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.