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Heather J. Vaughan Partners

P: 416-977-9777 hvaughan@bensonpercival.com


Lorraine Kavanagh (Law Clerk)

Judith Vaughan (Billing Enquiries)

Heather J. Vaughan

Heather J. Vaughan (2001) obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University in 1996. She studied Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and obtained her LL.B. in 1999. She articled with Benson Percival Brown and joined the firm upon her call to the bar in 2001. Heather was admitted to the partnership in 2007.

Heather’s litigation practice includes the defence of motor vehicle liability claims which vary in scope from maintaining threshold defence positions to managing complex and catastrophic personal injury claims.

Her defence practice also includes claims against daycares, long-term care facilities, private schools as well as professionals such as teachers, physiotherapists, nurses, and psychotherapists.  She defends and prosecutes negligence claims by and against builders, suppliers, and installers involved in the construction of residential and commercial projects.

In addition to her insurance law practice, she acts as Tribunal Counsel to the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO).   RIBO regulates the licensing, professional competence, ethical conduct and financial obligations of its insurance broker members.  Her administrative law practice includes advocacy before tribunals such as Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT), Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB), and the Human Rights Tribunal (HRTO) as well as before Coroner’s Inquests.

Heather is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Advocates Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, the Woman’s Law Association of Ontario and DRI – The Voice of the Defence Bar.  She also holds a membership in the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR) and has successfully completed The Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals.

Heather acts as the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Defence Lawyers’ National Women’s Caucus.  She also is a member-at-large in the Insurance Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

In the media:

Illegal activity doesn’t preclude accident benefits:  AdvocateDaily.com

Insurance defence lawyers struggling to keep costs down: AdvocateDaily.com

Back to Basics: Use of experts and introduction of technology challenging in defence bar:   Shannon Kari for Canadian Lawyer 

Ontario consulting on municipalities’ worries on ‘liability chill’: AdvocateDaily.com

Broker met duty of care, can’t be an ‘expert in all things’: AdvocateDaily.com

Lawyers should confer to plan for efficient, proportionate discovery: AdvocateDaily.com

Report claims early to professional indemnity insurers: AdvocateDaily.com

Insurance oversight bodies addressing standards, technology: AdvocateDaily.com

Federal insurance oversight bodies seeking input on customer service regulations: The Lawyer’s Daily

Vicarious Liability Case a Reminder for Employers to Know Risks:  AdvocateDaily.com

Documentation Key in Defendant Winter Liability Claims:  AdvocateDaily.com

Liability Insurance a Must for Parents Following Schoolyard Injuries:  AdvocateDaily.com

Car Dealerships’ Duty of Care Up in the Air:  AdvocateDaily.com

Good Records Key to Liability Defence: AdvocateDaily.com 

Party Hosts Not Liable for Guest’s Fall: AdvocateDaily.com 

Mental Injuries Likely to Rise after SCC Ruling: AdvocateDaily.com

Sidewalk Storefronts Beware as Starbucks Burned by Liability Decision: AdvocateDaily.com

Summary Judgment a Tough Ask for Insurers in Social Host Liability Cases: AdvocateDaily.com

Insurance Law is About the People: AdvocateDaily.com

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