Jack Fitch brings over 40 years of litigation experience to Lamont Law.
Certified as a specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Ontario since 1993, Jack has been frequently recognized by Lexpert as a leader in commercial insurance and personal injury litigation and has also been ranked as a distinguished lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. Jack has been named one of the top 100 litigation lawyers in Canada by the Globe and Mail. In 2017, Jack was recognized by the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association for his contribution to the defence of personal injury cases.
With extensive experience representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in serious personal injury law suits, including many sexual abuse claims, Jack looks forward to contributing to Lamont Law’s representation of its clients. Jack has represented clients in matters before all of the civil courts in Ontario and the Superior Court Trial Division in the Province of Nova Scotia, has conducted many trials both before Judges alone and before Jury’s and has frequently appeared in the Ontario Court of Appeal. Jack has also successfully defended several applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Many of Jack’s cases have been widely reported both in the law journals and on occasion in the public press. Jack has acted in estate and commercial cases as well as personal injury and a wide variety of insurance cases. He has also appeared before many administrative boards and tribunals including the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the License Appeals Tribunal of Ontario, the Law Society of Ontario Discipline Committee, the Real Estate Commission of Ontario Discipline Committee, the Discipline Committee of the Toronto Real Estate Board, the Liquor Licence Board and the Toronto Historical Board.
A frequent speaker at continuing education programs for other lawyers, 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 and most recently, Sam’s Auto Wrecking Co. v. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada, 2013 ONCA 186, Dileo v. City of Port Colbourne et al., 2013 ONSC (Jury verdict dismissing action against Sherkston Beach Resort), Hilltop Water Service and Vaughan v. Olesiuk, 2015 ONWSIAT 1471, Smith v. Safranyos, 2018 ONCA 760, leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada denied April 4, 2019, Persechini v. The Empire Life Insurance Co., 2019 ONSC 2553 and Gopie v. Ramcharran and Economical Mutual Insurance Company, 2019 ONCA 402.
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 has been involved in the development of alternative dispute mechanisms in other mass tort cases.
Jack is available to provide counsel services including attendance at mediations, pretrials, trials and appeals or to serve as a mediator in complex civil claims.