Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown
McLeish Orlando LLP
Senior Partner
Personal Injury

Senior partner with McLeish Orlando LLP in Toronto, Patrick Brown practises critical injury law with cases across Ontario.

Mr. Brown focuses on matters that result in helping those who have suffered serious, catastrophic critical injuries and those who have lost a loved one due to the fault of another.

A graduate of The College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan, Mr. Brown was called to the Bar in 1991 and is a certified specialist in civil litigation.

His practice areas are traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, cycling injuries and fatalities, drownings, fatal accidents and disability insurance claims.

Mr. Brown has been awarded the Ontario Trial Lawyers Distinguished Service Award and was appointed to vice chair of the Ontario Bar Association Insurance Section.

Patrick Brown Posts

Family 'devastated' by court revelations of toddler's death in hot car

Knowing that two-year-old Eva Ravikovich died of heatstroke after being left in a hot SUV for more than seven hours is “devastating” for her family, says Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown. Read more

Civil lawsuit to proceed in Vaughan daycare death

A guilty plea in the 2013 death of a two-year-old girl at an illegal Vaughan daycare means a civil lawsuit against the facility operators and the Ministry of Education can now proceed, says Toronto personal injury lawyer Patrick Brown . READ Toronto Star , Canadian Press , Global News . Read more

Contingency fee cap would only benefit insurance industry: Brown

Few lawyers would take on cases if contingency fees are capped at 15 per cent, as suggested by a private member’s bill, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown tells The Lawyers Daily . Read more

Rising incidents of 'dooring' collisions alarming: Brown

New data that suggests cyclist “dooring” collisions are on the rise in Toronto is extremely troubling, says Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown . Read more

Vulnerable road users need new laws, traffic calming measures

Last year, Toronto experienced the highest pedestrian death rate in more than a decade — and until cities create traffic calming measures and meaningful steps are taken to pass new laws, the death and injury toll will continue to rise, as will the exposure to civil lawsuits, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown writes in The Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Vulnerable road user laws could encourage driver deterrence

The way the law has developed in Ontario has given ‘special status’ to drivers, which is being reflected in the sentencing and outcomes of cases where pedestrians and cyclists are killed by those behind the wheel, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown tells CBC Radio’s Ontario Today. Read more

$1,000 fine in pedestrian death shows need for stricter laws

A $1,000 fine for a driver whose vehicle jumped a curb and killed a 42-year-old mother of three is adding more pressure to the need for vulnerable road user laws in Ontario, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown tells the Globe and Mail . READ Toronto Star , Canadian Press Read more

Cell records often not obtainable in suspected distracted driving cases

Police and crash victims should have immediate access to cellphone records in suspected distracted driving cases, says Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown . Read more

Road violence groups hold 'productive' meeting with Toronto police

A coalition of pedestrian, cyclist and victims groups held a “productive and fruitful” meeting with Toronto police officials to discuss appropriate language around collision reporting, says Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown . Read more

Bad ‘crash’ reporting – why language matters

By Patrick Brown . As a bike crash lawyer , I have seen far too many crashes that get unfairly reported when a vulnerable road user such as a cyclist or pedestrian is involved. There is a tendency to turn the initial focus on the conduct of the victim. This sets up a situation of victim blaming and promotes the already negative culture that exists toward vulnerable road users. Unfortunately this culture spills over into our court system and creates an erroneous perception by the public as to what is causing these deaths and injuries. Things have not improved; in fact, vulnerable road user fatalities are increasing. There has been a decrease in fatalities involving driver on driver collisions; however this doesn’t correspond to cyclists and pedestrians – we have already seen 23 deaths in 2016 . Responsibility for crashes is being diluted and drivers are increasingly becoming more distracted. Read more

Views on road safety changing, but more action necessary

While perceptions around the issue of pedestrian and cyclist safety in Toronto are changing, more should be done to discourage distracted driving in the downtown core, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown tells Metro News . Read more

Broader spectrum of penalties needed in careless driving cases

Simply imposing fines on drivers convicted of careless driving causing death or bodily harm to pedestrians and cyclists does not send any kind of message to the public, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown tells Law Times . Read more

Police suggest 'cyclists are victims of their own misfortune'

Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown is admonishing police for what he calls a continued pattern of blaming cyclists and pedestrians for collisions, he tells Metro News . Read more

Toronto road safety plan should aim for zero fatalities

Toronto’s newly announced road safety plan may aim to reduce pedestrian and cyclist deaths in Toronto over the next 10 years, but its goals are not nearly ambitious enough, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown tells Metro News . Read more

Patrick Brown nominated Top 25 Most Influential for cycling advocacy

Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown has been nominated to the Top 25 Most Influential shortlist in an annual survey by Canadian Lawyer . Read more