Roderick (Rod) Winsor is a partner in the law firm of Blaney McMurtry specialising in commercial and insurance related litigation. He has an Av peer-review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
In recent years Rod has concentrated on complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation involving environmental disputes, product liability, medical and other professional liability, aviation, and conspiracy claims acting for government, insurers, claimants and business. He has broad experience with the resolution, arbitration, trial and appeal of insurance-related claims including class actions relating to government, pharmaceuticals, environment and financial losses. He acts for insurers and insureds in disputes over insurance coverage and participates in insurance policy drafting.
Rod has been involved in many high-profile cases such as those arising out of the Air India bombing, the shooting down of KAL-007 and the sinking of the Ocean Ranger. More recently he completed a year-long trial involving allegations of conspiracies relating to bribes to high government officials, and successfully handled the defence of a very large class action against government and class action against a Crown Corporation.
He has written and lectured widely: he is the co-author of The Insurance Act of Ontario Annotated, published by Butterworths. He has recently updated his book Good Faith in Canadian Insurance Law, published by Canada Law Book and contributed to Carswell's Annual Review of Civil Litigation.
Rod has published papers on topics such as "Crown Duty of Care and Regulatory Negligence", "Causation", "Reducing Damages and Defense Costs in Environmental Claims", "Punitive Damages for Breach of Contract", "The Doctrine of Reasonable Expectations", "Tripartite Relationships in Insurance", "Misrepresentations and Non-Disclosure on Applications for Insurance", "Coverage Denials and Bad Faith Claims", "The Defense of Multi-Jurisdictional Product Liability Claims", "Liability Insurance – Recovery by Insured of Uninsured Portion of Claim", "The Excess and Other Partially Insured Claims", "Understanding the Insurance Contract" and "Commercial Insurance Law".