David R. Neill

David R. Neill


Practice highlights


After 44 years with Thomson Rogers, David Neill retired from the firm in 2017.

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Clients with catastrophic injuries could count on a sympathetic, but objective, appraisal when they met David Neill, one of Canada’s most experienced personal injury litigators. David had a distinctive background, having defended insurance companies during the first 15 years of his practice. Later, he worked almost exclusively to help the injured, mostly motor vehicle accident victims, secure compensation for their pain and suffering.

“Most of my clients can never recover all that they have lost, but I feel great personal satisfaction in helping them get a financial settlement that will make their lives somewhat easier,” said David, who was with Thomson Rogers since 1974.

“I am prepared to take on cases that have high risk,” added David, “but I would rather refuse a case that has no hope than put a client through the further ordeal of an unsuccessful lawsuit. But if there is merit in the case, I’m inclined to take the risk.”

Among David’s specialties were cases involving traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

David took pride in helping people who really needed it, especially since access to the justice system is so difficult for so many people.

David’s years defending insurers made him a more effective litigator. “I know what makes a successful claim,” he said. As well, David didn’t “burn any bridges” with the insurers he once helped, a factor that helped facilitate a successful negotiated settlement.

David had the honour of having been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada® in the field of Personal Injury Litigation, and in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory  as a repeatedly recommended leading lawyer in Personal Injury litigation representing Plaintiffs.

LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell provided a special status to David R. Neill as an AV Preeminent® Rated Lawyer. The AV Peer Review RatingTM identifies lawyers with the highest rated legal ability and ethical standards, which is a reflection of his expertise, experience, integrity, and overall professional excellence.

Year of Call



  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Guelph (1969)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School (1972)
  • ADR Workshop, University of Windsor Faculty of Law/Stitt Feld Handy Houston ADR Ltd. (2000)



G. K.

Dearest David,

Thank you very much for your advice, and assistance in the past years. Our family truly appreciates your time & thoughts. May God bless you and your family.

Lorente Family

Dear David,

I don’t know what most people feel when something like this ends, but for us it is a mixture of relief but also a finality of the injuries and permanence of all that goes with it.

Much of what you have done went behind the scenes making it difficult to realize just what you have done for us.

I believe that all the people we worked with were sent to us for a reason. Out of all the lawyers that could have been assigned to us, you were the one chosen.

I thank you for your work, patience and time. In this day and age people forget to say thanks thinking instead that people are paid for what they do, and that somehow replaces the courtesy of saying how much their work has meant.

I hope this card is some small acknowledgement of our appreciation for your work and the chance to get to know you over the past 7 years.

No matter who is at fault when someone is injured, especially a child, to the people who love them it only matters that someone cares enough to fight for them.

Thanks for being one of those people

P. Iacono, Q.C.

Dear Counsel:

The above captioned lawsuit was recently the subject of a private mediation. When the session ended, this litigation was resolved. Minutes of settlement were executed by both parties, reflecting the state of affairs. I have complete confidence that this will come to pass.

I cannot leave this case, without re-iterating, that this was the most professionally negotiated mediation that I have been privileged to conduct. I have the highest esteem for good lawyers. I respect those lawyers who are not afraid to talk to each other, and who are not afraid to tell each other what they think the case is about. I congratulate everyone.

I thank you for giving me the privilege of mediating this case with you and I certainly look forward to mediating with you again in the near future.


To Mr. Neill & Staff,

We would like to take this opportunity to say a very special thank you to you Mr. Neill, Ms. Shelley Cull and the rest of the staff who were there for us in the past 4.5 years, and for all the help and support which was given, all patience you have shown, the time which was given to us in answering all the questions we needed answers to. Thank you again for everything.


To Mr. Neill,

Just a quick note to say thank you for all you have done for me and my family.

Cases of note



October 28, 2010

Injurious Falls on Stairways: A Major Public Health Problem Deserving a New Approach by Lawyers

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July 28, 2005

Accident Benefits for Spinal Cord and Severely Brain Injured Clients/Patients

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February 21, 2002

Sidewalks, Pools, Arenas and Other Public Facilities: Trends, Developments and Strategies for Minimizing Exposure

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January 01, 2001

Police Department Liability – What Municipalities Need to Know

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April 18, 2016

Major Accident Benefits Changes Come into Effect on June 1st, 2016

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March 21, 2003

Adapting to the Changes in the Acute Care Setting

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