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Bio

Richard Shekter is recognized as one of Ontario's leading litigators. He has been lead counsel on a number of precedent-setting cases and has made his mark in areas as diverse as personal injury litigation, medical malpractice, professional discipline, wrongful dismissal litigation and criminal law.

Richard Shekter has been described by peers and clients alike as tough, brilliant, loyal, winning and compassionate. All the qualities one hopes to find in an advocate.

In his full service practice, Richard focuses much of his time on the areas of criminal, civil, health, personal injury, corporate, medical malpractice, employment law and administrative litigation. He is general counsel to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario and also appears regularly before other health colleges representing a variety of health care and other professionals including physicians, dentists, and nurses, amongst others. As skilled in the courtroom as he is behind the scenes, mastering complex issues and devising winning strategies, Richard Shekter has compiled an impressive track record of success and an ever growing reputation for excellence and scholarship in Canadian and U.S. legal circles.

Richard was counsel in Regina v. Pinnacle Transport. After proving a breach of Pinnacle's Charter rights, Richard received what at the time was the second largest cost award at that time in Canada against the Crown following the withdrawal of charges against his client. Following a fraudulent conveyances trial, Richard obtained a $100,000 punitive damages award; at the time one of the highest ever awarded.

In Rotstein v. Smith, Richard obtained one of the first summary judgments in a hotly contested estates dispute that went all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. The costs recovery awarded to his client remains one of the largest ever awarded in an estates case of this nature.

Richard has won precedent-setting personal injury awards, and justice for his clients. In the process, Richard has helped to raise the bar for all future personal injury awards. His work in the precedent setting Roberts v Morana case changed not only the law concerning government liability for improper road maintenance, but also created innovative ways of enhancing recoveries for injured plaintiffs throughout Ontario.  The Roberts verdict was, at the time, one of the largest personal injury awards ever recovered in Canada.  Even the trial judge commented upon the extraordinary quality of Mr. Shekter’s courtroom presentation saying:

“By way of overview I state that I have not seen a case which has been better prepared or presented than this one.”

Recognition

Organizations

  • Advocates’ Society
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Canadian Delegate to the Council
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Lawyers and Jurists for Soviet Jewry
  • College of Dental Technologists of Ontario, Counsel
  • College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, Counsel
  • Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Judges’ Law Clerks Association of Ontario
  • Medico-Legal Society
  • Metropolitan Toronto Lawyer’s Association
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association

Education

  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1976
  • Harvard/Advocate Society, Mediation Diploma, 1998
  • Articled with Eddie Greenspan, Q.C.
  • University of California at Berkeley, LL.M. Summa Cum Laude, 1975
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, LL.B., 1973
  • University of Toronto, B.A., 1970

Media Appearances

Professional Appointments

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Former Director, 1998-2005
  • Advocates’ Society, Director, 1999-2003
  • Ontario Bar Association (Health Law Section), Past Chairman, 1986-1988
  • Canadian Bar Association, Special Committee Vice-Chairman, Studying the Legal Implications of AIDS, 1986
  • Canadian Bar Association (Ontario), Member of Council, 1986
  • Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Medical Association Liaison Committee Member, 1983-1985
  • Canadian Bar Association, Civil Liberties Section Vice-Chairman, 1981-1983
  • Federal Department of Justice, Special Prosecutor

