ABOUT Martin Tiidus

Assistant: Sue Koch
Phone: 416-645-8000 ext. 2239
Law Clerks
Nisha Narang
Phone: 416-645-1814

About

Martin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in 1981, and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983.  He was then called to the Bar of Ontario in 1985.

After his call to the Bar, Martin practiced litigation at a prominent personal injury and insurance law firm in St. Catharines, Ontario.  In 2005, Martin left St. Catharines to continue his practice in Toronto at Reisler Law PC.  His practice involves insurance, commercial liability, product liability, and personal injury litigation defence.

He also acts for insurers in Priority Dispute and Loss Transfer matters.  Martin regularly appears at all courts in Ontario and various administrative tribunals such as the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and the Workplace Safety Insurance Appeals Tribunal.

Legal Specialties

  • Extensive experience with Accident Benefits litigation for plaintiffs and defendants, loss transfer and priority disputes.
  • Extensive experience with Tort MVA, Professional Negligence of Engineers, Municipalities non-MVA Tort Liability under Homeowners Policies, General Commercial Liability Policies, WSIB, WSIAT, Hearings and Appeals,Insurance Coverage Opinions, Malicious Prosecution.

Decisions

  • Savoie v. Davenport

Represented the neighbour of an infant who in a multi-party action where a homeowner’s policy of the plaintiff and the co-defendant were alleging failure to supervise the child who was injured while playing in the neighbourhood.  The matter failed to settle at mediation but settled at pre-trial whereby our client contributed zero dollars at settlement based on a zero liability position.

  • Tait & Woods v. Municipality of Highlands East & Randy Dunsmore

Represented the Municipality and the Chief Building Officer in a multi-party litigation arising from alleged negligent reconstructions of a rural residential building.  Allegations against our clients involving failure to adequately inspect and negligence in granting the building permit. Resolved at mediation with a nominal contribution of $20,000 based on a minimal liability position.  Damages claimed in excess of $300,000 with disbursements and costs.

Education

  • York University B.A. – 1981
  • Osgoode Hall Law School LLB – 1983 J.D. - 1983

Honours & Awards

  • York University Entrance Scholarship
  • Canadian Swimming Record Holder - 1979

Publications

  • Co-Author of Case Summary of National Fire v. State Farm in CDL 2015

Professional Development

  • Regularly participates in CDL courses throughout offered through CDL, Advocates Society and Medico Legal Society

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member of Canadian Defence Lawyer
  • Advocates Society
  • Medico-Legal Society

Community Involvement

  • Member of Joyland Beach Property Owners Association
  • Member of Korp! – Fraternitas Estica Toronto Academic Fraternity