David Morin

David Morin

Partner

David Morin is a founding Partner with Will Davidson LLP and works out of the Huntsville office. In addition to a challenging litigation practice, David has been privileged to hold many external titles: Former President of the Muskoka Law Association, Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Audit Committee, as well as Chair of the Paralegal Regulation Sub-Committee for the Ontario Bar Association.

David Morin - Partner

David has been certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation and, most recently, was recognized for excellence in the legal community by Lexpert (2016).

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David is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, Advocates’ Society, and a proud member of the American Association for Justice. Excellence matters and, in 2003, David was appointed a Deputy Judge of the Superior Court of Justice for the Province of Ontario.

David’s practice focuses on civil litigation and, in particular, personal injury, product liability, municipal liability, and professional negligence claims. David also quarterbacks complex property loss subrogation claims on behalf of insurers, stemming from significant building envelope (construction) failures. As always, David remains happy to review any aspect of theses claims on behalf of insurers, to provide whatever assistance he can.

Testimonials

"Our first meeting with David Morin went well. We were sure that David and his team were the people for us. From the beginning they were very professional and highly organized. In our meetings they gave our son the breaks he needed when recounting the events that took place at the time of the accident. I was present at all the meetings and they never treated my son as if his opinions did not matter. The knowledge he provided throughout the case was invaluable and made the process advance smoothly. Thank you to David Morin and his team. "

Family of SM

"I wasn't expecting anything. Once a lawyer (from the Union) told me 'you're done,' I figured I had nothing to lose. So I went and saw a lawyer in North Bay, he said he couldn't do anything for me – then I came to Will Davidson and they said 'leave it with us.' Will Davidson has the best lawyers I've ever dealt with. I'm good till the day I die."

Harvey Ward, Former Client

"I want to highly recommend WILL DAVIDSON LLP in Huntsville for anyone who has an injury and needs a law firm to handle their case. I had a nasty fall and they looked after my case and got me more compensation than I could have expected. It was a highly stressful and emotional time for me and they were always there if I had any questions and helped me through everything. The case took a while but the results were excellent. I never had to pay a thing until they got money for me which is a big help. It is nice to have people like this when you run into difficulty."

John Begin, Former Client

"On behalf of the entire family, we want to extend our sincerest thanks for your expertise and support during the years spanning the litigation case – and of course, the successful outcome! As total novices in the legal system, we always appreciated that we were kept fully informed at each step of the litigation process. We also valued the personal contact we had with you and your office."

Former Client

Publications/ Speaking Engagements

  • September 2016 (Speaker) : The Will Davidson LLP Products Liability Litigation Seminar, “A Comparison of Products Liability Laws in the United States and Canada”.
  • January 2016 (Speaker): The Canadian Institute: 22nd Annual Conference on Provincial/ Municipal Government Liability.
  • July 2013:Chair and Moderator of the Canadian Legal Track for the American Association for Justice Convention in San Francisco.
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Notable Cases