Tribunals/Levels of Court

Lectures and Teachings

  • Faculty/Guest Speaker/Panel Moderator, National Expert Witness Academy, The Advocates’ Society Conference, “Cross-Examination” What to Expect, Park Hyatt Hotel, (Toronto, Ontario) April 28 – 30, 2011
  • Panel Moderator, The Advocates’ Society, “Pre-Trial Expert Issues”, Working with Experts: Practical Tips and Techniques for Winning Cases, Conference Centre, (Toronto, Ontario) May 14, 2010
  • Speaker, Working with Experts: Practical Tips and Techniques for Winning Cases, The Advocates’ Society, “Using Experts, Recent Trends, Decisions and Rules”, Conference Centre, (Toronto, Ontario) May 14, 2010
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker, Brown Bag Series, The Advocates Society, “Current Issues in Expert Evidence”, Campbell House, (Toronto, Ontario) May 27, 2009
  • Speaker, American College of Trial Lawyers and The Advocates’ Society Conference, “Current Issues in Expert Evidence”, Advocacy in Changing Times, Carlu Conference Centre, (Toronto, Ontario) May 8 2009
  • Program Chair and Speaker, The Advocates’ Society, TAS Conference Centre, “Defending and Challenging Expert Reports”, Brown Bag Series, (Toronto, Ontario) May 28, 2008
  • Lecturer, Setting Up for Success:  The OLTA Guide to Medical Negligence Practice V, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Conference, OBA Conference Centre, “Preparing for the Cross-Examination of the Defence Expert”, (Toronto, Ontario) September 15-16, 2006
  • Speaker, 8th Annual Central East Advocacy Conference:  Preparation for Success,  Ontario Bar Association, in conjunction with The Advocates’ Society, Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Crown Attorneys’ Association, “How to Prepare Your Cross- Examination of an Expert”, Hilton Suites  Hotel (Markham, Ontario) March 4, 2006
  • Speaker, 8th Annual Central East Advocacy Conference:  Preparation for Success,  Ontario Bar Association, in conjunction with The Advocates’ Society, Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Crown Attorneys’ Association, “How to Prepare Your Examination in Chief of an Expert”, Hilton Suites  Hotel, (Markham, Ontario) March 4, 2006
  • Keynote Speaker, Civil Litigation Skills Certificate Program: Winning with Experts, The Advocates Society, “The Art & Science of Cross-Examining the Expert Witness”, TSX Broadcast Centre (Toronto, Ontario) December 9, 2005
  • Panelist, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Conference, “Setting Up for Success:  The OLTA Guide to Medical Negligence Practice”, King Edward Hotel, (Toronto, Ontario) September 23, 2005
  • Seminar Tutorial Leader, Seminar on Legal and Ethical Issues, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, “Medical Professional Legal Issues”, (Toronto, Ontario) September 20, 2005
  • Seminar Tutorial Leader, Seminar on Legal and Ethical Issues, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, “Medical Professional Legal Issues”, (Toronto, Ontario) September 20, 2004
  • Panelist and Clinical Instructor, The Advocates’ Society, Federal Court of Canada, “Administrative Tribunal Skills Certificate Program:  Examination-in-Chief and Cross-Examination”, (Toronto, Ontario) May 27, 2004
  • Faculty Member, George Brown Toronto City College Health Information Symposium, “Privacy, Should We Be Concerned?” Metro Toronto Convention Centre, (Toronto, Ontario) February 4, 2004
  • Instructor, The Advocates’ Society, Civil Litigation Skills: Certificate Program: “Convincing Cross-Examination”, St. Andrew’s Club (Toronto, Ontario) November 4, 2003
  • Instructor, OTLA Medical School: Evidence to Win With, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 2003 Spring Conference, “Trial Techniques Workshop for Lawyers”, Inn on the Park, (Toronto, Ontario) May 29-31, 2003
  • Guest Speaker, Orientation of the Discipline Committee Lectures, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, “Joint Submissions – The How, What and Why”, (Toronto, Ontario) February 4, 2003
  • Workshop Leader, The Myth of the Minor Brain Injury, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 Fall Conference, “Analysis and Presentation of the Most Difficult Part of Your Case”, Hilton Hotel, (Toronto, Ontario) October 26, 2002
