Stephen M. Birman

Stephen M. Birman

Partner

Practice highlights

Biography

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

2008

Education

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

Accreditations

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

Industry recognition

Testimonials

Marissa D.

I was injured in a car accident that left me in need of a lot of rehabilitation. Stephen Birman was instrumental in ensuring I received funding for medical treatments. He also made invaluable recommendations for a supportive allied health team around me, which he helped to coordinate. During the whole process, I felt very supported. Stephen Birman is very personable and professional and his level of expertise is evident. I’m so glad to have had him on my case and I can’t thank him and his team enough for the resolution and closure that I received.

A. Bugulova

In 2014, my family experienced a very traumatic and unfortunate set of circumstances; two of my children were involved in a serious auto collision, which caused critical injuries. This was nothing we could have ever anticipated or prepared for. We are so lucky to have found Stephen Birman. Attaining his representation was the best decision I made. He and his team controlled our file with the utmost professionalism and care. He dedicated himself to us and assigned us a very experienced support worker who was always on top of appointments and treatment plans. These visits resulted in a full turn around for my son and improvement of his critical injuries. This process took years, but this team continued to support us with all of their efforts and resources. The results were an amazing and true reflection of their hard work over the course of our file. In the most difficult and vulnerable time in our lives, Stephen Birman was there to guide me and provide his expertise to ensure we ended up with a full recovery and astonishing results, which were nothing less than fair. I will continue to be grateful for the work this team conducted and highly recommend their services to anyone who may find themselves in similar tragic circumstances.

Jill W.

I was on my way to work at 7:00 am, when suddenly I was t-boned on the highway. Instantly, I lost feeling in my feet. I was taken to a trauma center and had suffered multiple low-back spinal fractures, causing a disc impingement. Through a referral of a friend, we reached out to Stephen Birman at Thompson Rogers. Stephen and his team of experts supported my need for physical and occupational rehabilitation, and counsel during the course of my recovery. They navigated the extremely rough waters encountered with insurance filings, correspondence and income loss, which was indeed a true gift! However, I did not begin to understand the magnitude of finding Thomson Rogers until I found myself not improving from the fractures. I was not getting stronger, my balance and gait was bad, and I had new and worsening pain, numbness and tingling, and my extremities were being affected. The symptoms felt familiar, as I had already been paralyzed once before in my teens with a rare disease called Guillain Barre Syndrome. I had fully recovered from GBS, but after more than 35 years, that disease had now returned in a different form. Stephen and his team were there, throughout the process and diagnosis. They work with professionalism and dedication to my case, to the assurance of a positive long term outcome for me and my family. Thank you Stephen for your assistance, it truly meant the world.

Ramze T.

The most PROFESSIONAL & CARING law firm. Stephen Birman will go to the end of the Earth to help his clients out. Very thorough and attentive in his work. Never have I seen a lawyer/firm show so much compassion and conduct business in a way that makes their clients feel like they are truly looking out for their best interests. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Alejandro O.

I sympathise with all the people involved in accidents and who unfortunately are left with consequences for life as a result. An unfortunate accident not only changed my life but also that of my family. Initially, I retained a different law firm to represent me where I was left alone to worry about my physical and psychological recovery to deal with the unfair treatment of the auto insurance, Allstate. During this time, I found and retained Mr. Stephen Birman who is a lawyer at the law firm of Thomson Rogers. He provided great support and companionship during this difficult process. I know that nothing can compensate for losing ones’ health, but it is absolutely necessary to rely on good legal support. I thank Mr. Birman for his commitment to my case, for being understanding and very professional during a difficult process. I am grateful for all his efforts. I am happy to give my testimony and recommendation for Mr. Birman and Thomson Rogers. GOD BLESS YOU!!!


Press


Blog

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Thomson Rogers Legal Team Secures Largest Known Punitive Damages Jury Award in an LTD Claim on Record

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Resist Discussing Legal Advice With Your Rehabilitation Providers

Resist Discussing Legal Advice With Your Rehabilitation Providers

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How Car Insurers Can Help Accident Victims During The COVID-19 Crisis

How Car Insurers Can Help Accident Victims During The COVID-19 Crisis

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What to Expect at the Mediation of your Personal Injury Claim – One Lawyer’s Perspective

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ABR Updater: Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule Discriminates Against Chronic Pain Victims And Violates Charter Rights

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Presentations

July 01, 2020

Using SPECT Scan, GOSE and Clinician Documentation to Determine Brain Injury and Catastrophic Impairment

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December 06, 2019

Discharge Planning and Financial Considerations Following a Traumatic Injury

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May 31, 2019

Best Practices for Vocational Evaluators in Preparing Expert Reports and Testifying in Court

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December 05, 2017

Tips for Plaintiffs When Pursuing Pre-judgment Interest Claims in Settlement Negotiations and Beyond

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March 10, 2016

Then and Now: Recent Changes in Automobile Insurance Legislation in Ontario

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September 27, 2011

How to Succeed before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario: Practice Tips from Mediation to Arbitration – The Insured’s Perspective

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October 21, 2010

The 3 Most Important Changes to the Ontario Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule From the Perspective of Hospital Trauma Workers

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Team Members


Resources

November 30, 2020

Navigating ethical issues facing healthcare providers

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July 24, 2020

Proving brain injury SPECT scan case study and the clinician’s role in helping the client along the road to CAT determination

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August 02, 2016

Your Uber Ride is Now Covered by Insurance But Further Coverage is Recommended

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April 18, 2016

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

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March 29, 2016

Sexual Assault Victims No Longer Face Limitation Periods for Advancing Civil Claims

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December 07, 2015

Eugenie Bouchard initiates personal injury claim against the US Open

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June 01, 2015

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD: WHEN DOES THE LIMITATION PERIOD CLOCK START TO TICK?

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March 03, 2014

Client of Thomson Rogers succeeds in long fight over weekly benefits claim at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO)

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April 11, 2008

Feints and Flanks: The Winning Conditions for Motions as Effective Manoeuvres

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