James R. Howie


I chose, along with my founding partners, to create a law firm which would be dedicated to providing quality legal service to personal injury victims.

Jim’s practice is devoted to litigation, principally in the areas of personal injury litigation, insurance claims and medical malpractice, on behalf of victims.

Jim helps clients deal with disasters that have come into their lives. When it comes to making sure that they are properly compensated for their injuries and able to manage the quality of their lives moving forward, Jim takes a hard-nosed approach to his cases. He has tried these cases and appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as various tribunals, including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.

Jim has both chaired and lectured frequently for various personal injury programs put on by a number of legal professional associations, and has held leadership roles in several prominent lawyer and medical-legal organizations. He is a Past President of the Toronto Lawyers Association, a Past Director of The Advocates Society, and is a current Member of Council of the Medico‑Legal Society of Toronto. He has also presented and written for Canadian Defence Lawyers, Lexpert®, Insight and others, and has lectured frequently on auto insurance at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Jim has been recognized and qualified as an expert in personal injury law by the Ontario Superior Court. He has been, for many years, continually named to the list of “Best Lawyers in Canada,” “Lexpert® Directory of Legal Experts” and the National Post’s List of Best Lawyers in Canada. In November 2018 Jim was named the “Plaintiff Lawyer of the Year” by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

Jim founded the St. Michael’s Hospital Head Injury Clinic annual Charity Golf Tournament, and has served numerous times as the tournament’s Chairman. Each year, it raises more than $100,000 to benefit the Clinic. He also served for two years on the non-profit Brain Injury Association of Toronto as a Director.

Jim was awarded the 2018 Plaintiff’s Lawyer of the Year Award by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

Jim Howie is a trusted expert in dealing with Snowbird Accidents and a member of Cross Border Confidence – for a free consultation and to see if you’re eligible to be compensated for your injuries sustained during a motor vehicle accident while being a snowbird in the U.S. contact Jim at – 416-361-3551, jrhowie@hshlawyers.com.

James R. Howie's Team





Anna Gabrielli
Assistant to James R. Howie
Christie McKeown
Law Clerk
Christine Temple
Law Clerk
Donna Moscattini
Law Clerk
Leslie Fielding
Law Clerk, Assistant to Donna Moscattini

Professional Success

Representative Cases

Settlements and Verdicts

Past results are not predictive of future results and each situation is unique and requires individual and independent legal advice.
$5.6 Million*
Child with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), struck by a car and suffered head injury
$1.55 Million*
20-year-old passenger sustained brain injury in car accident
$2 Million*
Fast food owner/chef suffered brain injury after being struck by car
$2 Million*
15 year-old suffered spinal cord injury jumping in swimming pool
$3.1 Million*
Personal trainer suffered catastrophic injuries after being hit by car
$10.32 Million*
Teen severely injured in a car accident
$11.5 Million*
Teen suffered severe head injury, rendered a quadriplegic in crash

Lawyer Referrals

I first met Jim Howie through a lecture series which I attended over 25 years ago on personal injury law.
Paul Barrafato

Client Testimonials

We cannot thank you enough, Jim Howie, David Levy, and your dedicated support team for all your hark work...
Allison H.’s Mom

Client Reunion Videos

After a bad motorcycle accident, Amy lost much of the mobility in her left leg. Jim Howie fought to make it possible for her to avoid Canada’s cold winters and get her lifestyle back. Watch their touching reunion.

A horrific car accident left Rory a quadriplegic with severe brain injuries. Unable to care for himself, his family wanted Rory to live at home. Jim Howie engineered a settlement that achieved that with round-the-clock care. Watch their touching reunion.

Thought Leadership

Personal, Industry and Community Activity


Called to the Ontario Bar, 1980

LLB, Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, 1978

BA (Honours: Deans List) University of Western Ontario, 1975

Professional Associations and Memberships

Cross Border Confidence, Member

Advocates’ Society, Former Director, Current Member, 1985 – Present

Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, Council Member, 2000 – Present

American Association for Justice, Current Member, 1984 – Present

The Toronto Lawyer’s Association, Past President (2002), 2002 – Present

Brain Injury Association of Toronto, Former Director, 1992 – 1994

Ontario Bar Association

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), Member

Honours and Awards

2018 Plaintiff’s Lawyer of the Year Award, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation, The Law Society of Ontario

Qualified Expert on Personal Injury Law, Ontario Superior Court

Listed in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as “Consistently Recommended” (1997-2015) and “Most Frequently Recommended” (2016) in Personal Injury Law.

National Post’s list of best personal injury lawyers in Canada every year since the list’s inception

Best Lawyers in Canada, Personal Injury Category, Since 2007

Community Involvement

Brain Injury Society of Toronto, Board of Directors

The Advocates Society, Board of Directors

Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, Member of Council

Out of the Rough Golf Tournament in support of the St. Michael’s Head Injury Clinic, Chair (2013 – 2018)

Among the best in Canada

Since 2011, our peers have consistently voted for us as one of Canada’s top personal injury firms in Canadian Lawyer magazine’s annual rankings of the top personal injury boutiques in Canada.

Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP – Personal Injury Law – Canadian Lawyer Magazine 2023

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