Jonathan Barr

Assistant: Sue Koch
Phone: 416-645-8000 ext 2239
Fax: 416-646-1000
Law Clerks
Kristin Lyons
Phone: ext. 2323
Tracy Xu
Phone: ext. 8018

About

Starting as an articling student at Reisler Franklin LLP in 2005, Jonathan became a partner in 2015.

Since joining the firm, Jonathan has gained significant experience and focuses his practice on providing advice and advocacy to insurers on all aspects of insurance defence litigation including: motor vehicle tort and accident benefits litigation, first and third party claims, priority disputes between insurers, property damage claims, commercial host liability, general commercial liability, products liability and premises liability. Jonathan has conducted Jury and non Jury trials and Arbitrations and has appeared at all levels of court in the province, including FSCO, Small Claims, Superior Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Jonathan has also developed a special interest in investigating and defending insurers against fraudulent insurance claims. He now leads Reisler Franklin’s anti-fraud and Special Investigations Department. In this role Jonathan oversees a team of dynamic lawyers working under his guidance who conduct Examinations Under Oath and handle all aspects of fraud investigation for the top insurance companies in the country. For more information on the Reisler Franklin anti-fraud and Special Investigations Department please contact Jonathan directly.

Jonathan is an avid musician and has performed with many bands over the years as guitarist and lead singer.

Legal Specialties

  • Fraud Investigation and Litigation
  • Heads Reisler Franklin’s Anti-Fraud and Special Investigations Department

Decisions

Kevin Johnson v. State Farm
o 2015 Preliminary Issues Hearing decision of Arbitrator Anschell on the issue of a fraudulent accident.
o The Arbitrator determined that the applicant was not involved in an accident as defined in the SABS, that he willfully misrepresented material facts (S.48 of the SABS) and that he was responsible for repayment to the insurer for amounts paid out during the claim (S.47 of the SABS)
o This decision marked the first time an Arbitrator has acknowledged that a staged or fraudulent accident does not meet the definition of “accident” in the SABS

Greenaway v. Greenaway
o November 2014, 3 week Jury Trial in Hamilton.
o The plaintiff was involved in two separate slip and fall incidents at the insured’s premises in 2003. Both liability and damages were in dispute. Plaintiff complained of significant and ongoing chronic pain as well as serious neurological issues to numerous doctors over the course of a decade. The plaintiff called 6 doctors as witnesses at trial.
o Liability for the first fall was split between insured and plaintiff as anticipated. Jury found no causation for the second fall and no liability on the insured.
o Jury awarded the plaintiff approximately $17,000 for an 11 year old ongoing chronic pain case.

Education

  • LLB Queen’s University
  • Called to the Ontario Bar 2006
  • B.A. University of Western Ontario

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers

Professional Development

  • Attended and participated in numerous courses and ongoing professional development on various topics of insurance defence litigation.
  • Participated in the International Association of Defence Counsel’s Trial Academy in 2014. A prestigious week long intensive trial advocacy program.

Honours & Awards

  • Recipient of the Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Prize in Civil Procedure.