Richard Shekter

Richard Shekter
Shekter, Dychtenberg LLP
Partner
Civil Litigation

Richard Shekter, a partner with the law Toronto firm Shekter Dychtenberg LLP, focuses on litigation.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1973, before earning a Master of Laws in criminal and constitutional law from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976.

Mr. Shekter handles personal injury, health, civil, and criminal law, medical malpractice, wrongful dismissal, estates litigation, professional discipline, and corporate-commercial litigation.

He has provided legal counsel for more than 25 years to a number of regulated health professions, and acted as general counsel to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario.

Mr. Shekter appears before other health colleges representing a variety of health-care and other professionals, including physicians, dentists, and nurses.

He lectures on a variety of legal topics and has taught lawyers how to prepare and conduct cross-examinations of expert witnesses.

Mr. Shekter appears regularly as a legal commentator in print, radio, and television media and was the second recipient of the Advocate of the Year award by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association in 1998.

Richard Shekter In The News
Med-mal delays exacerbated by shortage of judges

Lengthy delays in medical malpractice cases are unlikely to improve before more judges are appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Toronto litigator  Richard ... Read more

Despite case, system not ‘intrinsically corrupt’

A case involving a justice of the peace fired for interfering in an assault matter in which his partner was the alleged victim is a rarity but “scary” ... Read more

Lawyers held to a higher legal standard: Shekter

It’s not surprising that a disbarred lawyer was sentenced to a significant jail term for his role in a $1.5-million small-business-loan fraud, Toronto litigator ... Read more

Juries bring 'humanity and common sense' to civil trials

Juries play an important role in civil trials and the trend in the last two decades to include them in medical malpractice cases is a positive development, Toronto litigator ... Read more

OCA decision contains valuable lessons for lawyers

A recent ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) contains lessons for defence counsel about credibility, rules of reply and collateral evidence, Toronto litigator Richard ... Read more

Damages vary when surgical tools left behind

Damages can vary wildly when surgeons leave equipment inside their patients, Toronto litigator  Richard Shekter tells  AdvocateDaily.com . The National Post ... Read more

Courts, government struggling with fallout from Jordan

The courts in Ontario, particularly in major centres, are having difficulty meeting the time requirements laid down in the Supreme Court of Canada’s Jordan decision ... Read more

Ontario moves to ban eye tattooing, implanting eye jewelry

TORONTO — Eyeball tattooing and implanting eye jewelry will soon be banned in Ontario after health professionals urged action to prevent the dangerous ... Read more

Case clarifies causation conundrum: Shekter

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision will help clarify a long-standing debate in personal injury law, says Toronto litigator Richard Shekter . “It clarifies to some ... Read more

Father who killed his 3 children not a ‘high-risk accused’

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — A man who underwent a psychotic break and murdered his three children as they lay asleep in their beds does not pose enough of a threat to the ... Read more

Nurse's discipline hearing got ahead of a 'political hot potato'

It’s not surprising that Ontario’s nursing regulator recently held a disciplinary hearing for a nurse, even though she has resigned from the profession and is serving ... Read more

Rare decision won't open legal floodgates: Shekter

Just because things go wrong during surgery doesn’t mean you can sue a doctor for negligence, says Toronto litigator  Richard Shekter .  Not even if you wake up ... Read more

Case of murderous nurse raises concerns about care

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — A former Ontario nurse admitted Thursday to using insulin to kill eight seniors and hurt six others while the vulnerable individuals were in her care, in ... Read more

Mandatory licence revocation could prove unjust in some cases

Legislative changes that treat and define consensual and non-consensual touching of a sexual nature by a doctor as equal acts of 'sexual abuse' could lead to injustice in some ... Read more

Shekter to share insights on the legalization of marijuana

Toronto civil litigator Richard Shekter will share his insights on the legalization of marijuana and recent changes to auto insurance at the upcoming ‘Thriving in changing ... Read more

Judge's comments on consensus reports case-specific

Although a recent ruling criticizes the practice of selective quoting of expert findings in personal injury cases, the decision is not a broad comment against consensus reports, ... Read more

Cutting prelims would 'wreak havoc' on fairness of system

Although Ontario’s attorney general has called for the federal government to curtail the use of preliminary inquiries in most criminal cases in order to shorten delays in ... Read more

Richard Shekter: a fierce advocate in complex cases

Being embroiled in a legal dispute is one of the most stressful situations people will face, and having an experienced advocate to help them navigate the justice system can ... Read more

Recommendation to remove judge reflects rejection of stereotypes in sex abuse cases

CALGARY — An inquiry committee of the Canadian Judicial Council says a judge who asked a sexual assault complainant why she couldn't just keep her knees ... Read more

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