R. Gail Goodman

R. Gail Goodman

Partner since 2002
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone:
416-601-2710
Email:

Email:            goodman@phmlaw.com
Assistant:      Lorna Groves
Phone:           416-601-2010
Email:            groves@phmlaw.com

Gail joined Papazian Heisey Myers as a partner in June of 2002.

Prior to joining Papazian Heisey Myers, Gail practised at a large Toronto firm and also worked as in-house counsel for a major Canadian life insurer. In this capacity she was responsible for all the company's litigation across the country as well as for managing the litigation department.

Gail has had considerable litigation experience before the Ontario Courts and as counsel in many successful mediations.

Gail is a mediator who trained with the Harvard Mediation Institute at Harvard Law School. She is qualified to mediate almost any dispute.

Gail is a past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association Insurance Law Section. She is a former member of the Canadian Life and Health Insurers Association, Legal Section. She is a frequent speaker at the Ontario and Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Life and Health Insurers Association, the Canadian Institute and has given numerous seminars for clients on a variety of litigation and insurance related topics. Gail's articles on insurance law and litigation have been published in Canada as well as in the United States.

Case Comments
Davies v. American Home, R. Gail Goodman, July 9, 2002
Lammie v. Belair, R. Gail Goodman, November 22, 2002
Sue allowance for contingency fees in the Province of Ontario, November, 26, 2002
Martin Case – “Accidental Means” Life Insurance Policy, R. Gail Goodman, March 24, 2003
Tsiapraillis, R. Gail Goodman, February 28, 2005
Amendments to The Ontario Human Rights Code, R. Gail Goodman and Alan Heisey, June, 2008
Two Recent Punitive and Aggravated Damages Awards of Interest to Insurers, Cameron Fiske and R. Gail Goodman, April, 2013
Westerhof v. Gee (Estate), R. Gail Goodman, Use of Expert Evidence, October, 2013

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defence Litigation
  • Benefits Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Disputes
  • Employment and Labor Related Litigation
  • Human Rights Law
  • Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1984

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • Bachelor of Laws - 1982

Published Works

  • Ontario Court Confirms PIPEDA Exception to Surveillance for Litigation Ontario Bar Association, R. Gail Goodman and Jeffrey A. Kaufman
  • Recent Ruling, “Same-Sex Spousal Benefits”, For The Defense, May, 2000, p. 52
  • “Contested Motion to Certify Class in Vanishing Premium Class Action Dismissed” Insurance Law Newsletter, Ontario Bar Association, Volume 11, No. 1, October, 2000, p. 3
  • “A Challenge to Privilege in Bad Faith Actions: Ontario Courts Rule in Davies v. American Home Assurance Company”, Commercial Litigation, Volume VIII, No. 2, 2001, p. 398
  • “Relief From forfeiture Unavailable to Revive Lapsed Life Insurance Policy for Failure to Pay Premiums”, Insurance Law News, Ontario Bar Association, Volume 11, No. 2, February, 2001, p. 4
  • “Ontario Court of Appeal Takes a Hard Line On Civil Fraud In Insurance Cases” Heenan Blaikie, November, 2001
  • “A Further Update on Vanishing Premium Class Action Litigation”, Insurance Law, Ontario Bar Association, Volume 12, No. 2, January, 2002, p. 4
  • Report of Ontario Bar Association Insurance Law Section Activities in 2002 Insurance Law, Ontario Bar Association, Volume 13, No. 2, February, 2002, p. 2
  • “Ontario Court of Appeal Gets Tough on Misrepresentations on Insurance Applications” Insurance Law, Ontario Bar Association, Volume 12, No. 3, April, 2002, p. 7
  • “Davies v. American Home Ruling Overturned By Divisional Court” Insurance Law, Ontario Bar Association, Volume 13, No. 1, September, 2002, p. 4
  • Report of Ontario Bar Association Insurance Law Section Activities in 2002 Insurance Law, Ontario Bar Association, Volume 13, No. 2, February, 2003, p. 2
  • Two and a Half Million Dollar Punitive Award “Mushrooms Previous Canadian Punitive Record”, Insurance Law, Ontario Bar Association, Volume 14, No. 1, September, 2003, p. 25

Classes/Seminars

  • “Defending Employee Benefits Claims”, Canadian Defence Lawyers, Toronto, Ontario, June, 2001
  • “Successful Strategies for Conducting Trials and Discoveries: Special Considerations for Disability Insurance Disputes”, The Canadian Institute, Litigating Disability Insurance Claims, November 5 & 6, 2001.
  • “Privilege in Bad Faith Insurance Actions”, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, February, 2002
  • “Managing Disability Insurance Claims”, The Canadian Institute, May 27, 2002
  • “Problems and Pointers in Litigating and Defining “Own OCC”: From The Insurer’s Perspective”, The Canadian Institute, November 4 & 5, 2002
  • “Defending the Bad Faith Claim: The Defendant’s Perspective”, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, December 2, 2002
  • “Managing and Litigating Clinical Depression Disability Claims”, The Canadian Institute, June 6, 2003
  • “Making It Work For Insurance Defence Counsel”, Ontario Bar Association, October 20, 2003
  • “Surveillance Evidence: Are The Rules Changing?”, The Canadian Institute, November 3 & 4, 2003
  • “A Two Tier Medical System: Is the Insurance Company The Second Tier?”, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc., 2004
  • “Mock Discovery”, Deni McClaim v. Canada Life, TD Bank, TD Life, February 25, 2004
  • “Surveillance Evidence”, CIP Society, Waterloo, Ontario, March 1 & 2, 2004
  • “Recent Developments In The Law of Disability Insurance”, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, April 29, 2004
  • “Your Cheating Heart Will Tell on You” Fraudulent Disability Claims, The Canadian Institute, November 2, 2004
  • “Fighting Words and Phrases Giving Rise to Insurance Litigation”, Total Disability”, Ontario Bar Association, October 4, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Member
  • Ontario Bar Association, Member
  • Advocates Society, Member
  • Defense Research Institute, Member
  • Ontario Bar Association Insurance Law Section, Past Chair, Member
  • Canadian Life and Health Insurers Association, Legal Section Executive and Human Rights Committees, Former Member