All-rounder Pollard has personal injury bases covered
By AdvocateDaily.com Staff
When it comes to personal injury law, Oakville litigator Weston Pollard has covered all the bases.
He spent his formative years in the profession at an insurance defence boutique, before moving in-house with one of the country’s largest insurers, before joining MacDonald & Swan, a plaintiff-focused firm in Oakville.
Now a partner with Edwards Pollard LLP, his practice is dominated by plaintiffs’ work, but he tells AdvocateDaily.com that he makes sure to keep his defensive skills sharp by carrying a handful of files representing insurers.
“I’m proud to do both sides,” he says, explaining that all his clients benefit from his holistic approach to the practice area.
“I find it helpful in negotiations because it lends credibility to what you’re saying when the other lawyer knows you’ve been in their shoes,” Pollard adds. “It also puts you in a good position when you know what strategies the other side will be considering as you move forward with a file.”
Pollard says legal work felt like his destiny from as far back as high school when his propensity for public speaking and argument shone through to teachers and fellow students alike.
“It was around that time that I gravitated towards a career in law,” he says.
At law school, Pollard pursued a varied course load, before summering with a sole practitioner who advised him that specialization was the future in the legal profession.
“It was a good tip,” says Pollard, who then began to set his sights more firmly on litigation, particularly involving insurance.
At Edwards Pollard LLP, his plaintiff work covers the gambit of injury and disability law, including cases related to vehicle accidents and trips and falls. The firm is expanding its medical malpractice offering and has also built a reputation for effectively handling long-term disability denials, which in turn spurred it to branch out into employment law, as a result of the problems many clients have when returning to work after an injury.
Pollard also represents clients in disputes with insurers over property loss, such as fire and flood damage claims.
““It’s a very policy-specific area of law, with many variables depending on the facts of each claim,” he says.
Where Pollard’s approach to both areas matches up is in his willingness to proceed to trial if necessary.
“Many law firms say they’re advocates but never actually do any trials,” he says. “But we certainly do, if it’s needed, to get the client the result they deserve.”
Pollard takes a “no pressure” approach to initial meetings with clients as he looks to build a long-term relationship with them.
“We have a coffee and a conversation,” he says. “I don’t expect them to retain me right away. I want them to talk it over with their family and make an informed decision on whether they commence with litigation because it’s a big deal.
“I like to get to know people and make a mutual decision that we are a good fit for one another. If it goes to trial and you’re with someone for four or five years, you need to be able to work together and have a mutual understanding and respect,” Pollard adds.