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Barbara Legate

Founding Partner

Barbara founded Legate & Associates, and ingrained her vision of personal injury litigation and service to clients on the firm. Barbara firmly believes that we should put ourselves in our clients’ shoes and ask, “what would I want if I was in his or her situation?” That has led to a client-centred team approach focused on getting to know each client, ensuring written and verbal reporting, and client education so each person feels empowered and in charge of his or her case.


In over 30 years of practice, Barbara has become known for strength and results in her representation of clients, and as a respected, thorough opponent by her peers and colleagues. She has argued significant cases in a wide variety of situations, from administrative tribunals to the Ontario Court of Appeal. She and her team won a critical decision for children suffering birth trauma in Liebig v. Guelph General Hospital and Ayanbadejo which confirmed the rights of children to sue for medical malpractice.


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1981

  • Graduated from The University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law, 1979

Awards, Honours and Designations

  • Named 2014 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation, by Best Lawyers in Canada in Southwestern Ontario. Was also named Lawyer of the Year in 2010. 

  • Highest designation by her peers in Lexpert® in personal injury litigation: most referred in Southwestern Ontario. In the 2013 she was listed as consistently recommended for personal injury litigation and was chosen for the first time in the medical negligence category. 

  • Received the Bruce Hillyer Award for promoting access to Justice at the Ontario Trial Lawyer Association on October 24, 2012.

  • Honoured with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to the community on August 23, 2012

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Canada since its inception in 2006.

  • Designated as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1995

  • 2009 Honouree of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association at its Celebration of the Personal Injury Bar

  • Brain Injury Association of London and Region Legal Fellowship Award

  • Ontario Brain Injury Association Legal Fellowship Award


  • In addition to over 100 legal presentations and articles to virtually all personal injury legal organizations, including the Superior Court Justices spring and fall conferences and the American Association of Justice, Barbara is author of Barbara Legate’s Standard Statements of Law, a compendium of key personal injury law, available through Taran Virtual Associates. Along with Joni Dobson, Barbara presented to an international tort law gathering of academics, judiciary and practitioners on Liebig v Guelph General Hospital in Paisley Scotland. The Liebig case confirmed the right of a baby born damaged due to medical negligence to sue.

  • Legate, B. "A User Friendly Guide to the Law of Causation in Personal Injury Actions", The Annual Review of Civil Litigation, 2010. Archibald and Echlin, Eds.

  • “Assessing historical abuse allegations and damages” by David A. Wolfe, Peter G. Jaffe, Alan W. Leschied and Barbara Legate, Child Abuse & Neglect, The International Journal, Volume 34, Number 3, ISBN 0145-2134, Elsevier Ltd.

  • D. Wolfe & B. Legate, “Expert Opinion on Child Sexual Abuse: Separating Myths from Reality” (2003) 10:3 Clinical Psychology 339

  • B. Legate, “Limitation Periods in Medical Negligence Actions Post-Peixeiro”, 1998 20 Advocates Quarterly 324

  • B. Legate, “The admissibility of demonstrative evidence in jury trials: applying the principled approach to the law of evidence”, 2006 31 Advocates Quarterly 316-346

  • B. Legate, “Demonstrative Evidence”, The Law Society of Upper Canada Special Lectures 2008

Leadership in the Legal Community

  • The Osgoode Short Course in Mediation Advocacy

    Faculty, December 10-11, 2013. Barbara taught advocacy after the mediation. 

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

    President, 1998 - 1999

    Board member,1993 - present

    Litigator Editorial Board - past

    Chair of a variety of conferences; presenter

    Chair of the Medical Negligence Section, 2006 - 2010

    Chair and member of committees including insurance, Helmets on Kids, conferences, rules, intervention

    Delegate to government on insurance law reform

  • Advocates’ Society

    Board member, 1993 - 1999

    Insurance Committee member - past

    Chair and presenter at several conferences and seminars

  • Law Society of Upper Canada

    Member of the former Specialist Designation Sub-committee

    Former Bar Admission instructor

    Chair of the Special Lectures in Personal Injury Law

  • University of Western Ontario

    Moot Court judge, 2009 and 2010

    Lecturer to various Health Law classes

    Former adjunct faculty

Community Involvement

Barbara has generously supported many local and international organizations, in particular those assisting families and children raised in difficult circumstances. They include Women's Community House, The Salvation Army, Plan Canada, The London Food Bank, and Habitat for Humanity. She has funded research into prevention of child abuse and the impact of sleep deprivation on students.


Volunteers with Helmets on Kids (which she established), Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Brain Injury Association of London and Region, Habitat for Humanity, and the Salvation Army Kettle Drive.

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