Rick Shaheen is among the small percentage of lawyers in Ontario recognized by The Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist (Civil Litigation).
The Law Society's Specialist Certification Program assists members of the public and the legal profession to identify lawyers who have met or exceeded established standards of experience and knowledge and who have maintained a high standard of professional practice.
Rick leads Nesbitt Coulter's civil litigation and personal injury team and restricts his practice to serious personal injury claims and insurance disputes, as well as insurance defence for a variety of insurers. He is known for his energetic prosecution and defence of motor vehicle, personal injury and insurance disputes.
Rick has extensive trial and appellate experience, but also appears before the Licence Appeal Tribunal as well as various Boards. He is a past Director of The Advocates' Society and the past chair of that organization’s Personal Injury and Insurance Practice Group. He is currently a member of the Advocates' Society's Insurance Law Task Force, which is frequently asked for "stake-holder" comment on proposed legislative and regulatory amendments to Ontario's auto insurance system. In further support of the Advocates' Society, Rick serves as an advocacy skills trainer, mentor and speaker.
He is a member of the Oxford Law Association and the Brain Injury Association of London and Region. He also served as the first lawyer elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators.
Rick Shaheen received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario in 1983 after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from combined study at the Universities of Western Ontario and Laval. Since his call to the Bar in 1985, Rick has practised exclusively in various areas of civil litigation, and currently sits as a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court.
Rick is active in the community where he has been a member of many local Boards and volunteer organizations. He currently serves as an executive member on the Board of Trust of the Woodstock Hospital and is particularly involved in the Rotary Club of Woodstock, through which he pursues his interest in international aid and development.