairment and the scope of medical/ rehabilitation benefits in Ontario Auto Insurance Law. The case is the first F.S.C.O. decision that held Desbiens was good law and that physical and psychological impairments could properly be “stacked” for the purpose of determining catastrophic impairment. It is also the case that held that nanny services could properly be characterized as medical/rehabilitation benefits (and not just care gives benefits) in the proper circumstance.
- McGowan v. Rainmaker Estates Inc., 2008 Property dispute / commercial case that was argued Justice Thompson for 19 days dealing with questions relating to adverse possession, the proper use of surveys and surveyors, real estate law, an the Registry Act.
- Tolnai v. Downey, 2003 Municipal conflict of interest application where we acted for an Orillia councilor whom a ratepayer sought to have removed form office for voting to allow signs for a local charity action to be given an exemption from local sign bylaws. This is a leading case in Ontario conflict of interest law in municipal context.
- Smith v. Co-Operations General Insurance Co., 2002 A seminal case in Insurance Law that was argued before the Supreme Court of Canada. This is the root case that established that Insurance Legislation in Canada is consumer protection legislation and, when dealing with any ambiguity, it is to be given a broad and purposeful interpretation in favour of the consumer.
- Waterworth v. Freeman, 2001 Serious, catastrophic head injury case involving complex issues of liability, causation and damages, as well as a Mary Carter Agreement. Case was argued at trial and at the Ontario Court of Appeal resulting in a multi-million dollar award for the Plaintiff.
- Human Rights Issues in the Manufacturing Sector, Steven Rastin (Presented to Atlas Block, Midland, ON, September 1997)
- Human Rights and Privacy in the Ontario Private Sector, M. Steven Rastin
- Labor & Employment Issues of Interest to the Hospitality Sector, M. Steven Rastin (Presented to The Best Western, Midland ON, undated)
- Judge or Jury: Where to Turn for Insurance Claims, 1998 Spring OTLA Conference
- Acting for Unionized Employees: To Sue or Not to Sue?, Steven Rastin (The Litigator Magazine, October 2002)
- Brain Injured Clients: Impact on the Tort and Accidents Benefits File, Steven Rastin, Lee-Ann M. Fournier and Tracy M. McColligan, (OTLA 2002 Spring Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, May 2002)
- Developing Damages: It’s More than Just Punitive Damages, Steven Rastin (OTLA Winning the Bad Faith Case IV Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, April 2004)
- The Emergence of Bad Faith Litigation in Canada, Steve Rastin (The Top Ten: Issues and Answers in Six Major Practice Areas, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, ON, May 2004)
- LTD- The Year in Review, Steve Rastin (OTLA 2005 Fall Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, October 2005)
- Keays v. Honda Canada: Bad Faith, Disability and Employment Law Converge, Steven Rastin (OTLA Winning the Bad Faith Case V Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, April 2006)
- LTD – The Year in Review: Twelve Things You Ought to Know, Steven Rastin and Lee-Ann Fournier (INSIGHT Conference, Toronto, ON, April 2006)
- Navigating the Minefield: Meshing Tort, LTD and Employment Law Considerations, Steven Rastin (The Litigator Magazine, July 2006)
- Beyond Fidler: Examining the SCC Decision and its Impact, Steve Rastin (OTLA 2006 Fall Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, October 2006)
- Long Term Disability Litigation: Ten Practical Tips, by Steve Rastin (OTLA 2007 LTD Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, September 2007)
- Proving Catastrophic Impairment Pursuant to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule: Key Considerations, Steve Rastin and Tracy Romanowski, (Litigating Catastrophic Disability Conference, inSIGHT, Toronto, ON, September 2007)
- The Use of Experts in LTD Litigation, Steven Rastin, The Litigator, October 2008
- Dawn of a New Era of Ontario Human Rights Complaints, Steven Rastin, The Litigator, December 2009
- Building a Future for Success: 10 Tips, Steve Rastin, (OTLA 2009 Fall Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, October 2009)
