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F. J. (FRANK) BURNS


Frank is a highly successful senior litigator with extensive experience in Personal Injury, Commercial and Family Law litigation for more than three decades. He has a proven track record of positive results stemming from effective preparation and superior skills in advocacy and dispute resolution.

He obtained his Bachelor of Law degree graduating cum laude from the University of Ottawa in 1976 and was called to the Bar in 1978. Since that time he has diligently represented litigants in commercial disputes, matrimonial actions and Personal Injury matters in numerous trials and appeals.

Frank worked from 1978 to 1995 with Harvey Bliss, Q.C., where he focused on Commercial and Family Law litigation while with Bliss & Associates. Frank appeared as counsel on numerous precedent setting cases including 306793 Ontario Limited v. Rimes, Morgan v. Lucky Dog Limited, Graat v Graat and assisted in a successful leave to appeal application in Yepremian, et al v. Scarborough General Hospital et al.

Frank appears at all levels in the Ontario Courts and Supreme Court of Canada.

In 1995 Frank joined Lofranco Barristers where the focus of his practice was exclusively representing plaintiffs in Personal Injury actions and Accident Benefits disputes. While at Lofranco, Frank was lead counsel in numerous jury trials. He also acted in the landmark case of Persofsky v. Liberty Mutual Insurance where he obtained the largest special award against an insurer ever granted by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Frank joined Levinter & Levinter as senior trial counsel in December 2000. Frank was instrumental in setting aside a $3,000 first party settlement and obtaining an increased award of almost $2,000,000 for his client (Gelle v Kacaba et al). Frank also acted as counsel on the firm's other commercial and employment matters including negotiating a $1,000,000 wrongful dismissal settlement.

In 2007, Frank returned to Lofranco Corriero working on the firm's more serious and complex personal injury cases as trial and appellate counsel. He also resolved a claim against a major railway for a client disabled with chronic pain disorder in excess of $2,000,000

Frank also resolved a claim for almost four million dollars for a hospitality student from India who was studying in Toronto without any OHIP coverage. He was successful in obtaining payment of $1,000,000 in hospital expenses and a further $2,000,000 in benefits from the Accident Benefit insurer and an additional $600,000 from the tortfeasor even though our client was jaywalking.

Frank concluded a trial for Accident Benefits claim before a jury where the Court of Appeal confirmed an award of interest to the accident victim of well over $500,000 and Arbitration for treatment in the United States in Sidhu v. State Farm and Grewal v AIG. Frank also recently recovered more than $900,000 in an accident benefit litigation for a 74 year old senior who fell and injured herself boarding a TTC bus (Beltrame v Dominion).

BAR ADMISSION

- Called to the Ontario Bar, 1978

EDUCATION

- LLB, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, 1976

PRACTICE FOCUS

Frank deals with complex and large personal injury claims that arise from motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents and claims for accident and disability benefits. He also acts for plaintiffs seeking damages in slip and falls.

REPRESENTATIVE CASES/DECISIONS

- 306793 Ontario Limited v. Rimes
- Morgan v. Lucky Dog Limited
- Graat v Graat
- Swan Estate v. Stroud
- Yepremian, et al v. Scarborough General Hospital et al
- Persofsky v. Liberty Mutual Insurance
- Sidhu v. State Farm
- Beltrame v Dominion Insurance
- Grewal v AIG
- Gelle v Kacaba et al

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

- The Advocates Society

PHONE NUMBER AND EXTENSION

1-866-LOFRANCO ext. 604

TEAM MEMBERS

Santino Lofranco - 1-866-LOFRANCO ext. 141
Joseph Corriero – 1-866-LOFRANCO ext. 130
Mirinha Blaff – 1-866-LOFRANCO ext. 606
Josie Pun – 1-866-LOFRANCO ext. 607
Joy Burns – 1-866-LOFRANCO ext. 605