For over a decade, Rikin Morzaria has dedicated his practice to representing those who have suffered serious or catastrophic personal injuries and families who have lost a loved one in wrongful death cases. His areas of practice include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, cycling injuries, fatal accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and disability insurance claims.
In 2014, the legal publication Lexpert named Rikin a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in its guide to leading litigation lawyers in Canada.
Rikin received his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with Distinction from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He completed his law degree at the University of Toronto, where he also received the top prize in Trial Advocacy and the top prize in Public International Law.
Rikin has written and published more than twenty journal articles and chapters in leading textbooks in the field of civil litigation and personal injury law. He is regularly invited to give lectures to other lawyers and to health professionals about litigation and personal injury law.
Rikin was co-counsel at trial in McNeil v. Bryan, and achieved an $18.4 million judgment, the largest personal injury damages award in Canadian history. He has also represented clients in several precedent-setting cases, including:
- A decision that prevented an insurer from obtaining defence medical examinations that would have delayed a trial of a multi-million dollar action. This is believed to be the first case of its kind where an insurer was forced to proceed to trial in a multi-million dollar case without the benefit of any defence medical examinations. A decision that recognized that a manufacturer may be liable for defects in its products even without direct evidence of the manufacturer’s negligence. A decision that recognized the liability of bars and taverns who over-serve patrons and allow them to drive away from the premises while impaired by alcohol.
Rikin is a Director on the Board of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and has been a Director of the Board of Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) since 2003. He is also a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, and the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA).
Rikin believes passionately in the need for safe streets and commutes by bicycle to work every day.When not working, Rikin spends his time with his wife and two children.