When our founder, Roger Oatley, left one of Canada’s largest law firms in 1974 to create the firm that is now Oatley Vigmond he was committed to two things for his new firm: that it would be a pleasant and rewarding place to work, and that the firm’s standards of practice would be second to none.
Oatley Vigmond is a home for only the brightest, most creative and most productive people in the profession – people with sound judgment, a passion for the work we do, strong people skills and a devotion to acquiring the best possible outcome. The standards we keep require no less.
Our commitment is reflected in the leadership we have provided to the personal injury bar. Roger Oatley is a past president of the Advocates’ Society. Jim Vigmond is a past president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers’ Association. Both Roger and Jim are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship is extended only to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.
Our commitment is also demonstrated by the time we give to improving the skills of our colleagues. Each of our lawyers speaks regularly at personal injury conferences, contributes articles and provides advice and counsel to other lawyers and health care professionals alike. Roger Oatley is the author of Addressing The Jury, (2nd ed) Canada’s only text on personal injury cases before juries.
We will do everything in our power to serve your cause with expertise, dedication and compassion. Our goal is to provide the best possible health care solutions for every person we represent. We successfully represent individuals with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, catastrophic injuries and serious orthopaedic injuries. We are here to support you - from the critical first meetings right through the entire legal process at no cost until a settlement is reached. Once your settlement is reached, we take special care to help you plan wisely for your long-term financial and personal future.
We do not rest on our laurels at our firm. We know each client and each case requires that continuously search for the better way: a new way to advance a claim for damages; a more compelling approach to proving liability; a more persuasive way to present a case at mediation or at pre-trial; or a more convincing way to present an opening statement to a jury. We never rest in our search for better technology to improve our management of documents or our analysis of the law. We never rest in our search for a better way to help our clients.
Oatley Vigmond is the recognized legal advocate for seriously injured people and their families. We are driven with compassion and a commitment to fight for our clients to ensure that they achieve the optimum legal outcome, financial security and the best possible quality of life.
At Oatley Vigmond we will continue to set the standard for personal injury law firms in Canada. We will accomplish that goal by fearlessly advocating on behalf of our injured clients and attracting and nurturing the next generation of leading personal injury lawyers and associated professionals. We will also continue to refer our clients to only the best and most reputable medical/legal experts and rehabilitation professionals while maintaining our role as leaders in the continuing legal education of personal injury law.
Founding Principles – Who we are
When Roger Oatley created the firm that became Oatley Vigmond, he was committed to two things for his new firm: that it would be a pleasant and satisfying place to work and that the firm’s standards of practice would be second to none.
Emerging from this commitment are a number of essential core values that define who we are today:
• Family and Health
• The finest people, working as a team, with the finest resources and
• A never-ending search for a better way.
Respect runs through everything we do at Oatley Vigmond. We show respect to everyone we deal with, which includes our opponents (be they adjusters or lawyers), our experts, judges, and our colleagues. We also show respect to all members of our staff, from the entry level clerk to the seasoned veteran. Respect to our clients is critical.
Much flows from a culture of respect. It means that we pay all our vendors and our experts on time. It means treating our opponents with courtesy at all times. It means that we care about our staff and their families.
We cherish our integrity and our reputation for integrity at Oatley, Vigmond. This means we are always good to our word. Our word is our bond. Adjusters, lawyers, judges, clients all know that our integrity is never in question.
It is implicit in our sense of professionalism that we respect the legal system, the courts and the behaviour of lawyers and law firms in the social fabric of our community. We know that we have a responsibility to demonstrate a respect for the rule of law by behaving in a standard that befits the role of lawyers.
Professionalism at our firm also means that we generously share our experience, our expertise and our wisdom by providing leadership in education. We do so among ourselves, within the firm, and to our colleagues in the bar. It’s an obligation to do so and a hallmark of who we are.
Professionalism to us also means that we provide leadership, as well as support, whenever we can to our colleagues. Leadership includes standing for office in legal organizations, chairing continuing education programmes and working with government and the insurance industry to improve the insurance products available to the consumer. Leadership also requires that we take difficult cases that have meaning for the development of the law in a way that supports the rights of consumers.
Professionalism also means that we give back to our communities. At Oatley, Vigmond we give our time and financial resources to the support of the hospitals who serve those who are seriously injured by trauma and to hospitals devoted to the rehabilitation of the seriously impaired. We also support the health care providers who work in such hospitals and in the rehabilitation community.
Family and Health
We believe in a balanced life. A balanced life necessarily requires that we place great value in our family and in the health of our families and ourselves. Each person in the firm, whether lawyer or staff, strives for balance knowing that he or she has the support of the firm. The commitment to a balanced life requires the firm’s support for taking time for holidays and relaxation, investing in personal fitness and good health, and providing mutual support during the difficult times that are a part of life.
The Finest People, Working as a Team with the Finest Resources
Since the firm was founded, we have never been satisfied with mediocrity in our lawyers or our staff. Oatley, Vigmond is a home only for the brightest, most creative and most productive people in the profession – people with sound judgement, a passion for the work we do, strong people skills and a devotion to the best possible result. The standards we keep require no less. We find these attributes in our summer and articling students. We find them in young lawyers looking for a new professional home.
Our lawyers and our staff are also people who enjoy being part of a team that works in a highly organized fashion. Team members support each other. They apply special skills and expertise to achieve the team’s objectives. They enjoy working in an orderly environment that minimizes stress and error through the application of the best technology and automation in a systematized way.
There is boundless satisfaction from working with the best resources and the finest people, as a team, all committed to achieving an extraordinary result for client after client.
A Never-Ending Search for a Better Way
We do not rest on our laurels at our firm. We know each client and each case requires that we never rest in our search for the better way: a new way to advance a claim for damages; a more compelling approach to proving liability; a more persuasive way to present a case at mediation or at pre-trial; or a more convincing way to present an opening statement to a jury. We never rest in our search for better technology to improve our management of documents or our analysis of the law. We never rest in our search for a better way to help our clients.
Who We Are
Our founding principles remain our core values to this day. We believe that helping people re-build shattered lives requires a dedication to these founding principles by every member of the Oatley Vigmond team.