  • Instructor, The Advocates’ Society, “Advanced Advocacy Skills Certificate Program: Expert Evidence”, (Toronto, Ontario) April 26, 2002
  • Lecturer, Law Society of Upper Canada, Criminal Law and the Charter 2001, “Costs Awards in Criminal Cases under the Charter of Rights: a Case Study”, Osgoode Hall (Toronto, Ontario) December 8, 2001
  • Participant, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Spring 2001 Conference: Trial Demonstration, “Examination-in-Chief of a Human Factors Expert, A Liability Tool Box”, Hilton Hotel (Toronto, Ontario) June 1-2, 2001
  • Lecturer, The Advocates’ Society, Barrie Court House, “Courthouse Series – Cross-Examination”, (Barrie, Ontario) February 20, 2001
  • Panellist, Toronto Jewish Film Society, Lecture Series, “Gunsmoke Episode: “This Golden Land”, Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario) February 18, 2001
  • Speaker, Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association, Nutshell Series, “Personal Injury Claims: Putting it all Together”, Chestnut Park Hotel, (Toronto, Ontario) November 21, 2000
  • Lecturer, Neurotrauma - Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 2000 Fall Conference, “No Reimer Reason: Medical Reports Revisited”, Inn on the Park, (Toronto, Ontario) October 27-28, 2000
  • Lecturer, Maximizing Recovery: Case Preparation for Settlement and Trial, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 2000 Spring Conference, “Using Lay Witnesses to Anchor Your Themes”, Inn on the Park, (Toronto, Ontario) May 26-27, 2000
  • Co-Chairman, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 2000 Spring Conference Maximizing Recovery: Case Preparation for Settlement and Trial, Inn on the Park, (Toronto, Ontario) May 26-27, 2000
  • Guest Speaker, Canadian Bar Association – Ontario Civil Litigation Section meeting, “‘To fix or Assess Costs’, Litigating and Getting Paid: What a Novel Idea!” Albany Club (Toronto, Ontario) April 13, 2000
  • Lecturer, Brain Injury Litigation: the Essential Conference, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, “Formulating and Presenting Brain Injury Cases: the Unifying Thread”, Pan Pacific Hotel, (Vancouver, British Columbia) February 4-5, 2000
  • Instructor, The Changing Nature of the Practice of Law, Hamilton Law Association 4th Annual Central South Lawyers’ Conference, “The Art and Science of Cross-Examining the Expert Witness”, Hamilton Convention Centre, (Hamilton, Ontario) November 4-5, 1999
  • Lecturer, Costs: the Bottom Line, Law Society of Upper Canada Conference, “Fixing or Assessing Costs: Making Litigation Pay”, Osgoode Hall, (Toronto, Ontario) October 20, 1999
  • Lecturer, Seminar Series on Legal, Ethical and Professional  Issues in Psychology, Ontario Psychological Association/York University Department of Psychology, “Expert Testimony”, and “Relations with Lawyers and the Judicial System”, York University, (Toronto, Ontario) October 2, 1999
  • Speaker, Proving Damages in the Non-Catastrophic Case: A Roadmap to Success, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Spring Conference, “Mining the Ministry of Health for Untapped Information”, (Toronto, Ontario) May 28-29, 1999
  • Lecturer, Mastering Discovery in Personal Injury Cases, Law Society of Upper Canada Conference, “Examining the Road Authority”, (Toronto, Ontario) April 9, 1999
  • Lecturer, Silk Purses and Sows Ears: Effective Cross-Examination and Argument, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, Conference, “Preparing and Executing an Effective Cross-Examination”, (Vancouver, British Columbia) March 26-27, 1999
  • Speaker, Brant County Dental Association Seminar, “Responding to Dental Insurance Inquiries – Dental Profiling”, (Brantford, Ontario) March 9, 1999
  • Speaker, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, New Lawyers Division 1999 Speaker Series, “Preparing for the Cross-Examination of the Expert Witness”, (Toronto, Ontario) January 19, 1999
  • Instructor, Ontario Trial Lawyers 1999 Winter Medical Malpractice Retreat, Windermere Manor “Compromised Babies and Other Stuff”, (London, Ontario) January 15-16, 1998
  • Speaker, Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada Conference, Fraud in the New Millennium, “The Lawyers’ Round Table”, (Toronto, Ontario) January 11-13, 1999
