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Barbara A. MacFarlane

Tel: 416 360 4730  Fax: 1 888 683 6540
Email: bmacfarlane@torkinmanes.com

Barbara is a partner of the firm and head of our Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Groups, with a civil litigation practice focused on catastrophic injury and fatalities. Her cases include wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, product liability, tavern liability and complex medical negligence cases.

Barb is experienced Trial Counsel and has appeared as lead Appellate Counsel in the Ontario Court of Appeal. She regularly represents clients in the Superior Court, at Coroners’ Inquests and various administrative Tribunals. Barb has been involved in many complex litigation matters, including class actions.

Barb is Chair of the Women’s Trial Lawyers Caucus of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

She is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and the Institute of Law Clerks. She is also a former instructor, advisor and consultant to the Law Society's Bar Admission Course.

The Ontario Bar Association has called upon Barb to participate in submissions to the legislature on proposed legislation.

Barb has also provided community-based support as a five-time annual speaker on Commercial Host Liability for Safer Bars Workshops.

  • Awarded the Women’s Caucus Award by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (2015)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - Medical Negligence (2016 — present)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada© - Medical Negligence (2017 — present)
More Speaking & Writing
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association - member of Executive, Health Law Section
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Association - chair of the Women’s Caucus
  • Women’s Law Association
  • Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA)
  • Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST)
  • Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO)
  • Scouts Canada

Services

 Best Lawyers Award Badge Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Credentials

  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1999

Education

  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1998