- Collateral Benefits: Protected and Unprotected Defendants, Steven Rastin (OTLA 2010 Spring Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, May 2010)
- Meds, Lies and Videotape: Are Defendants Allowed Multiple Examinations Under the Rules and the Contract and Can you Videotape them?, Steven Rastin, (OTLA 2011 LTD Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, January 2011
- Top 10 Cases that Will Help Your Arbitration, Steven Rastin (OTLA 2011 Fall Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, September 2011)
- Discovery in Claims Litigation: Examining the Insurer’s Representative, Steven Rastin (2012 Spring Conference, inSIGHT, Toronto, ON, February 2012)
- Improvident and Bad Faith Settlements, M. Steven Rastin and Anita W. H. Wong, (OTLA 2012 Law Clerks Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, April 2012)
- War in the Trenches: Interface Issues between LTD and Employment Law, Steven Rastin (OTLA 2013 Spring Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, February 2013)
- My Journey to the Cloud: Moving Beyond In-House Computer Servers, Steve Rastin (The Litigator Magazine, June 2013)
- Considerations Under Contingency Fees: What to Take on and When, Steven Rastin and Kristy Fleming (OTLA 2013 Fall Conference, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto, ON, September 2013)
- Effectively Navigating Injuries and Disabilities: What Benefits are Available to Employees who have been victims of a Motor Vehicle Accident, M. Steven Rastin (OBA 2014 Conference, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, ON, January 2014)
- The Dangers Lurking In Playgrounds & Parks: Guidance on How to Anticipate & Avoid Claims in Outdoor Recreational Spaces, Steven Rastin, (20th Annual Provincial/Municipal Government Liability Conference, Canadian Institute, Toronto, February 2014)
- The Employment Factor: How Motor Vehicle Accident Damages are Influenced and Impacted by Employment Benefits, Steven Rastin and Catherine Mahony (Litigator Magazine, September 2014)
- LITIGATOR FEATURE – The Employment Factor, Steven Rastin and Catherine Mahony (Litigator Magazine, September 2014)
- Every Breath You Take, Steve Rastin and Catherine Mahony (The Don’t Miss Civil Litigation CLE, Canadian Bar Association, Fredericton ON, October 2014)
- OTLA President’s Message, Steven Rastin (Litigator Magazine, September 2014)
- Proper Use of Experts in Civil Trials, Steve Rastin and Catherine Mahony (APTLA Conference Paper, May 2015)
- Ministry of Health, Subrogation Unit (Presentation with Todd McCarthy, Kingston ON, October 8, 2015)
- Navigating the HR Landmines: Employment Issues Every Business Owner Should Know About (Presentation to Human Resources Professionals Association, Grey Bruce Chapter, Owen Sound ON, October 20, 2015
- The Winds of Change Blowing from the East: Challenges and Opportunities facing the Ontario Personal Injury Bar (BC Trial Lawyers Association Conference), November 2015
- The Do’s and Don’ts of Cost Protection/Litigation Financing (OTLA Practice Management Conference April 2016)
- Deductibility of Collateral Benefits From Long-Term-Disability Benefits, Steve Rastin and Catherine Mahony, (OTLA LTD Conference, Toronto, Ontario, May 2017)
- Wars of Attrition Jordan and Delay, Steve Rastin, (OTLA Fall 2017 Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 2017)
- Deductibility of Collateral Benefits From Long-Term-Disability Benefits, (Hot Topics in Insurance Law & Torts, The Canadian Bar Assoc., New Brunswick, September 28, 2018)
- A Brief History of Contingency Fee Legislation in Ontario (LSO MVA Summit 2018)
- OTLA Litigator Article: Interplay between TORT and LTD and Tort: What Collateral Benefits does the LTD carrier get to Claim (Litigator May 2019, pp.36-43)
- Insurance Fraud in Canada: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (ACFI 20th Annual Fraud Conference) dated April 30 2019
- Solving Coverage Issues, OTLA 2019 LTD Conference, September 30 2019
- Expert Evidence in Accident Benefit Cases: Considerations under the “new” LAT System (Osgoode, Accident Benefits 2020: What’s New? What’s Important?, Toronto, February 20 2020)
- OTLA Submission to the Civil Rules Committee, Spring 2019