  • Lecturer, Toronto Academy of Dentistry, 61st Winter Clinic, “Ready or Not, Here They Come: Dental Profiling in the Modern World”, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Toronto, Ontario) November 25, 1998
  • Participant, County of Carlton Law Association Annual Conference, Civil Litigation Updated 1998, “The Persuasive Closing Jury Submission”, (Mont Tremblant, Quebec) November 6-7, 1998
  • Speaker, County of Carlton Law Association Annual Conference, Civil Litigation Updated 1998, “Strategy and Grounds for Striking the Jury”, (Mont Tremblant, Quebec) November 6-7, 1998
  • Speaker, County of Carlton Law Association Annual Conference, Civil Litigation Updated 1998, “Cross-Examining the Expert Witness in Medical Negligence Claims”, (Mont Tremblant, Quebec) November 6-7, 1998
  • Guest Speaker, 1998 Annual Risk Management Seminar, Canadian Dental Protective Association, “Guilty or Not, Here They Come!: Dental Insurers’ Profiling at the Millennium”, (Toronto, Ontario) October 19, 1998
  • Guest Lecturer, Queens University Law School, 3rd Year Trial Advocacy Course, “Trial Preparation: The Art and the Science”, (Kingston, Ontario) September 28, 1998
  • Lecturer, Law Society of Upper Canada, Department of Continuing Legal Education Conference: The Art of Cross-Examination, “Cross-examination of a Medical Expert: Dismantling the Brick Wall”, (Toronto, Ontario) September 24, 1998
  • Lecturer, Law Society of Upper Canada – Special Lectures 1998, “Government Liability for Road Maintenance: The Duty to Sand and Salt: ‘A Highly Special Dangerous Lawsuit’”, (Osgoode Hall, Toronto) June 11-12, 1998
  • Lecturer, Ontario Trial Lawyers Symposium – Medical Malpractice Retreat, “Medical Malpractice Update: Important Recent Cases”, (Huntsville, Ontario) June 4-6, 1998
  • Lecturer, Ontario Trial Lawyers Symposium on Winning Strategies for Litigating Brain Injury Claims, “Litigator’s Roadmap to Neuropsychological Evidence”, (Toronto, Ontario) May 22-23, 1998
  • Guest Speaker, Meeting of the Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Bar Association Ontario, “Unprotected Defendants: An Expanded Cast of Characters in a Motor Vehicle Action”, (Toronto, Ontario) April 2, 1998
  • Guest Lecturer, Annual Meeting, Ontario Physiotherapists Association, “Dealing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario: The Do’s and Don’ts”, (Toronto, Ontario) November 28, 1997
  • Guest Speaker, Annual Meeting of the Ontario Psychological Association, Annual Symposium, “Being an Expert Witness”, (Toronto, Ontario) November 8, 1997
  • Lecturer, Ontario Trial Lawyers Symposium: Targeting Non-Protected Defendants, “Production and Discovery from the Ministry of Transportation in Non-Repair Cases”, (Toronto, Ontario) November 7, 1997
  • Lecturer, Ontario Trial Lawyers Symposium: Targeting Non-Protected Defendants, “Court Ordered Structured Settlements: What Does Section 116(1)(b) of the Courts of Justice Act Really Mean?”, (Toronto, Ontario) November 7, 1997
  • Lecturer, Ontario Association of Orthodontists Annual Meeting, “Regulatory Aspects of Managed Dentistry – Apple Orthodontics Inc.”, (Toronto, Ontario) November 6, 1997
  • Lecturer, Confidentiality of Health Records in Ontario Conference, “Release of Health Records by Subpoena or Court Order”, (Toronto, Ontario) October 27, 1997
  • Guest Speaker, Insurance Crime Prevention Bureau, “Working Together To Fight Accident Benefit/Bodily Injury Fraud”, (Toronto, Ontario) June 3, 1997
  • Lecturer, the Ontario College of Family Physicians, 34th Annual Scientific and Business Meeting: "Medicine and the Law: The Regulated Health Professions Act", (Toronto, Ontario) November 14, 1996
  • Guest Speaker, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, 45th Annual Conference, "A Tale of Two Systems: A Comparative Analysis of the O.J. Simpson and Bernardo Trials", (Toronto, Ontario) June 16-20, 1996
  • Commentator, Workshop Criminal Law and HIV/AIDS sponsored by Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, (Toronto, Ontario) June 5, 1996
  • Guest Lecturer, 49th Annual Convention - Ontario Psychological Association, "How to Boost Your Private Practice by Becoming Media Savvy: Tales and Advice from the Paul Bernardo Trial Media Camp", (Toronto, Ontario) March 1, 1996
