Eric Blain joined Thomas Gold Pettingill in 2021 after articling at a large regional firm in London, Ontario, where he gained experience in civil and commercial litigation. Eric’s diverse practice at the firm includes defending complex insurance matters involving privacy and cybersecurity, failure to educate, occupiers’ liability, product liability, construction liability, carrier negligence, sports liability, professional negligence, and motor vehicle insurance claims. Eric also regularly represents insurers and policy holders in insurance coverage disputes.
Eric graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), with distinction, from McMaster University. He obtained his J.D. from The University of Western Ontario in 2020. During law school, Eric was an Associate Student Coordinator of the Dispute Resolution Centre, represented Western Law at the Gale Cup, and was a member of the Law school’s hockey team.
Nero v. Allstate Insurance Company, 2023 ONSC 4472. Succeeded on a motion for leave to amend the Statement of Claim to include allegations that the defendant insurer’s underwriting policy constituted discrimination under the Human Rights Code. The Court granted leave on the basis of discoverability and the absence of prejudice to the defendant insurer.
Gutierrez v. York University, 2023 ONSC 4089 (Div. Ct.). Successfully opposed a motion for leave to appeal to the Divisional Court. The motions judge struck the appellant’s Statement of Claim at first instance. The appellant’s appeal was dismissed. The appellant then sought leave to appeal to the Divisional Court.