Canada’s Best Personal Injury Law Firms | Boutique Personal Injury


Advocates against adversity 

The past year has seen the personal injury bar grapple with AI in law offices and auto insurance reforms, to potentially groundbreaking mass tort social media litigation, as well as greater competition for significant cases.

Canadian Lawyer’s 2024 ranking of the best personal injury law firms reveals an esteemed cohort of powerful advocates who genuinely care about achieving just and equitable results for their injured clients.

The Top 20 Personal Injury Boutiques were culled from a pool of 126 distinguished nominees, with input from over 1,500 readers and respected members of the legal community.

The award-winning law firms earned the trust and confidence of valued voters, who praised them for exemplifying the highest ideals of the profession on various fronts: 


Compassion at the heart of best personal injury law firms

Respondents also offered first-hand accounts of their reasons for working with the acclaimed boutique firms rather than a large, multi-practice competitor:

Reaching the top of the profession is a significant accomplishment that demands specialized skills, personalized service, and a steadfast dedication to fighting for compensation and support that clients need and deserve. 

MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law

The 110-strong firm is a recognized industry leader in Atlantic Canada for its exceptional advocacy skills in accidental injury and denied disability benefits cases. MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law’s dedication to prioritizing its clients’ needs and well-being enables the firm to provide personalized service and achieve excellent results.

“There is an opportunity for the mental health crisis to help motivate a culture that includes mindfulness and an awakening to compassion and understanding,” explains founding partner Jamie MacGillivray. “Through our work, sincere and beneficial human interaction can occur, reducing suffering.”

Several strategies have contributed to the firm’s reputation for overall legal excellence, including:

Jamie MacGillivray
“The outcome is important; we want to get the right dollar amount. However, the client’s experience is equally significant. Our goal is to help them get better and improve their life experience”
Jamie MacGillivrayMacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law


Client service and satisfaction are paramount at MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law, evidenced by an unwavering commitment to guiding clients through the bureaucracy to improve their situation after a catastrophe or near catastrophe.

“Our relationship with our clients has more value than the financial transaction,” says MacGillivray. “We want our work to be relational, helping people by simply being there for them, finding the right treatment providers, and just being a part of their journey.”

This culture of care is bolstered by an array of operational policies, ensuring client interactions at every touch point are positive and reflect the firm’s brand. Regarding client concerns, for example, the Starbucks LATTE model is used to Listen, Acknowledge, Thank, Take action, and Explain.

“The key is to keep looking for ways and means to have our people talking and learning from each other,” he adds. “Our goal is to help our clients get better and improve their life experience.”

Oatley Vigmond LLP

Clients and peers praise the law firm’s trial experience, advocacy skills, and comprehensive knowledge of personal injury law, enabling Oatley Vigmond LLP to achieve some of Ontario’s most significant decisions and settlements.

The firm’s legal team is renowned for their diligence and exhaustive case preparation, a consistent approach that has achieved top-notch results when settling out of court.

“One of the key strategies that has worked for us has been to build every one of our files as if it’s going to go to trial,” partner Ben Irantalab says. “Doing so allows us to get a fairer settlement from the insurance company.”

Ben Irantalab
“At the end of the day, the results matter, and what allows us to get the results we do is preparation”
Ben IrantalabOatley Vigmond LLP


Other factors that distinguish the firm include:

A consistent client-centred approach drives the firm’s stellar reputation. Survey respondents appreciate the legal team’s professionalism, strong work ethic, and collaboration with healthcare professionals and rehabilitation teams.

“Our clients appreciate it when we spend time with them and simplify these complex matters so they can make an educated decision,” Irantalab says. 

McLeish Orlando LLP

Despite the fast pace of technological advancements and other changes in the legal profession, the top personal injury boutique prioritizes a personal touch.

Recognized for its dedication, high-level expertise, and going above and beyond to ensure client satisfaction and results, McLeish Orlando LLP has a reputation as a compassionate and hands-on advocate.

“After 25 years, our core philosophy remains the same: doing the right thing for the client and putting them first,” says partner Dale Orlando.

That unwavering commitment to clients is achieved by limiting the size of its practice and the cases it takes to ensure quality and results. The firm also heavily invests financially in each file to cover every eventuality.

Dale Orlando
“One hundred percent of our energy goes into achieving what is in the best interest of our client, and an insurance company won’t outspend us”
Dale OrlandoMcLeish Orlando LLP


Partner Patrick Brown highlights that the firm’s specialized teams are instrumental in moving cases forward through the system.

“A large number of firms got rid of their accident benefit departments, and that is something we simply would not do,” he adds. “We’d be more inclined to increase it because of the quality of service and representation. We’re heavily involved in presenting and writing papers and books in the area of personal injury, which increases our knowledge base and keeps us at the forefront of the law.”

McLeish Orlando has raised the bar for excellence across various areas: 

The firm prides itself on its culture and has devised a hybrid work model that represents “the best of both worlds,” the partners say. They have created a lounge space to facilitate meetings and get-togethers to encourage collegiality and the once-informal discussions that occurred frequently face to face.

“The new environment of virtual hearings and meetings has considerably reduced practice travel time, and that has given us more opportunity to develop new things that also enhance our clients’ experience too,” Brown says.

Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers

A solid track record of successful client outcomes has contributed significantly to the firm’s award-winning status. That accomplishment underscores the team’s trial experience and depth of legal knowledge and expertise in personal injury, medical malpractice, and mass tort litigation.

“We have continued to move matters expeditiously for our clients, advocate for them, including at trial, retain top talent, and achieve exceptional results,” explains senior partner Rose Leto. 

She adds that the firm’s mass tort social media litigation on behalf of Ontario school boards is considered significant and could impact future society.

Rose Leto
“Our goal is to impact, change, and transform the lives of our clients. They continue to have confidence in us, allowing us to achieve success”
Rose LetoNeinstein Personal Injury Lawyers


With a unique focus on recovery, relationships, and results, Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers creates value for their clients by emphasizing:

“We have built an amazing team of empathetic advisors, and we put ourselves in the shoes of others, caring for our clients and understanding how their litigation impacts every aspect of their lives,” explains Leto. 

A passion for continuous improvement fuels the firm’s endeavours at the forefront of legal expertise and advocacy, made possible by its solid foundation and exceptional team and leadership.

“I believe the fact that we continue to work in person, in large part, has positively contributed to the culture and our success,” adds Leto.


Canada’s Best Personal Injury Law Firms | Boutique Personal Injury

Top 10 in Ontario


Top 5 in Atlantic Canada


Top 5 in Western Canada



Earlier this year, Canadian Lawyer asked readers from across Canada to vote on personal injury firms. They were asked to rank the top firms from a preliminary list, with a chance to nominate a firm that was not on the list.

To be considered in the vote, firms were required to have the majority of their business come from personal injury work. The final rankings were determined through a points system in which firms were rewarded on a sliding scale for the number of votes by ranking. The winners were categorized by geography, including the Top 10 in Ontario and the Top 5 in Western and Atlantic Canada.  

The quantitative results were combined with the Lexpert peer survey results, where applicable, along with feedback from respected senior members of the bar and regional diversity considerations.