Our Lawyers

Our focus is litigation. We appear frequently at trial, arbitration and appeals. As a result we have earned a reputation with our colleagues and before the courts for our credibility, diligence and success. We strive to achieve the best possible results for our clients.


Theodore P. Charney

Theodore P. CharneyTed Charney is a senior partner at Charney Lawyers where he is the head of the firm’s personal injury, class action, and insurance defence practice groups. Ted practices as general litigation counsel with an emphasis on the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Class Proceedings, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Defence, Employment Law, Medical Malpractice, Food Borne Illness, Construction Law and Appeals.

He has conducted numerous trials and appeals, including jury trials throughout the province and has represented clients in over 100 reported decisions of the Superior Court of Ontario and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, spanning a wide range of practice areas.

Recent Notable Cases:

  • Acted for Toronto Honda on an application and an appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal brought by two insurance companies to seize control of Honda’s lawsuit. The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal finding that consumers/the insured have the right to control the litigation. Insurers with subrogated claims must not interfere so long as the consumer includes the subrogated claim in their lawsuit.This case has implications for all insurance claims and is a victory for consumer rights. No longer will consumers be at the mercy of their insurers when it comes to litigating their claims for damages. See Zurich Insurance Company Ltd v. Ison T.H. Auto Sales Inc., 2011 ONCA 663 for Ontario Court of Appeal decision and 2011 ONSC 2511 for the application decision.
  • Acted for employer on successful judicial review of Human Rights Tribunal decision. First time the Divisional Court has set aside a Tribunal decision. See Audmax v Human Rights Tribunal, 2011.
  • Acted for plaintiffs and numerous victims of the listeria contamination outbreak, in national class action proceedings against Maple Leaf Foods. Certified and settlement approved March 9, 2009. Largest food contamination settlement in Canadian history. See Bilodeau v Maple Leaf Foods Inc. [2009] O.J. No.1006.
  • Acted for plaintiffs in Sunrise propane explosion class action, on a motion to secure access to the investigation conducted by the Ontario Fire Marshall and other regulatory authorities. Leading case on access to ongoing Crown investigations. See Durling v Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc. [2008] O.J. No. 5031
  • Acted for the families of injured and deceased pets in a trans-national class action, commonly known as the Menu Foods pet food contamination class action (Settlement pending 2008). Charney was part of the Ontario Consortium of Law Firms selected by the Superior Court of Justice to act as plaintiff’s counsel in this class action. See Whiting v Menu Foods Income Fund,2007
  • Acted for insurance company on first case to consider piercing litigation privilege based on allegations of bad faith claims practices. Leading decision on litigation privilege. Mamaca v Coseco Insurance, 2008
  • Acted as co-counsel (with my law partner), representing Maher Arar and his family in their civil litigation claim against the Federal Government. (Resolved 2007). Largest human rights settlement in Canadian history.
  • Acted for debenture holders in international class action proceedings against a Canadian bank, to recover outstanding bonds issued by its bankrupt South American subsidiary (Resolved 2007). See Yordanes v Bank of Nova Scotia, 2006.
  • Acted for a number of insurance companies defending national class action proceedings to recover automobile insurance deductibles. Longest certification hearing in Canadian history (Resolved 2006). Empke v Security National Insurance Company ; Ross v Coseco Insurance Company 2003
  • Acted for the family of a young girl in a claim against a multi-national corporation for food tampering. (Resolved 2006). See Jama v McDonalds, 2003 and 2001.
  • Acted as counsel on a leading arbitration decision at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, consisting of a test case to determine circumstances where victims of automobile accidents are entitled to rehabilitation and medical benefits. See Amoa Williams v Allstate Insurance Company, FSCO 2000.

Articles and Reports:

  • Commissioned by the Canadian Coalition Against Insurance Fraud to conduct a study and report on appropriate procedures to be followed by adjusters when investigating potential fraudulent claims.
  • The Canadian Institute’s 7th Annual National Forum on Litigating Class Actions - Litigating Transnational Mass Torts in the Context of Class Proceedings. Parent Corporation Liability for Acts of its Subsidiaries.
  • Contribute articles to the Lawyers Weekly.


