Lawyer & Managing Partner, B.A, LL.B, C.S.*
Harry F. Steinmetz was admitted to the Law Society of Ontario in 1990. He graduated from Carleton University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, and the University of Victoria in 1988 with a Bachelor of Laws Degree. He is Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Ontario which is a designation held by less than 2% of practising lawyers.
Mr. Steinmetz is a member of the Advocates Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association, the Ontario Trial Lawyer Association, and the Medico-Legal society.
He has authored a series of articles on topics related to insurance law and personal injury, and most recently published treatises on the subjects of punitive damages and the use of surveillance evidence during trial and the discovery phase of litigation. He has also participated as a guest instructor and lecturer at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Osgoode Hall, and the Law Society of Ontario.
Mr. Steinmetz’s current litigation practice is restricted to the area of plaintiffs’ personal injury law. He has extensive courtroom experience, conducting both jury and non-jury trials in the province of Ontario following his call to the Bar.
Mr. Steinmetz acted as trial counsel for the plaintiff in the leading case of Kusznierz v Economical Insurance which expanded the definition of catastrophically impaired accident victims to include individuals who sustained a combination of physical and psychological impairments. He has also been retained as counsel in numerous mediation and arbitration proceedings at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, ADR Chambers and the Licensing Appeals Tribunal. Mr. Steinmetz also acts as litigation counsel to other firms on a regular basis.
Mr. Steinmetz lives in Toronto with his spouse, children, and their three dogs. When not at work he enjoys activities with his family, including golf, tennis, travelling and cheering on the Toronto Raptors.
Assistant: Caroline Bonnici-Kerr
Before transitioning her practice to plaintiff personal injury, since her call to the bar in 2013, Lena Vartanian has worked as a civil litigator representing insurance companies on behalf of municipalities, housing communities, hospitals, contractors, bars and restaurants. She brings a wealth of experience and understanding of how the insurance industry works and uses her knowledge to help her clients at Steinmetz & Associates. She is passionate about working with her clients to obtain the best possible outcome for their case. She is an experienced litigator and has conducted trials and argued motions in the Superior Court of Ontario and has also conducted hearings before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Lena’s practice areas include slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, and disability claims. Lena graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School, and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.
Assistant: Sasika Thrimavithana
Stuart graduated from Western Law in 2019. Before his call to the bar in 2020, Stuart articled at a plaintiff personal injury firm in London, where he gained experience dealing with a wide variety of cases, including motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls, dog bite injuries, and disability claim denials.
He has argued contested motions at the Superior Court of Justice and assisted in mediations, civil pre-trials, and License Appeal Tribunal hearings. He also has substantial experience conducting examinations for discovery. He is always eager to listen to clients’ concerns and help them achieve the most favourable outcome. Stuart holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and History. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and listening to podcasts.
Assistant: Aleksandra Cupic
Sr. Law Clerk / Office Manager
Tammy Cluett is a Personal Injury Law Clerk and Office Manager with Steinmetz & Associates. Tammy has worked in the legal profession for over 20 years, mainly in insurance defence and plaintiffs’ personal injury, and is certified by the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. She began working with Harry Steinmetz as his legal assistant in 1997.
Tammy provides ongoing assistance to Harry Steinmetz and his team in all aspects of the litigation process, beginning with meeting new clients and following the file through to the end. She has experience with trials in Superior Court, and mediation and arbitration proceedings with FSCO and ADR Chambers. She has a comprehensive understanding of litigation procedures. Tammy is also responsible for the day to day management of the firm and is responsible for HR related matters, work allocation, accounts payable, billings, and systems management for the firm.
Tammy lives in Pickering with her husband and their two children. When not at work she loves spending time with family and travelling when the opportunity arises.
Jackie Calderon-Gonzalez is a licensed paralegal specializing in accident benefits claims with extensive experience in catastrophic claims handling, dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration and appeals under the Licensing Appeal Tribunal. She has over twenty five years of insurance experience and received her training from the largest general insurers in Ontario. She has worked at the capacity of a senior Claims specialist, senior Litigation and arbitration specialist, dispute resolution specialist, claims manager and Consultant on behalf of the insurance industry.
Jackie is fluent in Spanish. She is an active member of OTLA, in addition to being a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
In her personal time she enjoys spending time with her three children and pursuing education.
Gursharan “Bobby” Sidhu has been licensed as a paralegal with the Law Society since 2001 specializing in accident benefits claims. He regularly appears before the Licensing Appeals tribunal representing his clients with passion in all types of accident benefits disputes including Catastrophic injury claims.
Bobby is a proud member of the Canadian Sikh community and is politically active both in Canada and his native India supporting a host of worthwhile causes.
Bobby is a loving husband and proud father of both a son and daughter. In his spare time he enjoys travel, arts and culture, fine cuisine, history and politics. Bobby is always available for in home and hospital consultations.
The Law Comes First
Harry Steinmetz has dedicated his career to helping injured victims obtain justice. He has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients.
We explain our retainer to our clients to ensure they fully understand what we are going to do on their behalf what our fees will be upon the successful conclusion of the claim.
Committed to Excellence
We will hire all relevant medical experts we need to successfully represent you, and we will finance all reports and records. These costs will be recovered from the insurance company upon conclusion the claim.