  • Guest Lecturer, Wednesday Medical Lecturer Series, "The Doctor in Law:  The College, the Courts, OHIP and You", November 15, 1995
  • Guest Lecturer, The 17th Post-Graduate Dermatology Seminar, The Toronto Dermatological Society, “Avoiding the Legal Grim Reaper; Keeping Out Of the Courts and the College", (Toronto, Ontario) September 22 -23, 1995
  • Guest Lecturer, Ontario Psychological Association, 48th Annual Convention, "The Psychologist in Court: Pre-trial Preparation, Testimony from the Witness Stand, A Lawyer's Perspective", (Toronto, Ontario) February 16, 1995
  • Guest Panellist/Discussant, 75th Annual Meeting, Ontario Psychiatric Association, "Violent Crime and the Insanity Defence Revisited: Serial Sex Offenders Who Kill, Future Dangerousness", (Toronto, Ontario) January 27, 1995
  • Guest Lecturer, Canadian Dental Protective Association Meeting, "The Complaints and Discipline Process of The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario", (Toronto, Ontario) September 29, 1994
  • Guest Speaker, Clinical Ethics Committee, Toronto Hospital, "Legal/Ethical Issues and Patient Confidentiality and Disclosure", (Toronto, Ontario) May 5, 1994
  • Guest Lecturer, Medical rounds, Toronto Hospital, “Confidentiality of Patient Information", December 2, 1993
  • Guest speaker, Orthodontic Specialists Group, "The Dental Amalgam: The College, The Dentist and The Law", (Toronto, Ontario) October 15, 1993
  • Lecturer, Canadian Association of Orthopaedic Medicine, National Meeting, "Breaking the Rules:  The College and the Orthopod - A Legal Perspective", (Toronto, Ontario) November 20, 1992
  • Lecturer, Vision Institute Annual Symposium, "Risk Management from A Defence Perspective", (Toronto, Ontario) November 7, 1992
  • Lecturer, Canadian Bar Association, Legal Education Programme on "AIDS" "The Criminalization of AIDS in Canada", (Toronto, Ontario) October 24, 1992
  • Guest Speaker, “Medical/Legal Issues of Sports Medicine", Ontario Medical Association Sports Medicine Symposium '92, Prince Hotel, (Toronto, Ontario) January 25, 1992
  • Guest Speaker, Hippocrates Hellenic-Canadian Medical Association of Ontario - "Medical/Legal Issues Confronting Doctors in the 90's", (Toronto, Ontario) November 21, 1991
  • Special lecturer, Toronto Dermatological Society, post-graduate seminar "The Legalization of Medicine: Doctors and the College, a Legal View", (Toronto, Ontario) September 20, 1991
  • Guest speaker, Hospital for Sick Children, Paediatric Rounds, "Recent Developments Concerning OHIP, the Medical Review Committee and the Cap", (Toronto, Ontario) September 11, 1991
  • Lecturer, Ajax-Pickering, Medical Staff, Topic "The Governance of Physicians in the Province of Ontario", August 15, 1990
  • Guest speaker, Insight Educational Services, "Pre-Action Access to Medical/Hospital Records: Evaluating the Merits of the Malpractice Claim", (Toronto, Ontario) March 28, 1990
  • Guest speaker, Canadian Bar Association - Ontario Health Law Section, "The Ontario Health Insurance Plan - A Legal Perspective", (Toronto, Ontario) March 7, 1990
  • Demonstrator:  Mock trial, infection control in the workplace, Community and Hospital Infection Control Association Canada, (Toronto, Ontario) April 14, 1989
  • Program Chairman, Canadian Bar Association Annual Institute: "Health Law, Medical Malpractice and Liability", (Toronto, Ontario) March 3, 1989
  • Guest speaker, Legal Roundtable - College of Nurses of Ontario, (Toronto, Ontario) February l5th, 1989
  • Lecturer, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry, Topic: "The Legal Implications Infectious Diseases", (Winnipeg, Manitoba) November 19, 1988
  • Lecturer, The American College of Legal Medicine: "AIDS, The Disease & The Law - The Canadian Experience", (Atlanta, Georgia) November 3, 1988
  • Lecturer, Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry, Topic: "Dentistry, Infectious Diseases and the Practitioners' Obligations", (Halifax, Nova Scotia) September 30, 1988
  • Guest Speaker, Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario, South Eastern Conference, Topic: "Medical Malpractice and the Respiratory Therapists", (Hamilton, Ontario) September 22, 1988
  • Guest Speaker, Ontario Post Anaesthetic Nurses Association, Topic: "The Legal Implications of AIDS", (Toronto, Ontario) April 7, 1988
