Helen D.K. Friedman

Partner | Kitchener-Waterloo

519.593.3223

Portrait of Helen D.K.  Friedman

Helen D.K. Friedman offers her clients expertise, value, innovation, and a wealth of experience in a focused practice on the defence of first-party insurance claims. Helen has built trusted industry relationships by representing insurers and providing strategic and sound technical advice in statutory accident benefits, coverage disputes, litigation, and life and disability claims in the courts, regulatory tribunals, private arbitrations and mediations, and across the boardroom table. She is a leader in Miller Thomson’s insurance industry practice.

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 79 Miller Thomson lawyers across 30 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These latest rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....

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Miller Thomson Kitchener-Waterloo lawyers “ride for Dad”

Lawyers from Miller Thomson’s Kitchener-Waterloo office participated in the Telus Grand River Ride for Dad on Saturday, June 6, 2015 to help raise funds for prostate cancer research. Helen D.K. Friedman and Nick de Koning, Partners in the Kitchener-Waterloo office,...

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Helen Friedman quoted in Law Times

Helen Friedman is quoted in an article: “Lawyers surprised at elimination of FSCO mediation backlog”. Launched in 1980, Law Times newspaper, a Thomson Reuters business, is published 40 times a year in print and every Monday online, providing the latest...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada

We are pleased to announce that 80 Miller Thomson lawyers have been recognized in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada (this is 15 more lawyers than last year). Seventeen lawyers are new to the list. Additionally, the following lawyers from...

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Helen D.K. Friedman is quoted in the May 7, 2012 edition of Law Times concerning the FSCO Mediation Backlog.

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Daniel Strigberger, Helen Friedman, Ashleigh Leon, Caroline Meyer, Gabe Flatt and Monika Bolejszo lead a half day Insurance Institute of Ontario (IIO) seminar on Trends in Litigation.

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Helen Friedman, Ashleigh Leon, Bryan Horrigan, Caroline Meyer and Dan Strigberger present to North Waterloo Farmers Mutuals on “How to prepare your file for Arbitration – Dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s.”

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Helen Friedman, Ashleigh Leon, Bryan Horrigan, Caroline Meyer, Nick de Koning and Dan Strigberger present to North Waterloo Farmers Mutuals on “How to Prepare your File for Arbitration: Dotting the I’s and Crossing the T’s”.

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Presenter at Co-operators General Insurance Company Central Ontario Accident Benefit Unit Managers on Civil/Administrative Procedure in Accident Benefits and “The Take aways from the Pastore decision”.

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Helen Friedman speaks on the Reversal of Catastrophic Injury Decision – Robert Kusnierz at the Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association’s general meeting.

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Helen Friedman, Dan Strigberger, and Gord Robson present to a variety of Intact tort adjusters about accident benefit issues.

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Helen D.K. Friedman and Daniel Strigberger each speak at the Canadian Defence Lawyer’s Accident Benefits Programme.

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Helen Friedman presents “Jaggernauth—the Desbiens “CAT” with 9 Lives?” at Medico-Legal Society of Toronto’s It’s Raining CATS and Dogs event.

It’s Raining CATS and Dogs Where: The Metropolitan Hotel – 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto When: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Time: 8:30 am – 12 Noon

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Helen Friedman is speaking at the Rehab First Inc. Breakfast Seminar Working Within the New SABS: Developing Strategies for Effective Practices

Rehab First Inc. & Bayshore Home Health Present:   Working Within the New SABS: Developing Strategies for Effective Practices   April 29th, 2010, 8am – 10am The Holiday Inn, Kitchener 30 Fairway Road South   Featuring Keynote Speakers: Robert Deutschmann...

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Ontario Mutual Insurers’ Association: Annual Workshop

Miller Thomson’s Southwestern Ontario Insurance Group presents their Annual Workshop at the Ontario Mutual Insurers’ Association facility. The lawyers presenting are:  Pat Forte, Randy Carter, Helen Friedman, Lori Sprott, Kate Waterston, Tim McGurrin, Gord Robson and Ted Madison.

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Gord Robson and Helen Friedman speak on “Examination for Discovery of an Underwriter,” OMIA seminar

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Judge Critiques Exclusion Clause in Homeowner Policy

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision may prompt legislative changes with respect to intentional damage exclusion clauses in homeowner policies in Ontario. In Soczek v. Allstate Insurance Co., 2017 ONSC 2262, Morgan J. addressed whether a standard form exclusionary clause...

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The Agony of “De Feet”

Sufficient Medical Reasons the Achilles Heel of the Insured’s Claim (Franic-Temple v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, FSCO A15-006435, March 15, 2017.) When a taxicab ran over Ms. Franic-Temple’s feet and ankles, it was undisputed the medical imaging disclosed...

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Is the Courtroom Door Open or Closed?

By way of update to our October 8, 2015 blog featuring Ayr Farmers Mutual v. Wright: “Insurer’s Attempt to Short Circuit Dispute Resolution Process Shut Down”, the insurer’s appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on all grounds October...

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Back to the Future (Contract): Job Offers and Economic Loss for Attendant Care Service Providers

When the “future contract” provisions were eliminated from the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule effective April 15, 2004, the industry breathed a sigh of relief that yet another category of “questionable” claims for Income Replacement Benefits were being eliminated. Recall prior...

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Procedural Fairness and Due Process Trump Arbitrator’s Award – Appeal Allowed

As the sun begins to set on FSCO, Director’s Delegate Blackman rendered a Preliminary Issues Appeal order in Waldock v. State Farm (FSCO Appeal P15-00068, March 18, 2016) which serves as a helpful reminder to those who descend into the...

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Membership has its Privileges: Expanding Priority – Are Car-Share Insurers Sharing more than they Thought?

The car-share model is coming of age in many urban centres.  The attractions of the car-share concept include reduced urban traffic congestion, generational mind shifts about car ownership, increasing costs of personal vehicle ownership and environmental sustainability. According to recent...

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Refresh/Reset – Multiple $2,000.00 Deductibles Allowed in Loss Transfer Claims

A recent Superior Court decision (Economical v. Northbridge, 2016 ONSC 458) has provided the industry with a refresh/reset in applying the $2,000.00 statutory deductible in loss transfer claims. The deductible in issue is set out in section 275(3) of the...

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Insurer’s Attempt to Short Circuit Dispute Resolution Process Shut Down

Those insurers frustrated by the delay in having an “accident” determination adjudicated under the dispute resolution process should take heed of the recent decision of Mr. Justice Sweeny in Ayr Farmers Mutual Insurance Company v. Wright, 2015 ONSC 6219.  Mr....

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Not Just Another Crash Test – Singing Those Black Box Blues

Kitchener-Waterloo OIAA Bulletin

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Successful Motion Confirms Defendant’s Right to Prepare Insurer Examiners for Trial

Ontario Accident Benefit Case Summaries/Lexology, October 2014

This article is published with permission in Ontario Accident Benefit Case Summaries and Lexology. See article on Ontario Accident Benefit Case Summaries, Lexology or on the Miller Thomson Ontario Insurance Litigation blog.

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FSCO arbitrator decides neuropsychological assessment is one assessment not two

Nicole Breadner v. Co-operators General Insurance Company, A15-005120 In a January 11, 2017 decision, Arbitrator Colleen King of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) found that a neuropsychological assessment is one assessment, not two; therefore capping the amount payable...

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