Richard Halpern

Richard Halpern

Thomson, Rogers


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Richard Halpern is a senior lawyer who acts exclusively for injured people in medical malpractice cases. He has more than 30 years of experience representing seriously injured people and is known across Canada for his expertise in birth injury cases. Richard is a founding member of the Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance of Canada.

Richard has a detailed understanding of the highly technical medical issues relating to malpractice cases, particularly those involving birth injuries. He has written extensively on matters concerned with obstetrics and newborn injury, as well as on more general medical malpractice issues and legal and trial strategies. In the past decade, Richard has delivered more than 70 presentations to professional groups on medical-legal matters.

As a regular lecturer on medical-legal matters, Richard has presented many talks to physicians, hospitals and lawyers. He is a regular presenter at the annual Obstetric Malpractice conference at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He has made presentations to the National Judicial Institute, the OBA, the Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall Law School, and other organizations. Included in his many publications are his detailed papers on birth injury, including: “Revisiting Intrapartum Pathways to Neonatal Neurologic Injury – a Lawyer’s View of the Medicine”.

Richard has acted for patients in hundreds of medical malpractice cases, and has achieved significant awards for his clients. He has appeared in Ontario’s highest courts, the Superior Court of Ontario and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

In 2015 Richard was the recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to the legal profession. He has also been recognized through inclusion in the Best Lawyers and in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of the Most Frequently Recommended Leading Toronto Practitioners representing plaintiffs in Medical Negligence cases.

As a past president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Richard has been active in advocating on behalf of injured people to government and other groups. He is a member of the Holland Group, a group of senior medical malpractice lawyers promoting reforms in medical malpractice that serves the public interest by preserving equitable, affordable and timely access to justice. He also serves as a member of a bench and bar committee established by the Superior Court of Justice that meets to explore ways to improve the administration of justice.

Richard’s experience also includes serving on the Judicial Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments (GTA). He was appointment to the committee was by the federal Minister of Justice. This committee evaluated candidates for appointment to the Superior Court of Ontario, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Richard has a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Law degree and a Master of Laws degree. He is a member of the Advocate’s Society, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the American Association of Justice. He was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1984.