  • 2019 – Pollice v. Muskoka Creative Construction & Renovation Inc., 2019 ONSC 5009
  • 2019 – Pollice v. Muskoka Creative Construction & Renovation Inc., 2019 ONSC 2715
  • 2019 – Bowman v. Martineau, 2019 ONSC 2141
  • 2019 – Brillon v. General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, 2019 ONSC 1794
  • 2019 – Bowman v. Martineau, 2019 ONSC 1468
  • 2018 – Brillon v. General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, 2018 ONSC 7442
  • 2018 – Gillham v. Lake of Bays (Township), 2018 ONCA 667
  • 2018 – Breen v. FCT Insurance, 2018 ONSC 3644
  • 2017 – Gillham v. Lake of Bays et al, 2017 ONSC 6625
  • 2017 – Staples v. Huntsville (Town), 2017 ONSC 6295
  • 2017 – Gillham v. Lake of Bays et al, 2017 ONSC 5879
  • 2017 – Monk v. Farmers and Muskoka Ins., 2017 ONSC 4511
  • 2017 – Monk v. Farmers and Muskoka Ins., 2017 ONSC 3690
  • 2017 – Morgan v Morgan, 2017 ONSC 838
  • 2016 – Carson v. Kearney (Town), 2016 ONCA 975
  • 2016 – Wight v. Peel Insurance, 2016 ONSC 6904
  • 2016 – Kuiack v Panolam, 2016 ONSC 4553
  • 2016 – Monk v. Farmers and Muskoka Ins., 2016 ONSC 3488
  • 2016 – Carson v Kearney, 2016 ONSC 2836
  • 2016 – Carson v Kearney, 2016 ONSC 1940
  • 2016 – Monk v. Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Company (Lindsay), 2016 ONCA 181
  • 2015 – Monk v. Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Company (Lindsay), 2015 ONCA 911 
  • 2014 – Monk v. Farmers and Muskoka Ins., 2014 ONSC 4956
  • 2014 – Whitehead v. Hampel, 2014 ONSC 4908
  • 2013 – Lewis v. Weismiller Lumber Limited, 2013 ONSC 3283
  • 2013 – Lewis v. Weismiller Lumber Limited, 2013 ONSC 2400
  • 2013 – Argue v. Tay (Township), 2013 ONCA 247 
  • 2012 – 1047358 Ontario Inc. v. Haliburton Broadcasting Group and Grossman, 2012 O.J. No. 5000
    Motion for Summary Judgment on a Promissory Note
    Represented the plaintiff corporation following its sale of a radio station to the defendant, Haliburton, pursuant to a Share Purchase Agreement, for the purchase price of $3,250,000.00. The sale was supported by a promissory note, and a personal guarantee given by the defendant, Mr. Grossman. The trigger date for payment of the first instalment was the one year anniversary of completion of the sale, which the plaintiff argued had occurred on December 17, 2007. The plaintiff moved for summary judgment on the amounts owing under the terms of the promissory note.During the course of hearing the motion, the defendant challenged the purchase price, and alleged that the purchase had not completed. The parties agreed to participate in a purchase price adjustment process provided for in the SPA, leading the parties’ accountants to become involved to resolve the dispute surrounding the purchase price. Following resolution of that dispute on November 14, 2011, the accountants also agreed a further loan remained owing to the plaintiff of $75,220.00.The defendants argued that the first payment with respect to the Promissory Note of $250,000 was to occur with the payment of $75,000 on the first anniversary of the date of completion of the agreement, namely November 14, 2012. Accordingly, the second and third payments as reflected in the Promissory Note would be made on November 14, 2013 and November 14, 2014.The court did not accept the defendants’ argument that the SPA did not complete until November 14, 2011. It would be commercially unacceptable to expect that the recipient of the promissory note could wait five years for payment pursuant to that note. The personal defendant was jointly and severally liable for amounts owing under the terms of the promissory note. In addition, the plaintiff was also entitled to judgment against the corporate defendant for the money owed to the parent company.
  • Anderson v. North Waterloo Farmers Mutual Insurance Company, 2012 O.J. No. 4264
    Motion for production of Schedule B documents
    Represented the plaintiffs in an action against their insurer for breach of contract following a devastating fire loss at their home. Defendant failed to respond to undertakings, and refused to produce a number of Schedule B documents over which privilege was disputed. Plaintiff brought motion seeking responses to undertakings, and asking a Judge to review the Schedule B documents for privilege pursuant to Rule 30.04(6). immediately prior to the motion, the defendant produced some documents, and agreed to respond to certain undertakings. The motion proceeded largely on the issue of production of the balance of Schedule B documents.Motion granted. Further Schedule B documents to be produced by the defendant. Costs awarded in the amount of $6,671.32.
