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Jack F. Fitch

Counsel

"I believe good trial results are the product of solid preparation."
Jack FitchJack Fitch

Bio

Jack F. Fitch is now counsel to Hughes Amys LLP where he articled and practiced since his call to the bar in 1980 for many years as as one of the senior partners of the firm.  He has been certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation since 1993 by the Law Society of Upper Canada and has a varied civil litigation practice with an emphasis on insurance defence litigation, including personal injury, personal and commercial property, products liability, professional negligence and coverage and duty to defend cases.

Jack is also an experienced estate and commercial litigator and has appeared in matters at all levels of the Courts in Ontario, in the Superior Court Trial Division in the Province of Nova Scotia and the Supreme Court of Canada. Jack has also appeared before many administrative boards and tribunals including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Tribunal, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, License Appeals Tribunal of Ontario, the Law Society of Upper Canada Discipline Committee, the Real Estate Commission of Ontario Discipline Committee, the Discipline Committee of the Toronto Real Estate Board, the Liquor License Board and the Toronto Historical Board.

Jack has also played a key role in organizing the following conferences: Institutional Liability for Sexual Assault Legal Foundation of Liability 2001, Institutional Liability for Sexual Assault Mediation and Conciliation 2000, Law  Society of Upper Canada First Party Benefits, Medico-Legal Society of Toronto Medical Legal Report Writing and Law Society of Upper Canada Small Claims Court Costs Awards.

Some of his notable cases include William Finton Sheridan et al. v. Scaffold-Russ Dilworth Limited et al., 478649 Ontario Limited, carrying on business as Green Acre Estates v. William Corcoran et al., Trombetta v. Trombetta, Naylor v. Naylor and Morawietz v. Morawietz.

Jack has completed courses in advanced mediation skills and is an experienced commercial and insurance mediator. In 1995, Jack was retained to assist in the design and implementation of an alternative dispute program created to address claims of sexual and physical abuse arising from the operation of a training school. Through that program and related civil actions which Jack has defended, over 600 claims of abuse have been resolved.

Jack is a frequent speaker at continuing education programs and has spoken recently about the evolving law of host liability, institutional liability for assault and sexual abuse, the liability of insurance brokers and special consideration injury trials. Jack has participated in The Canadian Institute’s program on Institutional Liability for Sexual Assault & Abuse each of the last five years.

Jack has repeatedly been recognized by Lexpert as a leading practitioner in both commercial insurance and personal injury defence litigation. 

In 2008, after 28 years in Hughes Amys LLP’s Toronto office, Jack moved his practice to the Hamilton office where he is continuing his practice. Jack is available to assist the firm and its clients with trial and appellate advocacy as well as mentoring other members of the firm. 

Education

  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1978
  • B.A., Carleton University,1975  

Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Toronto Medico-Legal Society
  • The Hamilton Law Association
  • Hamilton Lawyers’ Club
  • Hamilton Medical-Legal Society
  • The Sir Thomas Moore Society
  • Small Claims Court Rules Committee (1982-1985)
  • Jack is also a life member and past executive member of the Honourable Order of the Blue Goose International having served as Most Loyal Grand Gander in 2007 and 2008

Accomplishments

Jack has been recognized by Lexpert as Repeatedly Recommended as a Leading Practitioner in the area of Commercial Insurance Litigation.

Decisions

Jun
24
2015

Nobili v. Economical Mutual Insurance Co.

2015 ONCA 472

Mar
09
2015

Flammia v. Royal Glen Eagle

2015 ONSC 1465

Oct
30
2014

Nobili v. Economical Mutual Insurance Co.

2014 ONSC 6333

May
21
2013

Sant v. Sekhon

2013 ONSC 2982 (CanLII)

Motion – duty of drivers – pre-charge conference endorsement upholding duty of drivers to exercise reasonable care in the operation of their vehicle whether or not they proceed with a right of way.

Mar
28
2013

Sam's Auto Wrecking Co. Ltd. (Wentworth Metal) v. Lombard General Insurance Company of Canada

2013 ONCA 186 (CanLII)

Appeal – liability insurance and exclusions – successful defence of an appeal seeking to set aside trial decision to dismiss action on the basis of there being no right to indemnify the insured for personal injury to an executive officer.

Mar
28
2013

Sam's Auto Wrecking Co. v. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada

2013 ONCA 186

Appeal - successful defence of an appeal from a decision denying insurance coverage based on “employee injury” exclusion clause in commercial general liability policy 

Feb
05
2013

Powless v. VanEvery-Albert

2013 ONSC 669

Trial - defamation - action by media relations advisor seeking damages for loss of reputation from Band and Band councillor in relation to published article 

Oct
28
2011

Sam's Auto Wrecking Co. Ltd. (Wentworth Metal) v. Lombard General Insurance Company of Canada

2011 ONSC 6441

Trial – liability insurance and exclusions – successful defence in a trial seeking coverage for personal injury to an executive officer.  Action dismissed on the basis of there being no right to indemnify insured.

Mar
31
2011

Sazant v. Ontario (Criminal Injuries Compensation Board)

2011 ONSC 2060

BLAWG Posts

Oct
28
2017

Hughes Amys' Jack Fitch receives his OTLA Honour!

Further to the earlier Blawg post, pasted below, the Ontario plaintiff and defence bar gathered last evening to celebrate the expertise and achievements of two exceptionally skilled litigators, Paul E. Harte, and Hughes Amys' very own, Jack F. Fit......

May
20
2017

Hughes Amys' Jack Fitch being celebrated by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association as a Leader of the Ontario Personal Injury Bar

With great pleasure and enormous pride in his superb legal and advocacy skills, expertise and accomplishments, on behalf of myself and everyone at Hughes Amys, I am very pleased to advise that our very own Jack Fitch is being recognized by OT......

Nov
28
2016

Article on managing litigation costs in Lexpert magazine insert to The Globe & Mail Report on Business magazine, December 2016, features comments by Hughes Amys' Jack Fitch

A tip of the hat from the Blawgmeister, and everyone at Hughes Amys, to our very own Jack Fitch whose comments on managing litigation costs are prominently featured in an article in the December 2016 Special Edition of Lexpert magazine about Canad......

Oct
27
2016

Congratulations to Jack Fitch and Joanne Witt for an excellent result in a mva jury trial!

In Gopie v. Ramcharran, a hard-fought eight-week trial before a jury in the Ontario Superior Court in a motor vehicle accident action that ended on June 9th, 2016, in which Hughes Amys' own Jack Fitch and Joanne Witt represented the defendants, th......

News

Nov
28
2016

Jack Fitch comments on “Keeping it Affordable”, tips from the pros on how to manage litigation costs before they get out of hand.

A tip of the hat from the Blawgmeister, and everyone at Hughes Amys, to our very own Jack Fitch whose comments on managing litigation costs are prominently featured in an article in the December 2016 Special Edition of Lexpert magazine about Canad......

Jul
08
2016

Hughes Amys LLP lawyers receive 2016 Lexpert Ranked Lawyer distinction

Hughes Amys LLP wishes to congratulate William S. Chalmers, Jack F. Fitch, Richard F. Horak, A. Jarvis Scott, Mary A. Teal and Michael S. Teitelbaum on receiving the 2016 Lexpert Ranked Lawyer distinction. Chosen by their peers, this recognition a......

  • Canadian Lawyer - Top 10 Boutique 2017-18
  • The ARC Group
  • Best Lawyers 2017
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016

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