Meet Your Team
Our lawyers, paralegals, law clerks and support staff have all been selected based on their expertise and dedication. From winning precedent-setting cases to practicing personal injury law for almost half a century, all have extensive knowledge of the insurance and legal system and are ready to put that experience to use to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
Buttersworth Ontario Motor Vehicle Insurance Practice Manual
Joseph Campisi Jr. practices exclusively in the area of personal injury at Campisi LLP, advancing claims on behalf of injured individuals. He graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2003. In 2004, he obtained his Master of Laws Degree in Civil Litigation and, in 2009, Joseph completed his doctorate for which he defended his thesis evaluating motor vehicle accident compensation in Ontario since 1990. In 2017, he was certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Ontario. In addition to his practice, he continues to be an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he has taught insurance law since 2009. He is also the updating editor of the Butterworths Ontario Motor Vehicle Insurance Practice Manual.
Joseph believes that when you understand the law, you can better apply it to serve your clients. His commitment to justice and to helping those who have been treated unfairly drives Joseph to work as long and as hard as it takes to achieve success for his clients. Joseph’s academic background on auto insurance law and access to justice propels him to develop both sound and novel legal arguments in order to secure fair compensation. It is with this background and experience that Joseph led the way in a truly ground-breaking case involving chronic pain, and which drives him to continue pushing the boundaries in favour of his clients.
Joseph has appeared before several courts and tribunals including: the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Licence Appeal Tribunal, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals – Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, and the Social Benefits Tribunal.
In his free time, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Society of Toronto and plays soccer.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Stephen E. Firestone, The Honourable Allen M. Linden, Founding Authors, Campisi Joseph Jr., Updating Author. Butterworths Ontario Motor Vehicle Insurance Practice Manual. Toronto: Lexis Nexis Canada, 2018-2019.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Auto accident compensation – Not what it used to be.” L’avvocato, Canadian Italian Advocates Organization. Issue 6, 2019.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Constitutional Challenge. AB changes depriving access to justice.” The Litigator, Journal of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. (December 2016).
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Examining recent Developments in Auto Insurance. Advice for Creating a Better System of Compensation.” Insurance Lawyer. Vol. 1, No. 1, September/October 2013.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Pastore: long road to catastrophic designation.” The Lawyers Weekly. Vol. 32, No. 25, November 2, 2012.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Pastore v. Aviva Canada Inc., Case Comment.” Take Five, On Point Legal Research, October 2012.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Cost should not be only factor in selecting mediator.” The Lawyers Weekly. Vol. 32, No. 17, September 7, 2012.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “’Compensation crisis’ debate emerges.” The Lawyers Weekly. Vol. 32, No. 8, June 22, 2012.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Access to Justice, Insurance Reform: 1990-2008.” Canadian Insurance. (April 2009).
Campisi, Joseph Jr. Submissions to the Superintendent of Financial Services for Changes to Bill 198, 5-year review of auto insurance in Ontario, July 2008.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Muscutt v. Courcelles: Assuming Jurisdiction Over Out-of-Province Defendants” The Litigator, Journal of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. (Spring 2003).
Fall 2009-2019 Osgoode Hall Law School, Insurance Law Course, 2280.04.
Adjunct Professor, Course Director.
Fall 2010 University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, Internationally Trained Lawyers Program, Adjunct Professor, Tort Law.
Winter 2009 Osgoode Hall Law School, Legal Process Course, LW 1300.
