Darcy Romaine is a trial lawyer for the seriously injured. He has won
trials where liability is complex and where the injuries involve
catastrophic brain injury, complicated orthopaedic injury, and severe
burn injury. Professionally, he is best known for his trials involving
municipal negligence and his courtroom efforts to have regulations
governing municipality maintenance obligations struck for providing
unsafe and inadequate levels of care to the motoring public.
Darcy has also acted as outside counsel on behalf of the Ontario
Public Guardian and Trustee, representing those whose injuries render
them incapable of making legal decisions. Notably, such cases include a
successful 22-day trial against the Ontario Provincial Police, Pelletier
v. Her Majesty the Queen, in which a cyclist was struck and rendered
catastrophically injured by an OPP cruiser. Another case of Darcy’s,
Youssef v. Redi-Mix Limited et al., went to the Supreme Court of Canada
to interpret the Residential Tenancies Act and a landlord’s negligent
property management, which contributed to a tenant’s livestock escaping
the property and catastrophically injuring a passing motorcyclist.
Darcy is a current director of the York Region Law Association. From
2010 – 2017, he was a director of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
(OTLA). In 2015 he was selected as OTLA’s representative to review
Ontario’s proposed Protocol for Traffic Injury Management, to question
the research scientists who authored the protocol, and to make
submissions to the provincial government.
Darcy is also a frequent speaker at conferences concerning personal
injury trial practice, focusing on municipal liability and trial
conduct. He has presented at the Advocates’ Society, the Canadian
Institute, the Law Society of Ontario, and has chaired and spoken at
conferences with the Ontario Trial Lawyer’s Association. He has
published numerous trade papers and articles on civil litigation and
co-authored the chapter on municipal liability in the Oatley McLeish
Guide to Personal Injury Practice in Motor Vehicle Cases.
His peers recently selected Darcy for inclusion in the 2019 edition
of the Best Lawyers in Canada. More important than such recognition,
Darcy would argue, are his trial and appeal results.