Sean A. Brown, Partner

“I believe that there is no replacement for preparation.  I believe in doing something right, the first time and every time.  Sometimes the work isn’t glamorous and requires long hours of reviewing boring records, but it is all done for the greater good of representing my clients to the best of my abilities.”

Toronto – Whitby – Ottawa
416-368-0231 ext. 230
sbrown@fmlaw.ca
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Michelle MacKinnon,
Assistant/Law Clerk

416-368-0231 ext. 235
mmackinnon@fmlaw.ca

Sean has extensive, high level successful litigation experience in all levels of insurance law pertaining to the defence of motor vehicle accident tort claims, statutory accident benefits and related insurance disputes. His proficient and resourceful approach leads to success and provides client satisfaction at all levels of litigation.

Under Sean’s leadership, the firm has developed a Class Proceeding practice. This draws on his interest to widely assist in the administration of justice, and has lead to a focus involving consumer protection issues.  His advocacy has lead to decisions involving class actions (Wilkins v. Rogers, SCJ, 2008, Rowlands v. Regional Municipality of Durham, SCJ, 2011, and Travassos v. Regional Municipality of Peel, SCJ, 2011).

Sean has successfully appeared in matters before the Superior Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, and private Arbitrators.

Sean has started a mediation practice influenced and informed by the countless mediators and advocates he has worked with for more than 20 years, drawing on this experience to assist others in resolving difficult cases.

Education

Called to the Ontario Bar, 1999
LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1997
B.A. (Political Science), York University, 1994

Memberships

Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association
The Advocates’ Society

* Professional Corporation

Selection of Cases

Class Proceeding: Rizzi v. Handa, 2019 ONSC 1802 (CanLII) – successful certification of a Class Proceeding involving dental negligence and exposure to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

Class Proceeding: Rezmuves v. Hohots, 2019 ONSC 4871 (CanLII) – successful certification of a Class Proceeding involving solicitor’s negligence.

Class Proceeding: M.M. v. Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Children’s Aid Society, 2017 ONSC 7665 (CanLII) – successful certification of a Class Proceeding involving a privacy breach.

Class Proceeding: Drew v. Walmart Canada Inc., 2017 ONSC 3308 (CanLII) – successful settlement approval for a Class Proceeding involving a privacy breach.

Class Proceeding: Drew v. Walmart Canada Inc., 2016 ONSC 8067 (CanLII) – successful certification of a Class Proceeding involving a privacy breach.

Class Proceeding: Rowlands v. Durham Region Health, et al., 2012 ONSC 3948 (CanLII) –  successful settlement approval for a Class Proceeding involving a privacy breach.

Class Proceeding: Travassos v. Tattoo, 2011 ONSC 2290 (CanLII) – successful certification and settlement approval for a Class Proceeding involving negligence and exposure to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

Class Proceeding: Rowlands v. Durham Region Health, et al., 2011 ONSC 719 (CanLII) – successful certification of a Class Proceeding involving a privacy breach; successfully established that defendant must pay the costs associated with the notice program.

Class Proceeding: Wilkins v. Rogers Communications Inc., 2008 CanLII 56715 (ON SC) –  successful certification of a Class Proceeding involving a breach of contract, negligence, unjust enrichment and a breach of the Consumer Protection Act, 2002, S.O. 2002 as amended.