2004 – 2009 Osgoode Hall Law School, Lawyer As Negotiator Course, 3960.04. Visiting Judge/Coach/Instructor.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. Co-Chair. Canadian Defence Lawyers, Accident Benefits Spring Symposium 2017. April, 13, 2017.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Constitutional Challenge Update/ Legal Representation and Costs.” Canadian Defence Lawyers, Accident Benefits Spring Symposium 2017. April, 13, 2017.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “The Law of Expert Evidence & Report Writing.” The 15th Annual Otolaryngology Update 2017, OMA Annual Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Section Meeting, University of Toronto. February 4, 2017.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Changes to Catastrophic Impairment – There is Something New Under the Sun!” Canadian Defence Lawyers, Accident Benefits Fall Classic. October 6, 2016.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “The Nuts and Bolts of Mediation.” The Canadian Italian Advocates Organization. March 31, 2016.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “The Loss of the Right to Sue Under Bill 15.” The Commons Institute, Modules on Insurance Law. October 27, 2015.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Frankly, Scarlett Redux ………… We may need a Grenade Launcher to Knock out this MIG.” Canadian Defence Lawyers, 6th Annual Accident Benefit Program. April 24, 2015.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “I Will See You In Court – Or Will I? The Loss of the Right to Sue Under Bill 15: For Whom the Claim Tolls.” Canadian Defence Lawyers, 6th Annual Accident Benefit Program. April 24, 2015.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Frankly, Scarlett…..August(in) May cause you to March over a Cliff or at Least Give you the January Blues – Wasn’t this MIG thing supposed to be simple?” Canadian Defence Lawyers, Accident Benefits Joint Programme. April 10, 2014.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Is Anybody Ever Going to Fall Outside the MIG?” The 4th Annual Accident Benefits Joint Plaintiff and Defence Seminar. Gee, I Wonder If There Is Anything Left to Talk About? Canadian Defence Lawyers, Accident Benefits Joint Programme. April 25, 2013.
Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Pastore v. Aviva – When a “4” is a Global “4.” The Twelve-Minute Accident Benefit Insurance Litigator. Law Society of Upper Canada. November 27, 2012.
Davidson, Terry. “Negligent parenting allegation does not trigger auto insurance coverage, court rules.” The Lawyer’s Daily. August 20, 2019.
Meckbach, Greg. “Could trial lawyers take a run at a 40-year-old cap on pain and suffering awards?.” Canadian Underwriter. July 4, 2019.
Meckbach, Greg. “Time to increase auto liability coverage: Lawyer.” Canadian Underwriter. December 5, 2018.
Hasham, Alyshah. “Yonge St. van attack lawsuits face hurdles with insurance claims.” The Toronto Star. December 3, 2018.
McKiernan, Michael. “High hopes for long-shot appeal of the LAT.” Law Times. September 11, 2017.
Arnott, Kim. “Lawyers applaud new referral fees, ad rules.” The Lawyers Weekly. March 24, 2017.
McKiernan, Michael. “Crackdown on referral fees. New rules mean added bureaucracy?” Law Times. June 12, 2017.
Meckbach, Greg. “Court challenge to Ontario auto dispute resolution system ‘scheduled to proceed’ to hearing Feb. 13.” Canadian Underwriter. November 7, 2016.
Van Rhijn, Judy. “New auto insurance dispute resolution process debuts.” Law Times. May 9, 2016.
Arnott, Kim. “Court says parked motorcycle meets test.” The Lawyers Weekly. April 22, 2016.
John Schofield. “Minor accident policy decried as an assist for insurance firms.” The Lawyers Weekly. April 22, 2016.
Shanoff, Alan. “Law unfair to car crash victims. Lawyer argues Ontario’s Bill 15 is unconstitutional.” The Toronto Sun, December 5, 2015.
Yamri, Taddese. “Toronto lawyer challenges elimination of right to sue.” Law Times, Vol. 26, No. 4. February 2, 2015.
Kari, Shannon. “The battle for the personal injury dollar.” Canadian Lawyer. November 12, 2012.
Vincent, Donovan. “Landmark accident claim case broadens benefits after ‘catastrophic impairment.’” The Toronto Star. September 27, 2012.
Melnitzer, Julius. “Ontario Court of Appeal releases landmark decision on chronic pain.” Legal Post, Financial Post. September 27, 2012.
Ashu Ismail was called to the bar in 2007. She received her law degree from Osgoode Hall, and completed a four year Bachelor’s at the University of Toronto.
For the first 10 years of her career, Ashu spent her time representing insurance companies, learning the ins and outs of the legislation and regulations designed to protect accident injury victims.
