Stephen M. Birman

Stephen M. Birman


Practice highlights


Stephen Birman graduated from the University of Toronto law school in 2007.

Stephen joined Thomson Rogers as an Associate in 2009, where his practice has focused largely on personal injury litigation and class action litigation.

Stephen has successfully litigated significant claims as lead counsel in the Ontario Superior Court and at the License Appeals Tribunal and Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Stephen is relentless in pursuing claims against insurance companies on behalf of his clients. Stephen was most recently successful in 2022 in a 5 week jury trial over long-term disability benefits in the Ontario Superior Court, where the jury made the largest known punitive damages award and aggravated damages award against an insurance company in a disability claim. Stephen was also the first lawyer in Ontario to receive a maximum special award on behalf of his client at the License Appeals Tribunal in 2017.

Stephen has a long history of helping vulnerable individuals pursue class action litigation as well. He spent the first 3 years of his career working with residential school survivors and helped survivors advance compensation claims under Canada’s largest class action settlement. Stephen has been involved in numerous other class action decisions and is currently part of the Thomson, Rogers team pursuing claims arising out of alleged nursing home negligence and business interruption losses during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as significant claims regarding CPAP medical devices recalled by Philips Respironics.

Stephen prides himself on his ability to help clients understand and feel informed and in control throughout the various stages of the litigation process. Stephen is a Certified Litigation Specialist as recognized by the Law Society of Ontario. Stephen has been recognised as a leading lawyer in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Stephen has earned the highest peer rating of AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® for his legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards.

Stephen is past Vice-Chair of the Community Head Injury Resource Services – an organization that provides services to improve the quality of life of persons living with an acquired brain injury.

Stephen is an avid tennis player and follower of all things related to Canadian Sports. When out of the office, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.

Year of Call



  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Queen’s University, 2004
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Toronto, 2007


  • Certified Specialist (Civil Litigation)
  • LEXPERT® Ranked Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Ranked Lawyer, AV Preeminent®
  • Member of FAIR (Fair Association of Victims for Accident Insurance Reform)


Ferdinando N.

We highly recommend Stephen Birman, from Thompson Roger. Our son’s catastrophic accident plunged us into an environment alien to us, full of worry, stress , trying to understand the medical system’s procedures, etc. We needed help navigating the system. Stephen Birman of Thompson Roger was recommended by a friend of ours, who had gone through similar experience. We were satisfied with Mr. Birman initial presentation and what his role would be. Felt comfortable in his presence, he radiated a sense of caring, trust and determination. He delivered on all and was always prompt in answering our calls. We do thank Mr Birman for the satisfactory end result. We give him a 5 star out of 5 star.

Jordan S.

When my husband was catastrophically injured in a car accident, Stephen Birman fought for him and ensured that our family was more than taken care of. There were great amounts of anxiety and uncertainty over what our future could look like. I believe had it not been for Stephen and his team of professionals, we wouldn’t be living a life of comfort and contentment today. We can’t ever thank you enough.

Denis C.

If you are searching for an experienced lawyer who is direct, facts oriented and no nonsense, contact Stephen Birman at TR (Thomson Rodgers) Law if you hope for the best outcome for your slip and fall case. I was always kept informed about about work being done on my behalf behind the scenes during this difficult situation. Thanks for the excellent support from Lucy Jackson, Erinna, and Patricia. I highly recommend this law firm.

Orisawesome G.

Mr. Stephen Birman was a beacon of hope to my family at a time when our options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed nigh on impossible. Not only was he able to defend us from an unjust accusation, his calm and empathetic demeanour offered emotional succour to myself and those I care about most. My children and I are eternally grateful for his service and I hereby recommend Mr.Birman without reservation, and to thank his all team for the patience all over the years specially Erinna for all of her support.

Amdadul H.

I wish I could give more than 5 stars. I do not want to disclose my personal issues here, but all I want to say is Thomson Rogers, and specially Stephen Birman, has supported me to move forward in my life. I was told by my family members that he personally came to meet me in the hospital when I was in pain and wasn’t stable enough to communicate. As the years passed by, he was there till the end. Mr. Birman, I wish you all the best and stay safe. God bless you sir.



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