Sean’s practice includes municipal liability, motor vehicle liability, property and casualty, product liability, fire loss and fraud, professional negligence, personal injury defence, and coverage.
 
Sean appears regularly in the Ontario Superior Court, the Divisional Court, and several administrative panels and tribunals. Sean’s trial and motion judgments include:
 
  • Whether costs are payable by parties to a co-defendant released from an action after examinations for discovery:
    Parris v. Wylie, 2016 ONSC 4778
     
  • Leave to appeal granted on question of what level of specificity is required in the pleadings to maintain a claim against an officer, director or employee in their personal capacity:
    Largess v. Word of Life Church (2016), 130 O.R. (3d) 154, 2016 ONSC 1440
     
  • Whether a municipality may rely on the intention of the parties as expressed in a full and final release as a complete bar to a subsequent action:
    Rebel v The Township of Stone Mills, 2015 ONSC 5703
     
  • Whether a defendant is entitled to the full or partial contents of a plaintiff’s prior representative’s file to ascertain what advice was given in relation to a limitation period:
    Labelle v Brand, 2015 ONSC 5573
     
  • Whether an insurer has a duty to defend under a commercial general liability policy against claims that the insured breached legal and statutory duties, in the context of a shooting, despite a policy exclusion for bodily injury caused by the use of a gun:
    Kinkade v. 947014 Ontario Inc, (2014), 119 O.R. (3d) 536, 2014 ONSC 1599
     
  • Whether an out of province resident should pay security for costs of an action, and if so how much: 
    Goldwater-Adler v. Masucol, 2014 ONSC 6349
     
  • Whether a party has status to bring an action for breach of contract in respect of voluntary payments advanced in a personal injury matter:
    State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company v. Mawere (2012), 110 O.R. (3d) 693, 2012 ONSC 3299
 
A former marketing manager, Sean began his professional career in 1999 with one of the world’s largest consumer products companies. He created competitive business strategies and led product development and brand advertising for several international organizations for eight years before attending law school. Sean volunteers as a legal advisor and as motions court and trial counsel at the Ottawa office of Law Help Ontario, Pro Bono Law Ontario.