  • Speaker, Ontario Hospital Association Symposium: "The Staff Nurse...Law... Leadership", (Toronto, Ontario) March 2, 1988
  • Moderator, "Minister on the Firing Line - Evening with the Minister of Health, Canadian Bar Association - Ontario", (Toronto, Ontario) June 26, 1988
  • Speaker, Hamilton Academy of Medicine, Public Form on AIDS: "Legal Aspects of AIDS", (Hamilton, Ontario) January 18, 1988
  • Speaker Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals, "The Law, the Hospital, the Physician and Aids", (Hamilton, Ontario) September 24, 1987
  • Panellist, Annual Meeting Ontario Massage Therapist Association, "AIDS and its Legal Implications", (Toronto, Ontario) October 4, 1987
  • Lecturer, Members of the Association of Optometrists of Ontario, "The Law and the College of Optometry", (Toronto, Ontario) September 30, 1987
  • Lecturer, General Staff Symposium of Credit Valley Hospital, "Hospital Administration and the Legal Implications of Infectious Disease Control", (Erin Mills, Ontario) September 29, 1987
  • Lecturer, Canadian Institute of Actuaries, Annual Conference, "Insurance and the Legal Implications of Infectious Diseases", (Halifax, Nova Scotia) June 8, 1987
  • Panellist, Public Forum, "The Legal Facts and Implications of AIDS on our Community", United Way of Burlington, Hamilton-Wentworth, May 7, 1987
  • Speaker, Conference, “Hospital Emergency Care, Ontario Hospital Association”, (Toronto, Ontario) May 1, 1987
  • Guest Speaker, “Parents without Partners:  Damages calculations in motor vehicle accident cases”, (Toronto, Ontario) April 27, 1987
  • Lecturer, North American Conference on Care of the Terminally Ill, "AIDS and its Legal Implications", April 8-10, 1987
  • Guest Speaker, Family Medicine Meeting North York General Hospital, "Doctors Billing Practices in Relation to the Medical Review Committee", March 10, 1987
  • Lecturer, Respiratory Therapists Association of Ontario, Annual Meeting "The Legal Implications of Medical Documentation", (Toronto, Ontario) February 18, 1987
  • Lecturer, Ontario Hospital Association, Conference: "AIDS: A Clinical and Legal Update", January 8, 1987
  • Moderator, Canadian Bar Association - Ontario, Panel: "Health Minister on the Firing Line", December 10, 1986
  • Lecturer, Hospital for Sick Children, "Paediatrics and Health Disciplines Legislation", December 10, 1986
  • Panellist, Kitchener-Waterloo Public Health Symposium, "Reportability of Communicable Diseases", October 29, 1986
  • Panellist, North York Community Centre Forum “Acquired Immune Deficiency Program”, June 11, 1986
  • Lecturer, Joint Provincial and Federal Ministries of Health Conference, “AIDS and Communicable Diseases”, (Ottawa, Ontario) April 30, 1986
  • Lecturer, Ontario Public Education panel, "Reportability of Communicable Diseases, A Legal Perspective", March 14, 1986
  • Lecturer, Ontario Public Education Panel, "Legal Symposium on AIDS", (Toronto, Ontario) February 21, 1986
  • Speaker, Department of Public Health, City of Toronto, "The Legal Implications of AIDS", February 20, 1986
  • Moderator, Canadian Bar Association Ontario, Panel "The Politics of Health", January 9, 1986
  • Lecturer, Canadian Bar Association Ontario, Continuing Legal Education Program, "Biting the Hand that Heals You: The Health Professional under the Legal Microscope", November, 1985
  • Guest Speaker, Ontario Medical Association District 5, Annual Meeting, "Physicians and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, One Lawyer's Perspective", (Aurora, Ontario) October 26, 1985
  • Guest Speaker, Kitchener-Waterloo Academy of Medicine, Annual Meeting, "Physicians Under the Health Disciplines Act", May 15, 1985
  • Guest Speaker, Registered Nursing Association of Ontario, Muskoka Chapter, "Nursing and the College of Nurses of Ontario", April 29, 1985
  • Guest Speaker, Emery High School Law Day, "Drugs and Drug Abuse", April 18, 1985
  • Guest Speaker, Hamilton Academy of Medicine, Scientific Meeting, "The Doctor and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario", (Hamilton, Ontario) February 5, 1985
  • Guest Speaker, St. Joseph's Hospital, Quarterly Staff Meeting, "The Medical Review Committee", (Hamilton, Ontario) October 16, 1984