1982 - McGill University, Bachelor of Arts (with distinction)

1985 - Osgoode Hall, York University, LL.B.

1987 - Called to the Ontario Bar


Law Clerk: Roxanne Washington
roxannew@charneylawyers.com (416) 964-7950 ext. 244




Devra Charney

Remissa Hirji

Devra is an associate with Charney Lawyers whose practice involves a broad range of civil litigation, with an emphasis on class actions, commercial, real estate, insurance and personal injury. Prior to joining Charney Lawyers, Devra articled at a full service law firm in downtown Toronto.

Devra received her B.Arts Sc. (Honours) from McMaster University and J.D. from Queen's University Faculty of Law before being called to the bar in 2019. During law school, Devra won third place team in the national Wilson Moot competition and received the McDougall-Watson Memorial Award for her commitment to Queen's Legal Aid as a student caseworker. As a law student, Devra also worked as a research assistant and an academic tutor, as well as a volunteer editor of the Queen's Law Journal.

Devra is not related to Ted Charney.


Contact: dcharney@charneylawyers.com (416) 964-7950 ext. 246



James Omran

James Omran

James is an associate with Charney Lawyers whose practice involves a broad range of civil litigation, with an emphasis on class actions, labour/employment disputes, commercial litigation, and personal injury matters. Prior to joining Charney Lawyers, James articled and practiced at a leading labour/employment boutique in downtown Toronto, where he assisted or appeared on matters before a variety of adjudicative forums, including the Ontario Court of Appeal.

James received his Bachelor of Arts, Honours, as well as his J.D. from Queen’s University before being called to the bar in 2018. During law school, James worked as a caseworker at the Queen’s Law Business Clinic, where he provided legal services to small business owners, not-for profit organizations, and start-ups. As a law student, James also worked as a research assistant and researched international trade agreements/disputes.

In his free time, James enjoys traveling, board games, and stand-up comedy.


Contact: jomran@charneylawyers.com (416) 964-7950 ext. 249


Support Staff

Our support staff consists of professionally trained law clerks, legal assistants and paralegals who are familiar with all aspects of litigation support and who are here to assist our clients with timely and responsive service. In order to provide the highest level of service and attention to our client files, a dedicated law clerk is assigned to every case who will work closely with the client. Our staff also make an important contribution to our overall objective, which is to achieve a timely and excellent result, by assisting our lawyers with document management and trial preparation.



Judicial Endorsements


“I find that the plaintiff’s counsel presented a well prepared, organized and efficient case… The medical issues were complex. It involved evidence of psychiatrists, physiatrists, orthopaedic surgeons, occupational therapists, future care specialists, vocational alternatives, forensic accounting and quantification of damages. The jury had to be presented with present valuations of past and future loss of income and projections of future care costs."


-Giordano v. Li [Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 2015]

Ted Charney represented the plaintiff in this three week personal injury jury trial securing a $900,000 verdict for chronic pain syndrome.

"Charney... is unquestionably qualified to act as counsel."


-Ison T Auto Sales v. Zurich Insurance [Ontario Court of Appeal, 2011]

Ted Charney acted for Ison T Auto Sales i.e. Toronto Honda on the appeal.

"The Whiting Group Counsel Team consists of 11 law firms from 7 provinces across Canada and includes some of the most experienced class action firms in Canada with a broad range of experience in class actions with particular expertise in product liability class actions and personal injury. Four of these law firms are in Ontario where the action will be based and includes counsel who are very experienced in class action litigation and have the resources and experience to advance this claim in Ontario or on a national scale. This fact favours the Whiting Group."


-Whiting et al v. Menu Foods Income Fund [Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 2007]

Charney Lawyers was a member of the Whiting Group and appeared as counsel on the motion to decide carriage.

"Mr. Charney conducted the Applicant's case in an exemplary and efficient manner, which was to the benefit of all concerned, his clients, the insurer and myself alike."


-Amoa-Williams v. Allstate Insurance Co. of Canada [Financial Services Commission of Ontario, 2001]

Ted Charney acted for the insured.



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