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Richard Shekter is recognized as one of Ontario's leading litigators. He has been lead counsel on a number of precedent-setting cases and has made his mark in areas as diverse as personal injury litigation, medical malpractice, professional discipline, wrongful dismissal litigation and criminal law.
Richard Shekter's clients and colleagues rely on him for his wide-ranging legal expertise and experience. His in-depth legal knowledge, unique strategic thinking and original perspective have helped him set a variety of legal precedents and win some of Canada's largest awards.
He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, in 1973 as a Bronze Medallist. After completing his term of articles with Eddie Greenspan, Q.C., Mr. Shekter obtained an LL.M., Summa Cum Laude, from the University of California at Berkeley on a Laidlaw Foundation Scholarship.
Mr. Shekter was called to the bar in 1976 and served as law clerk to the Chief Justice of Ontario for one year, before entering private practice in 1977. As the founding senior partner of the firm Shekter, Dychtenberg LLP in Toronto, he practises in the field of criminal, civil, health, personal injury, corporate, medical malpractice, employment law and administrative litigation. He is general counsel to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario and also appears regularly before other health colleges representing a variety of health care and other professionals including physicians, dentists, and nurses, amongst others.
Mr. Shekter was lead trial and appellate counsel in the precedent-setting case of Roberts v. Morana case where the plaintiff was awarded one of Canada's largest person injury awards in the amount of $4.5 million against 3 defendants, including Ontario's Ministry of Transportation. In October of 2000, Mr. Shekter was counsel in Regina v. Pinnacle Transport. After proving a breach of Pinnacle's Charter rights, Mr. Shekter received what at the time was the second largest cost award at that time in Canada against the Crown following the withdrawal of charges against his client. Following a fraudulent conveyances trial, Mr. Shekter obtained a $100,000 punitive damages award; at the time one of the highest ever awarded.
In May of 1998 Mr. Shekter became the second recipient of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association - H. Bruce T. Hillyer Award for Outstanding Advocacy. Mr. Shekter has acted as a special prosecutor for the Federal Department of Justice in a special prosecution.
Mr. Shekter has appeared regularly on television and radio as a commentator on legal matters. Mr. Shekter was CHFI's legal commentator on the O.J. Simpson and Paul Bernardo cases. He writes and lectures widely on legal matters and was the legal affairs columnist for Family Practice, a McLean-Hunter Publication.
Mr. Shekter is a former Director of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Advocate Society, is a former vice-chairman of the Civil Liberties Section of the Ontario Bar Association, past Chairman of the Health Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, a Canadian delegate to the Council of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, a member of the Criminal Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Ontario Trial Lawyers' Association, the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyer's Association, the Medico-Legal Society and the Advocates Society.
Richard Shekter's detailed CV is available as a PDF.