Roderick S.W. Winsor

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  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1975
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1973
  • B.A., English and Political Science, Carleton University, 1970
Roderick Winsor

Roderick Winsor’s practice concentrates on commercial and insurance-related litigation including class actions.

He has long held an Av peer-review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating. He is recognized as a leading practitioner by Lexpert® Canadian Legal Directory and Best Lawyers® In Canada 2020 and is one of the 33 peer-selected Canadian lawyers listed in the World’s Guide to Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (ExpertGuides: UK).

In recent years Rod has concentrated on complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation involving environmental disputes, product liability, medical and other professional liability, aviation, and conspiracy claims acting for government, insurers, claimants and business.

The breadth of his experience with major claims allows him to consistently achieve exceptional results based on an early solid grasp of the true issues.  His analytic skill and ability to think outside the box where necessary have enabled him to achieve innovative ways to enable his clients to succeed.

Rod has been involved in many high-profile cases such as claims arising out of the:

  • Air India bombing (appointed by the Court to the 4 member plaintiffs’ committee);
  • Shooting down of KAL-007 by the Soviet Union (acting for the majority of Canadian claimants); and
  • Sinking of the Ocean Ranger (acting for the family receiving the largest award). 

Rod has written and lectured widely. He has recently updated his book Good Faith (Canada Law Book), contributed to Carswell’s 2011 Review of Civil Litigation, and is the co-author of The Insurance Act of Ontario Annotated (Butterworths).

  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1973
  • B.A., English and Political Science, Carleton University, 1970
 Practice Areas  Called to the Bar
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1975
 Assistant  Experience
  • Completed a year-long trial involving allegations of conspiracies relating to bribes to high government official

  • Handled the defence of a large class action against government brought on behalf of special needs children

  • Acted for the class in a class action against a Crown Corporation which resulted in substantial changes to how customers are charged for parcel shipping in Canada and the amounts paid

  • Resisted the statutory claim by a provincial health insurer to share in the award to a permanently severely injured child against his doctor, contrary to the long established practice



  • Recognized in Best Lawyers® in Canada 2020 for Class Action Litigation and Insurance Law
  • Av rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Rated by Lexpert® Canadian Legal Directory as a Leading Practitioner (repeatedly recommended) in Commercial Insurance Litigation
  • Listed in Expert Guides' Guide to the World's Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers
 Publications  Textbooks




  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society



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