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Jarvis Scott

Of Counsel

"As Mahatma Gandhi said: 'You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.' I believe in the mediation process. I believe it is a very cost effective way to 'unclench' the fists and to resolve cases."
Scott JarvisScott Jarvis


 Jarvis articled at the firm and was called to the Bar in 1986. He was a partner from 1988 to 2017. He was the firm's managing partner from 2003 to 2006. He is now counsel to the firm. 

With over 32 years of experience, Jarvis' practice is currently restricted to acting as a Mediator and Arbitrator. 

His practice has included defending personal injury, 1st part disability, SABS, product liability, professional errors and omissions (real estate agents/insurance broker and lawyer), occupiers liability, property damage and general negligence claims. 

Jarvis was also frequently consulted with respect to insurance coverage issues. He made regular appearances before administrative tribunals including the Financial Services Commission (formerly the Ontario Insurance Commission) dealing with accident benefit disputes including mediations, pre-hearings, arbitrations and appeals. As well, he made appearances before the Ontario Court (General Division), Superior Court of Justice, and the Ontario Court of Appeal. 

He actively represented defendants' interests in numerous private mediations.  For over 10 years he has acted as the mediator in personal injury, statutory accident benefit, first-party benefits and insurance-related mediations.

Jarvis has had numerous appointments as Arbitrator, dealing with priority and loss transfer disputes relating to Statutory Accident Benefits. 


  • Mediation training course conducted by the Honourable George W. Adams, Q.C. — “Mediating Justice: Learning to Mediate in a Rights-Based World’, 2008
  • Harvard Mediation course through the Advocates Society, 1995
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1986
  • Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course, 1986
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University​, 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph, 1978


  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Hamilton Medical Legal Society
  • Canadian Bar Association (Member of Insurance Law Section — Alternative Dispute Resolution Section)
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • The Defence Research Institute
  • Hamilton Law Association
  • Advocates Society
  • ADR Institute of Canada


  • Member of Hughes Amys Management Committee since 1990, Managing
    Partner of the firm from 2003 to 2006
  • United Way Committee — Hamilton Law Association — 2005 to the present

Publications of Note

Presentations of Note

The Art of Mediation,  Hamilton Law Association, New Lawyer Seminar, September 8th, 2016

Mediations (Panelist from the Mediator’s Perspective), Hamilton Law Association, 14th Annual Advocacy Conference, December 4, 2014

The Art of Negotiation, Hamilton Law Association, Practical Tips for the
Courtroom, September 13, 2012

How To Run a Mediation, (Panelist from Mediator’s perspective), Hamilton Law
Association, 12th Annual Advocacy Conference, May 3, 2012

The New SABS — One Year In — Is It Worth Crying Over?, (Speaker and Panelist), Hamilton Medical Legal Society, Spring Symposium, XIII, April 21, 2012

Professionalism Workshop. Moderator, Hamilton Law Association, 25th’ Annual Joint Insurance Seminar, November 30, 2011

The Defence Reporting Letter​ Fall Conference, November 10, 2011

Absolute Liability; Forcing Payment — Minimum Limits — Insurer as Statutory Third Party, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2010 Spring Conference, May 27, 2010

Expert Evidence Under The New Rules (Panelist), Hamilton Law Association, 10th Annual Advocacy Conference, April 28, 2010

Changes To The Auto Insurance Legislation — The “New” SABS (Panelist — From The Defence Perspective), Hamilton Medical Legal Society, Annual Spring Symposium, Niagara Falls, Ontario, April 25, 2010

Mediation Advocacy (Panelist), How To Win Your AB Case From Start To FinishCanadian Defence Lawyers, April 15, 2010

New Rule Amendments — Get Prepared! (Topics relating to Mandatory Pre-Trials and Expert Witnesses) — Hamilton Law Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, November 25, 2009

Mediations — Reflection of a Neophyte Mediator — Hamilton Law Association, Annual Advocacy Conference, April 30, 2009

Acquired Brain Injury — Representing the Defence — Hamilton Medical Legal Society, Annual Spring Conference, Niagara-On-The-Lake, April 18, 2009

Catastrophic Impairment — The Defence Perspective — another “Good Idea” Gone Bad — Hamilton Law Association 8 Annual Advocacy Conference — April 23, 2008

Section 258 of the Insurance Act — A Refresher on Absolute Liability and The Insurer as Statutory Third Party — the 21st Annual Joint Insurance Seminar Hamilton Law Association and the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association (Hamilton Chapter), October 24, 2007

Accident Benefits — 2006 Top Cases in Review — Hamilton Law Association — 7th Annual Advocacy Conference, April 25, 2007

Sports Liability — the 18 Annual Joint Insurance Seminar — the Hamilton Law Association and the Ontario insurance Adjusters Association (Hamilton Chapter) — October 6, 2004

SABS Case Law Update — Top Ten for 2003 — the 17th Annual Joint Insurance Seminar — The Hamilton Law Association and the Ontario Insurance Adjusters Association (Hamilton Chapter) - October 22, 2003

Mock Mediation — Catastrophic Injury Assessment — Representing the Defence — Hamilton Medical Legal Society, Annual Spring Conference, Niagara-on-the-Lake —April 11th and 12th, 2003

Subrogation: Strategies for Recovering Disability Dollars - Canadian Institute Litigation Insurance, Disability Claims, November 5, 2001

Demonstrative Evidence from the Defence Perspective - Hamilton Law Association Second Annual Advocacy Conference, January 18, 2001

What to do when your examiner/adjuster is sued - Panel presentation to the Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association, June 2000

Use of Surveillance - paper and panel discussion chairman as part of the Advocate’s Society Court House Series - Hamilton, February 19, 1998

Insurance Brokers Errors & Omissions - Ontario Bar Association, Insurance Law Seminar - January 1996

Statutory Accident Benefits- Hamilton Medical Legal Society-January 19, 1993

Numerous presentations and seminars both at the head office and local level for a number of insurance clients. Topics have included statutory accident benefits, real estate errors and omissions, tavern liability, social host liability, sexual abuse claims, duty to defend, file management at the insurance company level, chronic pain, diminished economic capacity, waiver and release, and the mediation process.​



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......

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