Since 2017, Ashu solely acts on behalf of the injured and the wronged. Her passion for the law is only exceeded by her desire to help others. She has successfully appeared before the Divisional Court (appeals), the Superior Court of Justice, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario as well as the Licence Appeals, Social Security and Human Rights Tribunal.
For the injured or mistreated, Ashu’s motto is:
Know the law. Educate the client. Advocate fearlessly.
Ashu’s recently published decisions include the following:
J.R. v. Certas Home and Insurance Company, 2018 CanLII 13161 (ON LAT),
16-003633 v Certas Direct Insurance Company, 2018 CanLII 39499 (ON LAT),
17-004636 v. The Personal Insurance Company, 2018 CanLII 132225 (ON LAT),
Fordjour v. Royal and Sun Alliance Ins. Co. of Canada, 2019, 2019 ONSC 6268 (CanLII),
Recent FSCO decisions include:
Yang and TTC, (FSCO A16-001903, May 1, 2018) – income benefits owed and bad faith found against the insurance company.
Muhi and Optimum, (FSCO A16-004303, July 18, 2018) – Catastrophic impairment found, opening the applicant to $1MM in medical rehabilitation benefits.
Optimum and Muhi, (Appeal P18-00030, January 21, 2019) – Insurer appealed and lost.
Nathan represents seriously injured clients in tort and accident benefits claims, and is proud to have a member of the Campisi LLP team since 2017.
Since his Call to the Bar in 2011, Nathan has dedicated his legal practice to helping injured people and their families recover just compensation from at-fault parties and insurance companies. He earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario and earned a Gold medal for being the top achiever in the program prior to graduating from law school at the University of Toronto. Nathan also volunteered at Pro Bono Students Canada facilitating access to justice for vulnerable and marginalized individuals.
Nathan is passionate about personal injury law, and enjoys using his knowledge of tort and insurance law and his advocacy skills to litigate all manner of personal injury cases, no matter how complex. He understands the barriers associated with helping injured individuals obtain fair compensation, required treatment and a sense of dignity against a system that is at best indifferent to their needs. His commitment to justice and hard work drives his ongoing efforts to achieve optimal resolutions on behalf of his clients. He has litigated matters before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Social Benefits Tribunal and the Licence Appeal Tribunal.
In addition to his legal practice, Nathan has taught law courses online at a private career college, judged advocacy competitions by students, and has acted as a mediation coach for students at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He has also tutored law students in their studies.
Nathan’s reported decisions include the following:
Risebrough v. Co-operator’s General Insurance Company, 2012 ONSC 2738 (CanLII): https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onsc/doc/2012/2012onsc2738/2012onsc2738.html?searchUrlHash=AAAAAQAKIlRpc2NobGVyIgAAAAAB&resultIndex=14
1310-10079 (Re), 2015 ONSBT 4021 (CanLII): https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onsbt/doc/2015/2015onsbt4021/2015onsbt4021.html?searchUrlHash=AAAAAQAKIlRpc2NobGVyIgAAAAAB&resultIndex=6
Martinez v. Dublin, 2018 ONSC 2619 (CanLII): https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onsc/doc/2018/2018onsc2619/2018onsc2619.html?searchUrlHash=AAAAAQAKIlRpc2NobGVyIgAAAAAB&resultIndex=3
17-006903 v Aviva Insurance Canada, 2018 CanLII 115644 (ON LAT): https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onlat/doc/2018/2018canlii115644/2018canlii115644.html?searchUrlHash=AAAAAQAKIlRpc2NobGVyIgAAAAAB&resultIndex=5
18-007227 v Unica Insurance Inc.-007227/AABS, 2019 CanLII 43885 (ON LAT): https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onlat/doc/2019/2019canlii43885/2019canlii43885.html?searchUrlHash=AAAAAQAKIlRpc2NobGVyIgAAAAAB&resultIndex=2
Peter believes that there are three essential elements required to provide excellent representation to clients. These elements include; 1) understanding the underlying facts of the case, 2) understanding the financial drivers, and 3) being able to apply the law to optimize your outcome.
