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Roger G. Oatley

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About Roger G. Oatley

Roger Oatley is a founding partner of Oatley Vigmond and one of the country’s leading personal injury lawyers. Roger has helped thousands of accident victims and their families re-build shattered lives.

Like all the lawyers at Oatley Vigmond, Roger’s practice is dedicated to personal injury and death claims. Roger, his team of lawyers and highly trained staff restrict their practice to the most seriously injured, many of whom are victims of permanent neurotrauma. Lawyers in the personal injury field across Canada regard Roger as one of the country’s most successful and effective personal injury lawyers.

Lawyers, former clients, health care professionals and insurance industry professionals demonstrate their confidence in Roger by referring their clients and friends to him and his team of lawyers and staff.

While Roger and his team do everything in their power to settle their clients’ claims as quickly as possible, they are prepared to go to court when necessary. Insurance companies never fail to recognize his success.

For Roger, satisfaction comes at the end of the day when he knows that he has positively impacted his client’s life.

Outside of the office, Roger spends time golfing, skiing and travelling, but his greatest enjoyment comes from spending time with his family.


  • Past-president of the Advocates’ Society, Ontario’s largest organization of trial lawyers and judges.
  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 1999-2019. Membership is limited to only those trial lawyers who are “unquestionably and eminently quality, in addition to being regarded as the best in their state/province.”
  • Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
  • Lexpert Directory Ranked as Most Frequently Recommended

Professional Involvement

Roger is a widely published author on trial advocacy and personal injury law. He is the author of Canada’s only book on jury advocacy, Addressing the Jury, which can be found in the library of most personal injury lawyers in Canada. He is also the co-author of four equally successful books: The Oatley McLeish Guide to Personal Injury Practice, The Oatley McLeish Guide to Brain Injury Litigation, The Oatley McLeish Guide to Anatomy and Impairment, and The Oatley McLeish Guide to Demonstrative Advocacy.

In 1998 the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association established an annual lecture series in Roger’s honour to recognize both his outstanding success as a jury lawyer and his contribution to the teaching of trial advocacy to other lawyers. His colleagues in the personal injury Bar consider him a leader in the development of innovative trial techniques. He has addressed various associations across Canada and in the United States including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Institute, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Advocates’ Society, the British Columbia CLE Society, the Alberta CLE Society, and the American Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been a guest speaker at conferences held by the Justice of the Superior Court and by the Justice of Ontario.

Roger is a strong supporter of the organizations in the community that touch his client’s lives and believes in the importance of giving back. He donates all of the royalties received from Addressing the Jury and the Oatley-McLeish Guide to Motor Vehicle Litigation, to the trauma program at Sick Kids. He also donates the royalties from the Oatley-McLeish Guide to Brain Injury Litigation to the Brain Injury Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital. Additionally, Roger’s fundraising efforts contributed to a donation of $300,000 to Barrie’s Royal Victoria Hospital’s campaign to build a new cancer centre.

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It is difficult to conceive someone presenting a complex case in a more coherent and impressive fashion.

Justice John McCarthy

Because of the skill and persistence of Roger and his team, my son has a future.

Matt Cunningham

Roger is the epitome of professionalism. The outcome of our settlement was well beyond our expectations.

Maria Gilmour