Alfred Kwinter is recognized as one of Canada’s premier legal experts in the practice of Personal Injury and Insurance Law, and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation.
Throughout his 46-plus-year career Alfred has been the lead counsel on many precedent-setting cases. He has also dedicated himself to affecting change in the law to ensure that the rights of all individuals are protected.
In 1974, four years after obtaining his law degree, Alfred and his law school classmate, Morris Singer, founded Singer Kwinter. The firm specialized in criminal law for the first 10 years and then transitioned its focus to representing victims of accidents and those denied insurance claims. 40 years later, Singer Kwinter is regarded as one of the top five personal injury law firms in the country.
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Alfred Kwinter obtained his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1967 and his law degree from the University of Toronto in 1970.
- Alfred has appeared at all court levels, including The Supreme Court of Canada
- Only lawyer in Canada who has won, on three separate occasions, punitive damage awards against insurance companies for the manner in which the insurers treated their policy holders
- Appearing as the plaintiff’s counsel, Alfred was awarded the largest verdict for punitive damages ($2,500,000) against an insurance company in the history of the Canadian courts (Pereira vs. Hamilton Township Farmers Mutual Insurance Company)
- Obtained a punitive damage award ($350,000) which is still the highest punitive award against an insurer upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal (Plester vs. Wawanesa)
- Successfully argued in the Supreme Court of Canada, leading to the groundbreaking decision that the rights of innocent beneficiaries of insurance policies should stand even when the deceased has died in the course of committing a crime (Oldfield vs. Transamerica)
- Lead counsel on an Ontario Court of Appeal decision that helped establish the liability of dog owners for dog attacks (Wong vs. Arnold)
- Appeared as counsel on a number of other groundbreaking cases, including: Kamin vs. Kawartha Dairy which changed the law on trip and fall; and Degennaro vs. Oakville-Trafalgar Hospital, the largest award in Canada for chronic pain
- Instructor at the Bar Admission Course
- Adjunct Professor teaching trial practice at Osgoode Hall Law School.
- Director for the Medico-Legal Society
- Dean’s Advisory Board – Humber College
- Frequent speaker at The Law Society of Upper Canada, The Canadian Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society and The Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
- Keynote speaker at the Spring Convention of the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyer Association in St. John’s, Newfoundland
- Appointed as Director of the Advocates’ Society in 2004
- Served as The Advocate Society’s Representative on a committee headed by Court of Appeal Justice Karen Weiler to establish regulations for access to courthouses in Ontario for people with disabilities
- Member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
- Member of the Advocate’s Society
- Member of the Canadian Bar Association
- Member of the American Association for Justice
- Member of the Canadian Institute Insurance Law & Litigation Journal Board
August 2015, named Best Lawyers® 2016 Personal Injury Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Toronto
- June 2015, received Award of Excellence in Insurance Law from the Ontario Bar Association
- June 2012, received Award of Excellence for Teaching from the Advocates’ Society during their End of Term Dinner
- November 2008, named Leader in the Field of Personal Injury Law, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Personal Injury Bar, by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association at the Celebration of the Personal Injury Bar
- H. Bruce Hillyer Award by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the cause of civil justice and for exemplifying the spirit of OTLA in fearlessly advancing the cause of individual rights by the effective use of trial advocacy
- Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Ontario
- Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCI) Wheelchair Relay Challenge
- Rouge Valley Hospital System
- Spinal Cord Research
- Board of Directors – B’Nai Brith Canada
- Editorial Board – the B’Nai Brith Tribune
- Director – Little Lake Joseph Cottagers Association
- Former Legal Chair and Board Member – Beth Tikvah Synagogue
- Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA)
- Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST)
- SickKids Centre for Brain & Behaviour Biennial Conference on Brain Injury in Children
- Toronto ABI Network
- St. Michael’s Head Injury Clinic “Out of the Rough” Golf Tournament
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Alfred is a man with an exciting storyline. A child of refugee parents from Austria, Alfred travelled with his parents at two years of age, leaving behind Austria for the new adventures of Toronto. His father had a store in Kensington Market – the source of which he learned many important skills. Alfred has worn many hats along his career, selling hotdogs and serving as a taxi-cab driver in his youth. Alfred has a passion for boating, photography and classical music.