Awards/Accolades

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating, 2013
  • Recognized as a Leading Practitioner in the Field of Personal Injury Law by Lexpert®, 2013 
  • H. Bruce T. Hillyer Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Civil Justice, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
  • Distinguished Service Award, Canadian Bar Association Ontario, 1988
  • Canadian Council Scholarship, 1974
  • Laidlaw Foundation Scholarship in Criminal Law and Criminology, University of California at Berkeley, 1974
  • Bronze Medalist, Graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, 1973
  • Matthew Wilson Memorial Scholarship, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1973
  • Davies, Ward & Beck Prize for Commercial Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1972

Publication Notes

  • “Summary Judgment Motions: Tips and Traps”, Preparing Winning Court Documents; The Advocates’ Society Conference Materials, Toronto: February 5, 2013
  • “Evidence Law Update”, Tricks of the Trade 2013: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Latest Updates, Critical Case Law and New Practical Tips: The Advocates’ Society Conference Materials, Toronto: January 25, 2013
  • “Preparing and Conducting the Examination-in-Chief of the Expert”,   Presenting and Challenging Expert Witnesses at Trial”, Law Society of Manitoba Conference, Conference Materials, Law Society of Manitoba, Winnipeg:  May 3, 2012
  • “Facing Summary Judgment Motions”, Tricks of the Trade 2012: Winning the Serious Case: Practice Strategies, Updates and Tips, The Advocates’ Society Conference Materials, Toronto: January 27, 2012
  • “Cross-Examination” What to Expert”, National Expert Witness Academy, The Advocates’ Society Conference, Park Hyatt Hotel, Toronto: April 28 – 30, 2011
  • “Expert Evidence: Recent Trends and Decisions”, Working with Experts: Practical Tips and Techniques for Winning Cases, The Advocates’ Society Conference, Toronto:  May 14, 2010
  • “Current Issues in Expert Evidence”, Advocacy in Changing Times, American College of Trial Lawyers and The Advocates’ Society Conference Materials: Toronto, May 11 2009
  • “The Art & Science of Cross-examining the Expert Witness”, Civil Litigation Skills Certificate Program:  Winning with Experts, The Advocates Society, December 9, 2005
  • “Costs Awards in Criminal Cases Under the Charter of Rights: a Case Study”, Law Society of Upper Canada seminar materials, Criminal Law and the Charter 2001, Osgoode Hall, Toronto: December 8, 2001
  • Contributing Author, Psychological Injuries at Trial, American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Section: 2002
  • “No Reimer Reason: Medical Reports Revisited”, Neurotrauma, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 2000 Fall Conference, Inn on the Park, Toronto: October 27-28, 2000
  • “Using Lay Witnesses to Anchor Your Themes”, Maximizing Recovery: Case Preparation for Settlement and Trial, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 2000 Spring Conference Materials, Toronto: May 26-27, 2000
  • “Formulating and Presenting Brain Injury Cases: the Unifying Thread”, Brain Injury Litigation: the Essential Conference, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia Conference Materials, Vancouver: February 4, 2000
  • “The Art and Science of Cross-Examining the Expert Witness”, The Changing Nature of the Practice of Law, Hamilton Law Association 4th Annual Central South Lawyers’ Conference Materials, Hamilton: November 4-5, 1999 
  • “Fixing or Assessing Costs: Making Litigation Pay”, Costs: the Bottom Line, Law Society of Upper Canada Conference Materials, Osgoode Hall, Toronto: October 20, 1999
  • “Mining the Ministry of Health for Untapped Information”, Proving Damages in the Non-Catastrophic Case: A Roadmap to Success, Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association Conference Materials, May 28-29, 1999
  • "Examining the Road Authority”, Mastering Discovery in Personal Injury Cases, Law Society of Upper Canada Conference Materials, April 9, 1999
  • “Preparing and Executing an Effective Cross-Examination: the Canadian Perspective”, Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia Annual Conference, Silk Purses and Sows Ears: Effective Cross-Examination and Argument, Vancouver, British Columbia: March 26, 1999
  • “Strategy and Grounds for Striking the Jury”, County of Carlton Law Association Annual Conference, Civil Litigation Updated 1998, November 1998
  • “Cross-Examining the Expert Witness in Medical Negligence Claims”, County of Carlton Law Association Annual Conference, Civil Litigation Updated 1998, November 1998
  • “An Issue of Credentials: To Do or Not to Do, That is the Question”, Canadian Dental Protective Newsletter, Volume 5, part 2: Spring 1998
  • Legal Affairs Columnist, Family Medicine, McLean Hunter, Toronto: May 1998
  • Contributing Author, “Government Liability for Road Maintenance: The Duty to Sand and Salt: ‘A Highly Special Dangerous Lawsuit’ “, Law Society of Upper Canada Special Lectures 1998, Carswell, Toronto: June 1998
  • Contributing Author, “Medical Malpractice Update: Important Recent Cases”, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Retreat, June 1998
  • Contributing Author, “Litigator’s Roadmap to Neuropsychological Evidence”, Winning Strategies for Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Claims, Vol. 1, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, May 1998
  • Contributing Author, “Production and Discovery from the Ministry of Transportation in Non-Repair Cases”, Winning Strategies for Targeting Non-Protected Defendants, Vol. 1, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto: November 1997
  • Contributing Author, “Court Ordered Structured Settlements: What Does s.116(1)(b) of the Courts of Justice Act  Really Mean?”, Winning Strategies for Targeting Non-Protected Defendants, Vol.1, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Toronto:  November 1997
  • Contributing Author, “Release of Medical Records by Court Order or Subpoena”, Confidentiality of Medical Records in Ontario, Medical Educational Services, Wisconsin:  October 1997
  • Contributing Author "Duty of Confidentiality and Medical Legal Reports", The Physician's Legal Manual, Emond Montgomery Publications Limited, Toronto: 1996
  • "The Criminalization of AIDS in Canada", 19 Legal Medical Quarterly: p.1, 3, 1995
  • Commentary on "The Criminalization of HIV Transmission/Exposure", Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Workshop, Toronto: June 5, 1996
  • Ian Wollach and Richard H. Shekter, "The Burden of Proof in Tax Evasion Cases:  The Civil Re-assessment Tax Evasion Dichotomy", Canadian Bar Association Journal, August 1995
  • Ian Wollach and Richard H. Shekter, "Presumed Innocent: Proving Tax Evasion in Net Worth Assessment Cases", CA Magazine, December 1994
  • Legal Columnist for Ontario Medicine, May 1991 to September 1994
  • Richard H. Shekter and Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd, "AIDS, the Disease & The Law, The Canadian Experience", Journal of Legal Medicine, March 1989 ed.
  • "AIDS and its Legal Implications", North American Conference on Care of the Terminally Ill, April 8, 1987
  • Ontario Report on the Legal Implications of AIDS, Associate Draftsman and Vice-Chairperson, Canadian Bar Association, April 1986
  • "Encountering the Complaints Process Under the Health Disciplines Act" in CBAO Continuing Legal Education Series, November 2, 1985
  • "Ontario's Medical Review Committee -What Every Physician Should Know" in Professional Consultant's Newsletter, November 1982
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  • After a serious car accident, Elizabeth’s husband Fred suffered a traumatic brain injury. Alden and Richard guided them through the legal process and have since become part of their extended family.
  • Penny was hit by a car and suffered serious injuries including brain injury and left-side paralysis. As her personal injury lawyer, Richard Shekter fought persistently by her side during the three-month trial. 
  • Stella sustained serious injuries from a car accident. With the help of Shekter Dychtenberg, she was able to focus on her recovery. She describes her legal team as excellent personal injury lawyers. 
  • After sustaining a traumatic brain injury and a number of serious fractures, Chris and his family credit Richard Shekter, who acted as their personal injury lawyer, with fighting for them to attain a high settlement.
  • After sustaining back and neck injuries after a car accident, Jack came to Alden Dychtenberg to help him with the legalities of his case and his recovery. Alden was able to provide guidance and sound legal advice as Jack’s attorney. 
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    Thank God for Alden and his wonderful staff. May the blessings of heaven fall on all of you. Pray and trust that your basket in your storeroom will never be emptied.