Peter has appeared before several courts and tribunals including: The Licence Appeal Tribunal, The Superior Court of Justice and The Financial Services Commission of Ontario.
Peter has more than two decades of scientific experience in various areas, such as research, development and production, and in various fields such as medical diagnostics, biopharmaceuticals and pharmaceuticals. Peter can bring this expertise to bear to create a coherent, and compelling, fact-based account of your accident and of your ongoing injuries.
Through fighting on behalf of vulnerable clients and engaging in community outreach, Sylvia has gained an appreciation of the barriers that may prevent access to justice. While completing her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School, Sylvia was a student caseworker at Parkdale Community Legal Services where she developed practical advocacy skills. She also volunteered for Justice for Children and Youth while at law school, conducting research on child protection laws across Canada with the aim of reducing youth homelessness.
Sylvia has appeared before several courts and tribunals including: The Licence Appeal Tribunal and The Financial Services Commission of Ontario.
Sylvia also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours specialization in political science and communication studies.
Gurpreet’s commitment to access to justice and helping people navigate the legal system started well before her exclusive practice in personal injury law. Her background in working for the Ministry of the Attorney General’s, Victim Witness Assistance Program has taught her how to assist and represent individuals facing a difficult and confusing legal system, at a time of utmost vulnerability. This understanding and appreciation help her everyday, to secure the best possible outcome for each and everyone of her clients.
Gurpreet received her law degree from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law in 2013 and was called to the Bar in 2014. Prior to joining Campisi LLP, she practiced at a boutique personal injury and criminal defence law firm in Mississauga. She has advocated on behalf of her clients before several courts and tribunals including: the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, the Licence Appeal Tribunal and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.
When she is not practicing law, Gurpreet enjoys spending time with her husband, little one and extended family.
Throughout her career, Melissa has worked exclusively in plaintiff personal injury law and is passionate about fighting for vulnerable individuals. Melissa believes in treating her clients with empathy, compassion and the utmost respect. She has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice and the Licence Appeal Tribunal.
Melissa is also committed to actively contributing to the community. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers as Chair of the Community Outreach Committee where she works to implement initiatives related to social justice and access to justice issues for Asian communities throughout Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.
Prior to attending The University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Melissa completed a degree in psychology, political science and sociology at the University of Toronto. She speaks conversational Cantonese.
While completing her Dual Canadian and American law degrees at the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Julia honed her advocacy skills through significant mooting experience on both sides of the border prior to graduating in 2015. Julia was a member of the Moot Court Board of Advocates which included competing in internal and national moot competitions, coaching junior teams, as well as judging internal competitions. During Law School, Julia volunteered at Legal Assistance of Windsor working on migrant files and clerked for Honourable Judge Ewell at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice where she had the opportunity to attend trials, discuss legal issues, research and prepare memos on legal issues, as well as draft responses to written motions.
Since graduating law school, Julia has dedicated her career to helping accident victims and worked exclusively in the field of Personal Injury. She is passionate about advocating and fighting for vulnerable individuals and works hard to understand their needs and recover just compensation from the Insurer. She has successfully appeared before the Superior Court of Justice, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, and the Licence Appeal Tribunal.
Julia is fluent in Arabic and speaks conversational Spanish. Aside from her practice, Julia enjoys spending time with her husband, two young children, and her family and friends.
Erik represents seriously injured clients in tort and accident benefits claims. Erik started his legal career at Campisi LLP and is proud to have remained a member of the Campisi LLP team since 2017.
Since his call to the Bar in 2017, Erik has dedicated his legal practice to helping injured people and their families recover just compensation from at-fault parties and insurance companies. Specializing in Statutory Accident Benefits claims, Erik leverages his connections with the rest of the team to combine their expertise together for his clients.
With experience and knowledge on the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, the Insurance Act, various privacy legislation, and the various policies, guidelines, and standards of various medical colleges, Erik excels at combining the knowledge and experience of the entire Campisi LLP team to advocate for fair and accurate adjustment of your Accident Benefits claims.
