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 has been described by peers and clients alike as tough, brilliant, loyal, winning and compassionate. All the qualities one hopes to find in an advocate.
In his full service practice, Richard focuses much of his time on the areas of criminal, civil, health, personal injury, corporate, medical malpractice, employment law, mediation 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. As skilled in the courtroom as he is behind the scenes, mastering complex issues and devising winning strategies, Richard Shekter has compiled an impressive track record of success and an ever growing reputation for excellence and scholarship in Canadian and U.S. legal circles.
Richard was counsel in Regina v. Pinnacle Transport. After proving a breach of Pinnacle's Charter rights, Richard 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, Richard obtained a $100,000 punitive damages award; at the time one of the highest ever awarded.
In Rotstein v. Smith, Richard obtained one of the first summary judgments in a hotly contested estates dispute that went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. The costs recovery awarded to his client remains one of the largest ever awarded in an estates case of this nature.
Richard has won precedent-setting personal injury awards, and justice for his clients. In the process, Richard has helped to raise the bar for all future personal injury awards. His work in the precedent setting Roberts v Morana case changed not only the law concerning government liability for improper road maintenance, but also created innovative ways of enhancing recoveries for injured plaintiffs throughout Ontario. The Roberts verdict was, at the time, one of the largest personal injury awards ever recovered in Canada. Even the trial judge commented upon the extraordinary quality of Mr. Shekter’s courtroom presentation saying:
“By way of overview I state that I have not seen a case which has been better prepared or presented than this one.”