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.
A highly respected resource for both clients and professionals, Joseph Campisi has been recognized in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada for Personal Injury Litigation.
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.
- August 2021 The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022, 16th Edition, Best Lawyers in Canada, Personal Injury Litigation.
- June 2016 Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award.
- 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, 2018-2021.
- Campisi, Joseph Jr. “Ontario should eliminate civil jury trials.” The Financial Post. July 22, 2020.
- 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 - 2021 Osgoode Hall Law School, Insurance Law Course, 2280.04. Adjunct Professor, Course Director.
- Winter 2013 Osgoode Hall Law School, Judge, 2013 Torys Moot Program.
- 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. Adjunct Professor.
- 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.
IN THE NEWS
- Rubin, Josh. “Home insurers move to exclude COVID cases from coverage.” The Toronto Star. July 15, 2021.
- Olijnyk, Zena. “COVID-19’s impact on personal injury cases.” Canadian Lawyer. Issue 45.02, March 2021.
- Schwabe, Markus and White, Erik. “Ontario’s courts could be tied up with COVID lawsuits for years.” Morning North with Markus Schwabe, CBC Radio. February 3, 2021.
- Rubin, Josh. “’Huge relief’ for restaurants, retailers as Ontario moves to protect businesses from COVID-19-related lawsuits.” The Toronto Star. October 21, 2020.
- Schofield, John. “Court of Appeal insurance ruling could be relevant to COVID-19 cases, says lawyer.” The Lawyer’s Daily. August 26, 2020.
- Guly, Christopher. “Ontario Court of Appeal insurance ruling ‘fundamentally flawed, lawyer says.” The Lawyer’s Daily. February 6, 2020.
- City News, Toronto. “Keeping your New Years Eve Party Guests Safe.” https://toronto.citynews.ca/video/2019/12/30/keeping-your-new-years-eve-party-guests-safe/ December 31, 2019.
- 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.
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 collectively 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.