David Derfel, founder and principal of Derfel Injury Law LLP in Toronto, focuses on personal injury law.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) in commerce from York University in 1995, before earning his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor in 2000. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.
Focusing on personal injury law, Mr. Derfel handles such cases as Canadians injured abroad, disability claims, criminal law, airline accidents, and underinsured claims.
Mr. Derfel has a background in criminal defence, commercial litigation, insurance defence litigation and corporate/commercial law, but now concentrates on plaintiff personal injury claims.
He has represented clients in jury and non-jury trials in the Superior Court and before administrative tribunals, including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.
In addition, Mr. Derfel has been a presenter on legal issues related to personal injury at conferences and in hospitals on topics such as chronic pain, the Insurance Act, how to structure a personal injury settlement, and how to access alternative funding before a claim settles.
He is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Florida Justice Association.