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. He has developed a national reputation for his expertise in birth injury cases, drawing on more than 30 years of experience representing those seriously injured.
Richard’s work is guided by his detailed understanding of medical issues, particularly relating to birth injury cases. This knowledge allows him to provide meaningful advice and direction to families considering a medical negligence lawsuit, even in the most complex and challenging malpractice cases.
Along with lecturing, Richard has written extensively on obstetrical matters, the cause of newborn injury, and legal and trial strategies for malpractice cases. During the past decade, he has delivered more than 70 presentations to professional groups including a recent paper titled Birth Trauma Litigation: Proving the Cause of Newborn Neurologic Injury.
In 2015, Richard received an Award for Distinguished Service to the legal profession, conferred by his peers at the Ontario Bar Association. He has also been recognized by and listed in The Best Lawyers™ in Canada, along with being included in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
Richard has acted in hundreds of medical malpractice cases, achieving significant settlements for his clients. While many have exceeded $10 million, he cautions that past results are not necessarily indicative of future outcomes. He has appeared in the Superior Court of Ontario and the Ontario Court of Appeal, and has acted in medical malpractice cases in other Canadian provinces.
Richard is currently a member of The Holland Group. Under the leadership of former Associate Chief Justice of Ontario Coulter Osborne, the group promotes reforms in medical malpractice cases aimed at increasing access to justice and timely and equitable resolutions of medical malpractice claims. He is also a member of a bench and bar committee established by the Ontario Court of Justice, which looks at reforms that will improve the administration of justice.
Richard is a past president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and is a past member of the Judicial Advisory Committee on Judicial Appointments (GTA). 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 Master’s 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.
LEXPERT® Ranked Lawyer
Listed in The Best Lawyers® in Canada since 2010
Martindale-Hubbell® Ranked Lawyer
Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
Member of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the AAJ
Founding Member of the Birth Injury Lawyers Alliance
The Canadian Bar Association
The Advocates’ Society
American Association for Justice
Past President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (2007 – 2008)
Member of the No-Fault Working Group of the Canadian Bar Association
Chair of the Automobile Insurance Working Group of the Ontario Bar Association
Member of the American Association for Access to Justice
Member of FAIR (Fair Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform)
Richard has been very actively involved in continuing legal education. In the past, he has been a seminar leader in civil litigation for the Bar Admission Course. He has delivered presentations for the National Judicial Institute, OTLA, the OBA, the Law Society, Insight, Canadian Institute and other organizations on topics including trial advocacy, medical malpractice litigation, standard of care and causation in obstetrics litigation, auto insurance claims, and physician and hospital liability. Richard was a guest instructor for a number of years at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Papers presented at continuing legal education seminars include:
Intrapartum Pathways to Neonatal Neurologic Injury
Medical Malpractice: Legal Causation and Obstetrics
Crossing the Threshold
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
Darcy Merkur & Richard Halpern, Ontario Proposed Auto Insurance Reforms (2010), presented at the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA) Forum on the changes to Ontario auto insurance on January 8, 2010.