  • 1047358 Ontario Inc. v. Haliburton Broadcasting Group and Grossman, 2012 O.J. No. 2452
    Motion for stay of proceedings pursuant to an arbitration clause
    Represented the plaintiff corporation following its sale of a radio station to the defendant, Haliburton, pursuant to a Share Purchase Agreement, for $3,250,000.00. The sale was supported by a promissory note, and a personal guarantee given by the defendant, Mr. Grossman. The defendants failed to make payments under the promissory note and challenged the purchase price. The SPA set out a dispute resolution procedure regarding purchase price that ultimately required arbitration. The entire agreement was also subject to an arbitration clause. Some three years after the commencement of proceedings, the defendants moved to stay the action, disputing jurisdiction of the court and seeking to submit the dispute for arbitration. The court found that the dispute regarding the purchase price was resolved by the parties’ accountants, and only issue of payment remained. There was therefore no live issue for arbitration. In the alternative, the court should refuse to stay the within action and Summary Judgment motion pursuant to the grounds identified at section 7(2) of the Arbitration Act 1991, S.O. 1991, c. 17, as amended. The court dismissed the defendants’ motion.
  • Turner’s Garage v. Schell, 2011 O.J. No. 5759 (O.S.C.J.); 2012 O.J. No. 2157 (O.C.A.)
    Action against bookkeeper for misappropriation of funds
    Represented the plaintiff in an action against its former book-keeper and her husband for misappropriation of funds. The defendants delivered a Statement of Defence, admitting to misappropriation, but failed to file the defence and were noted in default. Immediately prior to the hearing of a Motion for Judgment, the defendants moved to set aside the noting in default and to withdraw a Statement of Defence delivered to plaintiffs, but not filed, and substitute new Statement of Defence. Motion successfully defended. The court found that the defendants failed to demonstrate continuing intention to defend as they had not promptly taken steps to rectify failure to properly file the defence. Nor had they provided a reasonable excuse for the delay. The defendants’ appeal was dismissed.
  • Halliwell v. Lazarus et al, 2011 O.J. No. 172 (O.S.C.J.); 2012 O. J. No. 2285 (O.C.A.)
    Professional negligence action against home inspector and realtor
    Represented the plaintiff purchasers in a negligence action against their realtor and home inspector, following the purchase of their new home, and subsequent discovery of mould. The action was founded on negligent inspection and negligent misrepresentation. Following trial, the home inspector was found 50 per cent liable for failure to fully disclose and explain indicators of moisture penetration present at the home; the realtor and plaintiff were 25% liable for failure to carefully review the home inspection report. The inspector did not explain his concerns about the age of the home or the driveway parging, and how these indicators were relevant to the risk of moisture penetration. This did not meet the expected standard of care for a home inspector. On appeal, the real estate agent, and the plaintiff, successfully overturned the findings of liability against them, and the home inspector was found 100% liable.
  • Varon v. Hopson, (unreported)
    Breach of Trust
    Represented the plaintiff in her successful action for breach of trust against a contractor retained to construct her new home. Ultimately, the contractor abandoned the project when the plaintiff refused to pay additional funds in excess of the agreed contract price to complete the construction. Contractor was unable to demonstrate that the funds provided by the home owner had been used to construct her home, and not expended on other projects.
  • Hanna v. Abbott, 82, O.R. (3d) 215
    Court of Appeal for Ontario, 2006, with Christopher I.R. Morrison
    Will Davidson LLP
    Historical sexual abuse action and the relationship between a civil action following a criminal conviction.
  • Sulliman v. Vaughan Estate [2003] O.J. No. 4455
    Court of Appeal for Ontario
    Fraudulent misrepresentation action following the purchase of a home.
  • Boness v. Bishop [2002] O.J. No. 2041
    Ontario Superior Court of Justice
    Bracebridge
    Municipal liability action.
  • Chapeskie v. Lake of Bays (Township) [1999] O.J. No. 2773Ontario Superior Court of Justice
    Newmarket
    Municipal liability action.
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