    Thanks to Alden and his staff. I will really appreciate everything they have done for me.  Continue to be faithful in whatever you do or say.

    My prayers are with you always. God bless!

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    When I needed to look for a lawyer because of the accident I was in, I had heard of Richard Shekter through a few people that I knew. I interviewed him and I will say I was very happy, comfortable, and satisfied with Richard, who presented himself very well. When my case was on trial I was very nervous and unsure what to expect from the insurance company, opposing lawyers and their questions. The questions made me very uncomfortable but Richard was able to object and not have me answer certain questions or have them rephrased in a way that made me more at ease. I want to recommend Richard Shekter to anyone who is looking for an excellent lawyer. He works day and night making sure that everything is done to meet his client’s expectations.

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    Richard and Alden, are without a doubt, a pleasure to work with. When a car accident tragically took my parents, the tragedy was multiplied by the fact that my parents cared for my mentally handicapped brother, Mike. While I was busy making new living arrangements, and dealing with estate and guardianship issues, Richard and Alden took the reins, and charged forward to protect my brother’s future.  It was critical to get Mike the largest settlement possible. Not unusual in Down Syndrome kids, Mike started to show signs of early onset Alzheimer’s during this process, causing more concern for his future wellbeing and security. This laid more financial burden on myself by causing me to take a leave of absence from work, and eventually to hire a live-in caregiver. All the while, Richard and Alden plugged away taking care of matters with minimal phone calls and visits to the office. Everything was carefully explained, and Richard was beside me, whether dealing with the insurance company, talking to annuity specialists, or dealing with my own investment bankers. In the end, the settlement was finished in a timely manner, with some money to relieve my financial burden, but more importantly, enough money to ensure that Mike can keep his current standard of living and remain financially independent well into the future. It took an enormous amount of pressure off me, and I can never thank Richard and Alden enough for all they did. For the time that I’ve known Richard and Alden, I’ve found them to be honest, reliable, hardworking, conscientious, and courteous.

    I would highly recommend this firm to my family, and have in fact recommended them to a close friend.

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    Richard, you never cease to amaze me. You find issues that others would easily pass over as not being central to the case or to the client’s liberty, or being just too tough or complex to address…and then you work them like no one else. It is a combination of art and science…and you are both an artist and a scientist. Well done and thank you.

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    Mr. Shekter was extremely well-prepared throughout the trial and the success of his work is reflected in the jury verdict.

    Madam Justice Darla A. Wilson
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    We first met Richard Shekter approximately 9 years ago when my daughter was involved in a serious car accident that had left her with permanent injuries. As our attorney, Richard was exhaustive in his research for all details pertinent to the accident and thorough in his investigation of any information that continued to flow into his office.

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    I have not seen a case which has been better prepared or presented than this one. In addition to the very substantial success, a number of matters arose during trial which demonstrated to me the thorough, sophisticated and ingenious way in which all aspects of this case were prepared and direct and cross-examinations were conducted (by Richard Shekter).

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