Adam K. Wagman - Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP

Adam K. Wagman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Adam’s practice is devoted to personal injury litigation, accident benefits claims and other disability and insurance litigation. He fights with compassion, for the rights of accident victims and strives to ensure that they receive the appropriate compensation for all of their losses.

The former managing partner at HSH, Adam is recognized as a leader in the legal community. He is a member of and holds leadership roles in a number of professional associations and organizations, for which he is in high demand for speaking and teaching engagements.

Adam is also passionate about his involvement in pro bono and community associations, such as the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer and is a member of the award-winning rock band, “SoSumi,” which performs to raise money and awareness for various charitable organizations.

Representative Cases

  • Merg Kong v. Personal Insurance Company of Canada, FSCO P06-00007 (2008)
  • Gostick v. Squance, 2007 ONCA 674 (Court of Appeal 2007)
  • Jean Marc Serret v. Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund, FSCO A07-001067 (2007)
  • Adabi Ghomi v. Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, FSCO P00-00024 (2001)
  • Harroun (Litigation Guardian of) v. Turriff, 50 O.R. (3d) 634 (Court of Appeal 2000)
  • Mangat v. Non-Marine Underwriters, FSCO A99–000182 (2000)
  • Cole v. Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, FSCO A99–000366 (2000)
  • Zeppieri v. Liberty Mutual, FSCO A96–000313 (1998)
  • MacAulay v. General Accident, A96–001971 (1998)
  • Dipietro v. Allstate, FSCO A97–001522 (1998)

Lawyer Referrals

  • Lisa Gelman, Gelman & Associates
  • Howard Manis, Macdonald Sager Manis LLP


Client Testimonials

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association:
    • - Current Vice-President, 2014 – Present
    • - Board Member, 2008 – Present
    • - Member, 1996 – Present
  • Canadian Bar Association, 1996 – Present
  • The Advocates Society, 1996 – Present
  • Toronto Lawyers Association, 1996 – Present
  • Ontario Bar Association, 1996 – Present
  • Medical-Legal Society of Toronto, 1996 – Present

Speaking and Teaching Engagements

      • Examining and Cross-Examining Experts: Winning Strategies, Trends and Solutions, The Advocates’ Society, May 28, 2014
      • The 4th Annual Accident Benefits Joint Plaintiff and Defence Seminar: Gee, I Wonder If There Is Anything Left to Talk About? Canadian Defence Lawyers Program, April 24, 2014
      • 5th Annual Joint Defence/Plaintiff Accident Benefits Program, Canadian Defence Lawyers, April 10, 2014
      • Surviving the Avalanche: The Expert Guide to Changes in Personal Injury Law – Deductibility of Collateral Benefits: Accident Benefit Cases, Ontario Bar Association, February 6, 2014
      • Deductibility of Collateral Benefits – Accident Benefits Cases, January 6, 2014, Ontario Bar Association Conference
      • Insurance Institute of Ontario – Understanding Case Law, December 11, 2013
      • Is More Really Merrier? Joint Tort, AB and Mediations? May 30, 2013, Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Spring Conference
      • Why Does My Head Hurt? May 1, 2013, Medico-Legal Society Conference
      • Your First Civil Trial – Opening and Closing Statements, March 8, 2013, Ontario Bar Association
      • Who Let the CAT Out of the Bag – Top 5 CAT Cases, February 29, 2013, Medico-Legal Society
      • The Twelve-Minute Accident Benefit Insurance Litigator: It Was the Best of Times…It Was the Worst of Times, November 11, 2012, The Law Society of Upper Canada
      • Ask the Experts: What You Have Heard? September 28, 2012, OTLA New Lawyers Division Conference
      • Where do We Stand on Catastrophic Impairment? June 7, 2012, OTLA Spring Conference
      • Working with Experts: Trends and Tactics, May 16, 2012, The Advocates’ Society Civil Litigation Skills Certificate Program
      • The Edge of Reason: The State of Accident Benefits in Ontario, April 20, 2012, Canadian Defence Lawyers
      • Your First Civil Trial – Conference, March 9, 2012, Ontario Bar Association
      • Great Debates In Insurance Law – Disclosure and Production within the New Age, February 10, 2012, Ontario Bar Association
      • Working with Experts: Trends & Tactics, May 18, 2011, The Advocates Society
      • Your First Civil Trial Conference, February 25, 2011, Ontario Bar Association
      • It’s Raining CATS and Dogs, February 22, 2011, Medico/Legal Society of Toronto
      • Medical/Legal Course Instructor, February 10, 2011, Osgoode Hall Law School
      • The New SABS and FSCO Arbitrations of Personal Injury Claims, September 17, 2010, Osgoode Professional Development
      • Recent FSCO Cases Continue to Make an Impact Under the New SABS, September 17, 2010, Osgoode Professional Development
      • The Tricks of the Trade: Advancing & Defining Economic Loss Claims in Uncertain Times, January 22, 2010, The Advocates’ Society
      • New Civil Litigation Regime Conference – November 30, 2009, Top Tips for Negotiating & Settling a Civil Action
      • Osgoode – Medical/Legal Course  Instructor – February 26, 2009

Community Involvement

      • Board of Directors, Peel Halton Acquired Brain Injury Service, 1996 – 2007
      • Board of Directors, Founding Member, Brain Injury Society of Toronto, 2003 – 2008
      • Past President, Ontario Association of Community Based Boards for Acquired Brain Injury Services

Honors and Awards

      • Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation, by The Law Society of Upper Canada
      • Ontario Brain Injury Association, Professional Award, 2008
      • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory - Leading Practitioner in Personal Injury Law
      • Best Lawyers’ directory – Leading Practitioner in Personal Injury Law


      • Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1996
      • LLB, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 1994
      • BA, Mathematics, University of Western Ontario, 1990

University of Western OntarioB.Math 1990University of TorontoLL.B 1994
Canadian Bar AssociationOntario Trial Lawyers AssociationThe Advocates SocietyToronto Lawyers AssociationOntario Bar AssociationMedical-Legal Society of TorontoBrain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) The Law Society of Upper Canada Legislative Committees on Insurance Reform

Office Location

20 Queen Street West, Suite 3500
Toronto, ON M5H 3R3


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Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation

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