Imtiaz Hosein is a personal injury lawyer that joined the Campisi LLP team in 2017. He represents seriously injured and disabled clients in both tort and accident benefits claims.
Imtiaz works diligently and is relentless in the pursuit of justice on behalf of his clients to ensure the fair compensation they deserve. He takes great satisfaction in being a part of a team that strategically and creatively works to help meaningfully restore the lives of those who are seriously injured and to give peace of mind to their families. In the spirit of Campisi LLP, Imtiaz has developed novel legal arguments that he has successfully advanced in the pursuit of justice for his clients. He is a passionate advocate and has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Licence Appeal Tribunal.
Imtiaz holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Science from the University of Toronto graduating with distinction (majoring in human biology – health and disease), a Graduate Diploma in Business from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, and a Juris Doctor from Queen’s University Faculty of Law. During law school, Imtiaz was awarded the Queen’s Law Prize in Constitutional Law, served as an academic tutor, and honed his advocacy skills being recognized as a top 10 oralist in the Canadian Corporate & Securities Moot in 2015 and serving as the coach for the Queen’s Law Corporate & Securities Moot team in 2016. He completed his articles at a full service firm where he gained knowledge and experience working primarily in the municipal/ insurance defence group.
Imtiaz was called to the bar in Ontario in 2017. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.
17-006903 v Aviva Insurance Canada, 2018 CanLII 115644 (ON LAT), <http://canlii.ca/t/hwdwm>
18-007658 v Security National Insurance Company, 2019 CanLII 58169 (ON LAT), <http://canlii.ca/t/j164b>
L.D. v Gore Mutual Insurance Company, 2019 CanLII 76994 (ON LAT), <http://canlii.ca/t/j21d8>
18-005019 v Wawanesa Mutual insurance Company, 2019 CanLII 34595 (ON LAT), <http://canlii.ca/t/hzxgf>
M.M. vs. Aviva Insurance Canada-000467/AABS, 2019 CanLII 94050 (ON LAT), <http://canlii.ca/t/j2rwq>
RT v. Coseco Insurance, 2019 CanLII 76974 (ON LAT), <http://canlii.ca/t/j21bp>
Stephanie is an Associate Lawyer at Campisi LLP, practicing exclusively in personal injury law. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in International Development and subsequently earned her J.D. degree from the University of New Brunswick. Stephanie believes that in order to effectively advocate for clients it is important to take the time to understand the personal story of each accident or injury victim. She recognizes the difficulties that clients and their families experience following an accident or injury. With compassion and respect she ensures that clients are supported throughout the litigation process.
Stephanie enjoys working collaboratively with the legal team at Campisi LLP to fight for clients’ rights and fair compensation as well as ensuring a positive client experience during their road to recovery. Prior to joining Campisi LLP, Stephanie was an associate at a boutique personal injury law firm. She has appeared before the Superior Court of Justice.
When not advocating on behalf of injured clients, Stephanie enjoys exploring new cuisines, spending time with friends and family and being outdoors.
Samuel has a penchant for people and prose. He holds the firm belief that every client has a distinct story to tell. His commitment to zealous advocacy involves integrating the personal narrative of each client within the evolving case law of our present day.
Upon graduating from law school, Samuel worked in a broad civil litigation practice covering various specialized areas of the law. Samuel quickly gravitated towards advocating for the injured and pursued an interest in personal injury litigation. He has regularly appeared before the Licence Appeal Tribunal and the Superior Court of Justice.
Outside of the office, Samuel enjoys basketball, boxing and breaking bread with his family and friends. He is also an active member of his church and community as he regularly participates in workshops geared towards compassion and development in the city.
Active in his community. Active with his family. Active for his clients. Cesar’s high energy level is only matched by the level of caring and compassion he has for his clients.
As the head of the firm’s Accident Benefits Department, Cesar represents the firm’s clients at mediations and pre-arbitration hearings at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO). Under Cesar’s representation, clients are in very good hands. Cesar is a veritable encyclopaedia of accident benefits and is well-versed in the intricate issues that surround Accident Benefits claims.