Rod Winsor is a Partner at Blaney McMurtry LLP. With three decades of experience in litigating commercial and insurance-related disputes at the trial and appellate levels, Rod continues to specialize in high level, high profile cases nationally and internationally.
Mass tort and class actions that he has handled include the bombing of Air India 182, the shooting down of KAL 007, Vial Rail derailment, the sinking of the Ocean Ranger and a variety of fire, landfill and industrial pollution and commercial, acting for defendants and plaintiffs. He also litigates claims against companies, directors and officers relating to various frauds.
Most recently Rod has concentrated on environmental and multi-jurisdictional litigation in Canada and the U.S. These claims involve aviation conspiracy, technology and intellectual property, construction, product and professional liability, employment and pollution claims. He has successfully litigated catastrophic injury cases and completed a year long civil conspiracy trial involving allegations of bribery in the aviation industry.
Rod regularly deals with the assessment and litigation of insurance coverage issues. He is experienced in mediation and domestic and international commercial arbitration.
He is co-author of “The Insurance Act of Ontario Annotated” published by Butterworths and “Good Faith in Canadian Insurance Law”, published by Canada Law Book. He also delivered the Law Society of Upper Canada Annual Lecture on Governmental Duty of Care and Liability for Regulatory Negligence.
Some of Rod’s other published papers include “Class Actions Against Government”, “Liability of Government Arising Out of Its Regulatory Functions”, “The Doctrine of Reasonable Expectations”, “Environmental Coverage Issues”, “Mass Torts” and “Reducing Damages and Defense Costs in Environmental Claims”. He has also published “The Defense of Multi-Jurisdictional Product Liability Claims”, Handling First Party Claims By The Insured”, “Liability Insurance-Recovery by Insured of Uninsured Portion of Claim” and “Commercial Insurance Law.”